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SUMMARY: “An exuberantly FUNNY and achingly TENDER Comedy about troubled women with their assortment of complicated paramours.” If you are looking strictly for laughs, seek no further. The merry-go-round begins here!

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 ” Ouch … I have snared this one! This dumb GUY is now 24/7 at my BECK and CALL.”

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 “HONEY ….YOU DON’T JUST TRUST ANY MAN (he whispers hissingly)….”

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 GOSSIP ….. SCANDAL ….. Whatever …..

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 “This is HOW a loving couple should do, to have their SELFIE taken.

(Note that the boyfriend is looking the other way.)

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 The 3rd party is a better liar and even more alluring ….

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“KEEP your dirty hands off my BOY FRIEND, you horny bitch!”

” WOMEN WHO FLIRT – 撒娇女人最好命 ” Movie Review

In “Women who Flirt”, it is obvious that director Pang Ho-Cheung goes for the jugular. What gives?

There’s hardly any noteworthy Hong Kong artiste in sight. So it’s a refreshing change of scenario.

Hong Kong-based director Pang has his reasons to cater for his mainland China investors and fans.

It’s all about money ….. and money makes the world go round. Right?

Pang’s genre of films sells, with its hypocritical tongue-in-cheek art sense about life, family and love.

 Director Pang gooses it up this time around with a bevy of pretty maids from mainland China (we nickname this the Barbie squad), plus an extra topping of one sweet Taiwanese doll who goes by the jolly name of Sonia Sui.

Midway through the movie, you get the drift that this romantic comedy shows total disregard for its primary target audience of women, depicting them as desperadoes who snare men via manipulative means. 

Essentially, the story is about tomboy Zhang Hui (Zhou Xun) who “is carrying a torch” for her career-driven friend Xiao Gong (Huang Xiao Ming) since college days.

Though he is satisfied with his singlehood status with occasional bouts of one-night-stands, Xiao Gong is willingly seduced by a Taiwanese seductress Beibei (Sonia Sui) during a business trip. Complications arise.

To win her man back, Zhang Hui enlists the help of  her comrades from the “Barbie army”.

PLOT:

We start with this guy “Marco” Gong Xiao (Huang Xiaoming), a handsome Shanghainess hunk who works with long-time friend “Angie” Zhang Hui (Zhou Xun).

She has a mad crush on him since college days, but never shows, because the guy does not want to commit just yet, until he gets a great salaried job so that he can provide for his aging father.

That notion changes when he comes back from a trip to Taiwan with Hailey (Sonia Sui), a pretty young thing who seems to flirt her way into Marco’s life unexpectedly.

Fortunately for her, her best friend May from the “Barbie squad” (Xie Yilin) and friends are around to help.

Zhou Xun plays the demure Zhang Hui, a girl with a “forever” crush on her classmate Xiao Gong played by Huang Xiaoming.

She’s a moaning loser who never gives up, specially when she espies that there is still a teeny bit of chance to compete in this love charade.

After graduation, she finds work in Shanghai to stay close to Xiao Gong.

Things start to go haywire when he returns from an overseas trip to Taiwan with a new sexy girlfriend, Bei Bei. (Sonia Sui).

Zhang Hui out of desperation seeks help from the “Barbie squad” to acquire the art of flirting to get Xiao Gong.

Will she succeed? “

Women who flirt has a charming script that brings you the fresh comic air.

It is a soaring big-hearted delight.

Don’t miss this movie, if you want to dispense with your after-work blues.

Right.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES.

 

 

 

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 SUMMARY:  For avid fans of JOHN WOO’s Action films, this TWO-PARTER, after a 5-year long absence is DEFINITELY one of WOO’s EPIC BEST.  So don’t miss it!

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“All WARS are the same. Either you KILL or get KILLED.” 

THE CROSSING is in part, a romance film, a disaster film and a war film all rolled into one. The battle cries make you wanna go home and hug Mama dearest.”

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You won’t like him one single bit in the beginning.

He’s arrogant, cocksure and bullish.

Until you learn that he has A BIG HEART to match his GENEROUS SOUL.

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 THE GLOOM OF WAR. Pathetic.

