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Oh No … We are the BEST of FRIENDS. (IF you BELIEVE).

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I LOVE  HER, YOU LOVE HER, WE CANNOT SHARE.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE!

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There’s NOTHING like a MOONLIGHT SWIM …

Far away from the madding crowd.

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I feel my LOIN stirring. I feel good. Shall WE …?

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GOD HELP ME!

I am TRAPPED in my own

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I have a SEXY BOD, I know.

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” THE SWIMMERS ” ( 2014) THAI Movie Review.

Hey, if you are the type who love to ogle at pretty boys and sunshine girls, then don’t miss out on this pretty movie.

It’s crafted for the bold, brazen and arty, packaged with a wisp of raw sexuality to affix your eyes onto the cinema screen for 2 hours.

“THE SWIMMERS” is stacked with all kinds of horrors.

It is also a taut psychological thriller with twisted revelations to keep you guessing from start to finish.

The titular swimmers are two best buddies competing in the varsity swim team. They are Perth (Juthawut Pattarakamphon) and Tan (Thonphop  Lirattanakhachon) .

 Perth fantasizes about sex with Tan’s girlfriend called Ice (Supatsara Thanachart).

Having successfully wooed Ice, both of them set out to enjoy one torrid night of sex.

No, they did not use the rubber (condom).

Ice eventually becomes pregnant and she commits suicide by plunging down from the highest floor diving board onto the empty varsity pool below.

If not suicide, then is it murder most foul?

Because it is touted as a  horror film, the female apparition eventually comes a-haunting.

The morale here is:

Please refrain from unprotected sex without using a rubber.

Should there be a leakage of sperm, you might get more trouble coming your way than you ever imagine.

The leads are not the star of this film.

Nope, the real stars of this movie are the tiny sperm, the tweeny-bit swimmers who deposit themselves inside a teenage girl creating an unwanted baby and generating consternation for everyone.

Ice’s mode of death is macabre, her body is splattered precariously at the bottom of the school’s empty swimming pool.

Suicide or murder? You guess.

 For all that is worth, Perth is now guilt-and-grief stricken, despite a couple of red herrings signifying that there’s more than meet the eye, and that are other culprits .

He is haunted by the girl’s spirit nevertheless.

His buddy Tan,who is also grieving and angry, is determined to uncover the culprit who’s gotten his girlfriend pregnant. Ironically, he asks for Perth’s help.

Directed by Sophon Sakdapisit the film rocks with spooky hauntings, gore and is a nail-biter of a terrifying whodunit.

So you think the bad will be punished for his misdeed?

THE SWIMMERS will provide this answer.

And the end result will shatter your senses and leave you breathless!

It is superbly scripted with fine acting from the movie’s young trio.

Don’t miss this great movie that ends with a diabolical twist.

 RATING: 4 out of 5

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES

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 An Erotic Aesthetic Movie that challenges your Mindset.

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“I have to be NAKED in order to romp in the Nude.”

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(LOVE in the BUFF)

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Here … You can take your revenge on the sissy now.

I have this MAGIC POTION. It really works!

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“SHE” (TEDDY CHIN) LOVES TO WIGGLE”. Ayoh!

YISE LOO plays dour-faced aerobic instructor FIT and she flies into a rage whenever she sees super sissy instructor MAN (TEDDY CHIN) around.

Yet they are destined to fall in love, thanks to a magical potion.

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(A carbon-copy  SNITCH a la CINDERELLA style).

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“Am I the GAL you DESIRE?”

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SHE OOZES  SEX APPEAL, the type that gets you wet between your legs, in your wildest dreams.

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You roll into bed with one …

and you WARM UP in the arms of ANOTHER.

This is crazy love, isn’t it?

This one is a complicated case. An Ad Man (YI FEI) falls for the attractive model he uses to promote his product. Sexual favors in return? Then go and watch the movie.

Little does he realize that this female mannequin called KATE BABY is a computer transformation of an innocent intern KATE (KOE YEET).

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(a lukewarm spoof a la PHANTOM OF THE OPERA)

HELL hath no fury like a woman scorned is this last story.

NINE CATS played by AENIE WONG is an author enjoying rustic serenity to write her next novel. There, at a holiday resort, she bumps into her former school day bullies. She vengefully uses her magical fountain pen to “write them off”.

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OLD FLAMES collide …

but FLAMES do not always IGNITE as you can see the pic below.

