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That's the Way I Like It (1998)
"Forever Fever" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  28 May 1998 (Singapore)
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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 »

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A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life.

Director: John Badham
Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Pang ...
Hock
Medaline Tan ...
Mei
Pierre Png ...
Richard
Anna Belle Francis ...
Julie
Steven Lim ...
Boon
Westley Wong ...
Bobby
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Ah Seng
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Hock's Guardian Angel / John Travolta
Caleb Goh ...
Leslie / Ah Beng
Pamela Oei ...
Mui (as Pam Oei)
Kay Siu Lim ...
Father
Margaret Chan ...
Mother
Lily Siew Lin Ong ...
Grandmother
Kumar ...
Tranny #1 / Larry / Host
Kay Tong Lim ...
Mr. Tay
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A romantic comedy with twists and turns.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for momentary language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$880,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

SGD 30,000 (Singapore) (22 May 1998)

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$19,319 (USA) (22 October 1999)
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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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Ah Hock: Don't think. Feel.
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References Mean Streets (1973) See more »

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Written by Dan Hartman
Performed by October Cherries
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Cute, and better than you'd expect
21 March 2002 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I checked this out from the library - I figured, what the heck, it's free, and I'll get a campy laugh from it. But the movie is in fact sweet & affectionate. OK so the guy playing Travolta who walks off the screen looks nothing like him & is actually doing a slightly Southern accent. The lead actor (playing Hock) looks a lot like Bruce Lee and turns out to be a good dancer as well as great at kung fu. Nobody has yet mentioned a minor subplot, of the idolized older brother - a med student who needs money for a sex-change operation. The father disavows the med student son in anger. The 70s costumes are good fun and I like the kid sister character who's hooked on romance novels. It reminded me in a way of "Strictly Ballroom" (a much better Baz Lehrman film than "Moulin Rouge" BTW!) And everybody's speaking quite good English

  • no terrible dubbing! So check this one out & enjoy.



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