I was fortunate enough to be invited to the premiere of one of Singapore’s better movie productions, HOMECOMING – out in Singaporean and Malaysian cinemas 3rd Feb 2011.
This is a long post and I realized that you can actually google/read many other well-written reviews about the said movie on the internet (I like this one).
I am just going to cut to the chase that all in all, I found this local film a humorous and heartwarming. It is very relevant and celebrant for the new Rabbit Year and I truly enjoyed Jack Neo’s cross-dressing performance as Ah Niu’s (popular Malaysian singer) mother. The dynamics of all the different characters intertwine well, and I believe our respective local superstars have done us quite proud.
Honestly, all the actors are very ‘swee’ but Jack Neo’s performance is stellar.
Here is my down low of Homecoming’s gala premiere and post-party.
My friend Kanny had worked with Jack Neo before, as well as co-hosted with Mark Lee on Channel U’s tv series Wonderchef. Naturally, she was excited to check out the movie so I had to invite her along to be my movie + popcorn buddy!
The ironic thing is, Kanny has met famous Hong Kong chef Daniel Koh, who is the character that Mark Lee plays in said movie Homecoming. Mark Lee wears his apron and accent in the movie.
Here we are with Alvin from OMY SG. He also has one of the most read blogs in Singapore Alvinology, and everything he writes gets thousands of views.
Going to a movie premiere with a Mediacorp-contract actress like Kanny Ling En meant meeting a lot of her fellow contacts from the film industry…
Here we are with Quan Xi, who is one of Mediacorp’s long time and most revered actors.
On the right is Molby, the boss of the agency who is representing her, Wawa Artistes Network.
There was a bit of a media frenzy when all the movie actors came on stage for half an hour full of special appearances and some contest games.
We were trying to walk to our designated movie theatre but Kanny kept getting spotted and stopped by her fans…
POST-PARTY @ ST JAMES
Spoke with Koe Yeet, Malaysian actress and one of the female leads in Homecoming. She was quite cute and sweet. I tried to ask her what the Malaysia film industry was like, although she did not know a lot of my friends in the Malaysian media and entertainment scene – she says her Mom does not allow her to get involved with the nightlife in Malaysia.
Ex movie producer, local icon and show stealer Jack Neo aka Karen Neo makes a very public appearance with his starring cross-dressing role in this film. He was very warm to talk to and engaged in more than pleasantries with us. I was quite surprised that he took the time to leave his “VIP only” area to come down to our level – he was the only star who did this and he is the biggest star there by my books.
We asked him questions only about his work in this movie as well as the industry, and he shared his passion for acting.
He had some awful press throughout last year with all the sex scandals, but it’s ok now because we Singaporeans like to talk only. We will forgive and forget.
Welcome back, Jack Neo.
CALLING ALL MOVIE BUFFS – Singaporeans, Malaysians and Ang Mohs!
Forget Hollywood for one weekend. Do yourself as well as your local economy a favour this (Chinese) new year and catch HOMECOMING.
You can read my teaser for this movie here.