McDull fans won't want to miss the cute piglet's latest adventure, McDull Wudang, which follows 2006's lacklustre semi-animated McDull, the Alumni. McDull started as a supporting character in the tales of his piggy friend McMug who first appeared in a local magazine in 1988, before moving into their own publication, Yellow Bus, television series and feature-length animations. Although the drawings by Hong Kong cartoonist Alice Mak Ka-bik appear childish, the stories deal with grown-up issues like death, poverty and single-parent families. The books, TV shows and films are also famous for promoting Hong Kong culture. McDull proved to be popular quite early on, and appeared in his own films from 2001. The first movies portrayed his childhood, set against Hong Kong's distinct urban landscape. In light of recent escalations in Hong Kong-mainland relations, the producers decided to set this latest film on the mainland. While his schoolmates are in New Zealand learning to ski, at Beijing University learning Mandarin, and in Cambridge University learning English, McDull is stuck with going to Wudang, where his mother is attending a business course. McDull is taken out of his comfort zone: he knows nobody and doesn't know how life works away from the fragrant harbour. He's forced to practise kung fu and tai chi every day under the scorching sun. Luckily, he makes some new friends, including a cute panda called Po, and started to familiarise himself with mountain life. But when he is chosen to take part in the International Kindergarten Martial Arts Competition, McDull starts to wonder if he has what it takes to prove himself. Although the action has moved to the mainland, there is definitely still a traditional Hong Kong feel to the movie, from the verbal puns to the portrayal of the hard-working spirit of Hongkongers. Director and co-creator Brian Tse Lap-man says: 'I can say that with this film, audiences will see the best McDull's ever been in the 20 years since he was created.' If you enjoy Hong Kong humour and appreciate homegrown talent, don't miss this bittersweet coming-of-age-in-the-summer tale. McDull Wudang opens August 13 We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away for the August 9 screening at UA Whampoa. To win, e-mail email@example.com with your name, phone number and postal address.