Ice Kacang Puppy Love (初恋红豆冰) my takes.
I went to watch another very good local film on the first day it premiered. Ice Kacang Puppy Love (初恋红豆冰) is our beloved Ah Niu (阿牛)'s first directorial debut. He even produced and starred in it too. In short, it's an Ah Niu's film.
Casting his good friends of Malaysian singers that made it big in Asia. The lead actress is one of his best friend Angelica Lee Xin Jie (李心潔) who won a string Best Actress awards like Hong Kong Film Award, Golden Horse Award and Hong Kong Film Critics Award. So, acting part is no a problem there.
The other Malaysian singers put up a very good performance too. Especially Gary Chaw (曹格) and Victor Wong Ping Guan (黄品冠) whom gave it all out that they don't care about their images anymore as a singer.
Ah Niu as the lead actor did very good as well, really don't know how he manages to put on so many hats and did so well in one time. The other star studded cast are Fish Leong (梁静茹), Eric Moo (巫启贤), Jet Yi (易桀齐). Penny Tai (戴佩妮) and Nicholas Teo (張棟樑) also did a cameo appearances.
This movie is great. Ah Niu did a very great job. I love the simple story and yet full of surprises. Some scenes are very funny but not in an idiotic way. It's a very Malaysian movie with familiar languages and background. The sound editing in the movie is one of the best in local film, I think this is due to the sound was edited in Thailand. I also like the way how Ah Niu capture each scene with a very unique angle.
I will have to say 初恋红豆冰 is better than most of the recent Hong Kong love movie. A good movie don't have to have the best special effect or watch in 3D. A simple and good story will do. Except for the background and languages used, I felt like I was watching a movie made for the International market. Lee Xin Jie really show her acting skill here, I dare say that she might be nominated for awards if Ah Niu sent in this movie for nomination.
Well, this is the best local produced film yet that I have seen. You all should watch it too. I am planning to watch it a second time already. Look out for Gary Chaw's son (still a baby) making a cameo apperance and wait after the ending credits to watch an extra scene lol. For more information, you can go to Ice Kacang Puppy Love (初恋红豆冰) official website.
Some comments from 988 DJ after they watched the red carpet premiere of Ice Kacang Puppy Love (初恋红豆冰). I am lazy to translate. Please use Babel Fish or something if you can't read Chinese :p
DJ KK Wong "不會有荷里活的高潮迭起，但有很多馬來西亞的美麗。沒有激情澎湃的愛情，卻有你我熟悉的細膩。我是支持本地創作，但他們的表現確也令我刮目相看！心潔是影后，所以演得好我覺得是理所當然，她繼續會是影后。阿牛的精彩演出，我給了他100分！媽的！他竟然真的會演戲！牛哥，我服你！"
DJ 彪民 "看电影前，我以为我会为它骄傲，多过于感动。看电影后，我因为感动，而骄傲。衷心的感谢牛导，为我们拍了属于我们的故事。而且是一部水准之作。《初恋红豆冰》。赞！"
DJ Luke "看完《初恋红豆冰》后, 提醒我无论是以前或现在, 爱情依然无分对错。我们要勇敢啊！"
The theme song of Ice Kacang Puppy Love song is an old song from the 80s composed and written by a Malaysian, 陈绍安, hence you'll see that it will be played in cassette in the movie. Ah Niu sang his version in the movie.
The name of the song is "纯文艺恋爱" Pure Contemporary Love: