Rating: 1 star out of 5
The Stars: Karen Mok, Eason Chan, Kenny Bee
The Story: A group of Hong Kongers discover they’re actually superheroes from another time.
The Buzz: Opened in China and Hong Kong with impressive box office, but crashed from bad reviews.
inSing.com thinks: A confusing mix of superhero movies, with a dash of comedy and romance, East Meets West 2011 is a thoroughly tedious waste of its star-studded cast. Directed by Jeff Lau, the humour is uneven and almost nonsensical, and the storytelling runs all over the place.
The still gorgeously thin Karen Mok plays Sammi, a painter of corpses who has to help her dad, Kenny (Kenny Bee), pay off the debts accumulated by his ex-wife Scarlet (Huang Yi) to real estate developer Charles, played by Eason Chan.
On their way to rescue Scarlet, Sammi and Kenny encounter a bunch of characters, and they learn they are the modern embodiment of seven Heavenly Dragons, mystical beings with superpower like abilities. Dressed in outfits that would make Lady Gaga shudder, the group try to do good, only to learn that there’s an eight Dragon out there out to destroy them.
Even with decent special effects, there’s no way for this ill-conceived film to succeed.
Halfway through, the movie turns soppy as romance develops between Sammi and Charles, but it’s unlikely that you can suspend disbelief and common sense to appreciate this confection that’s mostly nice-looking fluff but utterly insubstantial.