Wednesday, January 28, 2015

[Movie Review] Meet Miss Anxiety 《我的早更女友》

There's hardly any movie that I would want to watch more than twice, "My Sassy Girl" is probably the only movie I watched four times!!!  Coincidentally, I've also watched "Cyborg Girl" at least two times. And each time I watch these two movies, I still get touched and got into tears. And never did I realise that both movies by same director - KWAK Jae-yong and are part of his "Asian Girlfriends Trilogy".  Upon learning this, I got super excited about catching "Meet Miss Anxiety", which is the final sequel to the trilogy.

一般上,我都不愛重看電影,唯獨 《我的野蠻女友》,我看了不下四次!恰巧,《我的機器人女友》,我也看了至少兩次。每一次觀賞這兩部電影,我都感動不已,而落淚。但,一直以來都不知道,這兩部電影都是郭在容導演的作品,也屬容導“亞洲女友三部曲”的其中兩部。因而,得知《我的早更女友》乃是容導演“亞洲女友三部曲”的終結篇時,更是倍感興奮!



SYNOPSIS / 故事大綱
Four years ago, Qi Jia’s beloved college boyfriend Liu Chong plans to work in Beijing, while Qi prefer to stay in her home town. At their graduation ceremony, Qi proposes to Liu in the public, only to be rejected, which ends their love story. After their graduation, Qi got very passive and and rented a flat together with her schoolmate, Yuan Xiao’ou who was homeless at that time. Qi had never heard from Liu Chong after then until she got his wedding invitation two years later, she was devastated and caught an early menopause syndrome...





四年前,戚嘉的大學男友劉翀執意要去北京工作,可戚嘉舍不得離開故鄉。畢業之日她向劉翀求婚,卻當眾拒,她與劉翀的愛情也于此刻停止。畢業后戚嘉滿懷熱情的生活,並與無家可歸的大學校友袁曉鷗一起合租房子。劉翀去北京后音訊全無,載滿思念的信也有去無回,戚嘉變得意志消沉日日買醉。兩年后劉翀的結婚請柬讓戚嘉痛不欲生,尋死不得后她在閨蜜林舒兒和袁曉鷗的陪同下趕赴北京搶婚。但當劉翀發現面紗下的新娘是戚嘉時,他再一次拒絕了戚嘉的求婚。遭受感情創傷的戚嘉也被診斷出“早更”...






Director 導演   KWAK Jae-yong 郭在容
Cast 主演         Zhou Xun 周迅, Tong Dawei 佟大為, Han-Liang Chung 鐘漢良, 
                               Zhang Zilin 張梓琳
Genre 類型       Comedy/Romance 喜劇/愛情
Duration 片長  :98 mins 98 分鐘


Movie Review / 觀后感:
The movie is very light-hearted and draws many laughter throughout with the humorous dialogue.  At the same time, it is a very heart-warming and touching, and stirred much emotions.  A truly delightful movie that brings you to laughter and tears at the same time.  Beside the great cinematography, this is also a good mix of beautiful music as the film score which seems to be one distinctive traits of 
KWAK Jae-yong's movie.  Apparently Jae-young Kwak has a fetish for the song "Canon In D", which is used as film score for both "My Sassy Girl" and "Meet Miss Anxiety". 

No doubt, Zhou Xun's charisma really brings out the character well, however, the years are unforgiving, we can't deny that she stand to loose out to the young and new actress, Zhang Zilin. Many times, we got distracted by the beauty of Zhang Zilin. Though Zilin is young and pretty, I feel that Zhou Xun may still be the one, more suited for the character.  If only this movie is filmed 5 years earlier, it will probably be a more convincing one as it is a real challenge for the forty year old Zhou Xun to act as a 20+ year old gal.

Afterthoughts: Many times, we are seeking high and low for "The ONE", however, most often, it is after having gone around in circles, that we came to realise that we are actually in love with our own infatuation and "The ONE" has always been around you.

這部浪漫喜劇電影影不時以幽默的對白引起哄然大笑。然而,溫馨與感人的場面亦不少﹔在博得觀眾的歡笑的同時,也引來觀眾的淚水。唯美的拍攝手法與動人的電影配樂,令人看了心曠神怡。感覺上,郭導演偏愛“Canon In D”,同一個曲目出現在《我的野蠻女友》及《我的早更女友》。

無可否認,周迅的演繹不在話下,然而,不知怎的,年輕貌美的新進演員-張梓琳,卻有種喧賓奪主的感覺,吸引眾人的眼球。雖然如此,我依然覺得戚嘉一角,周迅依然是較適合的人選。奈何歲月不饒人。已40的周迅來飾演20多歲的黃毛丫頭,實在是一大挑戰。,如果,這部電影於五年前拍攝,周迅,一定演得更得心應手,更為稱職!