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 THE DOOM OF WAR. Scary!

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SHE PINES FOR HER LOVER TO RETURN SAFELY. Yet will she survive the swallowing waves in PART TWO?

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MASAMI NAGASAWA and TAKESHI KANESHIRO play a doomed couple.

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HUANG XIAO MING and SONG HYE-KYO play a happily MARRIED COUPLE. Will they survive the deadly storm?

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SHE SCREAMS IN FEAR, FIGHTING FOR DEAR LIFE.

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TONG DA WEI may be understated, but he is an accomplished actor.

” THE CROSSING 1 / 太平轮 (上) 2014″

MOVIE PREVIEW

” THE CROSSING 1 / 太平轮 (上) “ is, by all accounts, an eye-opening feature taking us through the bloody horrors of war.

You have, on dry land, the civil wars that are brewing non-stop to a broil.

Out on stormy seas, another kind of danger lurks.

It’s a no-win situation.

Either way you get to die, or be eaten alive!

THE BRIEF:

The significant date is Jan. 27, 1949. The luxury liner Taiping is fast sinking after it collides with a cargo ship near Taiwan’s Chou Shan Archipelago. Panic prevails on board.

Only a handful of 50 out of the 1,000-plus passengers is going to see the light of day. Which one of the leads will perish in the perilous waves?

We will be shown how Mao Zedong’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) closes in on the Nationalist government, peremptorily exercising  mastery over the ship.(known for often making the numerous escapist trips between Shanghai and Keelung (eastern Taiwan).

It would be one of the last lifeboats ferrying escapists to freedom in a foreign country, far away from the communist rule.

Set during the turbulent war years of the 1940s, when Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and his nationalist army flees to Taiwan after losing the civil war to the communists, the NT$2 billion (US$ 64 million) film is gracefully decked with a pan-Asian, all-star cast headed by China’s Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) and Tong Dawei (佟大為), Taiwanese-Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武), Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa and Song Hye-kyo from South Korea.

Dubbed the Chinese version of Titanic, “The Crossing” is a weepie, albeit a love story — or three, to be exact, as the film zooms in to highligt three star-crossed couples fleeing China on an ill-fated ship bound for Taiwan in 1949, during the retreat of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)

THE PLOT:

 Tong Daqing (Tong Da Wei), a common soldier, meets an impoverished Yu Zhen (Zhang) over posing for a fake “happy family with baby in tow” photo assignment in Shanghai. Tong needs this photo to apply for a “food sanction” for his aged parents. Yu Zhen needs the money.

Their paths cross and quickly separate again, leaving Tong longing for a second encounter. By this time, he is in love.

Released from the prisoner-of-war camp when the war ends, Yan Zen Kun (Takeshi Kaneshiro) returns to Taiwan, only to find that his Japanese girlfriend, Noriko (Nagasawa), has been repatriated to Japan.

The final looming civil war is soon to become a dire reality. Lei Yifang (Huang Xiao Ming) sends his wife (Song Hye-Kyo) to Taiwan before departing for the frontline.

Across the Taiwan Straits, Zhou has a premonition that she might never see her husband again as he is fighting a doomed battle against the Communist Chinese army.

“The Crossing” is a magnificent project that unites three parallels to tell an epic tale of love and courage in a turbulent age.

Supported by a super duper technical crew led by top-notched Director-of-Photography Zhao Fei, the film’s graphic battle sequences brilliantly depicts the cruelty of war, and serve as a counterpoint to the characters’ longing for peace. 

A combination of health issues and some difficulties winning script approval from Chinese authorities partly account for the four year hiatus.

“The Crossing,” previously known as “1949,” has subject matter that could certainly be sensitive in China: it depicts the voyage of three refugee couples from mainland China to Taiwan during the War of Liberation.

 The ill-fated Taiping ferry capsized on January 27th, 1949 in the Baijie Straits.

WHO LIVES?  WHO DIES?

The answers lie in Part 2.

Don’t miss this romance-amid-the-war epic.

RATING: 4 out of 5.

Local Distributor: GSC Movies

Posted by: koolcampus | December 10, 2014

“ADONIS He Fei, SCUD’s Newest Discovery.

