Movie Details

Ghost Buddies

Featuring Singaporean funnyman, Mark Lee, this horror-comedy is a story of two opposites (Mark Lee and Maggie Shiu) who try to help three ghosts to fulfil their last wishes. During this journey, numerous events will bring both humans and ghosts closer, where friendships are formed and romance blossoms.

Language: Mandarin / Hokkien
Subtitle: Na
Classification: 18
General Release Date: 10 May 2012
Genre: Comedy / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
Distributor: DOUBLE VISION PICTURES
Cast: Mark Lee, Maggie Shiu Mei Kei, Vivian Tok, Lim Ching Miau
Director: Simon Sek
Format: NA



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Review
Writer: Peter Chai

Writer Ratings:
Overall: 3.0 Out of 5
Cast: 3.0 Out of 5
Plot: 2.5 Out of 5
Effects: 2.5 Out of 5
Cinematography: 2.5 Out of 5

Watch this if you liked: “Twisted Love” and “23:59”

Since 2009, fans have been laughing out loud with Mark Lee's comedic appearances in horror comedies including "Where Got Ghost", his own directorial effort; "The Ghosts Must Be Crazy", "23:59" and "Twisted Love". This time, the veteran actor goes for another attempt on the same genre with "Ghost Buddies".

Directed by Simon Sek, "Ghost Buddies" features Hui (Mark Lee), a very kind average Joe who works in a funeral parlor. He finds himself gifted with the ability to communicate with ghosts when he cleanses the deceased. He then embarks on a journey to help three ghosts; Miao Miao (Lim Ching Miau), Uncle Wong (Chow Kee Moo) and Ah Hu (Lenny Ooi) to fulfill their wishes. Eventually, Hui became good friends with the ghosts after three of them help him with his crush, Pearl (Maggie Shiu).

Lee's stiff expression fits very well with Hui's personalities. Every little move he makes is able to make audiences forget of the Singaporean comedian's usual portrayal of "Chou Ah Beng" characters, like what he did in "Money No Enough" and "The Best Bet".

If you are huge fan of Lee and have been steadily following his hilarious performances in the past, "Ghost Buddies" will appear as a disappointment for you when you listen to the voice dubbing of Lee's character. Having a voice artist to replace Lee's trademark voice talents is a rather hasty decision by the production team which seems to bring down the quality of the actor's comedic acting skills.

On the other hand, it is noticeable that the director is trying to mock with Maggie Shiu's Cantonese accent whenever she speaks Mandarin throughout the movie. Nevertheless, this is not really a good idea because the way the veteran actress speaks sounds quite irritating.

The fighting scene between the ghosts is ridiculous and mindless. The characters chase the villainous Golden Lion as if they are running around in a playground.

In conclusion, you can obviously find weaknesses and mistakes in "Ghost Buddies" and it will not be a surprise if you find yourself yawning somewhere in the middle of the movie.

Cinema Online, 08 May 2012
   



 
 
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