隨想:許多時候,我們尋尋覓覓,隻為找尋那個“他/她”。奈何兜兜轉轉之間,這才發現,眾裡尋他千百度,驀然回首,那人卻在,燈火闌珊處。



MEET MISS ANXIETY will be screening in local cinemas on 5th February 2015.
《我的早更女友》將於2015年2月5日在本地各個電影院上映



Last but not least, thanks Clover Films for the invitation to this special preview.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CREATE MELTING MOMENTS WITH YOUR VALENTINE AT W SINGAPORE – SENTOSA COVE

Turn this Valentine’s Day into one of reignited sparks and whimsical moments by mixing it up with a dash of fun and excitement as W Singapore-Sentosa Cove welcomes Cupid’s day this 2015. Whisk your loved ones away from the city and indulge your senses with the exquisite array of exclusive Valentine's Day ideas.

SKIRT - SWEETS FOR MY SWEET
Celebrate your special day at SKIRT for a taste of the good life, where a lavish 5-course Chocolate Indulgence menu is specially curated by Chef Andrew Nocente.  The menu features succulent steaks and aphrodisiac sweets. Tantalise your palates with a myriad of flavours and textures while reminiscing on how both of you first met.


SWEETS FOR MY SWEET
5-Course Chocolate Indulgence Menu
Spiced Tuna, Radish
Raspberry Chocolate Tea
Seared Scallop, Pickled Vegetables
White Chocolate Foam
Cured Duck, Figs
Orange Aero
Black Market Sirloin
Chocolate and Cherries
Chocolate Apple
S$298++ per couple

SKIRT
Time: 18:00 to 24:00
Reservations: 
Tel: +65 6808 7288
Email: skirt.singapore@whotels.com



WET - WET BETWEEN YOUR TOES
Surprise your love ones with this exclusive dining experience, created for 6 couples only. Ditch your
day suits and head down to WET for an extraordinary romantic aquatic dinner. Marvel at the pretty
lights as you sip and savour in splendid spread of sustainability-sourced seafood with the
Marina/South China Sea as the backdrop. Enjoy tasty sips as you watch the final golden rays of the
sun stretch across the tapestry of the horizon, slowly revealing glittery stars as your elbows intertwine.


WET BETWEEN YOUR TOES
“Smokey Bay Oysters”
Freshly Shucked, Caviar &
Ginger Beer Battered
“Butcher’s Charcuterie”
Jamon Serrano, Lomo Iberico, Parma Ham,
Foie Gras with Apples & Duck Rillettes
“Liquid”
Roasted Duck Consomme
Cepe and Chive Cappelletti
“Surf & Turf”
Grilled Black Angus Prime Rib &
Maine Lobster Truffle Béarnaise
“Sweet Endings”
Strawberry Shortcake, Marinated
Strawberries, Chantilly Cream, Short Bread
S$388++ Per Couple

WET
TIME: 18:00 to 24:00
RESERVATION:
Tel: +65 6808 7288
Email wetbar.singapore@whotels.com


WOOBAR - DROP THE MARTINI
Cosy up to your other half and luxuriate in delights as the evening hype up to an exhilarating crescendo by the resident DJs. Unleash your caged desires and revel to the night with amazing beats and be dazzled by the specially concocted love potion and decadent creations including, caviar, oysters and lobsters, served in a bird cage at WOOBAR.


DROP THE MARTINI – CAGED DESIRES
Caviar and Blinis
All the Usual Suspects
Freshly Shucked Smokey Bay Oysters
Tomato Infused Tea Shots
Hand Shaved Joselito Jamon Iberico
Manchego and Aged Balsamic
Duck Foie Gras Torchon
Sauternes and Basil
Lobster and Scallop Ceviche
Pink Grape Fruit and Mint
Strawberry Martini
Strawberries, Vodka Jelly
Chocolate Lipstick
Metallic Paint
330+ Per Couple

WOOBAR
TIME: 18:00 to 00:00
RESERVATION
Tel: +65 6808 7288
Email: woobar.singapore@whotels.com


AWAY SPA - IT TAKES TWO
Fuel your passion with an intimate two hours couple spa package at AWAY SPA that will simply blow your mind away. Starting with a soothing massage, scrub, body wrap and mini facial before sealing the final pampering session with a complimentary 15 minutes floral bath, and be promised a romantic experience that will spice up your night.


