It was a somewhat muted affair, the night Jack Neo’s new movie, Being Human, premiered.
But the shot at winning some memorabilia got the crowd going, with easy-enough questions like, “Who is the director of Being Human?” Hands shot up all over the room, with the audience jumping at the chance to take home a prize.
As the cast walked on stage for a candid chat, cameras were whipped out amidst applause. The crowd got busy snapping pictures of the cast, many of whom were familiar favorites.
Bantering with each other in casual Mandarin, the cast shared hilarious anecdotes with the audience.
“In one scene where I cried, you will see real snot coming out of my nose. What you see is real!” said one of the cast members, Wang Lei.
His first time acting for the silver screen, Wang Lei, a well-known getai artist/singer took a step away from his usual comedic roles on the stage to take on a serious, heartwarming role instead. He was not the only one making a brave leap away from his stereotypical roles.
Mark Lee, one of Singapore’s most beloved Ah Bengs, plays a businessman with no morals or sense of remorse. The protagonist of the show, his character cons the clients of his slimming center into purchasing illegal products and using his counterfeit slimming equipment. This causes his wife (Yeo Yan Yan) to conclude that his unscrupulous ways are the reason why she’s unable to conceive.
Yeo Yan Yan, is also another cast member who is playing a character worlds apart from her original self. She plays Mark Lee’s wife who desperately wants a child, “I’m not married yet, and I’m afraid of having children, it’s a big big responsibility.” But despite the difference in character, she did not find it too big a challenge to play the role of a woman who desperately wants a child, “I just tried to imagine wanting something really really badly.”
As with most of Jack Neo’s movies, this one carries a social message.
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“Whatever you want to do, just think twice,” said Neo. “Every time we want to make a decision, problems will always appear; you don’t know which choice is the right one to make and you are stuck in between.”
The movie touches a strong chord with Singaporeans, presenting the eternal battle between doing right or wrong.
Despite Being Human taking on a slightly more sinister plot than his usual films, classic Singaporean jokes still pepper the movie, sending the audience into fits of laughter (don’t miss the hilarious blooper reel at the end of the film). You will find that Being Human has not lost any of the Jack Neo flavor we know and love.
Being Human is now showing in cinemas islandwide.