Movie Details

Old Cow Vs Tender Grass

"Old Cow Vs Tender Grass" tells the story of Moo (played by Henry Thia), a taxi-driver in his late 40s, and how his routine life changes when he gets acquainted with an attractive but eccentric lady, Moon (played by Crystal Lin). Meanwhile, Jack Lim plays a rugged taxi-driver who falls for a lady from China (played by Siau Jiahui). The movie attempts to explore the seemingly improbable romantic relationships in today's society, through a simple yet hilarious storyline.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: Na
Classification: U
General Release Date: 02 Sep 2010
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Distributor: PRIMEWORKS STUDIOS
Cast: Henry Thia, Crystal Lin, Jack Lim, Siau Jiahui
Director: Fok Chi Kai
Format: NA



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Review
Writer: Tammy Ang

Writer Ratings:
Overall: 3.0 Out of 5
Cast: 4.0 Out of 5
Plot: 2.0 Out of 5
Effects: 0.0 Out of 5
Cinematography: 3.5 Out of 5

Watch this if you liked: "Love Matters", "Money No Enough 2"

To those unfamiliar with Chinese phrases, one might wonder why this movie is titled "Old Cow Vs Tender Grass". Well, the source translates to "Old cow eats tender grass", which brings meaning to the May-December relationship - old cow referring to men in their forties or fifties, and tender grass are ladies in their twenties.

The story surrounds the peculiar relationship that blooms between 50-year-old taxi driver Moo, played by Henry Thia ("Money No Enough", "Love Matters"), and a young lady, Moon, played by Crystal Lin (alumna of popular Taiwanese singing contest - One Million Stars). Malaysia's renowned DJ - Jack Lim ("Kidnapper", "Tiger Woohoo") also plays the role as a taxi-driver who falls for a Xiao Hong, a foreign worker from China (played by Siau Jiahui, Singapore's radio DJ). The movie explores on the growing trend of interracial relationships and May-December relationships, through a simple yet hilarious storyline.

Though not as intense as Jack Neo's works, the movie is a light social commentary that presents snippets of a taxi driver's daily life, pokes fun at Singaporean's complaining behaviour and touches on the eroding values of filial piety. It also points out bluntly on the confusing taxi fare structure and the issue of foreign employment in Singapore.

With veteran funnyman and Best Supporting Actor at the 53rd Asia Pacific Film Festival Henry Thia, there's never a lack of his signature bumbling acts and lines that will tickle your funny bone. Crystal's virgin act on the big screen is also worth mentioning as she manages to handle the eccentric character well. She also gave up her first onscreen kiss in this movie. To whom? Then, you have to watch it to find out. There is also special appearance by Malaysian singer, Ah Niu who plays the pastor. In reality he is a Buddhist, so to be respectful to the other's belief; he mentioned that he prayed to God before shooting the scene, hoping that God would not mind him acting as a pastor.

Meanwhile, the story plot is underdeveloped as the May-December romance between Moo and Moon, and the interracial relationship were not convincing enough. Basically, there are no significant sparks among the characters. Besides, it was also easy to tell that the movie is sponsored by ABC Extra Stout and co-producing company, Cenosis Holdings, as product placements are peppered numerously throughout the movie.

All in all, if you are a fan of Singaporean comedy with a mixture of satire and social commentary, then this movie fits into your list. "Old Cow Vs Tender Grass" is infused with Hokkien, English, slight Cantonese and Mandarin dialogues, so if you can understand all four, good for you. But if you can't, reading the subtitles will serve you well too.

Cinema Online, 20 July 2010
   



 
 
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