Liang Jiahui has been living in misery due to his inferiority
complex. He has been secretly in love with a very pretty classmate,
Yangyang. His only friend, Liu Chengguang has a mother and
a girlfriend, Xiaoxi who love him very much.
One day, Chengguan passed away in a car accident. Chengguang's
mother, Xiaoxi and Jiahui became very miserable. As Jiahui
wastes his life away in his home, a ray of orange light, Orange
decides to leave his home, "The Light World" after
being bored of his daily routine. Orange came to Earth for
a holiday and assumed Chengguan's appearance. Orange brought
along with him the warmth shared between family, friends and
lovers, helping people to carry on living.
The kids from Jack Neo’s runaway hit “I Not Stupid”
are back, and boy, I can’t bring myself to call them kids
anymore: look at how much they have grown!
2002 when Singaporeans were introduced to an ensemble of adorable
kids in Neo’s satire on the local education system.
Fast forward five years later - production company J Team
reunites some of them in a hope that audiences will again
be touched by their earnest performances.
Lee retains his likeable persona to play mystical ray of orange
light (we don’t know to guffaw or to be impressed by
the scriptwriter’s creativity) from a rainbow to descend
upon Earth. He takes on the form of a human and helps a depressed
boy played by Eric Huang to get over some personal miseries.
Along the way, the ray of light (it sure sounds strange!)
falls in love, and experiences human emotions.
All that in 70 minutes?
be told, this television movie-like production is worth your
time, simply because of the enjoyably pleasant casting.
a few big screen outings in films like Homerun (2003) and
I Not Stupid Too (2006), as well as countless other television
productions, you can sense Lee’s increasing confidence
in portraying his character. He is definitely one local leading
man (face it, he is growing out of his boy-hood very soon)
own Daniel Radcliffe, anyone?
other hand, there is Eric Huang, who sports a funny Paul Twohill
hairdo, which distracted us from his performance. It is difficult
not to notice his fringe which perpetually covers one of his
eyes. The Taiwan-born actor spouts articulate Mandarin, and
he is definitely not the sad fat kiddo you remember from I
supporting female characters (Cheryl Chan and Chen Chuxuan)
fare just fine in this Sam Png-directed, Boris Boo-produced
there are still the blatant product placements which we have
gotten so used to in local mainstream movies. But one thing
for sure, there isn’t much of a political stab at any
policy or system, which is a nice change from so many other
than the kids who have grown up and changed, this is one change
we welcome as well.
by John Li