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Movie Review: Unbeatable

At first, I was feeling a little ‘meh’ when I first found out we’d be watching this movie. I have to admit that I’m not much of a Chinese movie buff, although I wouldn’t mind watching if a friend or someone else had picked it. Just saying that it wouldn’t be something I’d chose on my own free will.

Yeah, I know I’m Chinese myself, but I’ve never really been able to… be ‘in-touch’ with my Chinese side, I’d say. Even more with the movies, because most of them are plain cliche, and 8 out of 10 movies will have that annoying, whiny, vain, ‘damsel-in-distress’. I just HATE girls like that. Can’t stand them at all, really. >< I’m more for girls who break the ‘helpless’, ‘dependant-on-a-guy-to-be-happy’ stereotype. I don’t really follow Hunger Games (I’ve only watched the movie, to be honest), but someone like Katniss Everdeen, a.k.a Jennifer Lawrence is the kind of woman that inspires me.

Anyways… I’m not here to talk about that now, am I?

So tonight was just another movie night where my friend had picked a Chinese movie. The title was Unbeatable, and I digested from reading one of the movie boards before the movie that it was about boxing, of a retired boxer who trains a younger protege and whom along the way, finds that meaning to life etc etc. Typical storyline.

 

 

As the movie begins, I spot Nick Cheung (Or some of you Chinese folks might know him as Cheung Ka-Fai – thanks Wikipedia) as ‘Sleazy’ Fai (don’t ask me what his full character’s name is; or wait.. I think it’s Ching Fai, if I’m not mistaken?), and I immediately felt as if I was watching one of my friend acting in it. The resemblance was almost carbon-copy, it was a bit creepy. More than the looks, body-wise, it was more or less the same too, only, of course, Nick had more muscles. xD

And then there’s little Crystal Lee as Dani (I think her name was Xiao Dan?). I knew that she had supposedly acted in a Chinese movie, but I never really found out which. Turns out it was this one. I never imagined her as an actress; I’m too used to seeing her belt out Whitney Houston and Adele covers with her powerful voice. Even as she appeared in her first scene, I didn’t know what a main role she would be playing. Or that I’d be blown away by her performance. For a little girl with her first acting break, she did a bloody good job. Rightfully so too, since she won Best Actress at the Shanghai Film Festival for her role.

(Ok, so I cheated… I looked all these up just as I was typing this up.. xD )

The movie overall was much better than I had expected. Yeah it was cliche, but it was also funny. Nick was the humorous one that glued the whole movie together, I think. Eddie (Pang) was definitely eye candy, but he only had about… 2 funny scenes, as far as I remember: the kissing scene, and the final scene after Nick’s MMA Competition. (Don’t wanna give out too much for those who haven’t watched the movie.) Also, turns out it wasn’t exactly a movie about boxing, but MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) instead. I loved his sense of humour though. He’s serious when the situation calls for it, but most of the time, he takes everything with a pinch of salt humour.

There was also one thing I learnt from the movie from watching the Fai/Qi duo: That when you’re at a competition of any kind, your coach may be able to tell you what you should do and your weaknesses. But when you’re in the ring yourself, it’s hard to keep a check on what you SHOULD do. The reason being, I think, that because once you’re in the arena/ring/wherever-you’d-be-competing-in, it’s hard to process what you should do in the split of a second, especially when the attacks are constantly being driven at you. And this lesson, I learnt, does not only apply in a competition, but in real life as well. Sometimes you may be able to advice others on the right path or what someone should or should not do, but when you yourself experience it, sometimes it’s hard to ‘think logically’ if it all happened in the spur of the moment.

Then again, maybe I’m just thinking too much into it all. xD

Oh well. 

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