 From NOW until CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015, we are FOCUSING on HONG KONG foremost Arthouse director SCUD.RESTRICTED BLUE

 

ADONIS NUDE SIDE VIEW

 

New-Kid-on-the Block ala Sex Symbol opens up on his PEKING OPERA training, PET PEEVES and working alongside with his mentor, Film Director SCUD. 

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      “There are some amazing things about this film. One is the PURITY and SIMPLICITY of the narrative line created by director LIEW SENG TAT. Another is the emotional complexity within the characters which is brilliantly portrayed by the competent actors.”

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 These GULLIBLE KAMPUNG MEN are relocating their  friend’s make-shift WORLD (house) from deep forest to urban country ….. on their SHOULDERS. No mean feat, really.

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 “MEN IN DRAG” IN A HILARIOUS ATTEMPT TO WARD OFF THE HORNY SPIRIT … Oily Man! (ouch)

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“NOW I SIGHT THE HORNY GHOST!”

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 ” LELAKI HARAPAN DUNIA ” (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW.

“Men who Save the World”.

Hey, where are the Womenfolk?

“LELAKI HARAPAN DUNIA” is one giant gas bag.

In case you don’t know, the film director has intended a dramedy, layered with harmless scripted jabs straight from the heart.

The title “Men who Save the World” is appropriate to tickle anyone pink.

The film is fun, with guffaws aplenty, as everything has to be spiced up wrong first, in order to have these eventually sorted out and put them right. (Do you get the drift? Ouch, oxymorons kill!)

Fresh from the oven is a nicely baked piece of old school gem ribbing silly people, those who are unsure about letting their hair down to examine their inner self as to why they are supporting superstitious absurdities that are ruining friendships and upsetting rustic harmony. 

This is one pointer to address spiteful scandal mongers. You don’t have to believe in everything you hear. 

“LELAKI HARAPAN DUNIA” has a fine weave of the infamous arthouse Thai director APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL, and were this film shot ten years ago, I would unhesitatingly nail it as old cinema.

APICHATPONG is an award winning director who has won accolades for his art features TROPICAL MELODY (2004) and UNCLE  BOONMEE (2010, Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival).

Sadly, his art offerings were box-office bombs in the current face of commercialism.

 Next, ILO ILO directed by ANTHONY CHEN is the first Singaporean feature film to win a prize at Cannes (the Camera d’Or 2013), thereupon it quickly picked up 25 other awards at film festivals around the world, including two prestigious Taipei Golden Horse awards for “Best New Director” and “Best Screenplay.”  Luck and timing? Precisely.

At the end of the race, the director ANTHONY CHEN switches gear and addresses it as a commercial offering minus the “arthouse” umbrella.

 Maybe there is no such thing such as an art-house or commercial movie these days.  Businessmen just want to recoup their investments.

Time changes everything. Right!

SYNOPSIS

In a peaceful Malay village where harmony prevails, the helpful villagers unite to help Pak Awang to (physically) carry an abandoned house from the jungle into the village. It would be a gift for his daughter who is getting married.

But by sheer bad luck, an illegal African immigrant who is on the run from the local authorities stumbles upon the house by accident, and decides to camp there and makes it his temporary abode.

When the village drug addict (SOFFI JIKAN) mistakes the creepy shadow of the black man he sees in the house as the oily man demon, the villagers are alarmed that getting involved with the transportation of the derelict house has enraged the vengeful horny demon. 

The progress of relocation of the house comes to an peremptory halt, much to the chagrin of Pak Awang.

BEFORE I SPOIL ALL THE FUN OF STORY TELLING, it is best you seek the answers yourself, and hear the continuous roar of laughter from the audience.

FOOTNOTE

Among all the actors, SOFFI JIKAN stands out in his role as a girlish nerd. He brings the house down with his mindless antics.

SOFFI is currently acting, directing and making rock music. We are wishing him all the best!

As for film director LIEW SENG TAT, he is one of the rare Chinese helmers who is able to deliver a Malaysian dramedy with pinache.

We anticipate looking out for his forthcoming production.

