Director: Harry Yap
Cast: Fann Wong, Richard Low, Patricia
Mok, Lau Leng Leng, Marcus Chin
RunTime: 1 hr 43 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Day: 4 March 2010
A hardcore gambler from young, Hock Lee Poh (Richard Low) is at the same time, an ardent
believer of Feng Shui. Always down on his luck, he continues to indulge in gambling all the time. His eldest
daughter Donna (Patricia Mok), though petty and calculative, spends all her time and money on lavish
nightlife and hunky social escorts – till she loses everything in the end. Fu Xin, Poh’s illegitimate second daughter
(Fann Wong) is born at an extremely inauspicious hour and thus labeled as the “jinx” of the family.
the nasty label on her, Fu Xin actually is a surreptitious
‘Lucky Star’ who always manages to avert precarious
situations; turning unfavourable conditions into favourable
ones, having the Midas touch in everything she does. The straight-forward,
unassuming and childlike Fu Xin sacrifices a lot for the family.
And in a twist of fate and luck, Fu Xin unexpectedly helps
Poh to win a hefty sum of money.
As the plot continues, Poh and Donna find themselves stranded
along the streets of Cambodia in a failed attempt to recoup
their losses at the gambling tables. Fortunately, Fu Xin arrives
to their rescue after a chance encounter with Mr. Morgan,
a casino magnate who takes an affinity to Fu Xin. We then
see a transformation of luck and favour for the Poh family
as Fu Xin and Mr. Morgan become good friends. The blossoming
friendship enables the family to have a secure, stable life
and brings a happy reunion for the Poh family. The ending
marks a joyous reunion and the “turning over a new leaf”
for Poh, thus highlighting the fact that family love triumphs
Singaporeans who have grown up used to a staple slew of Singapore
made movies at the cinemas come Chinese New Year, 2010 must
have been a surprise for most. For the first time in as many
years, there were no J-Team or Raintree Pictures production
ringing in the big bucks at the box office. As a result, the
new releases have readied themselves for March releases starting
with Happy-Go-Lucky, starring Fann Wong and Richard Low.
by first-time movie director but seasoned TV-director, Harry
Yap, the movie revolves around the life of Fu Xin (Fann Wong),
a foot masseur who is regarded by her father, Hock Lee Poh
(Richard Low) as a jinx to the family as she was born at a
superstitious hour when he had lost big money gambling. He
continues to believe that she is the cause of his constant
losses at gambling and often looks at his other daughter,
Donna (Patricia Mok) as his lucky charm. Despite being treated
unfairly and being underappreciated by both her father and
sister, Fu Xin continues to be patient and cooks dinner for
them every night. However, a stroke of luck befalls Fu Xin
and this changes fate.
one grouse this reviewer has going into the movie would be
the fact that once again, Richard Low and gambling seem to
go hand-in-hand. While the whole gambling and casino issue
may be topical with the opening of the integrated resorts
and all, it almost feels like Singapore movies with such themes
are becoming far too common. That said, the production value
on the other hand seems to be slightly better with scenes
taking place in more locations locally and even to Cambodia.
actors must be commended for doing a good job in their respective
roles but there seems to be a dearth of interesting roles
for Singaporean actors to play especially when actors are
seen playing the same roles over and over again. This could
also be attributed to the themes and styles of our Singapore
movies that seem to grace the box-office (save for our indie
movies of course).
were genuinely funny moments that could be found in the movie,
a highlight of which was a scene involving the Fu Xin, Donna
and Hock Lee Poh. Lee Poh gets Donna to purchase a 4D ticket
for him and when she forgets, she decides to get Fu Xin to
purchase it instead and she soon realizes she has little time
left before the shop closes. When she reaches the counter,
she forgets the number in question and buys one of her own.
This leads to the scene at home when she returns to find Donna
and Lee Poh anxiously awaiting her return. The different characters’
reactions as they discover the number she had bought and how
it affects Lee Poh is a hoot.
the movie was also filled with a lot of contrivances and unnecessary
scenes which continues the trend of Singapore filmmakers believing
that our moviegoers are more acceptable of slapstick scenes
that serve no purpose or advance a story and only there to
elicit laughter. Also, scenes that lead to blatant product
placements or pro-campaign messages are a no-no in a movie
and it just elicits more groans that anything else.
the pacing is a bit haphazard with ideas being thrown around
leaving the movie to be one unorganized mess. Sure, this is
a watchable movie in comparison to its predecessors which
have been screened before but there is still a lot of work
to be done to improve the standards of our movies.
(If one leaves the cinema feeling a lot happier than before,
than one is really fortunate)
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri