Back in the 80s, my grandfather used to bring me to watch this series of Hong Kong comedy films called “The Happy Ghost”. I don’t remember much of the movie plots now but I remember them being funny, goofy and silly. They were not scary at all. The titular ‘happy ghost’ in these movies is Raymond Wong 黃百鳴 and he was most well-known and fondly remembered as the happy ghost. It is no surprise that the Happy Ghost series became a classic over the years in Hong Kong, because of the good-natured humor in all of them.
After a hiatus of 20 years, the latest installment in the Happy Ghost series is called MAGIC TO WIN 開心鬼之開心魔法. From the director of Ip Man (which is also a great film, btw), this film starred Wu Zun 吳尊 (whom we all know is super yummy eye candy). ;P I was invited to a press conference and gala premiere of Magic To Win, and the entire Happy Ghost concept has been contemporarized to include elements of fantasy, adventure, action and magic.
Check out some of the pictures I took at the press conference.
From left to right: Wu Zun (Actor), Wilson Yip (Director), Raymond Wong (Actor, Executive Producer).
My “press” pass… :p
Hi, Wu Zun.
Here’s another one of Wu Zun.
With fellow bloggers who were at the event also.
With omy.sg staff.
Truth be told, I had never been to a press conference before so I wasn’t very prepared; I was there just on a look-see basis. I should’ve asked a question or two… :’]
Now… Wu Zun is yummy and all, but I think my infatuated-over-pretty-boys days are officially over because ooh lala, who caught my eye on the billboard promo poster? WU JING — who dat!?!?!?!
Clearly he must be the villain in this film, looking at how he was styled with the sinister facial expression and aloof body language. Mmm, mmm, mmmm! 超級 MAN, 對不對？Now that’s hawt.
At the gala premiere later that night, where the trio gave another quick introduction of the movie to audience.
And I was right! When I watched the film, Wu Jing is definitely the bad guy. You gotta catch the movie to find out what happened to him in the end.
You know, I don’t think it is easy to be a bad guy in movies. Anyone can be the good guy, but I think it takes serious acting chops to pull off a believable and convincing potrayal of a bad-to-the-bone, I’m-gonna-destroy-y’all psycho with charisma. Agree? Bad guys are bad ass mofos. LIKE! ;p
All in all, this movie is a fun flick with a decent plot and all the appropriate visual effects. I say ‘appropriate’ because I didn’t find the CGI to be overwhelming like in some other films. I particularly love the styling of the amusement park (dreamy and fantasy-like, sorta like a pop MTV backdrop). I thought that was done tastefully and beautifully. I also like the light saber duel between Wu Zun and Wu Jing; I want to know where and how I can get me a light saber too. ;)
Ok, I am not going to write any spoilers for the movie. If you’re looking for something light-hearted to watch next weekend, be sure to check out Magic To Win — it opens in Singapore theatres December 8. :) Enjoy!
For the full set of pictures of this event (and more Wu Zun yumminess), head on over to http://www.facebook.com/MBxMB.
See ya later, alligator!