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HOMECOMING《笑着回家》Exclusive Press Conference, Preview and Post-Party @ St.James

This Chinese New Year, fret not if you're feeling bored of the norms & routins of the annual CNY celebrations. Cause 1 thing for sure, the annual CNY movies will NEVER EVER be the same! Coming to you in the cinemas, I present to you this CNY local film movie of the year:

HOMECOMING《笑着回家》
Opening Date: 3 February 2011

More about the movie:
Genre: Comedy Director: Lee Thean-Jeen Cast: Mark Lee, Jack Neo, A Niu, Afdlin Shauki, Jacelyn Tay, Huang Wenhong, Rebecca Lim, Koe Yeet, Liu Ling Ling RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins Synopsis: "Homecoming" is about three stories of three different individuals going home for Chinese New Year. A major highlight of the movie is that Jack Neo, who will be cross-dressing on the big screen again after eleven years since "Liang Po Po The Movie" back in 1999. He will be playing mother to Ah Niu's character. It is said that he was told to lose at least 5kg for his role. Jack Neo long time collaborator Mark Lee and Malaysian multi-talented writer-director-comedian Afdlin Shauki are among the cast.
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I supposed to blog about this to get tickets, but I forgot to submit. Thank God for HP's invitation, thus I was still able to go for this exclusive event! (:

Met HP, William and his friend, Eric, for dinner at Vivo's food republic, before heading to the press conference. Basically, today we get the first-hands to everything you see in the media, awesome!

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Just realised that my nail and the colour looks damn nice here! ^^

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At the Press Conference,

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This marks the end of the press conference (:

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HAPPY GIRL cause I took pictures w Reb and Nat! haha!

While waiting for the movie to begin, we took some pictures in the cinema...
I don't care about the Flash! Just take only!!!

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After the really funny yet heartwarming movie, we went to meet Mint and her friend. Cause all of us were in separate theaters :/

Headed over to St.James for the post-party.
Free flow of drinks and finger food(:

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We were guided into this private lounge cozy area, never knew this space existed. It's on top of the dance floors & we had a peak view of the dance happenings going on...

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Walked around the place to reece it.
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with MINT!

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Sat around the table with our drinks.
We were waiting for the cast to come over from Vivo...

So meanwhile, the EMCEE of the night started with playing some games with us, let us win prizes. Our table was super enthu and yes, cause we were seated at the back. HAHA The only table with space enough for all of us. Comfortable spot through!

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Here's what we won!

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& soon, the cast finally entered...

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w Director Jack Neo

They gave a short presentation cum speech, like a mini private press-conference followed by playing games w us and singing.

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After that, we were able to take exclusive pictures of them and with them, meant for the press!

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w Koe Yee, from M'sia!
We are same age!
*Gasps*

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With all the bloggers...

After taking a 'BLOGGERS ONLY' picture, we had a small chat session (about insider infos) and closed it with a TOAST, together with Director Neo.

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Cheers!

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We ended the night with finger food.
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A good mixture of our definitions of 'Finger food'...
I loved the potato wedges, especially. Good!

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Review of the Movie!

Here's the trailer:

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This movie showcases 3 different stories that were linked together into a film, letting us have a good laugh in our seats, with moral values embedded in it. The common part about these 3 interlocking stories is that it all leads to the same destination - everyone simply wants to be 'HOME' in time for the annual reunion dinner.

Personally, I like such films because of the comedy element, the Singaporean context it is in PLUS the fact that there's always a morale behind the laughters. Despite a weird and new mix of cast, with Channel 8 artistes like Jacelyn Tay and Rebecca Lim whom you normally only see on TV as well as Ah Niu & Koe Yee who are singers, the film was still good.

This is a special movie because there are 3 directors in it. The directors are also the actors. It must have been presurring for the other actors who are non-directors or who are new, like what Koe Yee mentioned during the press conference.

This is another example of a movie I would say 'Simplicity is Beauty'. To be frank, the movie isn't written with a WOW or BOOMZ story plot, it wasn't complicated. In fact, it was the opposite - Pretty simply and straightforward. Sometimes, stories like this are better when the aim of the movie is to bring our simply yet easily forgettable morales - in this case, the importance of Chinese tradition and family bonding on CNY.

The film touches on some heart warming issues: Kinship, Family, CNY traditions etc. I especially liked t
he part where Mindy (acted by Koe Lee) came back to join her dad for reunion dinner. Before that, also when Karen Neo(acted by Jack Neo) and 'her' son (acted by Ah Niu) tried all means just to get Mindy a plane ticket (due to CNY there's a lack of plane tickets) home. Besides those 2 scenes, it was also the newly couple - Rebecca & Wenhong, who eventually decided to postpone their free Bali trip just to stay for the family's reunion dinner. The family tradition and get-together simply made me smile to myself in the theater. I'm sure many around me felt the same way too.

The official director of this film, is Singapore based Lee Thean-Jeen. He did a commendable job because it is not easy doing shoots both in Singapore and Malaysia. Also, he has to manage artistes from both sides of the causeway to be able to deliver such a film.

I would recommend this film to everyone, as it is indeed a story of warmth and joy, to usher in the Chinese New Year 2011.

I love films with happy endings. I 笑着 walking out of the cinema and will 笑着回家.

So...

I'm ready for CNY,
are you? (:

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