Kok Pin, Boon Hock and Terry are classmates in "EM3" stream. In Singapore, that means that at the age of 12, the government has decided that they are not as academically inclined as their ... See full summary »
Kok Pin, Boon Hock and Terry are classmates in "EM3" stream. In Singapore, that means that at the age of 12, the government has decided that they are not as academically inclined as their peers. Kok Pin is creative and a born artist but his parents would rather he focus on his Maths and Sciences. Boon Hock comes from a low-income family and needs to balance school and helping out at the food stall. Terry, a spoilt brat is just too lazy a student. While the three children suffer from the pressure of school, their parents have another set of problems - their jobs and careers ... Written by
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At one point, someone says that "Chinese New Year is coming soon" (the date of Chinese New Year varies, but it is always in January or February), but later Jerry Khoo receives a text message and says that "terrorists flew a plane into the tallest building in the US" (September 11, 2001). Since Chinese New Year occurs at the end of the movie, perhaps the filmmakers added the second line as a memorial to 9/11 but forgot that it was the wrong time of year in the movie. See more »
At the begining of the show, you will see Chinese words telling you to turn off your mobile phones and to applaud for the movie. At the end of the show, 3 of the cast will ask you to applaud for the movie See more »
Being born and bred in Singapore for my entire life, I understand how the main leads in the movie faced because I was once part of the system years ago. I was once in the EM2 stream myself but yet, I so know how it feels.
Imagine facing the prejudice you will get when you are in EM3 here. Although the government had already kind of modified the primary school streaming system here, this movie will always remind us of despite how much many in the world who admire our education system and how we are always among the top for international mathematics and science competitions, there are always things which the students who were once part of the primary school streaming system will not forget.
But, coming back to the movie. Director Jack Neo had certainly strike a chord with the local audiences with this movie. I remembered back then when I first watched the movie when it was released here, it was one of those movies I know I can fully understand at once what it is talking about. The humour, the parodies...all of it really capture the essence of the movie.
When it was being made into a TV drama version, more things were explored. Definitely the one movie that will make the outside world understand about the humanity side of Singapore's education scene more or less.
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