The Ah Boys to Men film series is a Singaporean satirical comedy series that began in 2012 with the film Ah Boys to Men.
Presented By J Team Production Mm2 Entertainment, produced by Jack Neo, Lim Teck and Leonard Lai, it stars Tosh Zhang, Wang Weiliang, Joshua Tan, Maxi Lim, Noah Yap, and Wesley Wong. Jack Neo directed all four films. The movie has received a popular cult-following in recent years, in spite of low critic reviews.
The main plot revolves around a group of army recruits in National Service in Singapore. Neo had wanted to shoot an army-themed film since his army days, but could not find a suitable chance to do so.
Ah Boys to Men 2 focuses more on the unity of the protagonists, as well as tapping more on hot social topics like foreign talent in Singapore. It gave “a stronger story than its predecessor”, and had a “more meaty” drama aspect, according to Jack Neo. Other themes for the sequel include “sacrifice, love, family and patriotism”.
The film negates all happenings in the predecessors and explores what might have happened should the boys have been assigned to the Naval Diving Unit.
The film focuses on the main characters who have to juggle between their work and their reservist duties.
Ah Boys to Men is Jack Neo’s first military-themed film, as well as his “most ambitious project so far” according to himself. Neo had wanted to shoot a military-themed film since his recruit days after being influenced by Taiwanese army films, but could not find the right opportunity. Neo was originally approached by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to edit footages from the 2010 documentary Every Singaporean Son into a film. After much deliberation, Neo decided to not use the footages and instead write a brand new script. The production received the full support from MINDEF to shoot the film; they were provided access to vehicles, equipment and weapons as well as on-site consultants. Neo did not accept financial funding from MINDEF as he wanted to retain full control of the creative process. The film was funded under the Media Development Authority’s Production Assistance grant, and by investors and sponsors, some of which included Toast Box, Bee Cheng Hiang and KPMG.
Research for the film alone took around two and a half months. Neo said the decision to break the film into two parts was made after the distributors told him to keep the films 100 minutes in length, as any longer and it would have been more expensive and difficult to schedule. With a budget of S$3 million, Ah Boys to Men is Singapore’s most expensive film.
Parts One and Two actually tell one entire story, but we had to cut the film into two because it was running too long. You’ll only really understand the whole story if you watch Part Two. (Jack Neo).
Ah Boys To Men Series
- Ah Boys To Men (2012).
- Ah Boys To Men 02 (2013).
- Ah Boys To Men 03: The Frogmen (2015).
- Ah Boys To Men 04 (2017).
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Jack Neo.
- Producer(s): Jack Neo, Melvin Ang, and Lim Teck.
- Writer(s): Jack Neo and Link Sng.
- Music: Tosh Zhang.
- Editor(s): Yim Mun Chong.
- Production: J Team Productions, mm2 Entertainment, Clover Films, and Starhub.
- Distributor(s): Golden Village Pictures and Clover Films.
- Release Date:
- Ah Boys To Men: 08 November 2012.
- Ah Boys To Men 02: 01 February 2013.
- Ah Boys To Men 03: Frogmen: 19 February 2015.
- Ah Boys To Men 04: 09 November 2017.
- Running Time: See Film..
- Rating: See Film.
- Country: Singapore.
- Language: English, Chinese, Hokkien, and Cantonese.