Our Sister Mambo Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Michelle Chong, Moses Lim, Audrey Luo, Ethel Yap, Oon Shu An, Joey Leong, Siti Khalijah Zainal, Jonathan Leong, Nelson Chia, Rani Singam, Muhammad Mahfuz Mazlan and Shankara Ebi and comedy movie fans

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Our Sister Mambo Movie Synopsis

our sister mambo family photoSet against the backdrop of modern Singapore, Our Sister Mambo follows the well-meaning efforts of the spritely second daughter, Mambo (Michelle Chong) to get her sisters – big sister Grace (Ethel Yap), third sister Rose (Oon Shun An) and baby sister June (Joey Leong) hitched, with hiccups and misunderstandings along the way. Find out how Mambo, with the help of her BFF Siti (Siti Khalijah) tries to steer things back on track.

Our Sister Mambo Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***

Our Sister Mambo Movie Review:

Singapore’s local Our Sister Mambo is a sweet and straight-forward comedy, quite different from the typical Jack Neo films we often watch. I won’t say that it is a must-watch, but this is definitely a film close to heart, where you can’t help but laugh at the familiar antics common in typical Asian family.our sister mambo stillsIt’s fun to be seeing veteran comedian Moses Lim back on screen, and this time, he formed the Wong family with a group of fabulous ladies with his wife (Audrey Luo) and his four daughters (Ethel Yap, Michelle Chong, Oon Shu An and Joey Leong). I wasn’t exactly looking forward to film, as I know that it was a film commissioned by Cathay, and it would most probably be boasting the achievements and milestones of the Cathay, something I was quite familiar with after joining the Cineleisure’s Next Online Sensation few years back. our sister mambo graceWell, I wasn’t exactly wrong, Mr Wong (Moses Lim) plays an old employee of Cathay who loved to ramble about Cathay’s past triumph (I nearly thought he was the boss himself!), but I was impressed how screenwriter Michael Chiang limits their branding story to Mr Wong, and prevent the film from developing into an “eye-rolling” corporate film.  Oon shu an sister mamboAside from that, I love how the characters were so relatable, dynamic yet amusing. Each sister has their own unique characteristic which I can go on and on about here. The eldest sister, Grace (Ethel Yap) with China boyfriend (Nelson Chia) make the oddest yet loveable couple. I like how Nelson was able to do his amusing china accent without being offensive. Third sister Rose (Oon Shu An) is the sexy and playful one who hops from one “ang moh” (Caucasian) boyfriend to another. While her love story ain’t the most interesting, her “make-up tips” is definitely something everyone should learn (or not!).

our sister mambo Joey leongThe youngest sister June (Joey Leong) and her romantic encounter David (Shankara Ebi) has the most unexpected story revolving around them. Yes, I mean his mum, her mum etc. Surprisingly, my favourite character is deadpan Mrs Wong who loves Korean drama (like my mum), yells at her daughters (like my mum), likes to do selfies (like my mum, occasionally) and couldn’t help but want to worry about her children’s love life and career paths (TOTALLY like my mum!) She nailed the role and I can’t help but find her likeable. Michelle chong and sitiI guess what I enjoyed about this film was how it managed to capture a typical Singapore family who dared to make brave choices by choosing the unpopular path. When the second sister Mambo (Michelle Chong) quits her lawyer job to become a chef apprentice, her mother went crazy. But her friend was envious of her for doing what she love. This was almost deja vu~ something I recalled seeing when I chose to quit my full time job and went into full time acting and blogging.

our sister mambo sitiI was so touched, when Siti (Siti Khalijah Zainal) who secretly wished to be a singer finally fulfilled her little dream of performing in front of an audience during the Cathay 80th Anniversary event. I like how Siti was so expressive and managed to talk with her expression! It wasn’t just the nostalgic “Ja Jambo 說不出的快活” song originally by 葛蘭 Grace that she sang, but the happiness from both Siti and Mambo when they realised that they have both somehow took a step closer towards their dream. If you are feeling lost, or just hope for some laughter, Our Sister Mambo is definitely a good watch 🙂

Do You Know?

our-sister-hedyOur Sister Mambo is a project by Cathay Organisation marking the 80th anniversary of the film distributor and exhibitor, loosely adapted from the Cathay classics Our Sister Hedy, a 1957 Hong Kong production about a middle-class family with four unmarried daughters and The Greatest Civil War On Earth (1960). It is also Cathay’s first big-screen production in 15 years starring Singaporean favorites Moses Lim and Michelle Chong as a father-daughter pair.

