Cast: Aniu, Gary Chaw, Lee Sinje, Victor Wong and Fish Leong Running time: 104 minutes THIS is a beautifully filmed story with strong performance from its cast. Only two things give away the Malaysian origins of the film: its title and its impressive line-up of Malaysian stars.
In his directorial debut, singer Aniu documents the story of his childhood and memories of Malaysia in the 1980s.
The story revolves around a group of children growing up together in a small town in Perak, where the common dream is to leave the town to work in the city. And just like any small-town mini-saga the relationships are of an endearing everyone-isrelated-to-everyone kind.
Botak (Aniu) is the son of a kopitiam (coffee shop) owner whose childhood crush is Fighting Fish (award-winning actress Lee), the daughter of the char koay teow (fried noodles) seller in his father’s coffee shop.
However, even when they see each other daily, Botak never works up the courage to express his feelings for her. Fighting Fish, on the other hand, is oblivious to Botak’s feelings as she is struggling with issues in her life.
Together with their friends Ma Lin Fan (Chaw), Ma Li Bing (Leong) and Prince (Wong), they go through the joys and pains of growing up.
In the meantime, their parents’ lives are also interconnected in a web of human emotions and relationships that reveals the struggles of small-town communities back then.
For those who had lived in a small town, Ice Kacang Puppy Love may evoke fond memories of the past – the old kopitiam, the blue-and-white telephone booths and the bread-sellers on bicycles.
If you’ve missed this on the big screen, here’s your chance to watch it at home and enjoy the behind-the-scenes clip as well.
This movie is in Mandarin with English, Chinese and Malay subtitles. Cast: Maiko and Tetsuji Tamayama Running time: 120 minutes SWEET and melancholic, Kafoo is set on a serene and scenic Japanese island in Okinawa where convenience shop owner