Minor problems but overall thoroughly enjoyable!
I don't think this movie has made it beyond Asian shores, but I was recently in Singapore and watched a host of their local fare. One such film, and in my mind, the most memorable, was City Sharks. The movie starts quickly, picks up the pace with a very funny and very unexpected twist, then kicks off on an off-beat road trip into the neighboring country. It is an excellent story that moves as quickly as the guys speeding down the country roads. Even though the cinematography was sometimes inconsistent - some scenes were just brilliant, some were poor - the overall story had me hooked. There are tons of hilarious moments especially when the three guys start working together, and the conversation was witty and even ridiculously funny. Their need to belong, coupled with their incompetence, was charming and I just loved the three boys!!! And the dramatic scenes (three come to mind) were brilliantly underplayed and truly tugged at the heart strings. The blond Indian character was the least memorable of the trio, but when covered by his other two orphanage pals, wasn't as grating. The female lead (if there was one) wasn't very good, but thankfully there was very little of her. The orphanage parents were great and I loved the fact that they behaved like a real, married couple. I did wish that the kung fu scene was a little longer, but overall, I'd have to say that this was the best, non-pretentious film I watched during my tenure in Asia.
- Jul 29, 2003
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