Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ah Long Pte Ltd - TGV, Sunway Pyramid

A week after the 12th March Malaysian premier of the long awaited Jack Neo (Singapore) film, Ah Long Pte Ltd, we watched it at TGV Sunway Pyramid (RM$11), on a weekend mid-night screening. Didn't think it was particularly coherent, though it did have its funny moments! Perhaps I was comparing it a little too much with Neo's previous efforts. AND, it seemed to be more like Neo's take and interpretation of MALAYSIA rather then his motherland, Singapore. Highlights, the appearance of the Indian security guard / mall cop (Just Follow Law) and Lao Zha Boh :-)

From the Ah Long Facebook group ...
AH LONG PTE LTD is a light-hearted black comedy about the triad world and the money-lending business. Instead of treating the subject of Ah Longs (money-lenders) seriously, the movie takes on a humorous treatment. Wang Li Hua (Fann Wong) is a member of the Shao He Triad, an Ah Long organisation. She gets an instant promotion after her boss decides to retire. With the help of her newfound dance instructor husband Jojo Fang (Mark Lee) and his henchmen, Li Hua introduces various non-violent measures to handle borrowers, usually with hilarious results. Will she be able to balance between the hullabaloo within her gang and the threat of rival triads? AH LONG PTE LTD is directed by Jack Neo.
Jack Neo's filmography ...
1997 12 Storeys
1998 Money No Enough (钱不够用) writer, actor
1999 That One Not Enough (那个不够) writer, director
Liang Po Po: The Movie (梁婆婆重出江湖) writer, actor
2002 I Not Stupid (小孩不笨) writer, director, actor
2003 Homerun (跑吧,孩子) writer, director
2004 The Best Bet (突然发财) writer, director
2005 I Do, I Do (爱都爱都) director
One More Chance (3个好人) writer, director
2006 I Not Stupid Too (小孩不笨2) writer, director, actor
2007 Just Follow Law (我在政府部门的日子) writer, director
2008 Ah Long Pte Ltd (老师嫁老大) writer, director
I've watched just about all his films, bar 12 Stories and Homerun, and felt that his best efforts must have been Just Follow Law, The Best Bet and I Not Stupid.

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