Category: Entertainment


I totally don’t understand why the movie is called The Karate Kid (Google It) (Wikipedia) when the fighting and the tournament is obviously Kung Fu (Google It) (Wikipedia). Ok the plot might be similar to the original 1984 movie, but can’t they just name it something like The Kung Fu Kid, like in China, just not to confuse the local audience? Anyway, this latest Jackie Chan (Google It) (Wikipedia) movie again shows that he is really getting rusty and don’t have fast reflex as he used to portray. Is he really going to retire soon? The kid hero in the movie look so weak; his punches and kicks is so weak that it’s really quite impossible for him to win against all those tougher looking opponents who hit people faces and bodies with DABUMMMM sound, can feel the pain just by watching it. Then there’s romance between the kid hero and a similar aged girl. I shouted to my friend in the cinema: "Dude, wataf’k they know about love and romance? They are just 12 years old! Doesn’t even have pubic hair yet!" ……. It’s the Hollywood elements like this keep on encouraging people doing stupid stuff and making mistakes because they thinks it’s cool to do so. I really hope movie such as this don’t get into the cinema often, but who am I to say so? There’s already a sequel in making.

Plot & Synopsis from moviefone.com:
When a 12-year-old from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Upon arriving at his new school, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) develops a powerful crush on pretty classmate Mei Ying. The feeling is mutual, although the cultural divide between Dre and Mei Ying makes a friendship unlikely, and romance impossible. When cruel classmate and kung fu prodigy Cheng learns of Dre’s feelings for Mei Ying, he harasses and humiliates the young outsider in front of the entire school. With no one to turn to for help, Dre confides his fears in kindly maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who knows that serenity and maturity — not punches and power — are the true keys to mastering the martial arts. As Dre prepares to face down his intimidating tormentor, he begins to realize that the real fight is just beginning.
Mutual feeling my S. Wataf’k 12 years old knows anything about love?

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Google It) (Wikipedia) has a very good storyline eventhough it doesn’t have many Computer Graphics (Google It) (Wikipedia) CG mumbo-jumbo like most of the recent movies have. I played a few Prince of Persia games before, the hero in the movie does not give me the same feeling as the hero in the games. Jake Gyllenhaal (Google It) (Wikipedia) is too…girly for the role? But still, the movie is good on it’s own, even without the name "Prince of Persia" on it.
 
Ubisoft’s popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. The setting is sixth century Persia. A nefarious nobleman covets the Sands of Time, a legendary gift from the gods that allows its possessor to turn back time. Whoever owns the Sands of Time has the power to rule the world, and this villainous lord would use that power to enslave all of humanity. The only person capable of defeating this tyrant and saving the world is Dastan (Gyllenhaal), a youthful prince. Now, with plucky princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) by his side, Dastan will attempt to prevent the Sands of Time from falling into the wrong hands. Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directs a script penned by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Jordan Mechner, and Boaz Yakin.
 

Nagasarete Airantou (Google It) (Wikipedia) is yet another a-loser-guy-with-a-bunch-of-girls anime. It’s not un-enjoyable though. Even if you are sick of the a-loser-guy-with-a-bunch-of-girls genre, you should check out this anime because the story set in a very different urban environment, that I have always dreamed to live at. All those character’s voice are in a way, cute and charismatic. Highly recommended if you need some good laugh.

Plot from wikipedia.org:
Nagasarete Airantō revolves around Ikuto Tōhōin, the main protagonist, who ran away from home because of a fight with his father. Due to a life-long dream of wanting to board a ship, Ikuto decides to take a vacation on a cruise ship; the ship is suddenly hit by a huge storm, throwing Ikuto overboard. He wakes up the next day to discover he is on an uncharted island populated by girls. Ikuto finds himself to be extremely popular on the island, due to the fact that no other men currently live there. As a result, nearly the entire island starts pressuring Ikuto to become their husband — all except a young girl named Suzu and her extremely old grandmother. Suzu’s grandmother decides that Ikuto will live with Suzu for the time being, but Ikuto initially finds it difficult to adjust, especially with the entire island population after him night and day. Meanwhile, Suzu does her best to protect Ikuto from the masses. However, Ikuto still does not want to stay on the island, and soon after arriving, he attempts to leave by boat, but discovers the island is completely surrounded by whirlpools and tornadoes, eliminating escape by sea or air, thus impossible to leave. With no other choice, Ikuto starts to settle into life on the island.

 

 

Movie – Iron Man 2

Finally I watched the most highly anticipated superhero movie of the year – Iron Man 2 (Google It) (Wikipedia). I longed for a 3D version (Wikipedia) of the movie but alas, no 3D version… The movie is good, but the first movie was better. The replacement for the character Lt. Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine (Google It) (Wikipedia) from Terrence Howard (Google It) (Wikipedia) to Don Cheadle (Google It) (Wikipedia) has greatly disappointed me. Its not that Don Cheadle’s acting sucks, but he is just not suitable to carry the role. He is serious, he have serious face, he is very good in carrying role that need serious look. But Rhodey / War Machine in the first movie was more to comical side, as portrayed by Terrence Howard. Don Cheadle doesn’t show any comical side in his role of Rhodey / War Machine at all…
Hope in the future I can have a basement lab similar like Tony Stark (Google It) (Wikipedia) to do my stuff and read books…

Synopsis from rottentomatoes.com:
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2,” the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

 

He is my Master (Google It) (Wikipedia) is an anime based on a manga with the same name. Its your typical ecchi gag. It finished at 12 episodes, which is just right as you will be bored with the almost the same gag in each episode.

