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Movie Review: KL Special Force

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Sometimes, I wonder why I do not watch Malay movies.

After watching KL Special Force with my mom in the theatres, I know why.

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Movie Review: First They Killed My Father

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I came across this movie by chance on Netflix while I was bored wondering what to do. I read the synopsis and thought it looked interesting.

It was directed by Angelina Jolie so you know it’s going to be some film festival worthy sort of movie and I was right.

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Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

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This movie is a long-time coming. When I read the book many years ago, I thought to myself that it could be made into a movie, partly because the story-telling was beautiful. The way Andre Aciman described every detail is how I wish I could write. I don’t have that much talent, except writing reviews, I guess.

When I heard that this movie was coming out, no pun ever intended there, I was partly excited but also nervous at the same time. How are they going to put into life what Andre Aciman has so beautifully written on paper?

Call Me By Your Name, the movie, does not disappoint.

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Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians

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My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Before I bought the book, I heard a lot of it. I mean, in terms of it being adapted into a Hollywood movie and it’s all going to be filled with Asian actors and was shot in Singapore – that part of it.

I thought: “Oh, that’s cool! I should read the book before the movie releases then.”

I should not have done that. Why did I waste SGD 27.77 for this book?

10 pages in and I was bored but I thought, maybe it’s not that bad and I should give it a chance.

28 pages in and I actually sighed in the middle of my train ride to work and rolled my eyes, really rolled my eyes.

I am fine with tiny annotations at the bottom explaining the Singlish, Hokkien, Cantonese and Malay terms mentioned in the book. Totally fine with foreigners who read the book and give them a slight taste of Singapore culture.

But what I’m not fine with is butchering my ethnic language – Malay. The author butchered it.

28 pages in and I saw the word “ta pah kay”. I thought: “Hmm… is it a Hokkien or Cantonese word?” So I went and read the annotation at the bottom: “Malay for ‘not accurate'”. I was suddenly hit with a possible ethnicity crisis. I am born Malay, talk in Malay language for 33 years of my life, worked as a Malay language translator for 4.5 years out of 12 years of my working life, scored a distinction in Malay language and never have I came across the word “ta pah kay”.

So, I re-read the statement in the book “Daisy, your information is always ta pah kay.” I went through it over and over in my head and I realized the author is trying to say “Daisy, your information is always tak boleh pakai.” Malays would use this to let someone know that their words are not useful and/or not trustworthy. “Tidak boleh pakai” is more grammatically proper. “Tak boleh pakai” is words used in everyday conversations. It could also mean not able to wear something. For example: “Baju ini tidak boleh pakai lagi” – “This clothes cannot be worn any longer”. “Ta pah kay”, on the other hand, is a Singlish term used by literally anyone and everyone who is born and bred in Singapore and/or lived here for so long and used Singlish like it’s their second skin. It’s Singlish. Not Malay.

What irks me and made me stop reading the book and put it into my “We are never ever ever getting back together” book bin is that the author did not even show any effort in trying to find out the correct Malay term for it and just plainly and falsely put the information that it’s a Malay word for everyone to read. Foreigners would think that’s a Malay word and will go to Malaysia or Singapore and say the word and will be hit with confused Malays.

Apart from that, the writing is quite slipshod. I was not enticed to read further and seeing the above made me give up completely.

Whether I would give the movie a chance is another question. After the book, I’m not so sure.

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Book Review: The Devotion of Suspect X

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was one of the books recommended by Kai (or Kim Jongin) from EXO and I decided to give it a shot. I didn’t regret the decision at all. I can’t read Japanese so I have no idea how it is in its original form but I’m pretty sure the translated version still keeps the essence of it. In the first few pages, it’s a little slow and draggy – it feels like I was reading an anime/manga but with no pictures or artistic impressions of it. But it picks up pace later on and I lost sleep just trying to finish a chapter or two. As someone who does love crime thriller books, it is right up my alley. I understand why it has a cult following in Japan.

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Movie Review: Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds

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Yesterday marked the first day of the year I watched a movie in the theatres. A movie I’ve been waiting to watch since 2017 and got me more hyped when it did really well in its home country, South Korea. That movie is Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds or 신과함께 -죄와 벌 

In South Korea, the movie did so well and achieved 10 million admissions in just 15 days. In Taiwan, the film overtook Train To Busan to become the highest-grossing Korean film in the country ever, which is a big deal knowing how huge Train To Busan was.

It got me so excited to finally watch the movie yesterday with my colleagues and boy, it was one of the best movie nights I have ever organized.

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