A remake of the Iranian film Children of Heaven, Jack Neo's Homerun is set in 1965 Singapore, and tells the story of children living in a kampong, and a lost pair of shoes. The film has themes ranging from friendship and kinship, to the political relations between Singapore and Malaysia, to socio-economic relationships between the rich and poor in the old Singapore. Megan Zheng, the actress playing the lead female character, a ten year old girl, became the first Singaporean to win a Golden Horse.
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Brings me home
This movie left me in a puddle of my own tears. The somewhat familiar and relatable plot allows me to take a glimpse of what the past used to look like, in the eyes of the poorer Singapore citizens,
Jack neo has successfully captured the essence of love in this movie. The unconditional love that is showcased between the siblings and among friends. The intensity of emotions was portrayed really clearly through the actors and actresses in this movie, which is another reason why this movie is great.
Out of all of Jack Neo's films, I have to say that this one is my favourite. I wouldn't mind watching it every now and then to see how much Singapore has grown through the years, and to be grateful about how fortunate I am to be living in this golden age.
Ran home just to catch this home run movie onscreen!
True story. I ran home just to catch this movie on television.
It was on a weekend and I was cycling at East Coast. Suddenly, I recalled that this show will be shown in a couple of hours! I began speeding on my bike and even mistook a bird for a human that was causing an obstacle on the pavement before me. My bike screeched to a halt. Unfortunately, I chose the springiest of all springy bikes that day. The bicycle's back wheel began rocketing upwards, than plummeting down, switching sides with the first wheel. I, of course, was flown out of the chair yet my hands were still clenching the handles. The result? I was flattened like a roti channai, sandwiched between the ground and the bike. Worst, the birds who were previously my obstacles whom I halted for and not swerved away from, fled the scene! The path was isolated except for those in the nearby stall. All heads were turned towards me. Confusion was written all over their faces.
How did she fall like that when nothing is in front of her?
I recalled my main intention for my urgency. Thus, I hurriedly mounted back up the bicycle and returned the bike to it's rightful owner. Knuckles and knees oozing with blood, I hopped into my family's car and zoomed back home. There, I dashed. Yes, I ran. Equipped with plasters here and there, I ran all the way upstairs and heaved a sigh of relief. The show has yet to start. I had sufficient time to treat my wounds with Dettol whilst I await for this local production.
This show portrayed the tight-knit relationship between siblings. He, too, was wounded but his burning desire to win ( was it him? or the sister? I can't quite recall! ) to win the race left him undeterred. Even when his shoes were in tatters, he ran at a speed that could qualify him for the Olympics. ( description of his speed only ) His blazing determination paralleled with mine; when I was keen to run home despite my wounds, just to catch this entire movie on television!
This local show deserved an Oscar award. Did it win any? If it didn't, it is time Singapore launch their own version of Oscars!
Just a while back I watched one of the newer Singaporean movies and, even though the cast was relatively experienced, it was, for the most part, a torture to have to sit through the lousy acting.
This made me remember all too well how much I enjoyed Homerun. I've watched it multiple times, but I enjoy it just as much, if not more, every single time. Heartbreaking yet heartwarming, with little humorous scenes injected here and there, this movie isn't just my favourite Singaporean movie, but one of my favourite movies ever, period.
I'm taking it as a good sign that the leads are the newer faces of our local acting industry! The older actors could probably learn a thing or two from them.
Well-made movie !
This movie is one of the best I have ever seen because it fulfills almost all the criterion for a well-made movie, in my opinion.
Firstly, the movie has an audible story arch. The plot is clear, structured and very engaging. I cried at the end parts. Jack Neo is able to intertwine the sad parts with moments of comic relief, which is a difficult but effective directing technique to evoke both sides of human emotions.
Furthermore, the directing and overall style was great. i love the colouring of the movie and the camera angles were pretty well done. The style is uniquely singaporean which is perfect for us.
Finally, the acting was good. The actors really puoured their emotions out and those who were meant to be funny, really brought that hilarity out, so it was great. That kind of acting has apparently disappeared to a certain extent in our TV dramas today.
And, do you guys realize that Homerun has no steamy, sexy scenes? I feel like Singaporean dramas tend to appeal too much to the sex senses because they think that is what makes good drama, sacrifcing good acting and storyboarding in the process. A pity indeed!
A really good movie. It showed the poverty of families in the era of 1960s, how a particular sibling shared a same pair of shoes. I watched this movie when it first came out, almost 10 years ago. Back then I was only six years old, but I understood how lucky I was to be born in the 21st century. I learnt to appreciate what I had. All I thought when I watched the movie was 'I wished I could give her some of my shoes.'. Yeah, pardon the childishness, I was only six.
