Hot Trailers

Michelle Yeoh.
Michelle Yeoh.PHOTO: YOUTUBE
Zac Efron (left) and Seth Rogen (right).
Zac Efron (left) and Seth Rogen (right).PHOTO: YOUTUBE


Is this Crouching Sequel, Hidden Oscar? This English language follow-up to 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon seems like it's out to make a mockery of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar that the Lee Ang wuxia classic won.

In the new film, so many squabbling people with swords fly about in stylo slo-mo that it looks like it has more wire work than at an electricians' convention. I think Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, 1993) wields the powerful Sword Of Destiny like Darth Vader's lightsaber and everyone's going nuts.Director and action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping is the crowd-pleasing house painter to Lee's sensitive artist.

"It took but just one night to bring me back," Michelle Yeoh, looking pensively burdened atop a mystic mountain, laments in sell-out angmoh here about the disintegration of noble, honourable values. Hey, people change spiritually and commercially, right?


Until maybe Zac Efron plays Hamlet, this has to be the funniest trailer of the year. How do you top frat boy Efron terrorising the couple next door, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, in 2014's totally funny Neighbors (Bad Neighbours in Singapore)? You bring in the wacko sorority gals, of course. "Girls are usually quiet, they don't even take hard drugs and they're much smarter," reasons Rogen, wrongly.

The wild sorority sisters, led by hilarious chest-bumping chief troublemaker Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, 2010), hold parties so wild, so untamed and so full of stripper poles that their beleaguered neighbours have to call in their ex-nemesis, Efron, to deal with their new enemies.

By the way, never use a water hose a la riot police to try to fend off a bunch of bikini-clad babes attacking a car. "This isn't working, you're only making them sexier!" Rogen screams to his missus, Byrne.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe