Kung Fu meets disco in Singapore. Hock is a grocery clerk longing for a motorbike. He lives with his parents and sister; they idolize his younger brother, Beng, a medical student calling ... See full summary »
Kung Fu meets disco in Singapore. Hock is a grocery clerk longing for a motorbike. He lives with his parents and sister; they idolize his younger brother, Beng, a medical student calling himself Leslie. Hock loves Bruce Lee; he works out and imitates his moves. When Hock sees a cheesy local version of "Saturday Night Fever," he gets the disco bug, taking his pal Mei to nightly lessons in hopes of winning a contest and buying the bike. He's blind to Mei's falling in love with him, and, at the last minute asks another woman to be his partner in the contest. Meanwhile, Beng reveals a personal secret to his family and a crisis ensues. Hock, Beng, Mei and her rival: it's Night Fever. Written by
Immediately after the scene where Hock runs in full '70s dance getup to meet with Mei and when he finally arrives, there is a truck in the background with a large blue covering on it. The purpose of this vehicle was not only as a set dressing, but it was used to block the camera's view of the catering area so that the crew would not have to move all of the tables and food to another location. See more »
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I saw this movie nearly three years ago, when it first came out in Singapore (was living there at the time) and I thoroughly loved it. I'm excited that it's finally come to the US (if only in video).
The story is, well, predictable (except the subplot with Ah Hock's brother). But that's alright. So is most of Hollywood. What makes this movie such a gem is the earnestness of the acting--the fun the actors really seem to be having making this movie.
The film uses some of Singapore's unique talents (it's too bad Steven Lim isn't doing that much acting any more or that Medaline Tan hasn't been seen in a while). Take the dance instructor, for example--he's probably Singapore's most famous transvestite (you see him in his more usual role in a short cameo). Goei's subtlety in showcasing aspects of Singapore that are not its more renowned is especially appealing. Singapore hasn't always been as clean, well-run, and efficient as it is now.
Don't get me wrong. You don't have to be Singaporean to enjoy this movie (I'm not). Enjoy the Singlish that is unabashedly used throughout. Enjoy the fun (if not technically amazing) dancing. Enjoy the wonderful soundtrack, full of disco classics re-recorded by Singaporean bands (although you can't always tell). Enjoy the fact that a company of Singaporeans have made a film worthy of hollywood without any of hollywood in it. It's a blast.
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