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Genre: Drama/Romance
Starring: Wong Li Lin, Ananda Everingham, Joan Chen, Qi Yu Wu, Tracy Tan, Sylvester Loo, Vernetta Lopez, Nadya Hutagalung, Paula Malai Ali, Allan Wu, Jason Chan Keng-Kwin
Director: Jean Yeo Lay Kuan
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007



- Making Of
- Trailers




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




A unique and timeless love story told in just 4 days but spans 16 years, 'The Leap Years' centers on the lovely Li Ann (Wong Li Lin), a modern girl with the rare sensibility of believing that there is one person out there that can truly complete her - her soul mate. On a windy leap day in 1992, she meets Jeremy (Ananda Everingham). They make a rare connection only to realize he was leaving the country that very night. He makes her a promise to meet her every leap day thereafter, same place, same time. How long can one wait for their soul mate? How will this love story pan out?


Sigh, a "unique and timeless love story" (as quoted on the DVD sleeve) like that only happens in movies, doesn’t it? Well, at least in this case, it started out as a romantic idea from the original novella “Leap of Love” written by Dr. Catherine Lim. Where else are you going to find a girl who still believes in finding the one person out there who can complete her? And where are you going to find this girl who is willing to take the initiative (yes, let the sexist discussions and arguments begin) to ask a guy out on a date? In a movie set in uniquely Singapore, anything is possible – even running in a bridal gown on Esplanade Bridge amidst a heavy downpour can look gorgeously dreamy.

And why would our protagonist Li Ann (a constantly beaming and glowing Wong Li Lin) do that to herself knowing that she may catch a terrible cold and ruin her pretty gown? Because she believes in true love, that’s why. She had met Jeremy (a stunningly suave and fine-looking Ananda Everingham) on 29 February 1992, and had plucked up enough courage to date him. Because every love story has its obstacles, the two agreed to meet at the same time and place every leap year. Will our heroine eventually give up this faith and marry someone who isn’t her 'soul mate'? Will our heroine overcome all obstacles and reunite with the man who she has waited for 20 years?

It doesn’t really matter, because the 90 minute dos more than just indulge viewers with its lovey dovey plot. It introduces us to the different sights and sounds of uniquely Singapore, from the rustling Chinatown to the beautiful skyline, from the scenic Sentosa to the magnificent Esplanade Bridge – you’ll see how Singapore can look really pretty if shot by a capable cinematographer.

You’ll also be breezily brought through the movie by the entertaining performances of familiar actors like Vernetta Lopez, Paula Malai Ali, Nadya Hutagalung (Li Ann’s three very engaging girl compatriots), Qi Yu Wu (Li Ann’s pretty childhood friend who doesn’t speak, err, very good English), Jason Chan (we love his decent image as Li Ann’s almost to be husband) and Joan Chen (a very dignified portrayal of the older Li Ann). Also, watch out for Allan “Amazing Race Asia” Wu’s amusing cameo.

This reviewer is a cynic when it comes to romantic plots like this, so it’ll take more than this for him to swoon like a die hard romantic. Thankfully, this movie still shines because of Wong and Everingham’s chemistry. Their comfortable performances are what kept him watching. And secretly hope that he’ll meet a girl like Li Ann on 29 February at the next leap year.


This Code 3 disc contains a 22 minute "The Making Of" which doesn’t reveal much about the production except opinions from the actors on issues like love and romance. There is also a "Trailer" included in the disc.


We have nothing to complain about the disc’s visual transfer, because the sights and sounds of uniquely Singapore are captivating enough on their own. The movie is presented in its original English language soundtrack.



Review by John Li



. The Leap Years (Movie Review)

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


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