Unarmed Combat is a quirky comedy about human obsessions. When the beautiful Pingmei steps into Metal's laundry shop, he is immediately bedazzled. He cannot help but wonder why his wife is ... See full summary »
Unarmed Combat is a quirky comedy about human obsessions. When the beautiful Pingmei steps into Metal's laundry shop, he is immediately bedazzled. He cannot help but wonder why his wife is not more like her. Unconsciously, he tries to change his wife to become more like Pingmei. Little does he know that he is about to set off a chain of events that will rock the foundation of his marriage and turn his life upside down! Written by
Han Yew Kwang & Lau Chee Nien
Quirky comedy that will hopefully come out on video.
Unarmed Combat is a strange comedy. The word 'quirky' used in its publicity is probably the most concise word for describing the movie. I would describe it as a comedy of obsessions set amid the banality of life. The central setting for the movie is an cluttered, antiquated laundry shop that looks more at home in the 50s or 60s than in modern Singapore. That contrasts strangely with the square lines of HDBland where the boss and his wife live. The aural background to the movie was decent with some nice highlights: watch out for the handphone ring tone and the Koel call. There was one or two parts where I thought the sound editing was a bit clumsy. But for a 19 day film and $100,000 budget from the Singapore Film Commission's Film Incubator Programme, I'd say that it was a good job.
Now that the cinema run is done. I hope it will be released on video because I want to get a copy. Hopefully the video release will contain the 19min short of the same title that Director Han Yew Kwang produced in 2004.
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