5 manga male leads like Naoki Irie we wish were real

Feb 12th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Romance, Teens Kimberly Lim 9 min read

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, we can only hope we’ll be basking in love. For coupled individuals, congratulations. For singletons, we can always rely on good old fantasy. A good source of make-believe romance — mangas. These Japanese manga artists have a knack of making our hearts flutter. The leading man often comes with a chiselled face and physique. Almost always, he has an enviable talent…

Ma Dong Seok flexes his muscles and funny bone in ‘Wonderful Ghost’

Nov 18th, 2018 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy Kimberly Lim 6 min read

Korean cinema’s favourite anti-hero is back. Korean-American actor Ma Dong Seok is doing what he does best — flexing his bulging biceps and funny bone in Wonderful Ghost.  The action comedy is a buddy cop film with a twist. A series of unexpected and unfortunate events leads to the unlikely pairing of Tae Jin (Kim Young Kwang) and Jang Su (Ma, who also goes by the English name Don Lee). While…

What movies like ‘Along With The Gods’ has taught us about Korean customs

Aug 19th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Celebrities Kimberly Lim 8 min read

As a kid, I’d try to get extra TV time. In front of my mother, I would plead my case, extolling the goggle box’s educational benefits.  It was part excuse, part truth. I swear. Case in point, the South Korean fantasy blockbuster Along With The Gods (AWTG for short). The two-part flick (a third-part is scheduled to be filmed next year) is a dazzling CGI packed,…

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: Sing-along to the ABBA tribute sequel

Aug 6th, 2018 Celebrities, GV Exclusive, Musical, Romance Kimberly Lim 7 min read

There’s something immensely gratifying about basking in feel-good music. Think kids and Disney die-hards belting out “Let It Go”  at the top of their lungs, on loop. Adults, don’t judge the Frozen fanatics. The ladies sitting behind me in the cinema, I’m talking to you. I heard you crooning to the chorus of “Mamma Mia!” while we were at the same Golden Village Movie Club…

Watch a kickass K-movie on GV’s Jjang Wednesdays

Jul 9th, 2018 Adult Themes, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Crime, Drama, GV Exclusive, Romance, Thriller Kimberly Lim 21 min read

Jjang Jjang Jjang. Mark your calendars this July and August, for Jjang Wednesday. What’s Jjang? It’s a Korean slang to describe all things awesome, super, and terrific. We’re talking about a line-up of kick-ass never-been-screened Korean flicks screened at Golden Village Plaza and Tiong Bahru every Wednesday, for six weeks in a row starting July 11. Whatever your mid-week mood, there’s a movie to suit it. The Popping Post recommends…

‘Brother of the Year’ leads Nichkhun, Yaya and Sunny reveal their true selves

Jul 4th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Comedy, Event Kimberly Lim 8 min read

The hashtags on the poster say #BossySister, #DemonBrother and #PerfectBoyfriend, but do the Brother of the Year leads Nichkhun, Yaya and Sunny deserve these epithets in real life? As we found out, Nickhun is the #ObsessiveGoogler; Sunny is a #NeatFreak and Yaya is the #CoddledChild. Thai-American heartthrob Nichkhun Horvejkul was in town on Monday, speaking to media alongside director Vithaya Thongyuyong and co-stars Sunny Suwanmethanont and…