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Ah Boys to Men (2012)

The film opens with the Republic of Singapore apparently being under an immense invasion from a fictional army, with iconic Singaporean landmarks (such as the Merlion and the Esplanade) ... See full synopsis »

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Jack Neo
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Credited cast:
Tosh Zhang ... Sergeant Alex Ong
Weiliang Wang Weiliang Wang ... Recruit Lobang
Noah Yap Noah Yap ... Recruit IP Man
Charlie Goh ... Recruit Tan Wei Ming
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Ang Daniel Ang ... Chng Kia Ann
Vivek Arora Vivek Arora ... Extra
Fish Chaar Fish Chaar ... Cpt Tham SL
Elena Choo ... Nurse
Luke Lee ... Sergeant Jed Heng
Wang Lei Wang Lei ... Ken's uncle
Janson Lim Janson Lim ... Sam Too
Maxi Lim ... Wayang King
Maxi Lin Maxi Lin
Hanrey Low Hanrey Low ... Liao Kong Chai
Richard Low ... Ken's Father (2012)
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The film opens with the Republic of Singapore apparently being under an immense invasion from a fictional army, with iconic Singaporean landmarks (such as the Merlion and the Esplanade) coming under fire and many civilians killed brutally. It is later revealed that the war was fictitious setting of a war-based role-playing game played by Ken Chow (Joshua Tan), a rich and spoiled child reluctant to enlist into National Service. Ken plans to study abroad with his girlfriend Amy (Bong Qiu Ting), but his plans are derailed by NS. After being chided by Amy for his childishness, Ken takes it out on a nearby rubbish bin, to be apprehended by two policemen in the vicinity. A disappointed and embarrassed Amy looked very sad and angry.

Back home, after being driven back by his father (Richard Low), Ken confides to his parents about his fears of National Service. His overprotective mother (Irene Ang) decides to help him think of ways to defer, but to no avail. Eventually, they are all forced to ...

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The first Singaporean film to feature popular local Youtube celebrities as lead cast. See more »

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Followed by Ah Boys to Men II (2013) See more »

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Copied and wrapped up In Jack Neo's signature moralizing.
7 June 2020 | by Knockaround-ewSee all my reviews

This is just one in a series of Taiwanese/Korean army movies rip off by Jack Neo and it's bad, value your time by watching those instead.

Jack Neo is one of the most over hyped and over credited man alive today. None of his ideas or characters are original. From Taiwanese Rip off army movies to his signature gender play/old lady character which was also a blatent rip off from true comedy master Ken Shimura. Even his first successes were word by word, play by play Ken Shimura works.

Without further ideas Jack Neo re-used, repackaged and recycled the same ideas, like a pimp without a conscience forcing his exhausted prostitutes to take on abusive customer unwillingly without rest down to the last profit. His current works are the last drops of juice he could extract from the same fruit since day 1, and he stole that fruit.

He further wrapped up his copied comedy with cheesy moralizing about family, loyalty, friendships etc, when he abused his power in casting position to sleep with aspiring actress. If you value your time, turn away from anything Jack Neo.

The true Jack Neo's signature is moralizing and preaching.

Jack Neo is a steaming pile of puke and his work is the dried up mess that is insanely difficult to clean out of the carpet. And Noel Yap followed into his mentor's hypocritical footstep by giving derogatory remarks to the LBGT group then went on to be an ambassador for Pink Dot Singapore before being called out.

No proper credit or mention was given to Ken Shimura for using his work to propel him to his definitive moment even after his passing.

In comparison, Ken Shimura is widely recognized for his comedy genius and production prowess, with immense breadth and depth that shapedcomedy in Asia, contributed decades of content that brought genuine laughs and chuckles into homes.

Your time is precious, look away from Jack Neo for quality entertainment.


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Singapore

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English

Release Date:

8 November 2012 (Singapore) See more »

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Budget:

SGD1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,751,428
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