RATING: 4 out of 5 (for straight laughs)

Local Distributor: GSC Movies
Production: Everything Films Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)

Posted by: koolcampus | December 6, 2014

MUSIC enriches your SOUL.

MUSIC NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

MUSIC

gives a soul to the UNIVERSE, 

wings to the MIND, 

flight to the IMAGINATION, 

and life to EVERYTHING.

~Plato

Posted by: koolcampus | December 5, 2014

“JOY to the WORLD and to YOU and Me!”

 

To All my Wonderful Friends from all-over-the-world.

Here’s my heartfelt, sincere greeting for a really prosperous Horse Year 2015.

Be healthy and stay safe!

 

 

JOY TO THE WORLD

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“THE HEADLINE SCREAMS THAT IT’S LIVE ACTION THROUGHOUT, BASED ON MATERIALS CULLED FROM A BEST SELLING MANGA”.   It really is!

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” RUROUNI KENSHIN : KYOTO INFERNO / THE LEGEND ENDS “

You love Manga?

Then don’t miss out the thrills and spills from this movie.

It follows faithfully, creative contents taken from the ever popular manga RUROUNI KENSHIN which also goes by the western name of SAMURAI X.

It is aptly directed by Keishi Otomo.

AGAINST ALL ODDS

The anti-hero Kenshin is again at odds with his inner self, that is, to keep his killings clean.

Can there be such a ruse?

Despite finding emotional solace alongside his new found friends Kaoru, Sanosuke (Munetaka Aoki) Megumi (Yu Aoi) and Myojin (Kaito Ōyagi), Kenshin is once again asked to take up his sword when the renegade assassin Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is found to be furiously destroying clans by gathering an army to topple the present Government, and to vanquish those who choose to defy him.

The finale highlight of “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno / The Legend Ends”  would be when Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) faces the burnt and bandaged antagonist Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara) in a duel to the death.

Now, what becomes of his bloodless vow?

Honor and duty are common traits in the samurai genre, and these elements work best when they are being confronted against one’s personal principles.

With Kenshin, he tries not to kill as it has been his desire to protect the innocent, even though Shishio still continues with his mad killing rampage uncontested.

Therefore, Kenshin’s ability to defeat the villain comes into question because of his set of principles.

You have to visit the cinema for the answers.

” RUROUNI KENSHIN : KYOTO INFERNO” the has a mesmerizing combination of exciting story-telling and historical narrative.

And it is refreshing to see Tatsuya Fujiwara (from the 2006 Death Note fame) playing the demented bad guy on a killing spree, this time around.

Rating: 3.5 for the awesome Samurai action.

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES

 

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 “RENTAP” (2014) MOVIE PREVIEW. GIDDY-UP for PARKOUR!

GIDDY-UP FOR PARKOUR, DIRECTOR SIMON LONG TELLS US IT IS HERE TO STAY!

The evolution of the PARKOUR sport in recent years with regard to acrobatic flips and dare-devil stunts, resonates the belief that you aim not just to be the best, but to be better than the next.

“RENTAP” the movie is a fast-paced action comedy film that challenges the parkour mindset of any enthusiast.

It spins a tale about two “think-alike” brothers who have just embraced the breathtaking world of PARKOUR.

It’s an exhaustive sport to boot, one that requires focus, self-discipline and a dauntless team spirit to share.

The challenging plot unashamedly preaches the doctrines of  bravery, loyalty and friendship and it impresses upon young people a lesson to overcome obstacles and to resist the odds.

It is GREAT to be YOUNG!

For sure, as time and tide wait for no man.

A fine combination of spectacular PARKOUR sequences, comedic elements and awe-inspiring scenes notwithstanding  a whiff of romance, ” makes this the ideal movie for the entire family”.

The film tracks two brothers who have signed up for the PARKOUR competition, a sport that utilizes slick movements developed from military obstacle training.

It is also a breeding ground where you are made to understand the importance of non-violence, self- respect and confidence. Plus the ability to work as a team member.

LOG LINE
The film open on a bunch of youngsters eagerly running to join the queue for a trendy event – the PARKOUR Competition.

