Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Homecoming [Highlight]

In a little less than two weeks' time comes the Chinese Lunar New Year festivity. Besides looking forward to enjoying a blissful and sumptuous reunion dinner with your family, what are the other activities that you have in mind during the festive period?

You might be sticking to traditions and interact with your relatives throughout the entire span of it, or wade through rounds after rounds of the hyper-addictive oriental game of Mahjong. At times when the Mahjong tables are busy with players, you might find yourself stranded with nothing at hand to expense time.

You go to the cinemas to check out this year's CNY film offerings.

Absolutely, especially when it's just a little less than two hours of your time away from the Mahjong table. Never belittle that as it might save you from losing a minor fortune to your relatives.

Amidst the films to be screened during the CNY period, it's comforting to see more local productions vying to fill the hearts of the heartlanders with CNY-themed movies. One of the lineup is "Homecoming", a film by Director Lee Thean-Jeen. Lee is the man behind the award winning "The Singapore Short Story Project" as well as "AlterAsians" and the recent "The Pupil". So in terms of credentials, he's got an impressive one I must say.

"Homecoming" is about three stories of three different individuals going home for Chinese New Year. A major highlight of the movie is that Jack Neo, who will be cross-dressing on the big screen again after eleven years since "Liang Po Po The Movie" back in 1999. He will be playing mother to Ah Niu's character. It is said that he was told to lose at least 5kg for his role. Jack Neo long time collaborator Mark Lee and Malaysian multi-talented writer-director-comedian Afdlin Shauki are among the cast.

Featuring a stellar cast with the likes of Jack Neo, Mark Lee, Afdlin Shauki, A Niu, Jacelyn Tay, and Rebecca Lim, you get a great ensemble that will surely elevate the festive atmosphere. I'm usually in favour of them, especially Rebecca Lim. In my opinion she's doing great and has even went on to become the latest Asia Best Actress despite being a newcomer.

Have a look at the trailer below:

Knowing that some of you might still own qualms over Jack Neo after his nasty personal affair episode with the press and media prior, I will nevertheless like to perform a plea to all. Do give this film a chance as every film deserves. A film cannot be judged based on prejudicial perception of a cast, it is a film by award-winning Director Lee Thean-Jeen and both the film and him deserve a fair chance in reaching out to the audience.

After all, it's the festivity and everybody should enjoy a joyous Chinese Lunar New Year as we will all head home at the end of the lunar year smiling in happiness.

笑着回家. Homecoming.

Opens in Singapore cinemas 03 February 2011.

(Join Homecoming Facebook page for more details)

1 comment:

  1. I wanna watch this movie! :D maybe they'll show on TV during CNY next year! XD


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