Murder most foul? Go examine your mindset.

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PRESS CONFERENCE

(Event Photos courtesy of JUITA VIDEN).

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“I am Film Director JASON KOK … (addressing the Press, pointing to the plaque on table). Thanks for Coming …. Now allow me to ROAR!”

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EVERYONE is READY to tackle the PRESS.

Fire Away, Folks!

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Cutie beauty KOE YEET and her screen hunk BILLY NG.

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(From left) YISE LOO, KOE YEET, AENIE WONG.

 TEDDY CHIN (Picture below RIGHT in red jacket) plays the “NAKED” Gym Instructor.

Question: Is it Possible for a super girlish man to love a female?

Just tickle the realm of your senses for your answer.

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You will NOTICE that come rain or shine, KOE YEET is always beaming.

SWEET!

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A jolly THREESOME?

Not on your Life!

Film Director JASON KOK promises us a jolly great time should we purchase a cinema ticket to watch his latest screen offering called FANTASIA.

This Malaysian movie is all about mind-over-matter.

Sure, you might laugh and cry simultaneously while you watch, he assures.

JASON KOK is a prolific director mostly on TV, whose recent ventures comprise of the award-winning AGE of Glory and THE IRON LADY to cite a few. His directing career hit off in 1996 and he has since not look back.

Lucky guy!

Let’s usher in the logline of FANTASIA:

Three extremely lovelorn damsels are seeking affection.

They are all attractive pussy cats in their 20’s to 30’s with such ridiculous names as  FIT, NINE CATS and KATE.

All of them come from different upbringing and pursue differing career goals. But you can’t really tell, as great minds think alike.

Nothing is going to get in their ways in their quest for true love, each aided by  magical objects such as a magical potion that can transfer you to be invisible, an image editing machine that can enhance your appearance and a fountain pen that can churn fantastic ideas into reality.

JASON the film director is looking into the avant garde genre, so he invites us to venture into his imaginary realm of sensual fantasies. He demonstrates to us that anything can happen in the mind. You just got to fantasize!

FANTASIA will bring you a breath of fresh comic air as a funny romantic comedy derailing love, sex and having to say  you are sorry.

The script is as powerful as it is understated.

GO WATCH IT FOR PURE LAUGHS!

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR: GSC MOVIES

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POSTER OF A HAPPY FAMILY MARRED BY ONE BAD INCIDENT AFTER ANOTHER.

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STAYING HAPPILY MARRIED is a QUESTION of FAITH and FIDELITY.

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 FAMILY TOGETHERNESS really MATTERS.

We’ll ALWAYS be rooting for YOU, Child.

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LEAD ACTOR FARID KAMIL ANSWERS A BARRAGE OF PRESS QUESTIONS.

“NO, MAYA KARIN isn’t here today as she is unwell.”

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 ” LAGENDA BUDAK SETAN 3 : KASYAH ” (2014)

Malaysian Movie Review

Some time ago, in late November 2011, during the media screening of Ombak Rindu, I perchance met SHARAD SHARAN who was then the producer for that particular film.

Curiosity made me ask SHARAD “Do you have plans to direct a good, solid piece of Asian movie extolling family values in the near future?”

“Soon!” came his swift reply.

And in less than  2 .5 years down the road, he is now the film director of the successful “LAGENDA BUDAK SETAN” trilogy.

No, I have not seen part 1 and 2, so my FILM REVIEW of part 3 stands strictly on its own merits.

Here’s my REVIEW :

I did read somewhere about human pains. We have all gone through different kinds of pains at some point in our lives.

The greatest pain should be that of unrequited love.

A person can live for love. Or die from Love.

To be so in love is heavenly bliss. To be rejected is living hell.

This is the basis of “LAGENDA BUDAK SETAN” the Movie.

I can comprehend the physical abuse and mental torture that one gotten from unrequited love, wife battery and assault. The experience can be terrifying.

“LAGENDA BUDAK SETAN 3 : KASYAH” boldly glorifies this action.

You name it, they have it here. The domestic violence is unimaginable and shockingly brutal.

Here’s how Part 3 starts:

Pretty boy Kasyah (Farid Kamil) loses his beloved wife and daughter. He is now reduced to a guilt-stricken wreck, wallowing in self-pity.

Eventually he realizes that if he were to continue carrying his burden of pain, his family and loved ones would all be affected by his negative vibes.

