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That's the Way I Like It (1999)

That's the Way I Like It




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The directorial debut of actor and artistic director Glen Goei, who played opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly , is a comedy about a loser with big dreams. In 1970s Singapore, twenty-year-old grocery clerk Hocks tries to survive with high hopes but low expectations. He is still living at home with his parents, who dote on his younger brother, and his little sister, who is addicted to romance novels. He does not have a girlfriend. His male friends like to bowl and watch kung-fu movies. When Hocks looks at the mirror, he sees himself as Bruce Lee riding a fast motorcycle with a beautiful woman on the back seat hanging on to him. One night, the local movie house replaces the usual kung-fu fare with a movie called Forever Fever, which is a Singaporean version of Saturday Night Fever. Hock hates disco but tags along with his friends. To his surprise, he is taken in by the movie and goes to see it over and over again. He even holds secret conversations with the hero of the film, who gives Hock a few tips about making a move on the dance floor and in real life. Hock enters a disco-dancing contest, hoping to win the cash prize so that he can buy a motorcycle. However, the dancing partner he chooses, his childhood friend Mei, is interested in another kind of prize. That's the Way I Like It was screened at the 1999 Montreal World Film Festival.more
Rating: PG-13 (Rated PG-13 for momentary language and some violence.)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Glen Goei, Glen Goei
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On DVD: Apr 18, 2000


Adrian Pang
as Ah Hock
Pierre Png
as Richard
Alaric Tay
as Ah Seng
Dominic Pace
as Hock's Guardian Ange...
Caleb Goh
as Leslie/Ah Beng
Dominic Tace
as "John Travolta"
Koh Chieng Mun
as Mrs. Chan
Kay Tong Lim
as Mr. Tay
as Transvestite
Lily Ong Siew Lin
as Grandmother
Jason Lam
as Motorbike Salesman
Ronald Chong
as Young Ah Hock
Brian Yu
as Young Ah Beng
Zhu Shirui
as Young Mei
Jerrold Wong
as Tranny No. 2
Moe Kassim
as Tranny No. 3
Winnie Tan Li Ching
as Receptionist
Janet Yip
as Tracy
Alicia Loo
as Sharon
Mindy Ng
as Michelle
Tan Kheng Hua
as Ticket Seller No. 1
Jacqueline Pereira
as Ticket Seller No. 2
Michelle Chua
as Ticket Seller No. 3
Michelle Tan Hock Kh...
as Girl in Changing Roo...
Najip Ali
as Can Thrower
Diva Drama
as Hair Dresser
Claire Ngo
as Manicurist
Cyndi Ong
as Pedicurist
Karen Chew
as Boutique Assistant
Susan Yeong
as Shoe Shop Assistant
Irwan Bin Usop
as Gangster No. 1
Teo Kuan Soon
as Gangster No. 2
Kay Mei Mei
as Girl in Disco
Cathy Kee
as Elaine
Lee Frederick
as Tranny No. 4
Leroy Bakar
as Tranny No. 5
Teri-Anne Lee
as Cashier No. 1
Juliana Abdul Ajis
as Cashier No. 2
Jonathan Goh
as Schoolboy No. 1 on M...
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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 22, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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New York Times
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Audience Reviews for That's the Way I Like It


A rather predictable plot but still some endearing characters. I was surprised that the movie is 99% in English with just a few Chinese terms now and then, though I'm glad the subtitles were still there because it's not very good English :). Overall a cute romantic comedy that is entertaining for it's look back at the 70s disco scene in Singapore.


If you like bad disco karaoke, this is the movie for you!
A PG-13 Saturday Night Fever ripoff with a Singapore flair.
Hock, a big Bruce Lee fan, is forced to sit through the latest movie- "Fever" and is inspired. He decides to enter a dance contest to raise money for a new motorbike, even though he can't dance. He gets encouragement from his friend Mei and from the Tony Manero character who talks to him from the movie playing in the theater. Yes, that's right, a bad John Travolta impersonator comes out of the screen to give him advice! Then add to that karaoke-sounding Bee Gees covers! Tight pants! Mix in a bit of squabbling family and troubled brother and then add the two women. Sprinkle with cheesy dialogue and finish it off with a nice pink fairy tale bow! Put in oven and burn to a crisp.

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