WEEKEND PIC Aug 17 - 19
Your Guide To The Weekend Viewing:
1. RATATOUILLE (animated comedy with voices of Brad Garrett, Patton Oswalt and John Ratzenberger) Rated * * * (out of 4): A lip-smacking comedy about a rat who wants to be a chef in the city of Paris. Great animation and an engaging story are a plus to this effort by Brad Bird of "The Incredibles".
2. HULA GIRLS (Japanese drama with Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yu Aoi, Shizuyo Yamazaki) Rated: * * * 1/2 (out of 4): This is somewhat like "The Full Monty" in grass skirts. It is about how a declining coal-mining town in Japan (circa 1965) tries to reinvent itself by having a Hawaiian dance troupe. Great performances all round. (Only at Cathay PictureHouse)
5. CONTRACT LOVER (romantic comedy with Richie Jen, Fan Bingbing and Yuen Wah) Rated * * (2 stars): A formulaic outing that is neither romantic nor funny. The story, about a guy hiring a gal to pose as his fiancee to his conservative parents, is so predictable that it is cliched. (Reviewed below)