Thursday, June 03, 2010

《福星到》Happy Go Lucky Movie Review



I was in Malaysia, on a late afternoon with nothing better to do, and I decided to waste a few hours and watch a movie, but since I have seen all the other movies, I watched Happy Go Lucky (2010) with a few friends.

The word waste is an understatement. This is my review.

This is first-time director Harry Yap’s new film, Happy Go Lucky -- How bad can it be?

Fann Wong and Richard Low are veteran Singapore actors, even with their experience in this overused genre of Singapore movie, can they save it?

To cut it short and save you from watching it, here is the story I've endured.

Happy Go Lucky revolves around a hardcore gambler, Hock Lee Poh (Richard Low) who is very superstitious and at the start of the movie, he was gambling during his wife's maternity and Fann Wong was born. With her cries as a baby, he lost a few bets and lost his car, and all his cash.

In a cut scene, a thief steals the god of fortune from the set of "Fu Lu Shou" and runs away.

Then it cuts to Fu Xing (Fann Wong), Hock’s daughter who works in a foot massage parlor. She is very serious about her job. Donna (Patricia Mok) Fu Xing's sister (from another mother) is her opposite, and she is lazy, and not concerned about her job, just partying all night.

Fu Xing was seen as the helpful one, who helps her neighbors collect old junk, and she paid $150 for some "antiques" and kept it for herself when her "friend's" wife is injured. All the other cast does not really appear in the movie again. In the junk, is the god of fortune that was lost.

Fu Xing works hard and and cooks at home, Donna and Hock complains about her cooking and does not eat. Hock seemed to be gambling all the time and whenever he curses in Hokkien, people seemed to relate and enjoy themselves, even when there was not much need to curse.

Hock has 2 gambling buddies who seem to not win much with him together, and they seem to lose a lot throughout the whole movie. Everyone in the movie seemed very superstitious and there are at least 3 scenes of different fortune tellers who came to give advice which did not matter in the movie at all.

Many characters in the movies are introduced, and their actions seemed inconsequential. When Donna met a "China" Gigolo, she became drunk and he took a lot of photos of her when she behaved like a slut, but never used them at all.

When Hock's friends borrowed money from loan shark, and lost in their gambling game, nothing seemed to happen as Hock won 2 million from a ticket Fu Xing bought.

Hock rapidly gambled away his fortune, and since he has always lost gambling for many years, I don't see why he was "sadder" than normal as it seemed that he had the money for such a short period, and he "gave" $400,000 to a prostitute and bought a Mercedes "S" Class.

Then Hock and Donna seemed to have "lost" everything within 3 months and left to gamble more in Cambodia. Their idea of losing everything was still able to bet US$50,000 and owning Rolex watches. They stole the "God of fortune" from Fu Xing, and brought it to Cambodia, and quickly lost it in a bet.

Fu Xing then comes to the rescue, and found her father and sister and returned to the casino to bet. Of course she won.

The story ends with Hock kinda learning his lesson, and no becoming a problem gambler anymore.

There was no plot, everything was expected. The casts besides the main cast do not add to the story, and the only jokes were the swears in Hokkien.

This is Super Weak.

-- Robin Low

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