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One Leg Kicking (2001)

A group of underdogs form an amateur football team to play in a local league. The prize for the winners: a trip to the 2002 World Cup Finals. The team include a common man's hero who raises... See full summary »

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Gurmit Singh ...
Tai Po
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Moe Alkaff
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Kim
Richard Burrows ...
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Siva Choy ...
Sammy Best
Kumar ...
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Hossan Leong ...
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Robin Leong ...
Gavin
Kay Tong Lim ...
Sonny Lim
Fiona Xie ...
Gwen
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A group of underdogs form an amateur football team to play in a local league. The prize for the winners: a trip to the 2002 World Cup Finals. The team include a common man's hero who raises his two children single-handedly after his wife passes away, an ex-con with major anger management problems, a lounge singer struggling against his deadly nemesis - the karaoke machine, and a tender but tough tomboy. The story is built around the team struggle against the odds from no-hopers to title contenders. Through the game of football, the team learns not just sportsmanship, but life lessons that help them to mature as individuals, and ultimately, help each other to become better human beings. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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A Mediocre Film...
14 August 2002 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

One Leg Kicking was saved by 5 things : Sharon Au, Gurmit Singh, Mark Lee, Hossan Leong and a subject matter close to the hearts of many Singaporeans.

The film had its moments (and they were very good moments). However, overall, it felt poorly put together and uncohesive.

Sharon Au was absolutely charming and outshone Fiona Xie by far despite playing a heartlander plain jane. Gurmit proved to viewers that he handles drama with as much panache as he takes on comedy. Mark Lee and Hossan Leong had brilliant comedic timing and were utterly hilarious!

These 4 actors rescued the film from what could only be termed bad acting.

Fiona Xie's character was so redundant, one wondered why she was even in the film. Her character could only be described as terribly boring and typical. To make it worse, Fiona Xie did not in any way even attempt to make an effort to liven up her already insipid character. In fact, she did not even appear to be acting as she spent the whole film doing nothing but simpering and trying to look cute and pretty in front of the camera. Her turning against her brother and father was totally unbelievable and unconvincing. I guess it was a good thing she didn't get much screen time (thank God!).

Even more appalling was Robin Leong in his villainous role. Besides WAY over-acting, his American accent and exaggerated mannerisms made him plain annoying, grating and a pain in the arse. Maybe he thought he was being funny but it sure as hell didn't work.

The fact that the incest issue was presented in such a fleeting (not to mention superficial) fashion, one can only wonder if the film makers were just too afraid to explore the issue at all. And if so, why even bring it into the film then? It's manifestation in the form of a Gwen doll for about 5 seconds in the film just trivialised an issue that might have lent (the only) depth to the relationship between Gwen and her brother.

Let's just hope the film industry in Singapore starts employing more actual talent and relying less on the reputation of the director/producer and actors who merely look good.


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