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Petaling Street Warriors: Undercooked & overspiced

By inSing EditorMovies - 21 December 2011 10:43 AM | Updated 11:05 AM

Petaling Street Warriors: Undercooked & overspiced

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Rating: 1 star out of 5

The Story: Shi DuYao (Mark Lee) and Zhung Lichun (Yeo Yann Yann) run a Hokkien mee stall in Petaling Street. But soon local gangsters, ninjas, Qing warriors and the Brits are pestering them about an alleged treasure map.

The Stars: Mark Lee, Yeo Yann Yann, Sunny Pang, Henry Thia

The Buzz: A kungfu comedy spoof set in one of Kuala Lumpur’s most infamous streets thinks: This cross-Causeway comedy should work better on paper, but most of the laughs fall flat on the floor. Most of the jokes are pretty weak, and the martial arts on display, performed by a mostly unskilled cast, is almost as bad. Even worse, some of the costumes look like discards from a cosplay contest.

The story sounds, at least, promising. A Hokkien mee seller is a descendant of a Ming Dynasty emperor, and possesses a treasure map that many want to get their hands on. Not knowing his ancestry, the hawker is protected by his wife and some other hawkers around him, played by controversial Malaysian rapper Namewee and local indie movie favourite Sunny Pang.

It’s hard to hang a movie on Mark Lee, who isn’t quite leading man material. He’s helped marginally by Yeo Yann Yann, and his usual gang of Henry Thia and yes, Jack Neo. Save your money for some Hokkien mee, even if it’s from Singapore, rather than using it for this rather undercooked and overspiced dish.