What’s different in Jack Neo’s Ah Boys To Men 4

The latest installment of Jack Neo’s most successful movie franchise is going to be even “bigger and better”

The Ah Boys are back
The Ah Boys are back
05 Jul 2017

The Ah Boys are back

Photos: Melinda Woo
Video: Vina Chia


It has been more than two years since we saw the cast of Ah Boys To Men on the big screen and fans of the series will have something to rejoice over soon: the Ah Boys are officially reunited for a new movie production, which is slated for a late 2017 release. 

The band of Ah Boys (which consists of Tosh Zhang, Joshua Tan, Wang Weiliang, Maxi Lim, Charlie Goh, Noah Yap and Jaspers Lai), expressed their elation to be working with each other again and agreed unanimously that the camaraderie of the crew “felt very much the same.”

“We haven’t been working together at all after the last movie, so working on Ah Boys To Men 4 gives us an opportunity to catch up with one another, just like how people normally do in reservist,” said Maxi. 

New cast additions, Ryan Lian, Kishan J. and Hafiz Aziz, who did not participate in the previous movies, had no problems fitting in with the old boys as they dissed each other jokingly, calling each other "oldies" during the press conference held at Sungei Gedong camp yesterday morning (July 5).

New faces and additions aside, the Ah Boys let in on the other exciting “new” changes that will be introduced in this installment. 

Recruits no more
Recruits no more
05 Jul 2017

Recruits no more

Unlike the first three instalments of the movie franchise, Ah Boys To Men 4 will tell stories about the experiences of National Service (NS) men (i.e., men who have completed NS) returning for reservist instead of the life of a recruit. 

The fresh perspective will require the actors to reprise a much older, lazier and unfit version of themselves, which explains why the Ah Boys were spared from the usual physical training boot camps that came with previous three movies. 

Life’s been so good on set, Weiliang happily chirped that it “feels like a holiday and not work!” during their interview with Toggle.

However, on a serious note, Joshua highlighted that “it is actually good that the cast feels relaxed and chill because that’s how NS men who return for reservist are like and that gives the movie more authenticity.”

“We have grown as actors and also in age since the first movie, so this will definitely be realistically reflected in Ah Boys To Men 4 as NS men [usually] return for reservist with many changes. 

“They come back looking very different most of the time,” a rounder Joshua explained helpfully, referring to the physical changes he underwent for the movie. 

(Continued on next page: What did Jack Neo force Joshua Tan to do for Ah Boys To Men 4?)

Joshua Tan is ‘bigger’ and better?
Joshua Tan is ‘bigger’ and better?
06 Jul 2017

Joshua Tan is ‘bigger’ and better?

When it comes to changes in physical appearances, Joshua would certainly know best. The actor was tasked to pile the pounds and put on a whopping 17 kilograms in six months to prepare for the role of Ken Chow. The actor explained that he took the bullet for Maxi, who was originally picked by Jack Neo to put on weight for the role. 

“Maxi refused to do it because he trained very hard to lose 17 kilograms, so I did it instead,” Joshua explained. 

“You can say that I virtually transferred all my fats to Joshua,” Maxi joked in reply. 

According to the used-to-be fitness enthusiast, “it was a challenge to get fat” as he had to consume at least five to six meals a day and quit exercising completely in order to gain more weight.

“I felt so restless at first because I couldn’t exercise at all but towards the end I was obviously pretty comfortable with this lifestyle,” he laughed. 

The 26 year-old actor was ‘despised’ by his fellow Ah Boys for being the first one to feel tired during one of the exercises they did during filming. He is now nicknamed Teddy Bear and known as the one who “probably needs to take an afternoon nap,” instead of the previously hunky and muscular Joshua. What a change. 

Photo: Ah Boys To Men/Facebook

(Continued on next page: ‘Ah Girl’ joins the cast?)

The Ah Boys face the wrath of a female platoon commander
The Ah Boys face the wrath of a female platoon commander
05 Jul 2017

The Ah Boys face the wrath of a female platoon commander

The latest addition of the squad is a “pretty badass” one, according to the Ah Boys, as Hong Kong actress, Apple Chan, is definitely not one to be trifled with. The petite actress has quite an impressive resume, having starred in several Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) dramas such as A Fist Within Four Walls and Brother's Keeper. It’s no wonder she emerged the top choice amongst hundreds of people who took part in the casting auditions. But Jack shared that Apple’s background in Muay Thai played a big part in her casting as well.

Apple’s experience in mixed martial arts (MMA) will be a great advantage as she would be playing the role of a strict platoon commander to the Ah Boys and she will also be engaging in a fist fight with Noah, who will reprise his role as IP Man in the series.

When asked how she felt about acting as a military personnel, the 28 year-old actress answered, “Although I’m only a permanent resident of Singapore, I studied and lived here for 20 years and I feel a sense of pride just wearing this uniform and I’m truly honoured to take up this role”.

(Continued on next page: Jack Neo: “The Ah Boys are on tanks and I just can’t chase them!”)

The Ah Boys join the army’s Armoured Formation
The Ah Boys join the army’s Armoured Formation
05 Jul 2017

The Ah Boys join the army’s Armoured Formation

After showcasing the Basic Military Training (BMT) experience in Tekong camp and the Naval Diving Unit (NDU) in earlier movies, Ah Boys To Men 4 will focus on the work and regiment of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Armoured Formation. 

“The Armoured Formation is actually very interesting, and I think the public will really benefit from finding out what they actually do as they are the front-liners in the event of a war,” Jack shared. 

The S$5 million movie budget will allow the local filmmaker to obtain state of the art camera equipment such as drone cameras to showcase the war tanks and vehicles cinematically as he “can’t chase after the tank.” 

Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) will also be heavily used to edit a big scene involving two war tanks and the director promised to give fans an enjoyable scene– and cinematic experience.

Ah Boys To Men premieres in cinemas in November 2017.

Military tank display by Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Armoured Formation
Military tank display by Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Armoured Formation
05 Jul 2017

Military tank display by Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Armoured Formation


The Ah Boys poke fun at each other
The Ah Boys poke fun at each other
05 Jul 2017

The Ah Boys poke fun at each other

Left to right: Joshua Tan, Wang Weiliang, Tosh Zhang, Noah Yap, Maxi Lim

The original cast of Ah Boys
The original cast of Ah Boys
06 Jul 2017

The original cast of Ah Boys

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