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    September 12, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: TEKKEN and LOVE IN DISGUISE

    TEKKEN (English/18+)
    Genre: Action/Adventure
    Release Date: 05 August 2010
    Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Golden Screen Cinemas
    Running Time: 91 minutes
    Director: Dwight H Little
    Producers: Steven Paul, Benedict Carver, Iddo Lampton Enochs
    Writers: Michael Colleary, Alan B McElroy, Mike Werb
    Casts: Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale, Tamlyn Tomita
    Plot: Based on the fighting game series of the same name. The film follows rebellious teenage fighter Jin Kazama (Jon Foo) in his attempts to enter the Iron Fist Tournament to avenge the loss of his mother, Jun Kazama, by confronting his father, Kazuya Mishima (Ian Anthony Dale) and his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), the latters of whom he thought were responsible for her death. In the year 2039, after World Wars destroy much of civilisation as we know it, territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations; the mightiest of which is the Mishima Zaibatsu. To placate the seething masses of this dystopia, Mishima sponsors the King of Iron Fist Tournament, or Tekken, in which fighters battle until one is left standing, who in turn will receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth. We are introduced to this violent world through the eyes of Jin Kazama.


    THE VERDICT
    The whole God-damn reason reason I do not get it when Hollywood decided to adapt something like this! Tekken is played by millions of people worldwide but I bet many would prefer to stick their eyes to the gaming screen rather than watching this. Oh you got this right - Tekken plays very small effort in bringing the storyline to a proper decent and watchable one; but instead leaving it with lots of questions over its motives. All unknown casting with terrible story to watch - it sums up things very tightly.


    THE RATING
    Story - 1.0 stars
    Casts - 1.5 stars
    Cinematography - 3.0 stars
    Effects - 3.5 stars
    OVERALL - 2.0 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 7.0
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    LOVE IN DISGUISE (Mandarin/U)
    Genre: Comedy/Romance
    Release Date: 12 August 2010
    Distributor: Golden Screen Cinemas
    Running Time: 97 minutes
    Director: LeeHom Wang
    Producers: -
    Writers: Hung-chieh Chen, Xin Yi Du, Leehom Wang
    Casts: Leehom Wang, Yifei Liu, Joan Chen
    Plot: Famous from an incredibly young age, Du Ming-Han (Wang Lee Hom) has only ever known a celebrity pop star existence. Yet, despite all the glamour, there is still something lacking in his charmed life - true love. With the help of fellow musician and friend Wei Zhi-Bo, Ming-Han disguised himself as a regular Joe in the hope of finding true love. While incognito, both of them stumble across the performance of a classical Chinese orchestra. Ming-Han is immediately captivated by the melodies of the guzheng soloist, Song Xiao Qing (Crystal Liu Yi-Fei), a student at the Shanghai Conservatory, whose affections lie with the accomplished but arrogant virtuoso, Mu Fan. In his attempt to spend more time with Xiao Qing, Ming-Han promises to help her get together with Mu Fan. As Ming-han and Xiao Qing grow closer, it becomes increasingly difficult to conceal his identity.


    THE VERDICT

    It is not a great movie, seriously. The fact that this is the first directorial effort by the Taiwanese heartthrob Leehom makes this movie forgivable. It tastes like the puppy love of our very own local Ice Kacang Puppy Love. It is also less versatile and the plot is predictable and weak, behold the music itself is the only good thing about the whole 97 minutes of movie watching. Leehom, do extra miles next time.

    THE RATING
    Story - 2.5 stars
    Casts - 2.5 stars
    Cinematography - 3.0 stars
    Effects - 3.0 stars
    OVERALL - 2.5 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 10.6
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