We yearn to be better, but have we considered the ones who are less fortunate?
Heartwarming and much to learn from
This is a film that has never failed to make me sit by the tissue box whenever I watch it. Not because the show is all sappy, but it is indeed a very heartwarming and a film that has many important lessons to offer behind those heart wrenching scenes.
I believe that both Shawn Lee and Megan Zheng have touched the hearts of many fellow Singaporeans with their superb acting skills. Well, I am already won over.
The story ploy is straightforward and sets us thinking that while we are constantly talking about higher living standards, shouldn't we also start to think about learning to appreciate and be happy with what we have now?
This film is definitely a good catch! The new faces of the local movie industry have so much to learn but they are definitely doing a great job! For they are Singapore's pride and glory.
Heartwarming kampong tale
This film is my absolute favourite out of all of Singapore's films, and though it has been a few years since I first saw it, I have rewatched it a couple of times since then and it never gets old! The plot is simple yet touching with comedic relief at the appropriate times to diffuse the tension; the actors and actressess superb, skillfully portraying their characters' character, as well as their relationships with one another (I especially loved the brother-sister relationship, which perfectly shows that though siblings may argue and fight sometimes, there are actually undercurrents of familial love below the surface. And though these feelings of love are not openly displayed, the reason behind it is simply because there is no need to as the other party already knows). The film, while juggling slightly heavier themes like poverty, also manages to show that everyone has more than one side to them, and that they might not always be what we expect. Lastly, the setting complemented the film perfectly. It was not CG, but rather, the film was filmed in an actual kampong in Malaysia, and this brought about a very realistic touch to the whole film, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in the show.
An important lesson learnt
I have only seen this film once, years ago. Yet till now the lessons I took away from watching the movie still stayed with me. While we children who grew up in an affluent Singapore worry more about what branded goods we are wearing, our forefathers had to worry about the more basic needs.
I remember how it strike me while watching the film at that time, that living modestly is something we should all strive for – to be content we what we have and not always want for better.
This film stands out in my memory because while it has a simple plot, it revolves around an important theme – that wealth should not be something to strive for, but contentedness.
Set in the late 1960s, Homerun depicts a boy's pursuit for a pair of shoes which his family lacks the capacity to afford. A stark contrast against our extravagant society today, Homerun is definitely one of the most insightful local movies ever produced.
Homerun manages to make viewers laugh, as well as shed tears for the heart wrenching scenes. Personally, I cried upon watching a scene when the male lead had to jostle across mud in order to win a pair of shoes that he needed badly. It definitely raises questions in our minds about whether we are taking Singapore's current wealth for granted, as it's difficult to envision any school children running through mud with such sheer determination just to obtain a pair of shoes.
The actors were fantastic. Homerun stars Shawn Lee and Megan Zheng as the male and female leads respectively, and even though they were mere child actors at that time, I felt that their acting was brilliant and absolutely realistic.
A wonderful film that needs more attention.
A touching, heartfelt KamPung tale
When the credits showed on the mega-size screen in the dark cinema, I realized that I was tearing.
And then, I heard sniffing noises coming from the back rows and a sudden epiphany that I wasn't the only one shedding a tear or two in the cinema dawned on me.
What more could I say?
It is the truth that the moving story has touched the hearts of many.
The story plot was firstly, based on an era that most adults in their forties or fifties could relate to. I remember, my parents incessantly made remarks on the familiar settings played on the screen which they could reconcile with as the nostalgia set in from those childhood days.
The movie speaks of the almost unimaginable hardship endured by the people of that time. It's merely a pair of school shoes - and yet, based on the movie, the two children playing the main lead had to fight and undergo so much for it.
Especially when Singapore has successfully transformed into an affluent, economically prospering society whereby materialistic desires are often able to be satisfied with the people's wealth, the movie is a superlative and timely reminder served to the people that we should deeply treasure and be contended with what we have now.
The characters in general are explored to a great depth, painting a rather realistic picture of the children in the past. Just like our modern kids - they needed some entertainment to add a touch of vibrancy in their lives, however they relied on playing soccer as they apparently lack the savvy technological gadgets we take for granted these days.
The contrast between the children of the two different era certainly makes it an eye-opening and refreshing insight for the viewers.
The child-like, precious innocence of the very humble desires of the two children protagonists for their very basic needs, infused together with the more profound morale that lies in the essence of the whole story makes this highly credible movie a beautiful one.