IT TAKES TWO
Comprises of 1 hours massage, 30 minutes
scrub, 30 minutes body wrap with mini facial
and complimentary 15 minutes floral bath
Upon purchasing the package, couple can
enjoy a complimentary use of FIT within the day

AWAY SPA
WHEN: Entire month of February
TIME: 10:00 to 15:00
RESERVATIONS
Tel: +65 6808 7290
Email: awayspa.singapore@whotels.com

Image Credit: W Singapore 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

[Movie Review] THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 《智取威虎山》

When I got the invitation to watch the movie, it didn't take me long to consider.  Not because it is free, but rather, it's a movie by Tsui Hark. Upon watching the movie, I was sort of taken aback by the modern settings as I had initially thought that it is a wuxia flicks, looking at the poster, without scrutinizing in details. Neither had I read the synopsis and trailer prior hand.  Read on to understand the details.



Brief Synopsis:
Adapted from the famous Chinese novel "Tracks in the Snowy Forest", the movie is set during the civil war era of 1946, when ruthless bandits occupied Northeastern China and threatened the lives of civilians there. The most powerful bandit of all was Mountain Eagle (Tony LEUNG Ka-fai), with an impenetrable fortress up in Tiger Mountain,  armed with strong artillery. Unit 203 of the Liberation Army, led by SHAO (LIN Gengxin), was crossing the Northeastern region when they encountered Eagle's men raiding a village. SHAO decided to stay and fight against Eagle. Headquarters sent a skilled investigator YANG (ZHANG Hanyu), who infiltrated Eagle's gang as an undercover. The duo was soon engaged in a battle of wits with the cold-blooded Eagle, deep inside the snowy forest.





電影改編自中國著名小說《林海雪原》。1946年冬季,中國東北地區在內戰期間,各幫土匪為患,百姓飽受煎熬。其中以佔領威虎山的「座山鵰」(梁家輝飾)一幫最為強悍,依仗天險及強大火力,成為東北山頭的霸主。解放軍203部隊共34人,正翻過雪山回老家等候總部指令,豈料路上巧遇「座山鵰」的部下劫村。203首長少劍波(林更新飾),決意留下助村民殲滅「座山鵰」。總部派出擅於喬裝的偵察員楊子榮(張涵予飾)前來協助203。楊子榮冒險扮成土匪混進威虎山,希望跟少劍波裡應外合行動。但「座山鵰」為人陰險多疑,楊子榮與少劍波身陷林海雪原,憑藉機智一步一驚心。





Directed by: TSUI Hark 徐克

Starring : ZHANG Hanyu 张涵予, LIN Gengxin 林更新, TONG Liya 佟丽娅, Tony LEUNG Ka Fai 梁家辉, YU Nan 余男, HAN Geng 韩庚, CHEN Xiao 陳曉



Review:
While you see a tiger in the poster, the story does not revolve around it, it is only part of one scene where you see how YANG managed to deal with it with his wittiness. The pace is a bit slow during the beginning of the movie, luckily it did not last long enough to get me totally bored.  The movie is clearly designed for 3D, so even though we are watching it in 2D, we can still feel the "popping" effect.  
As the story goes by, I managed to grasp better and enjoy the movie more.  Love the clever battle strategy used against the bandits and YANG's wittiness and swiftness, and his charisma indeed captivated me. LIN Gengxin's appearance is much different from his previous movie characters.  Cast aside is, his usual clean and boyish looks with a bit of cheekiness; he turned to a matured and solemn military leader.  While his fans may lament that it is a pity to hide his clean look, I beg to defer, as this may be a turning point for him, to let others pay more attention on his acting skills than his look. While Chen Xiao is a supporting role, there is something about him that caught the attention of several of us, watch for yourself and see if you feel the same.  




The alternative ending is basically exaggerating and redundant, though some may enjoy the actions and blasting effects. The use of flash backs from modern times back to the civil war era and back to present-day were somehow unessential and badly done. However, as an overall, the film is still a great movie with the great & swift actions, witty mind games, and clever battle strategy.


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