Ah Boys to Men 2/新兵正传2

Ken is quick to adopt a change in personality by becoming an “on-the-ball” recruit, even more so than “Wayang King” Aloysius. Differing viewpoints sour the friendship between Ken and Lobang. Meanwhile, Ken’s father has become partially paralyzed because of his stroke but is determined to make a recovery. After coming in first for his 2.4 kilometer run, Aloysius shares that his secret is “no cigarette” and is quick to urge smokers to give up smoking, causing Sergeant Ong and Officer Commanding CPT Tham (Fish Chaar) to propose a cigarette cut. Angry at Aloysius, Lobang and a few other recruits pull a prank on Aloysius by placing a heavy stone in his backpack. After realising what Lobang had done, Aloysius angrily confronts him; this strains the relationship between the duo. Feeling excluded from the group, Aloysius seeks advice from his parents. His father (Chen Tianwen) tells him the best solution is not to do anything and tells a story of a fictitious war between two nations to demonstrate why. Back at Tekong, Recruit IP Man learns about “Real Bullet” Zhen Zidan (Benjamin Mok), an “Ah Beng” who stole his girlfriend Mayoki (Sherraine Low). IP Man first retaliates by pretending to have a better girlfriend and criticises Mayoki for having inferior qualities of a woman. “Real Bullet” hits back by releasing a video of him and Mayoki engaging in an initimate act. IP Man is crestfallen and asks his bunk mates for help. Lobang plots a scheme to attack “Real Bullet” and Mayoki at a car-park by throwing heaps of human excretion mixed with chilli and wasabi at them while they are in the car. They succeed but “Real Bullet”‘s gang chases after them after he calls for back-up. The recruits manage to shake the gang off; they celebrate at a restaurant at White Sands later that evening. However, at the restaurant, they are ambushed by more of “Real Bullet”‘s gang members, who have managed to track them down. Aloysius, like many others, is quick to run away. Ken, however, seeing Lobang and the others getting beaten, runs back to help, per the principle “leave no man behind”. Because Ken saved his life, Lobang vows to stop smoking in return. Later on, after an investigation by the sergeants, Ken and the perpetrators of the earlier scheme carried out that day are punished. Concerned, Ken’s parents speak to CPT Tham after learning of what had happened. Ken’s father has shown visible signs of improvement and is starting to be able to talk. He thanks the OC for training Ken to become a “real soldier”, but is against him being punished for fighting. The OC agrees to make an exception and exclude Ken from punishment. Ken, though, after learning that the others still would be punished, is granted permission to continue his punishment. Now unhappy with Aloysius for abandoning his team mates, Lobang attempts to sabotage him by throwing his magazine but after a comical turn of events, it is Lobang who loses his magazine. However, Aloysius quickly gives his magazine to Lobang during an equipment check and takes the blame. While searching for the missing magazine, the relationship between the two grow better. For an assessment of their leadership potential in the Army, Ken’s platoon have to rescue a hostage in a hut in the jungle. The platoon’s eccentric assessor (mrbrown) is chased by a large herd of wild hogs halfway into the assignment; the soldiers are quick to come to his rescue.   Following their “graduation” from the Army, the recruits reunite with their kins. Ken’s father is present and comes to greet Ken; he is finally able to walk steadily without any aid. As the film ends, various recruits’ postings are shown — only Lobang made it to Officer Cadet School (OCS).

Date: May 8, 2018