It’s the time of the year again and lots of Chinese New Year (CNY) themed movies are showing on screen now and/or soon..
If you are a close friend of mine, you would know that I don’t usually watch Chinese movie in the cinema, what’s more a Singapore or local production..
But this time, many thanks to UIP for the pair of tix to Homecoming ‘gala premiere’ where Daphne, Joshua, Nigel, Kel Li, Bryan, and I watched together with the casts, namely Jack Neo, Mark Lee, Ah Niu, Afdlin Shauki, Rebecca Lim, Jacelyn Tay, Huang Wenhong, and Koe Yeet..
*Taken from Google Images*
The movie plot sets on 1-2 days before CNY where all of the characters try to rush home for reunion dinner in the spirit of balik kampung..Hence the title Homecoming..
Mark Lee plays a famous chef and his dialogues are all very punny and funny when he mixes Cantonese and Mandarin..Koe Yeet plays as Mark Lee’s daughter..
Jack Neo is cross-dressing as a housewife, Karen Neo, and Ah Niu plays as her son..
The story focuses on Mark Lee who can’t have reunion dinner with his daughter, Jack Neo and the son Ah Niu rushing to KL to have a reunion party with the family, and newly-wed couple Huang Wenhong and Rebecca Lim realize the importance of reunion dinner with the family..
The angle changes from time to time among the 3 events but overall it’s actually inter-connected in a way or another..
All I can say is that if you know me well you would know I can hardly speak Mandarin and sometimes understanding it..
This movie primarily conversed in Mandarin with a little of Cantonese, English and also Malay..With my little understanding of Mandarin and with the help of subtitles, I actually laughed throughout the movie, no kidding!
The jokes are mostly from Mark Lee’s puns, Ah Niu’s character as a rebellious son, Jack Neo’s character of a typical Chinese mother/housewife, and a some very subtle jokes about current events about the actors/actresses..
*L>R – Huang Wenhong, Ah Niu, Jack Neo, Mark Lee..Image taken from Google Images*
If you know local news very well then you would most likely be able to catch the jokes..
Afdlin Shauki actually played quite a role in this movie as a taxi driver and at some point I think his acting is much natural for his character as compared to other local productions..
IMHO, the movie have a very obvious message to the viewers regarding the importance of reunion dinner and family ties..
I actually teared at some scenes, which I think I could somewhat relate myself in that situation..
As compared to lots of modern Hong Kong CNY movies which are quite silly, I think this movie fared pretty well and we could relate ourselves in the balik kampung spirit..
I would give the movie a FANTABULOUS 8/10 for its jokes and puns, and some touching moments..
P/S – Don’t ask me if Homecoming is better than the other local CNY movie or the other way round..I’ve mentioned, I don’t usually watch Singapore or local productions so I can honestly tell you this is the first Chinese movie of Singapore or local production that I’ve watched, and I love it!
Here’s the trailer for the movie Homecoming, directed by Lee Thean-jeen..
Happy Rabbit Year to everyone who is celebrating CNY directly or indirectly due to the public holidays..Hehehe..