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Directed by Ugo Ugbor
(Osita Iheme) is a midget who has managed to struggle through
life to be a successful man despite his stunted height. He ambitiously
becomes rich but has a problem meeting the woman of his dreams
because every lady he comes across either makes fun of his stature
or just couldn't imagine life with a midget. His family consisting
of his mother (Abigail Ani) and younger sister (Merit Alimanu),
out of concern even try to help out by getting him a wife but
unfortunately the choices made for him were detrimental one way
of the other.
The story is quite emotional as we journey into flashbacks of
the humiliation and discrimination Umunna suffers in the hands
of every female he tries to befriend. We are taken into his mind
as we see his daydreams of his perfect family which seems impossible
as each attempt to get into a relationship fails.
The movie never fails to showcase hilarious situations that make
a lot of sense, such as the shot in which Umunna is about to be
given a wife he had never seen. The lady in question is a fat
woman and Umunna out of anger rants "Mama! What is this?
I need a wife does not mean I need a hippopotamus!"
Another hilarious scene is the instance where an uncivilised village
girl is brought to Umunna's house by his sister and she ends up
exposing her 'bushness' without shame.
Eventually Umunna gets to meet an Asian lady who he ends up marrying
but the story doesn't end there. Also the movie ends up having
a part two.
have to say the storyline is commendable. It's sensible and realistic
and examines the way a midget would naturally suffer such humiliation
due to his stature. The constant use of flashbacks was neatly
done and put in nice duotone shots to give the feel of something
past. The duotone effect was equally used when showcasing Umunna's
daydream so the viewer doesn't get lost in the story line.
The casting was not bad as each actor and actress, though not
all seasoned; lived up to their roles. Iheme was impressive and
full of energy in his lead role as Umunna. Isabel the asian lady
(Christina Balico) did not impress me as an actress but she managed
to carry her role quite convincingly. The host of Umunna's friends
lived up to showing us the lifestyle of the village youths.
As usual we have the little errors that come with every movie
and Love from Asia also has its own snags.
First of all, the presentation montage cracked me the hell up.
Nigerian movie producers will never cease to amuse me. What on
earth is a footage of James Cameron's Terminator doing in that
Then there were usual problems with audio quality which is usual
with many Nigerian movies.
I don't think 'Love from Asia' is a satisfactory title for the
movie since it only reflects a later part of the story. The title
would probably fit the part two of the movie but most definitely
not the part one.
the overall, I'll say it was not a bad movie. You get carried
along and there's the suspense on how things will eventually end
for the tough midget whom at times you can't help but pity his
state. Director Ugo Ugbor didn't do bad in directing the movie
though there's always a lot to improve on.
learnt from the movie: The actual lesson ought to be 'Height is
not a barrier to getting what you want in life' but since the
movie has a part two (which I haven't viewed to review), I can't
logically conclude that yet.
Rating * * * *------------- Grab some popcorn!
* * * * ----------- Can we watch it again?
* * * * --------------- Grab some popcorn!
* * * ----------------- Watchable
* * -------------------- I'm feeling sleeping
* ---------------------- A waste of your money!