Director: Teddy Chan
Starring: Andy Lau, Karen Mok, Felix Wong
Released By: Shaw
Opening Day: 29 September 2005
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Twelve-year-old Kong is an unhappy child, ever since his mother’s
suicide three years ago, which he blames on his father and
yearns for freedom as much as he yearns for love and he believes
that he can finally find peace and happiness, should be able
to outgrow his treacherous father.
unspectacular evening Kong decides to run away from home after
another customary tiff with his stepmother. He chances upon
an eerie old man, who claims he has a potion that can speed
up the life process. As much as he would like to believe it,
this is all baloney to him. So when he accidentally taints
his blood with the potion, he hardly expects his fate is about
to change forever...
It seems to be many scriptwriters’ dream that any child
could transform into a full-grown adult the next morning.
How else could you explain why filmmakers kept producing movies
similar to Tom Hank’s “Big” and Jennifer
Garner’s “13 going on 30”? At a glance,
Wait Till You’er Older looks like a Hong Kong’s
remake of those “grow up quick” movies. Yes, it
is. But with Teddy Chan at the director’s chair, audience
could anticipate better profundity from its plot.
helming many ultra-cool, big-budget actioner like Downtown
Torpedoes, Purple Storm and Accidental Spy, Teddy Chan returns
with this humble budget (approximately S$6 million) heartwarming
narrative family drama. Expects fast-paced characters development,
a surprising finale and soothing cinematography - trademarks
of any Teddy Chan’s works.
a movie that depicts the rapid transition of a 12 years old
kid to an 80 years old haggard, it is definitely a daunting
task to hunt for a protagonist capable of stretching his performance
to the vast age range. Teddy Chan had entrusted the role to
Golden Horse winner for Best Actor,
over 100 movies age-resistance star has been undeniable for
his performance in A World without Thieves, House of Flying
Daggers, Jiang Hu etc. However, Andy Lau seem misfit in this
child-like role, all thanks to his nature-born mature looks.
A manly face with messy facial hair has further hinders his
otherwise convincing kiddy-behaviour. It is his interpretation
of the old haggard man near the end of the movie that is more
comfortable with the audience. But then again, most audience
would be awed by the mastery of the make-up artist Mark Garbarino,
the man responsible for the looks of Nutty Professor, that
Andy Lau's acting goes unnoticed.
the leading man battle to please, the supporting casts like
Felix Wong and Lam Ka Tong easily entice audience with roles
that they have been repeatedly doing on TV – middle
age man suffering from lock horns romance.
Wong and Lam Ka Tong are no strangers to fans of Hong Kong’s
TV serials. Though their screen time were pathetic, Felix
Wong still blend seamlessly and Lam Ka Tong continue to entertain.
These two TV anchormen have proven once again that they will
still raked in high viewership.
for the female casts like Cheerie Yin, Nicola Cheung and Li
Bing Bing, it is atypical in Hong Kong’s movies nowadays
for the pulchritudinous to settle as a “flower vase”
on display. Though Karen Mok has assumed a moxie role of a
mother and wife, there’s nothing extra-ordinary about
is a pity that the runtime is too short for the performers
to connect with the audience. The short runtime is also not
enough to convince audience of certain sub-plots, like the
friendship among the student’s basketball players, and
the romance between Ms Lee (Cherrie Yin) and the
grown up Kong (Andy Lau). Nevertheless, the message of “you
only live once” is enough to move anyone to tears. The
conclusion is sad, but beautiful. The lessons gathered from
the movie are sincere but agonizing. This may not be among
the hot favourites to most movie critics, still it
deserve a place in anyone’s heart.
beautifully crafted fairy tale that reminds us on the meaning
by Leosen Teo