So Kasyah decides to start life afresh with lovely Kate who has always been there for him, through thick and thin, only if he remains a one-woman’s husband.

Kashah now works as a freelance photographer to support his adopted daugher Athirah.

However his family bliss is short-lived.  Kate`s insane ex-husband (Bront Palarae) now returns from the asylum to taunt her.

Meanwhile Kasyah’s old flame(Ayu Raudhah) wants him back, which adds to the family confusion incurring her jealous husband (Iqram Dinzly)’s wrath.

The physical violence he metes upon his wife serves as a severe lesson in committing adultery. It is just too stressful to watch.

“LAGENDA BUDAK SETAN 3: KASYAH” is a both haunting and a heartbreaking film with a powerful vocal soundtrack performed by Yuna.

On the whole, the film is subtly written and superbly directed.

Film director Sharad Sharan has delivered a neat and powerful piece that will astound the audience. Kudos.

Footnotes:

Lead Actor FARID KAMIL and lead actress MAYA KARIN share an affable chemistry together.

But it is the supporting ensemble cast IQRAM DINZLY, BRONT PALARAE and AYU RAUDHAH who steal the thunder from the leads.

Of all pains, the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain.

 RATING: 3.5 out of 5

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES

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Courtesy of  陳鴻斌 Maurice Tang (Guest Writer).

“如果我不想让我儿子上路,我想让他回来,他可以做到吗?”

开篇一句,相信大约能从中推敲出此次由新加坡导演李天仁执导,集聚“公主”刘芷绚,“歌台天后”刘玲玲及台湾知名主持人蒋伟文一同惊悚打造的恐怖电影——《招魂Bring Back The Dead》所将带给观众的惊吓与反思。

《招魂》讲述蒋伟文与刘子绚有一个七岁的儿子,本过着幸福快乐的日子。一天儿子因车祸不幸去世,刘子绚一直无法走出失去儿子的悲痛,因而透过自己的儿时的保姆刘玲玲的协助,企图将死去儿子招回自己的身边。不料在招回儿子的灵魂的同时,也将自己陷入无尽的恐惧与危险之中。

 刘芷绚:“用恐怖包装的家庭剧。”

对于此前拍过的电影都是恐怖片的刘芷绚坦言自己并不迷行,自嘲如果再这么接下去的话就快变成“鬼后”了。而第一次挑战母亲的角色,最初经纪公司仍有顾虑该不该接,不过由于对导演李天仁的敬仰加上剧中角色的发挥空间,刘芷绚坚持决定接下了。

 剧中因失去儿子而无法走出悲痛,刘芷绚表示出了开拍时的两场有笑容之外,自己哭足了19天的拍摄日,连身旁的蒋伟文都赞叹:“除了一早打招呼之后,我就没见她笑过。”

 蒋伟文:“不是家庭喜剧吗?”

自认胆小不敢看鬼戏的蒋伟文也自爆,自己以为接的是新加坡盛产的家庭喜剧,因为起初导演只拿了一半的剧本给他,令现场哄然大笑。此外,戏中与刘芷绚的亲热戏让蒋伟文直呼一定会在电影院内该片段播出时带老婆中途上厕所。

 刘玲玲:“穿红内裤辟邪!”

刘玲玲透露当导演找上她的时候,竟然故技重施也只拿了一半的剧本给她。由于拍摄期接近农历七月,自小闯荡歌她台的对于虽对“好兄弟”并不陌生,但也做足了功课,拍摄期间穿红内裤辟邪并喝加持圣水,保佑自己免受干扰。

 李天仁:“会是一个不一样的鬼片。”

改编自新加坡女作家张瑞芬的短篇小说,李天仁表示7年前在看了这部短篇小说后便想把它拍成电影,再加上前阵子新加坡一起两兄弟在车祸中丧命的新闻,也让他有所感触,促成《招魂》的开拍。希望呈现给观众的不是一味的惊吓,还有刻画母亲丧子时的悲痛,家庭情感的一面。

由Weiyu电影、mm2影视、Clover Films及J Team等耗资110万元的《招魂》预计明天一月上映。

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” THE GIVER ” (2014) MOVIE PREVIEW

Packed with suspense. Fraught with thrills. A story to touch your soul. More …..

These three superlatives will aptly describe this one heck of a sci-fic dystopian tale.

“THE GIVER” lead star isn’t Jeff Bridges who plays the Giver, nor Meryl Streep who portrays the Community’s Chief Elder.

