Archive for 二月 7th, 2008

Movie review – 功夫灌籃

It has always been a tradition of me and my 66.6% readers to catch a movie after reunion dinner and hang out after that. No exception this year and we went to watch this show by 周杰倫 called the 功夫灌籃 (Kung Fu Dunk).

Not that the three of us are fans of him. His songs are pretty ok although we would prefer him not to slur his lyrics. He don’t have that kinda kiam pa (欠扁) look but he is not yan tao too (can pick his look-alikes in Orchard anytime).

My first impression when i entered the cinema is that general age group of the crowd. Mostly teenagers and girls accompanied by their boyfriends who don’t look very pleased to be seen there.

So what is this show about? Beware! Spoilers ahead!!!

Jay is 方世杰 (i tot i saw 方世玉, or is this a intended reference?), an orphan sent to a martial arts school when small and grew up there. Once his amazing ability of shooting accuracy was found by this poor uncle (by 曾志偉). This poor uncle saw a chance to turn 方’s ability into a money making scheme.

He got 方 into a basketball team in a local university, hoping to use this as a platform to get fame and money for both of them (more for himself). He cast 方 as a orphan hoping to find his parents through playing basketball. (crappy rite?)

陳柏霖 is the basketball team captain and Charlene Choi is his sister and 方’s love interest.

So how do i rate this movie?

1) Storyline – 10 / 30%

Crappy. The story seem very patchy and made up last min kinda job. Some parts are just throw in your face and left there. Left me quite disturbed throughout the show.

2) Entertainment value – 12 / 25%

Its entertaining value held up by 曾志偉 alone. I felt that he tried very hard to support the show even though there is nothing there.

However, if you are a Jay Chou’s fan, the score would be 25/25. I barely chuckled at all those silly poses and antics by Jay in the show. I pitied those boyfriends in the cinema while their girlfriends are all head over heels with Jay.

3) Cast – 18 / 25%

Catch a cameo of 吳宗憲 at the start of the show. Plenty of experienced veteran actors and actress to lend their support in an otherwise plot-weak show. For me, 曾志偉 ran the whole show almost single-handedly.

4) Pace / Flow – 11 / 20%

Average pace, but i almost cannot take it after the basketball match final. I thought the show would be over then but the director decided to throw in another twist. I had never wished for so much for the show to end quickly. For me, the end didn’t come soon enough.

Overall: 51%

Definitely a must watch if you are a fan of Jay Chou. If you just like his songs and nothing else, you may want to try but i wish you good luck. If you never liked him, pls avoid this show at all cost.


Last reservist training

I went for my last in-camp training from 21st Jan till 1st Feb.

When i was in my 2nd year of my NUS, i was called up to begin my six-year cycle of In Camp Training (ICT). During that time, i hated ICTs as they were always in the middle of my semester break and ruined what could have been a well deserved break from all the studying (not that i studied a lot).

When i started working, i began to look forward to ICTs. Its the time of the year when i get to meet my buddies and get a well deserved break from work. I don’t meet my army buddies except when during ICTs since we are busy with our work and personal life. Its quite amazing when you see someone once a year and be willing and confident in him to poke a catheter into my arm. I am a medic you see, and every year we need to refresh ourselves in our Intra-veinous procedures before ICTs.

And ICTs offered me a chance to get away from everything. From my work and my sometimes nagging girlfriend. From home too. In short, ICTs are a brief two weeks respite from life.

So its during this last ICT, since i have plenty of time to myself to ponder and think alot. Friends that are close yet see so little of each other. My camp which bring back memories of sweat, blood and also joy and laughter. My ex-superiors who taught me to become what i am today. My first 老婆 (now in the shape of SAR-21). I probably won’t be seeing them as often now. And probably never ever work, sweat and bleed together again.