Midway through the competition, Rashdan has opted to give up his chance of winning for the sake of friendship.

Reporter Elaina happens to learn of the race and decides to approach the brothers for an exclusive interview.

Rashid is happy to be interviewed as he is bowled over by her charm.

However, Rashdan is reluctant because he feels Elaina is just one of the gossip reporters.

NO SPOILERS as from here.

Catch this movie which will inspire you to value your loved ones, never to take time and friendship for granted.

Right!

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

Local Distributor: DOUBLE VISION PICTURES/ GSC MOVIES

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” THE HUNGER GAMES : MOCKINGJAY

- PART 1″ (2014) MOVIE REVIEW

For those who have waited this long, you’d probably have to bate your breath to wait for the arrival of another chapter. This one is political dry stuff that needs a lot of foreplay.

The PLOT, so far:

It could have been so much better if the pace picks up fast and furious. But the film director says “no”.

Author Suzanne Collins wrote three “Hunger Games” novels in all.

But more sequels mean more cash, so here you are, you get four new awesome installments, following the direction of “Harry Potter’s” and “Twilight’s” franchises.

Sure,”Mockingjay”did an excellent job of getting Jennifer Lawrence to shape up, physically and emotionally. And be equipped to fight a rebellion against the evil Capitol.

But this one may leave us high and dry, waiting for the ferocious battle cries to roar.

THE PLOT

The film picks up where the last one left off, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) being rescued from the Hunger Games by Plutarch (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Katniss now lives in District 13, a hive-like underground bunker that houses people who support the rebellion against the Capitol and the wicked President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Katniss’ family is now with her, and so is old friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth).

But she remains sick with worry over her beloved Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) whom she is forced to leave behind during her defection.

Under the capable leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss literally spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). The nation cheers her on.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig.

He has a magnificent line-up of veterans for this big budget movie and manages to coax his actors to portray their screen roles in a hard-edged style that is brutal, cold and chilling.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

Local Distributor: TGV PICTURES

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“HORNS” (2014) MOVIE REVIEW.

For a start, weirdo actor Shia LaBeouf passed on the lead role, so what gives? The part went to Daniel Radcliffe as second choice, but could he render a better job?

“HORNS” is positioned as a scorching thriller directed by French helmsman Alexandre Aja. The film Director drums up an irresistible theme which is at best, mind-boggling, creating a generous creative budget for elaborate post production enhancements to achieve the super-natural effects.

For storyline he weaves a tale of revenge, an intriguing twist at the ending. The 2010 novel was written by Joe Hill.

Alexandre Aja is a French film director who specializes in the horror genre. He rose to international stardom for his 2003 horror film Haute Tension.

His directorial efforts include a fine line-up of horror films under his belt, such as The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D and Horns.

“HORNS” combines a spread of horror, a sprinkle of dark comedy and a generous dose of supernatural visual effects.

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ig Perrish, a doleful blue-eyed young man who’s awaken from a stupor to find that he has been accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) in the woods. Did he actually kill her?

He suddenly finds horns sprouting out of his head which may hold a clue to his sudden diabolic nature. Has he been possessed by evil spirits?  From then on, morbid and violent contractions start gnawling at his sanity.

The film shows Radcliffe, at his post-Harry Potter period, a chance to exercise his acting chops.

He commands a solid screen presence in the film.

It’s a difficult role that calls for him to switch his psyche from an assortment of personalities as the distraught lover to pantomime clown, from a hardboiled investigator to being a ruthless killer.

PLOT

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance.

The former Harry Potter is transformed into an ugly two-horn devil, literally, in “Horns,” a horror movie with a comedic edge. He has two curling protuberances sprouting from his forehead. He also has some supernatural powers, including having people spontaneously confess their vices.

Daniel Radcliffe, whose impish features are well-suited to the addition of gnarly goatish growths, stars as Ignatius Perrish, a young disc jockey grieving over the murder of his one true love, Merrin (Juno Temple), whose brutalized body was discovered beneath the couple’s childhood tree house in the lush Old Growth forest.

No spoilers here as you need to visit the cinema to get your answers.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

Local Distributor: TGV PICTURES

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