《12莲花》 (“12 Lotus”) – A Royston Tan film
The movie poster almost tells the story of the show already. Take a closer look and you’ll see Mindee’s and Liu Ling Ling’s hand clutched tightly into a fist. The two of them shares a very close relationship in the show. It tells their story, their life and their hardship. This show is an emotional ride.
After the fantastic and emotionally torturing experience for me in Royston’s previous show, “881”, I was prepared with 2 packets of tissue paper this time round. But at the end of the show, I didn’t even touch them. “12 Lotus” gave me a mixture of emotions. When I was about to start my tap and cry, something just happened and immediately switched the mood to the total opposite. Emotions I got during the session… I was touched, I teared, I laughed, my heart almost fell out from my chest and I was disturbed. (Sound almost like an anti-climax sex right? Haha!)
I really shouldn’t share too much about the film since its to be released this week, but this show is worth the go. Qi Yu Wu has matured and had lots of room for him to perform in “12 Lotus” instead of the quiet man in “881”. His performance in “12 Lotus” is worth the mention. We (Abang and Me) congratulated him at the end of the session before we left. He did great! In those I watched, from “881” to “The Leap Years” and now to “12 Lotus”, every show he’d shown great improvements.
One of the reasons why I wanted to watch this show is because of the little boy in it. When I saw him in the promotional clips of the movie, I know I must go catch it. My cutest and dearest ex-student is acting in it! I’ve seen him in couple of TCS8 dramas and now he’s on the big screen! Wow! When I saw him appear on the screen during the movie, my heart melted. I’m very touched by Damus’ acting. He made me cry once again. (The last time he did that was when we met in school during Teacher’s day and he said he missed my lessons.) His role in “12 Lotus” is a getai performer with the name “Astroboy” (小飞侠). He was initially forced to perform by his mother, but later joined forces with 莲花 to perform on stage. Damus shocked me by his excellent performance and his singing! When he cried in the show, I cried too! At just 10-years old, he did very well. Even the director, Royston, was impressed and mentioned his talent during the Blog Aloud session. I am very very impressed. I’m sure his parents are very proud of him.
Now that I’ve watched the show, I’ll look out for the OST! Hope they’ve got all the songs performed in the show in the album. Love them all! The remixes and the voice of Royston himself! *Woot!* MUST BUY LAH! Hmm… maybe I’ll go watch the show one more time with my parents!
Qi Yu Wu, Eric and Royston
Here are some clips taken during the Blog Aloud session with the directors and actor…
Before we left, I wanted to catch Royston to ask a few questions and take a photo with him, but he ran away before we came out. But Qi Yu Wu stayed (or was stopped by his fans). So I had a quick shot with Ah Wu…
Ah Wu and Claudia
Arggghhhh! My face damn round lah! Fat liao! Need to start dieting plan again! Anyway, he’s the focus of the photo not me lah! Comparing him now and the other time I saw him, I prefer him this way. Mature and charming. The other time he dressed to be more wild and funky which didn’t quite suit him IMHO.
“12 Lotus” although also focusing on the Chinese 7th Month, but its a totally different feel and story as compared to “881”. “881” has got the getai as the main focus and is the “foreground” of the entire show. But “12 Lotus” has made the getai the “background” and tried to bring the story of 莲花 (played by Mindee Ong and Liu Ling Ling) as the main focus of the entire show. But still, the getai set-up and performance in the movie “WOW”-ed the audience. The special effects (although not as much as “881”) added the wow-factor into the show. I’m sure many will rush down to watch getai again this year. To me, I feel that Royston’s show is the biggest draw to many of the getai performances during the 7th Month. Hope I’ll have chance to catch some this month too.
If you understands Hokkien (or don’t mind reading subtitles), into Hokkien songs (I loveee the remixes and songs!), enjoy watching musical (lots of singing and dancing) and supports local production (or fan of Royston and Ah Wu), you MUST go catch “12 Lotus”! Go watch and tell me if you suffered the anti-climax too. *LOL*
Bring your grandma, grandpa, auntie, uncle, father, mother and everyone in your family to watch! I’m sure they’ll enjoy it. “12 Lotus” is coming to the cinemas on August 14! Just 2 days to go! Go watch! Support local productions!
Here’s a teaser for you to tempt you further… quick go book your tickets now!
Ok, I’m very long-winded in this post. I keep adding thoughts and salt and pepper into this post as I waited for the videos to render and upload. My thoughts and post might seem rather messy lah. So pai say ah! Finally ending this post with a few words…. “HUAT AH!!“. Erm no lah, that’s not what I wanted to say. It should be… “Without pain, there’s no love. Without love, there’s no pain.”
Go watch “12 Lotus”!
Link love: www.12lotusthemovie.com