The movie brings forth Brenton Thwaites, the new energetic actor with his many expressions of contorted pain and anguish to plays Jonas. He is the right choice.

Brenton was last seen in THE SIGNAL and his star is now shining bright.

Let’s dig deeper:

 THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young who-has-not-seen-the-world guy who lives in a boring world of conformity.

Inside his peaceful vicinity, he spends time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), the sole keeper of all the community’s memories. Jonas, with his perceptive mind quickly uncovers the heinous truths of his community’s secret past.

With this new found power of knowledge, he soon realizes that the stakes are higher than he anticipates – if he chooses life, then someone else will die in place.

 Jonas now knows he has to make a turnaround decision to escape from their unrealistic world. This is a challenge that many have attempted but no one has succeeded.

THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s popular young adult novel of the same name, which incidentally, won the coveted 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide

As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings fresh energy to the role of a young man who is eager but terrified by what he learns.

Katie Holmes plays Jonas’ mother, a higher-up in the Department of Justice. Her role does not demand much except to look peeved or bewildered.

Meryl Streep wears a haggard appearance as the Community’s Chief Elder. It’s not a chirpy role for sure.

To fans of the juggernauts “The Hunger Games” and the “Divergent” series, “The Giver” may not appear to be a justifiable follow-up.

The film director Phillip Noyce certainly carves a stylish piece, narrating a story that grips from the very beginning.

Absorbing entertainment, to say the least.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES

 

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” BUT ALWAYS” 一生一世 (2014) MOVIE REVIEW

Love is a many-splendored thing, is it not?

“BUT ALWAYS” the film tracks a 3-decade old love-hate relationship, a break-and-mend romance that metaphorically, sails the stormy seas with you, tagging along an emotional baggage.

It peaks and ebbs through events from a tumultuous 1972 ( in Beijing) to a modernistic 2001. (in New York).

 An Ran (GAO YUAN YUAN) and Zhao Yongyuan (NICHOLAS TSE) are the protagonists in this tortuous romance.

The path of true never do run smooth, they will show you.

This is a rags-to-riches story, about a gawky hawker establishing himself from scratch to be  a successful entrepreneur.

Thanks to first-time director SNOW ZOU, the film skips the beat when it comes to explanations in most parts. You are left to do the guessing yourself.

The movie focuses on the fact that, even if you have achieved greater success, endowed with all the material trappings, life would still be inadequate.

You need love to complete the equation. Yes!

“BUT ALWAYS” is a haunting touch-your-soul movie. despite artistic flaws.

The pace is emotionally uplifting with a grim reminder that LIFE CAN BE WONDERFUL, only if we allow it to be.

YES, there’s no  such thing as permanence. We should live for the moment.

Living and dying is a rite of passage, a journey in this world, the very moment we are born.

And when it is time to part, everything is sweet sorrow, ripping your well-being apart.

It’s heartbreaking when it is time to bid adieu to someone who have always cared and loved you through the long years.

And who had stood by you through the test of time.

Here, I have more or less cracked the main plot of “BUT ALWAYS”.

The movie is about life, love, death and memories.

I cannot remember where I have picked up this sad poem:

” …  where would you go
that i cannot follow?
for how long must i wait
until we meet again?

what would i do
in times that i miss you?
where would i go
in times when i long to see you again?
how must i spend
the nights without you?

how do i bear
each morning that you’re not there?
shall i ever smile again?
will i ever laugh again?
will i ever face the world again
knowing that im not alone?

why must you leave me?
why must i cry these tears
when you’re not here
to wipe them all away?
why must i suffer
the empty days without my beloved?

why must i dream
without you by my side?
the days shall never be the same again
i will never be the same again … “

There is a quiet serenity and beauty in death.

But alas, in “BUT ALWAYS” the film director loses his ball-bearing on a disjointed script and weak lines that somehow, tend to irk rather than endear.

The pairing of NICHOLAS TSE and GAO YUAN YUAN saves the day. They are a pleasure to watch and they justify their roles.

“BUT ALWAYS” seems modeled on a 1996 “Comrades, Almost a Love Story” which depicts two mainland Chinese migrants who attract and repulse each other on separate journeys through Hong Kong and New York.

“BUT ALWAYS” refers to screen characters Anran and Yongyuan who are fated to be together, as much as they are doomed to be apart.

You be the better judge for the rest.

This is a Bitter-Sweet ROMANCE that will stir you.

