Grow­ing pains

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - Re­views by LIM WEY WEN Ice Ka­cang Puppy Love Kafoo: Wait­ing For Hap­pi­ness

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

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