michelle chong audrey luo38-year-old Michelle Chong who stars the role of Mambo, second sister of the Wong family is 6 years older than her on-screen mother, Audrey Luo and 11 years older than the eldest sister Grace, played by actress Ethel Yap. our sister mambo audrey luoIt wasn’t the first time for Audrey Luo to play an older character, but the role of Mrs Wong is the oldest character she had played to date. The 32-year-old has to act as someone in her 50s. In order to play a character who is K-pop crazy, love selfies and a typical stern Asian mother, Audrey used her mother as inspiration who is also a Cantonese.

our sister mambo xiaxueSingapore’s famous blogger, Xiaxue cameoed in the movie as herself who appreciated Mambo’s cooking and wanted to invite her to guest speak for her new show.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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Our Sister Mambo is out in cinemas on 15 July 2015.

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17 thoughts on “Our Sister Mambo Movie Review”

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  2. Our Sister Mambo, is absolutely and undefiantly the must-watch heart-warming, feel-good and make-your-day-better type family/romantic comedy movie of the year. (The script) Written in a local culture context, the movie is full of characters in which all of us can relate to dearly, one way or another, in our everyday lives. Although it is Cathay Organization’s 80th Anniversary film, its release complements well with the celebration mood of Singapore’s 50th Independence Day. It is simply “the Singapore movie to watch” of the season with your love ones, family and friends.

    Strangely, unlike the movie title suggests, the storyline is not built solely on the character, Mambo (played by Michelle Chong). But, Michelle’s overwhelming star power surely satisfies the most demanding audience’s appetite with another of her outstanding performances in the movie. And, honestly, how could one not love to have a sister like, Mambo !! This movie is clearly one monumental evidence that Michelle’s seasoned acting career has already crafted her into league of her own as an actor (no wonder she kept saying she preferred to be working behind the scenes. “There is nothing left in acting for you to challenge izzit ??”). In my opinion, she is unquestionably adept to play any character in any movie genre she chooses to, effortlessly. Because when you cast Michelle Chong in a movie, you can be at least 200% sure that she is at least 300% engaged in the role, from beginning to the end, spiritually and professionally.

    The movie would be lack-lustre however, without other judiciously selected cast members. Worth an honorable mention would be Audrey Luo. Even though Audrey’s age may be a little far fetched for her role as mom, she did nothing less than outstanding work in playing the role. Audrey might be so darn good in the movie that one could be easily misled to feeling dazed and confused when seeing her “play” her real self in real life. Apart from being totally successful in playing a mother one loves to hate, Audrey really is, one hell of an actor who is made to grace the performing stage.

    The movie would not have been more complete without Moses Lim, not to mention that its been a long while since we all saw Moses in action. He plays a father of four daughters and whose four decade long career is in the wane yet never lost himself in despair. Ultimately, it is for the love of cinema and having a wonderful family that Moses could finally and proudly pronounce: I lived, I loved, I Mattered.

    One of the climatic scenes of the movie has got to be the unexpected appearance of Grace Chang (Gelan), presenting a hearty congratulatory message to Cathay Organization for its 80th Anniversary. Grace Chang, now in her 80s, was one of the original movie Queens of the 1950s-60s era, whose credits included The Wild Wild Rose (in which she performed the golden mandarin oldie, Carmen), Mambo Girl, Air Hostess (filmed partly in pre-independent Singapore). But, you won’t see Grace doing her captivating cha-cha dance. Instead, you shall have our very own, Michelle Chong, together with the entire cast, dancing to Ja-Jambo for you. How about that !

    So, here you have, Our Sister Mambo. Grab tickets today … sit back … enjoy !! 🙂

    * I am an independent movie reviewer with no association with the production or any of the participating members of Our Sister Mambo.

  3. Looks like a fun and quirky movie. As usual, I’m dying to watch this when I have free time. Every movie that you’ve posted so far is great.

  4. i like the film idea but its not something i would personally watch. i can definitely predict what happens already just by watching the trailer

  5. Sister Mambo isn’t probably going to be shown here but I do hope they have this on DVD in the future. I would love to watch it. I like movies that have sister angles, probably because I’ve never had a sister. That’s how it appeals to me.

    I’ve been on this Asian movies + Asian series phase for over three weeks now. I have this list of films to watch, some of the recos I got from you and I’ve asked the BF to look for ’em. Lol.

  6. What a cast 🙂 It being Sg50 and all, I’d probably go out and support this locL production, especially after your review.

  7. This romantic comedy type of film is not really my cup of tea. I like subtle style of acting in this genre of film, than the loud style that the photos suggest. – Fred

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