And you might CRY your HEART out the moment you leave the cinema floor.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES

 

 



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“THE SIGNAL” (2014)  MOVIE REVIEW

There will be those who relish this unconventional sci-fic thriller called THE SIGNAL.

For the same token, there will be many who don’t, for whatever reasons.

What gives?

Much has been hyped that the production value is only a mere USD 2 million. That is, if you are silly enough to believe.

For a Hollywood shooting budget of USD 2 million, it’s dirt cheap.

Hailed from the same industry, the stipulated amount is way below par, to produce a movie of this scale. USD 20 million should be the likely amount.

Unless the combined team of film director William Eubank, actor Laurence Fishburne, the Director-of-Photography and the post production people are willing to accept huge pay cuts. Or maybe, to work for free!

But, of course, we all know it is just an enormous advertising gimmick.

The story:

Three MIT college students (Nic, Haley, Jonah) go on a happy road trip to California with a song in the heart (holiday trip) and a vengeance (professional). They intend to confront a ” content robber” called NOMAD,who has hacked into their computer systems. They intend to defeat this computer hacker to prevent him from further damage.

The unsuspecting trio arrives at an abandoned abode in the middle of Nevada. There they had a terrifying confrontation with NOMAD.

 Soon darkness prevails. So does the gloom, from this point onward.

The protagonist, a young, personable Nic (Brenton Thwaites), eventually awakes from his deep slumber.

He finds himself in a strange quarantine zone-like research facility led by a dour-faced Dr. Damon, played by Laurence Fishburne.

Nic’s girlfriend Haley (Olivia Cooke) and best friend Jonah (Beau Knapp) are nowhere to be found.

Soon he finds himself being locked up and interrogated by Dr. Wallace Damon (Laurence Fishburne).

He is a government scientist dressed in a Hazmat suit, a no-nonsense scientist who is eager to uncover  information for his clinical experiments. Dr. Wallace insists on knowing about the going-on during that fateful night, at the dilapidated house.

Nic soon discovers that the 3 of them are part of a deadly scheme.They are going to be human guinea pigs for scientific examinations.

The rest of the story takes us through their helpless ordeal, of them trying to break free from this crazy institution.

It’s clear from the beginning that this film would have a twisted ending. Go guess.

NO SPOILERS from here,so as not to mar your enjoyment of the movie.

THE SIGNAL might metaphorically, shatter your senses and leave you breathless.

The movie is bloody and harrowing and is likely to give you goose pimples. For most parts, the scenes are created to heighten the chilling effect.

We empathize with the three young victims who are waiting for the slaughter.

We can imagine them assuring themselves to wake up, go home, and that everything is just a nightmarish game.

Or is it not?

RATING: 3.5 out of 5.

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES

 

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 ” The Four III – 四大名捕 III ” (2014) Movie Review.

You haven’t the faintest idea who GU LONG is? Well, that’s bad.

Avid followers of the Martial Arts or Wu Xia kingdom would surely know.

GU LONG is the glorious kingpin who kicked off the WU XIA craze way back in the 70s, his numerous scripts were bought and made into box-office blockbusters under the SHAW BROTHERS banner.

I was one of his myriad of fans. His stories have never fail to mesmerize me.

 ” The Four  – 四大名捕” feature film trilogy is significantly “Gu-longish” in nature. You can feel his raw touch of zen and mysticism here and there. You have to watch  to believe.

This Review focuses on SEQUEL THREE (finale, the showdown), where there are more thrills, spins, dazzling fireworks and stupendous effects. It’s overwhelming!

This two-hour long Wuxia feature follows the exploits of the Four constables once again. The Constables are Emotionless, Iron Hands, Life Snatcher and Cold Blood.

They have pledged their martial arts skills to their leader, Master Zhuge, to solve heinous crimes and apprehend lawless criminals.

The movie is set during the reign of Emperor Huizong, during the period of the Northern Song Dynasty.

The author of this fascinating trilogy is Malaysian’s writer Woon Swee Oan.

“THE FOUR 3″ PRESS REVIEW

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The previous sequel promises a cliffhanger, so here you are, the grand finale has arrived for the melt-down.

“THE FOUR 3″ again, is everything what an intriguing thriller should be, for die-hard fans of WU XIA whodunits.

The mood-and-tone of “THE FOUR 3″ highlights a mixed bag of Asian sleuthing along the fine line of the fictional GU LONG with his imaginary stable of fantasy heroes.

