Thank to the pair of complimentary tickets that we gotten from SAFRA MovieMax Club, both Jacqueline and I had the opportunity to catch the movie, “The Lion Men [Part 1]” on Wednesday at Shaw Theatres Lido.
[Image Credits to J Team Productions]


We are going to be brutally honest with our review of this film so if you’re a fan of the various casts whom acted in the film, don’t blame us; we’re just trying to help save some money for movie-goers.

The Lion Men Movie Synopsis:

The film’s plot centers on rival lion dance troupes in Singapore — a liberal-looking faction of a traditional troupe, Tiger Crane [led by Wang Wei Liang], breaks away from it to form a new one called Storm Riders [led by Tosh Zhang], which advocates a new style of lion dance with more modern influences of hip hop dance and more flashy acrobatics. Meanwhile, the male stars of the show clash with a third rival troupe called Black Hawk, competing in wushu, love triangles and of course, lion dance. Five of the well-loved “Ah Boys To Men” casts headline the film, joined by 23 “unknowns”.

[Image Credits to J Team Productions]

Our Review of The Lion Men:

Director Jack Neo and a few of the casts whom acted in the film were present during the screening and they gave us a brief introduction of the film. During the meet-and-greet session, Director Jack Neo said that The Lion Men is one of the toughest movies that he has ever directed and that the film, given its “action” genre, wasn’t so easy to shoot.

Well, having caught The Lion Men [Part 1] in its entirety, we’re not so sure if we are even going to catch The Lion Men [Part 2]. This is because we don’t understand why the movie must have a two-part sequel when seriously, they could have just dived straight into the subject matter and cut out all those unrelated and not so relevant scenes!

Furthermore, The Lion Men [Part 1] has too much advertisement placements that we felt like we wasted 130 minutes of our lives watching commercials after commercials. We’re serious, the ad placements are very obvious and brands such as Resorts World Sentosa, NETS Flashpay, and StarHub are so prominently featured that there wasn’t any attempt to make it subtle.

Adding on, the humour in the movie were just weak. Director Jack Neo seems to be trying really hard to inject some humour into the movie but to be honest, it just doesn’t work out. As mentioned, some scenes were totally not relevant and it just does not fit into the plot.

So, for this festive season, if you’re planning to catch a movie, we don’t recommend The Lion Men unless you have too much angpow money to spend. In fact, we think Robocop makes a better movie than The Lion Men.

The Lion Men Movie Trailer

Long before banks, ATMS and check-cashing services, there were pawn shops and pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s. Even till today, pawn shops are still helping everyday people make ends meet and this explains why the pawning business in Singapore still exists.
So what is Pawn Stars all about?

Well, Pawn Stars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. It takes you inside the colorful world of the pawn business and at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family; grandfather Richard, son Rick, and grandson Corey, jointly run the family business, and there’s clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It’s up to them to determine what’s real and what’s fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone’s mind, “What’s the story behind it”? and “What’s it worth?”

[Image Courtesy of tvrage.com]

Rick Harrison, 48, has been in the pawn business for 28 years and is an expert when it comes to spotting anything fake or stolen; and Corey Harrison, 30, began working at the pawnshop when he was nine and is expertly trained in the art of appraisal.

As home to the Pawn Stars, History premieres Season 9 [starting 22 July] and Season 10, delivering all-new Pawn Stars episodes every Monday at 10pm for the remainder of 2013! The History channel is available on StarHub TV Ch 401 and HD Ch 455.

[Image Courtesy of History]

If you’re a fan of the Pawn Stars, we have some great news for you!

The Pawn Stars are coming to Singapore from August 24 to August 27 and Singapore is the third stop in father and son duo, Rick and Corey Harrison’s, first trip to Asia. Other destinations include Tokyo, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi.

A meet-and-greet session with Rick and Corey Harrison is being organised by the History channel and it will be taking place on 25 August, Sunday from 12pm, at Star Vista. Fans can meet and interact with the Pawn Stars in person as they share more about the series and their passion for the pawning business. The Pawn Stars will also be on the lookout for great buys as they tour around some of the iconic sites of Singapore and sample the world famous culinary treats.

The Pawn Stars Asia Tour is brought to you by Singapore’s award-winning microbrewery restaurant, Brewerkz Restaurant & Microbrewery and if you would like more details on how to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet your favourite Pawn Stars, check out History Asia Tv’s Facebook Page!

Have a wonderful weekend ahead and on a separate note, if you haven’t check out our Mooncakes Pre-Order, please do so and drop us an email if you’re interested!