大英雄•小男人 “Petaling Street Warriors” (MY/SG) | Movie review

Petaling Street Warriors 大英雄 小男人 movie poster film review namewee

Rated: PG-13
Language: Chinese, Manglish, English, Malay, Japanese
Genre: Comedy, action
Running Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Director: James Lee
Cast: Mark Lee, Yeo Yann Yann, Namewee, Chris Tong, Frederick Lee, Henry Thia
Synopsis: “Set in Petaling Street in 1908, it tells of a hokkien
mee seller (Mark Lee) who finds himself entangled in deadly battles with
skilled fighters. Little did he know that he is in possession of a lost
treasure map linked to the Qing Dynasty and must refrain himself from
consummating his marriage to master the “Virgin Kung Fu” skills to
overcome his opponents” (GSC Movies).

Verdict: If you thought Nasi Lemak 2.0 was lame, you’d definitely won’t enjoy this one. A very Malaysian-Singaporean comedy, Petaling Street Warriors is. Plenty of dirty humour and inside jokes which perhaps only locals would understand. The plot is extremely familiar and lack of purpose, and it’s lame and boring at most parts of the movie. However, the the acting, action and visual effects are almost at Hong Kong’s standard, which is quite impressive. Also, the production should be applauded for the whole old-time Chinese environment setting.

Favourite quote: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE; in English translation] “You see? I told you not to mess with the government. Now the police wants to catch you already,” Du Yao (Mark Lee) tells Liu Kun (Namewee). [SPOILER ENDS HERE]

Screenplay flaw? [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] After Du Yao and Liu Kun had escaped from prison, the police gets screwed by Captain McBribe (Nick Dorian) for not being able to find them anywhere. But the next scene shows that Du Yao has been at his own restaurant/home all the while. [SPOILER ENDS HERE]

Namewee‘s performance… is pretty decent, I’d have to say, especially when it’s only his second big screen experience and not to mention that it’s definitely not easy playing the role of a short-tongue character (Liu Kun). It’s kinda weird seeing him in heavy make-ups and with not much to say though.

NG’s shown during closing credit: Mark Lee‘s #LikeABoss attitude and better acting experience can be noticed.

Malaysian censorship: One or two obscene scenes are cut.

Rating: 2 / 5

Second opinion: “Quite boring la.. and the story is messy” (Iris Loong).

The GSC ticket vouchers for the film was courtesy of SAYS.my.

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