The four constables are established with strange names, such as: Emotionless (Crystal Liu Yifei), Iron Hands (Collin Chou) Life Snatcher (Ronald Cheng) and ColdBlood (Deng Chao).

Each is trained in his own school of super power.

When the four constables of the Divine Constabulary investigate a series of assassinations in the suburbs, they unexpectedly stumble on clues leading to the murder of Emotionless’s family 15 years ago.

While covering the case, these constables stumble upon facts about their own hideous pasts and secrets they want hidden.

Because by delving deep, they would have to choose between past grudges affecting their new lives at the Divine Constabulary.

An endless stream of bloody butchery confronts them as the story unfolds.

And even if they are able to survive this storm, you bet, there will be another looming over the horizon.

 The Four will come to fight it out with An Yun Shan, a villainous kung fu master who can easily absorb the power of enemies he defeats. 

The film is an implosive wuxia drama and the Final Chapter that explores the merciless kill-or-be-killed world of the wuxia world.

“THE FOUR 2″ is a high energy thriller by director Gordon Chan that delivers from start to finish.

Aside the splendid cinematography and glorious CGI effects, this is one  swordplay plot that keeps you guessing right to the end, as to who really, is the mysterious mastermind.

The movie script is meticulously plotted.

Gordon Chan has produced an ancient masterpiece that grips you from start to finish.

POW-WOW!

RATING: 4 out of 5

Local Distributor: GSC MOVIES

AS WITH THE REST OF THE TWO SEQUELS, DO NOT MISS THE GRAND FINALE (FINAL CHAPTER).

 

 

 

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 HERE’s the GHASTLY POSTER that sends SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE!

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RELISH THE DARKNESS

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 Darker-than-DARK brings on THE CREEPS

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 HE is SCREAMING in TERROR

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  SHE is pictured HERE, against a gloomy ENVIRONMENT of DOOM

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ARTY FARTY Shot depicting the CALM before the STORM

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THE WAX EFFIGY comes CRASHING down, SIGNIFYING a death WARNING.

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This pretty SINGER is crooning SENSUALLY … not realizing SHE has been EARMARKED for DEATH.

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“Dear FATHER, what on earth is HAPPENING here?”

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WHEN DEATH COMES A-CALLING …..

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INSIDE THE WAX EFFIGY, it is all HOLLOW ….

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 YOU see LINES OF CRACKS running all over the WAX MANNEQUINS’ bodies.

“HONG HOON” (2014) THAI HORROR FILM

WAX MANNEQUINS, PAPER EFFIGIES, whatever. In movies, they relate to the same thing.

In Thailand, they are given the glam treatment, as you can observe in HONG HOON.

But in Hong Kong where ghost films are churned out a dime a dozen, paper effigies are strictly burnt as peace offerings, where superstitious believers rely on these “paper dolls” to appease the spirits.

Be informed that this Reviewer has a disdain for anything “effigy-ish”. They create goose bumps, he asserts.

Two years ago, he collaborated with a Chinese film director who wanted the script finale  to end with fleeing effigies scrambling from a haunted bus.  So thrilling, isn’t it?

This Reviewer stupidly fought against the idea, citing that the whole idea was preposterous.

But isn’t this what a ghost movie should be all about? I lost the argument.

Yeah … folk, do bring on the chills!

The still photography of HONG HOON artistically renders the Poster with a macabre touch. There is a cracked line running through the mannequin’s body indicating that this is a wax object, but will the content be just as intriguing?

Revealing too much of the plot is liken to debating a family trade secret in the open.

The film director is the KANTANA GROUP’s scion known as KULP KALJARUEK who is reviving his aunt’s popular radio drama of the yester years onto the big screen. Famous in Thailand, KULP in his 20s is not a known name out of Thailand except for foreign film units who patronize his film company’s excellent post-production services.

This new HONG HOON is an adaptation of a popular radio classic horror that centers on two living humans.

The male lead is Nop (ANANDA EVERINGHAM) and the female actress is Ploy (RATTANARAT AURTHAVEEKUL). You’d label them as a pretty couple.

In the film, their loved ones die under unusual circumstances, as soon as each of them receives an effigy replica of themselves moulded in wax.

Is there a devious killer looming in the mist? Or is it a haunting curse?

Together these young investigators try to fathom out the reality behind the mystery, but with disastrous results.

