'It Chapter Two', and 7 other September movies that don't clown around

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  • Thursday, 05 Sep 2019

It Chapter 2

What do you do when summer blockbuster season is over? Send in the clowns, of course. Or rather, send in THE clown.

Yes, Pennywise is back in IT: Chapter 2 (Now showing) and he kicks off a relatively low-key September at the cinemas, which sees a major fire-fighting epic from China (The Bravest, now showing), an inspiring Malaysian sports movie (Suatu Ketika, Sept 12), and the return of John Rambo for one last stand in Rambo: Last Blood (Sept 19).

The annual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) also kicks off on Sept 5, and the 16th edition of the festival will see the world premiere of Little Nights, Little Love, directed by Rikiya Imaizumi, weeks before its Japanese debut on Sept 20.

With quirky titles like A Banana? At This Time Of Night?, La La La At Rock Bottom and My Dad Is A Heel Wrestler, this could be one of the most intriguing JFFs yet. Personally, I can't wait to see what kind of movie When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends To Be Dead is like.

The JFF kicks off in Klang Valley (GSC Mid Valley, Pavilion, Nu Sentral and 1Utama; Sept 5 to 11) before moving to Penang (GSC Gurney Plaza; Sept 12 to 15), Johor (GSC Paradigm JB; Sept 19 to 22), Kota Kinabalu (GSC Suria Sabah; Oct 3 to 6) and Kuching (GSC CityOne Megamall; Oct 3 to 6). It is organised by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.

It: Chapter Two (Now showing)

Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård

Director: Andy Muschietti

Set 27 years after events in the first movie, with the members of The Losers' Club all grown up. However, they are drawn back to the town, where they have fulfil their childhood promise of taking down Pennywise the clown once and for all. However, It is waiting for them, and It is even more powerful than ever.

Why you should watch it:

From our review: "For two hours and 40-plus minutes, I would be strapped in for a roller-coaster ride of fear, revulsion and horror – but also one that abounded in exhilarating and poignant moments ... Muschietti and his collaborators’ true skill lies in how well they spin a compellingly human story against an oppressively ominous and spine-chilling backdrop."

Little Nights, Little Love (Now showing)

Cast: Haruma Miura, Mikako Tabe, Taizo Harada, Yuma Yamoto

Director: Rikiya Imaizumi

27-year-old Boku Sato dreams encountering the love of his life in the most dramatic and romantic way possible. However, while handing out questionnaires at the train station, he meets a pretty girl who, strangely, has the word 'shampoo' written on her hand. Could this be the start of something for the both of them?

Why you should watch it:

Director Rikiya Imaizumi is well-known for his films about young romance, and has won awards in international film festivals for them. This one will be making its World Premiere at the Japanese Film Festival in KL, weeks before it is even shown in Japan.

The Bravest (5 Sept)

Cast: Huang Xiaoming, Du Jiang, Tan Zhuo, Oho Ou Hao, Yang Zi

Director: Tony Chan

A team of brave firefighters have to deal with an explosion at a chemical plant which has caused fires that could threaten the city of Dalian. A disgraced firefighter captain has to lead a team tthat includes his former subordinate to battle the flames and save the city.

Why you should watch it:

No one does melodramatic yet action-packed inspirational movies like the Chinese, and this looks like it's not only going to lift your spirits, but also get you tearing up as well.

Suatu Ketika (12 Sept)

Cast: Namron, Pekin Ibrahim

Director: Prakash Murugiah

Set before 1957 Merdeka, Suatu Ketika revolves around a football team comprising of kampung boys - lacking in uniform and even shoes but not spirit – playing against a team of well-equipped British schoolboys from St. James, a highly privileged British school.

Why you should watch it:

As our story last week on sports movies says, "What all these films have in common is, they make the audience go through a gamut of emotions – trepidation of the challenge ahead for the character, choking back a sob, then in a complete wreck with unstoppable tears, and finally pumping our arms with joy and exclaiming 'YES!' when the protagonist overcomes the hurdle in their chosen arena. In short, we go through the journey alongside the characters."

Here, go read that story: Malaysian sports movies raise the spirit of the nation

Abominable (12 Sept)

Cast: Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin

Director: Jill Culton

Teenager Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, and embarks on a quest to bring him home to the top of Mount Everest.

Why you should watch it:

To be honest, I couldn't get Fleetwood Mac's You Can Go Your Own Way out of my head after I watched the trailer, which seems suitably magical and beautifully animated. The fact that it stars an Asian character is a plus point.

M For Malaysia (12 Sept)

Cast: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the people of Malaysia

Director: Dian Lee, Ineza Roussille

A documentary on the 2018 Malaysian General Election, when Malaysians voted out a 60-year regime and voted in Pakatan Harapan. led by 92-year-old former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir.

Why you should watch it:

It's only been a year plus since GE13, but this comes as a timely reminder of why it was such a watershed moment in our country's history, and just how bad things were under the previous regime.

Rambo: Last Blood (Sept 19)

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal

Director: Adrian Grunberg

John Rambo is back, and this time, the Vietnam War veteran goes after a vicious drug cartel in order to save a kidnapped girl.

Why you should watch it:

If this truly is Rambo's last stand, it would bring closure to a character that was one of the most popular and iconic in the 1980s. It's always fun to see Rambo go up against insurmountable odds, and this one looks like business as usual for the one-man killing machine.

Hustlers (Sept 19)

Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles

Director: Lorene Scafaria

Destiny is a single mother who becomes a stripper to earn extra cash, but hatches a plan to scam the strip club's rich clients with the help of veteran stripper Ramona Vega.

Why you should watch it:

Check out that cast: Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Julia Stiles, and Constance Wu in a role as different from the one in Crazy Rich Asians as possible. Plus, a movie about strippers ripping off rich businessmen? This sounds like one raunchy heist movie.

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