Monday, February 23, 2009
The title may sound vaguely reminiscent of a certain 50 Cent joint, but don't let that turn you off. This latest offering from Wong Fu Productions is nothing like Fiddy. You may be familiar with Wong Fu as the guys who first introduced us to "Yellow Fever" in 2006, or for their goofy music videos. They've even produced a feature film, "A Moment with You," which hit college campuses across the U.S. and Canada last year. Now, Phil, Ted and Wes are back with "Up In Da Club," a made-purely-for-fun short that teaches us that even nerdy Asian guys can 'get jiggy' with it (or something like that).
"Up In Da Club" features Christopher Dinh as Evan, a shy dude trying to impress 'Stacie the cute accountant' at work, played by perky actress Stephanie Reading. Lotus (Dir. Phil Wang), a glib, pink sunglasses-wearing dance fanatic, is charged with the task of transforming Dinh's character into a Smooth Operator in just one afternoon.
Will he be successful in the club? Will Evan make Stacie dizzy with his killer dance moves? Or will he only make a fool of himself? Watch to find out! The rest of the four-part short can be found on Youtube.
Wong Fu keeps it fresh with a thumpin' soundtrack, courtesy of tunes by Far East Movement, David Choi, Jesse Chui and George Shaw.
Who's That Guy: Speaking of Christopher Dinh...Where have I seen this guy before??
Oh, that's right...in Big Phony's "Girls Like You Don't Go For Guys Like Me" (see related blog post here). In the music video, he cautiously admires a hot chick from afar. Even though he's a relative newbie to the acting scene, Dinh seems to have mastered the art of acting the awkward Joe Schmo. Chances are, you'll be seeing a lot more of this guy.
And just to make this food-/drink-related: As you'll see after watching Part 4 of "Up In Da Club" (fast-forward to 5:03) -- it's never a good idea to get plastered on pre-game booze, lest pictures of your glowing Asian mug (you know I could have said it the other way around) be posted all over Facebook.
It's not rocket science
It's just how it is
Girls like you don't go for guys like me
-Big Phony, "Girls Like You Don't Go For Guys Like Me"