Must watch this weekend!: HOMECOMING

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Homecoming Movie

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.

PRE-SHOW TEASERS

My friend Terence, one of the partners from HomeRun Asia and his girlfriend, Andrea.
Thank you for the invite you two!
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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!

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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.
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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.
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Quan Xi dressed and behaved really humbly, and we had several long chats about the industry and industry people. Quan Xi acted in Homecoming as well as one of Jacelyn Tay’s family members.
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Premiere people…
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In line with the CNY festivities, dumplings and other dim sum treats were served.
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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.

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In Singapore, we ‘lohei’ for good luck.
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We were trying to walk to our designated movie theatre but Kanny kept getting spotted and stopped by her fans…

#1
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Don’t forget about this fan… I am her number 1 fan!
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POST-PARTY @ ST JAMES

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Supporting media OMY SG was present, along with some of their regular bloggers Mint Leong, Samantha Kaylee, William Tan, HPility, and Sze Ping.
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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.
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The movie actors try to sing for us.
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TRY.
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Huat ah! My golden hong baos.
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Last but definitely not least, Jack Neo.
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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.
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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.

MUST WATCH!

You can read my teaser for this movie here.

Thank you supporting media partner OMY SG for their invite and warm hospitality as well.
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Chinese new year pull your ear

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What is Chinese New Year and why must eat Reunion Dinner?

Singaporeans like me await and celebrate the event of Chinese New Year – marked by the first day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. There are many myths and traditions related to CNY, but all you really need to know for now is CNY is the Chinese community’s most important and longest celebration in the entire year.

来 来 来 Lai lai lai! (Direct translation to English: Come come come!)

Best known for its 14-day long festivities and allowing everyone around us to enjoy traditions from lion dances and Lantern festival to the offerings of ‘Ang Baos’ (red packets filled with money to represent well wishes of prosperity for the new year), it’s no wonder all my Ang Moh (caucasian) friends want to share this special day with me. Shiok (Good) for them lah.

Reunion dinner, also known as 团圆饭, happens on Chinese New Year’s Eve (the date changes every year in retrospect to the Chinese Lunar calendar thing I previously mentioned) and is fondly remembered in my life as one of the most important family dinners of the year.

Reunion dinner = Cannot skip for any other appointment, can or may not be at a restaurant, a time to gather and get-together with other family members, usually equals sitting down around a round table to eat steamboat as well as eat, eat, eat, meat.
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***In anticipation of Chinese New Year and yummy reunion dinners, a few of my friends have congregated online and caught my attention. They were all on the topic of a local movie coming out called ‘Homecoming‘.

Now, to be honest, I rarely pay attention to local films – not because they are substandard (sometimes they can be though) – but because I spend all my box office money on the usual Hollywood blockbusters.

Not only did the anticipation of ‘Homecoming’ garner a whooping 145 facebook comments from these few friends, well its 145 FACEBOOK COMMENTS MAN!

I blanked out some of the text to keep parts of our Facebook privacy intact. Said friends were in the midst of planning to to catch the movie, and excitement surrounding Jack Neo, Ah Niu, and other gossip was exchanged. Reason enough to have a peek… I googled the movie.

The one and only Singaporean Chinese New Year movie to watch – HOMECOMING
Date of release 3rd Feb 2011

HOMECOMING – produced and brought to you by Home Run Asia
Supporting media: OMY SG

Funny/funny looking people I am actually interested in watching in HOMECOMING are…

Singaporean comedian – Mark Lee

Malaysian singer and songwriter – Ah Niu, most popular for his song here.

Singaporean actress and beauty – Jacelyn Tay

Singaporean film director turned temporary movie actor: Jack Neo

*To me and to most, the show-stealer is sex-scandal tainted film director Jack Neo who will have his own homecoming in Homecoming, in character ‘Karen Neo’ as the movie’s lead actor (actress?).*
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My idea of the movie synopsis: Basically a comedic roadtrip stretching from Singapore to Malaysia, as the key characters rush to make it in time for Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

Better to watch the trailer…

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 – what I believe to be – one of the better (and funnier) local movies coming out.

If there are any Singaporean movies you will ever watch (this year, till the end of your life, etc), this is the ONLY Chinese New Year movie to watch!