Movie Review – Ghost on Air《靈聼》

Fans of horror movies, are you ready for “GHOST ON AIR”?

你准备好《灵听》了吗?

GHOST ON AIR 《灵听了》is a made-in-Singapore ghost movie, starring famous local deejay and artiste, Dennis Zhou Chongqing (周崇庆) as a spooked deejay who tells ghost stories on air. The movie is produced by Merelion Pictures and directed by Cheng Ding An.

Trailer:

Synopsis:

A Radio DJ driven to desperation, resorts to telling ghost stories on air, but what if the stories were all not fiction?

“Ping Xiao, a two time “Most Popular DJ” award winner, is suddenly robbed of his successful morning show slot. Jealous at seeing a younger DJ taking his place, he forces himself to conquer painful recurring memories of his deceased girlfriend and tells the ghost stories that was written by her on air.

With each painful memory he endures, he regains a small step to his superstardom. However, as he is about to claim his reward, he begins to realize that the stories were not works of fiction, and maybe it wasn’t him telling the stories all along…”

“两度“最受欢迎DJ”的品孝,失利被调到了午夜班。眼红年轻的新人取代自己的位子,他迫不得已回忆起与已故女友的点点滴滴,在空中述说她生前所写的灵异故事。强忍着内心一阵阵的痛,他一步步地夺回自己所失去的。然而,正当他要坐回巨星的宝座時,他赫然发现他所述说的灵异故事并不是虚构的…”

Pardon me if this review for Ghost on Air《靈聼》is a little biased. The movie director is an old friend and is it only natural I would wish a friend’s movie do well at the box office.

I watched the movie on 30 April at the Shaw Preview Theatre during a special preview for a group of omy bloggers. We were greeted by the very sincere movie director himself, who made a surprise appearance to interact with everyone before and after the screening. You can check out the bloggers’ reviews on omy Blog Club. 

Movie director, Cheng Ding An (in black jacket and both hands raised) together with a group of bloggers
Movie director, Cheng Ding An (in black suit) together with a group of bloggers

In the movie, you will see the lead actor, Dennis Zhou take on a challenging dark and serious role, very different from his usual comedic performances.

Former Nominated Member-of-Parliament, Eunice Olsen and famous Malaysian radio deejay, Gan Mei Yan, also plays supporting roles in the movie, spicing up the big screen.

Overall, I felt the production standards for GHOST ON AIR was definitely a notch above Ding An’s directorial debut, KALLANG ROAR THE MOVIE (2008).

There were some who expressed disappointment over the movie’s short 90 minutes run, for me, it was just enough. To begin with, the movie was already paced pretty slowly. If it was to run any longer, it would appear somewhat draggy for a otherwise straight-forward story line.

It’s a bad cliche to ask Singaporeans to support local movies for the sake of supporting the Singapore movie industry which is still in its infancy stage. I think we have grown beyond that. If a made-in-Singapore movie is bad, no amount of cajoling based on national pride and patriotism is going to save it at the box office.

GHOST ON AIR 《灵听》is not one of that bad movie that deserve to tank at the box office (in my opinion). Yes, there’s room for improvement for the young director and movie crew, but this movie is a pretty respectable effort.

The movie will be a treat to horror movie fans as well as fans of radio deejays, Dennis Zhou and Gan Mei Yan. For the latter group, you will get to seeing the two famous deejays test their acting skills in serious roles, beyond their usual comical appearances.

GHOST ON AIR 《灵听》will be showing in Singapore cinemas from 17 May 2012 (this Thursday). Be sure to catch it!

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