Plot Summary from animenewsnetwork.com:
Yoshitaka Nakabayashi, a 14-year-old millionaire who got this huge inheritance after his parents died in an accident, found himself needed to be taken care of and tried to hire live-in maids to do the job. Two runaway girls, Izumi Sawatari and her younger sister Mitsuki, stumped into Nakabayashi’s mansion and got hired by Yoshitaka immediately, for Yoshitaka is not only a rich boy but also a pervert with uniform fetishes, who wants to be addressed as goshujin-sama (master). Having nowhere else to settle down along with Mitsuki’s pet alligator Pochi, Izumi accepted the job reluctantly.

 

Murder Princess (Google It) (Wikipedia) is a short 6 episodes anime based on a manga of the same name. It’s a fantasy battle story, although it’s not boring, it’s not really interesting either. Watch it if you are really boring, watched all pending movies and anime, and have nothing else better to do…

Plot Summary from animenewsnetwork.com:
In the land of Foreland a coup d’état has occurred and the princess, after witnessing the death of the King, is on the run. She meets with battle-hungry bounty hunter Falis, and with a twist of fate they both switch souls, making Alita the maid of the now princess Falis. Named for her bravery in confronting the enemy as ‘Murder Princess’, Falis must continue to be the princess as well as confronting any new opponent that comes to her way.

 

Detroit Metal City (Google It) (Wikipedia) is a live action movie based on the anime/manga of the same name. The main character, Soichi Negishi AKA Johannes Krauser II is played by Kenichi Matsuyama (Google It) (Wikipedia). I cant believe he is this good. From L in Death Note (Google It) (Wikipedia), to lower than side-kick role in Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (Google It), and to this. He definitely can play all kinds of role thrown to him. This movie is definitely worth a re-watch!

Plot Summary from imdb.com:
Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC, as the costumed and grotesquely made-up "demon emperor" Johannes Krauser II. Although he hates the role and the things he has to do as a member of the band, he has a definite talent for it. Adapted from the hit Japanese comic book by Kiminori Wakasugi, the movie follows Negishi’s antics as he tries to reconcile the two very different sides of his life and find out what it really means to achieve his dream.

 

  

Movie – Ip Man 2

Ip Man 2 (Google It) (Wikipedia) is a movie that I have waited for so long. I really like the character Ip Man,  by Donnie Yen (Google It) (Wikipedia). There’s more kungfu fighting scene in this movie compared to the prequel, and it keep me wanting… Originally, this movie was supposed to be about Bruce Lee (Google It) (Wikipedia) learning Wing Chun (Google It) (Wikipedia), but I guess it has to wait until Ip Man 3?

Synopsis from GSC.com.my:
After his victory over the Japanese General in Foshan, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) moves to Hong Kong. He sets up a martial arts school to teach Wing Chun. Here, he is challenged by other kung fu masters, including Sifu Hung (Sammo Hung) who masters in Hung Quan. Sifu Hung and Ip Man draw a tie in their challenge and the latter is adored as a recognized master in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Twister, the powerful but cruel boxer champion who despised Chinese kung fu destroyed the fruit market and harassed the kung fu institutes. Twister, who also resulted in Sifu Hung’s death, then challenged the Chinese kung fu masters for a public combat. Ip was filled with grief and indignation and he decided to take up the challenge. He swore to claim back the dignity of Chinese kung fu and the Chinese people. A furious fight is about to begin…

Movie – Cycle of Love

Cycle of Love (Google It) is a local produced movie but somehow it got into International Screen cinema on Golden Screen Cinema (Google It) (Wikipedia). I would never go watch this movie if it’s not invited by one of my friend. All the actor is local, somehow their acting don’t feel like natural. Being a local movie, many good and bad element about our local society , and also some local jokes is implemented into this movie. The ending is very good though, it’s so touching and pitiful that weak-hearted person shouldn’t go watch it or he/she will shed his/her tears…

Summary from movieseer.com:
The movie revolves around four very different friends who are passionate about music. They decide to form a band to pursue their love for music.

 

     

Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (Google It) is a live action movie based on a manga / anime. It’s said to present the cast of Death Note (Google It) (Wikipedia) movies but I can only recognize the actor portraying L and Yagami Light. I did not read the Kaiji manga nor watched the anime, so I was expecting many gambling scene, as per the movie title. But it’s disappointing that there’s only TWO gambling scenes. Tatsuya Fujiwara (Google It) (Wikipedia) acting is improved tremendously in this movie while Kenichi Matsuyama (Google It) (Wikipedia) role has been reduced to smaller even than a sidekick.

Movie Plot from Yahoo Movie:
"Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler" is an exciting psychological thriller starring Tatsuya Fujiwara as Kaiji, man forced to enter a deadly gambling competition aboard a cruise ship, to erase a large financial debt. Based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s hit manga series which has sold over 11 million copies, Kaiji is a 26 year-old job-hopping bum who suddenly finds himself riddled in debt after a shadowy loan company informs him that he is responsible for a loan taken by his friend (who has since gone missing) and whom he casually co-signed as a loan guarantor for!