 Thai superstition warns that wax figurines of oneself should never be made until after one’s death. Of course there are rare exceptions, otherwise this film would never have been made.

Out of Thailand, Asian people observe traditions differently. Mannequin-like wax or paper effigies are not something to reckon with. They bring about doom, if not bad luck.

In the movie version of HONG HOON, Nop is investigating the death of his sister. He soon discovers that the cause of death is linked to a wax figurine that looks exactly like her.

About the same time, he encounters Ploy, a woman who initially believes she lost her father in an accident.

She soon discovers that her father’s death was no accident. It’s also connected to the wax mannequin he ordered for himself, before his death.

Unity is strength, so Nop and Ploy join forces to fight the lurking evil, but to their horror, they soon discover that there are also, mannequin-like wax effigies being crafted after them.

It is obvious, therefore that someone is plotting their demise. Who wants them dead?

Creepy effigies and mysterious deaths occur now and then in this creepy feature-film. You can take into account a nightclub singer and her snoopy friends whose days are numbered. Relax, you are assured of loads of thrills, spins, whatever.

First time director KULP KALJAREUK, believes he has done his best.  For all purpose and intent he has created an avant garde movie that delves into a world of despair and gloom.

No production expense is spared to create a foreboding mood throughout, what with all the darkness engulfing you, waiting to pounce.

ANANDA EVERINGHAM runs around wearing a pained look most of the time, hollering in the storm. He is a good ASIAN star, one of the best in Thailand.

He has my utmost respect as he is an unassuming actor who adores art and he is more than willing to explore overseas challenges.

His counterpart is Ploy (RATTANARAT) who is trying to keep up with this celebrity man.

In this dark tale, everyone will eventually congregate, along with Ploy’s cousin Pond (ORLEE SODTHIVANVONG) and friend Korn (BARIWATR YUTOH), at the mannequin maker’s shadowy villa. What will happen here?

Don’t ask too many questions, you are made to understand. Or you might perish prematurely and gets converted into a waxed mannequin.

Oh la la!

FOOTNOTES:

HONG HOON by all accounts, is an avant garde horror film that will shatter your senses and leave you speechless.

It is a decent piece of work crafted with brutal fascination.

ANANDA EVERINGHAM ‘s performance as an angry man is mesmerizing.

Righto.

Here’s the darker-than-dark movie trailer

RATING: 3 out of 5

LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR:  GSC MOVIES

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“THE EXPENDABLES 3″ (2014) MOVIE REVIEW

As the camera zooms in for facial shots, it is clear that time has taken its toil on the senior actors. You see the deep lines on their foreheads and the tell-tale wrinkles burrowed around their eyes.

Metaphorically, our ageing heroes are battling off the ravages of bygone years.

Back to”THE EXPENDABLES 3″.

It has little to offer in terms of plot and content. The same shoot-shoot-bang-bang with loads of loud explosions in accompaniment are all back. You’ll be treated to pure nonsensical action all the way!

The plot is a mishmash of the previous chapter.

There’s little you can do in terms of dangerous stunts where the old heroes are not up to it. Body doubles and stuntmen, what.

 Stallone (Barney Ross) and his mercenaries, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, are back with a vengeance.

Their mission?

To stage a prison break for one of their founding members, Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes).

 A CIA biggie (Harrison Ford) suggests to Stallone (Barney Ross) to acquire and train a young energetic team in the likes of Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, boxer Victor Ortiz and mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey. Point taken.

The movie’s hilarious moments come from Wesley Snipes, who takes a dig at his tax-evasion sentence, and a sour-faced Mel Gibson, soaking in his role as chief villain.

Antonio Banderas who still maintains a certain charm and youthfulness tries too hard to be a practical joker.

And as for Jet Li, this Chinese martial-arts star has about a dozen words of dialogue.

The movie is directed by Aussie Patrick Hughes.

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded the Expendables with Barney.

Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader, is someone being marked for Barney’s death list.

He eluded death once before, is now having  devious plans to end the Expendables members. 

Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy.

And how do I rate the movie?

Not my genre of entertainment, but to be fair, there are some amazing stuff if you just go for the entertainment and don’t dig dirt.

A well-worn plot with a cast that has depth and credibility with an air of dainty ruthlessness. Old stars have to act like big unforgotten stars of yester years.

It’s a cool, deadpan roller coaster ride to hell.

Is it not?

RATING: 3 out of 5

Local Distributor: TGV PICTURES

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