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Genre: Satirical Humor
Starring: Folks Who Might Be Your Neighbours
Director: Colin Goh & Joyceln Woo Yen Yen
Rating: NC-16 (Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2002



- Theatrical & TV Trailers
- Hilarious Audition Footage
- Grammatical English Subtitles
- 3MEALS (a special short film that's never been shown outside of film festival)




Languages: English/Chinese/Hokkien
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Presentation Size: -
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




A young man tries to 'dotcom' his father's illegal loan shark business; a banker loses his handphone, then his mind; a girl bites off more than she can chew when she starts a romance and a bunch of heavy metal rockers who have to become a silly boy band... PLUS the #1 Ah Beng University, Geylang's top poet and how Singapore actually got its name! Based on satirical website www.talkingcock.com. this 100% Singaporean comedy stars REAL Singaporeans doing all sorts of crazy, wu liao stuff!


From the beginning, someone tells you that this isn’t really a “movie”. He uses his hand to gesture in opened and closed inverted commas whenever the word “movie” is uttered. You have been warned – this isn’t really what you consider a feature film with a proper story plot and other conventional things you’d expect from a movie. Before local filmmaker husband and wife Woo Yen Yen and Colin Goh made their award-winning Singapore Dreaming (2006), they made this. And like the paragraph on the back of the DVD says: “Everybody must start somewhere, mah…”

The 90-minute picture is based on the satirical website www.talkingcock.com, and is made up of a collection of, well, to describe it the best way we could, gags, that are truly Singaporean. Expect Singlish to be spouted by almost every character in the movie. Expect well-represented segments featuring Chinese, Malay and Indian protagonists. Expect dialogue and jokes that only Singaporeans will understand. Also, expect lots of vulgarities only Singaporeans will understand.

There is a segment on how Sir Stamford Raffles founded our “sleazy” island. There is a segment on how the dotcom business inspired loan sharks to change their mode of dealing with clients. There is a segment on how an alternative university aims to educate Singapore’s youths with a unique Singapore brand of curriculum. There are also some well-written tales of an Indian banker losing his mobile phone, a Malay rock band trying to find their voice and a Chinese bun seller who falls in love with her customer.

What makes this DVD fun to watch is how these profanities are translated and subtitled, in grammatically correct English, no less. It is rather difficult to raise some examples here without directly stating the rude phrases, but let’s just say this aspect of the DVD scores in the creativity section spot on. Without saying too much, you’ll be looking at a “cheese bun” in different light from now on.

Cameos by poet, literary and cultural critic Kirpal Singh, and adventurer cum motivational speaker Khoo Swee Chiow perk up the otherwise star-less movie.

However, you can also expect some rather bad acting and rather low production values. But if you regard them in the name of fun, all’s forgiven and you go along for the ride. You overlook the unrefined style of filmmaking, the school production feel of the entire movie and realize that the movie is just talking cock to you.


This Code 3 DVD comes with a substantial 56-minute “Behind The Scenes” featurette where Woo and Goh talk about how after winning a special achievement award at the Singapore International Film Festival, they were inspired to make a feature. You also get to see auditions and recording sessions in this clip. There are two “Trailers” in the DVD’s bonus feature section. The best part about the DVD is the inclusion of the duo’s 19-minute short film 3Meals starring Serene Chen. The sweet piece of gem will have you drool at the idea of infusing food with love.


The disc’s visual transfer isn’t exactly of the best quality, but it’ll do for casual viewing. The movie is presented in its original English, Chinese and Hokkien language tracks.



Review by John Li



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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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