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Pao ba hai zi (2003)

A young boy accidentally loses his sister's school shoes. To avoid trouble at school and with their parents, they decide to secretly share his shoes.

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Jack Neo

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Jack Neo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shawn Lee Shawn Lee ... Chew Kiat Kun
Megan Zheng Megan Zheng ... Chew Seow Fang
Yun Xiang ... Kun's Mother
Wenyong Huang ... Kun's Father
Joshua Ang Joshua Ang ... Tan Beng Soon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Au ... Seow Fang's Teacher
Hui Lu Boon Hui Lu Boon ... Seow Fang's Schoolmate
Emil Chau ... Policeman
John Cheng ... Rioter
Marcus Chin ... Kun's Form Teacher
Wen Long Ho Wen Long Ho ... Tan Seow Hay
Po Ju Huang Po Ju Huang ... Fatty
M.C. King ... Shoe Shop Assistant
Frankie Lee Frankie Lee ... Cobbler
Mark Lee ... Kun's P.E. Teacher
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A young boy accidentally loses his sister's school shoes. To avoid trouble at school and with their parents, they decide to secretly share his shoes.

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barefoot | shoes | feet | lost | politic | See All (8) »

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Drama | Family

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Country:

Singapore

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

7 August 2003 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Homerun See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaysia

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SGD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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The entire film actually contained a lot of political allusion, like in the scene when Kiat Kun's friends and Beng Soon's friends arguing after an agreement is reneged on. See more »

Quotes

Seow Fang's Teacher: [the teacher was having a gymnastics class, she demanded Chew to kick a leg] Kick!
Seow Fang's Teacher: [Chew didn't move] Kick!
Seow Fang's Teacher: [Chew still didn't move a bit] Kick!
Seow Fang's Teacher: [Chew finally kick her leg, her brother's shoes flew at hit her teacher] Where is your shoes? This is sampan!
Chew Seow Fang: I wore my brother's shoes by mistake.
Seow Fang's Teacher: Can you do this!
[Chew stared down at her barefoot]
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Remake of Children of Heaven (1997) See more »

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Inspiring and simple, but had badly written humor
17 June 2011 | by neenahhhSee all my reviews

I have watched this movie a few times before in Chinese class. I never really got to truly appreciate and understand this movie until now.

"Homerun" is about two poor siblings who have to share shoes after the brother accidentally loses his sisters' pair of shoes. The plot is simple, but amazingly, the movie managed to get deep and emotional. It's truly a wonder.

This is really an inspiring film. At first, I thought the plot was too over the top and too unrealistic, but after watching the whole film, I realized: How would I know? Myself, like Beng Soon, was born into a fortunate family and (as he put it:) I don't understand what it's like to live without shoes. I have never been in a situation like that, so I don't have any right to decide whether something like this is unrealistic or whatnot.

I love family films and this one, although foreign, is no exception. I really liked the bond that the siblings shared. Even if things would not go the way they wanted it to, they never gave up and always found ways to work through them together. That was inspiring.

The one thing I did not like in this film was the humor that seemed to be trying too hard. There were so many scenes in the movie that could have just been cut and made the film better. The so-called funny scenes with Kun's classmates were unnecessary. The bad humor played a big part in my low score for this movie. Aside from that, I think that the cast could have been improved. The movie would do well without some of the students. The lead actor seemed to be lacking in something. However, the actress who played the sister and the actor who played the rival, did terrific jobs.

Viewed on: June 17, 2011


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