Default. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ever noticed how Korean movies like ‘Default’ all use this one weird trope?

Jan 4th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 10 min read

If you’ve embraced the good bits of the Hallyu wave, then you’ll have noticed that all the critically acclaimed Korean movies have some… similarities. We’re not just talking about impressive production values or memorable plots. We’re talking about one particular character archetype that turns up in films like Default. The corrupt official. It seems like good Korean movies have that in common – a villainous…

Movies at the cinema in January 2019

Goodbye, 2018 and hello 2019! Let us usher in the new year with a bunch of great films to look forward to, from comedies to thrillers, action blockbusters and even a remastered release of one of Steven Spielberg’s classics. As we inch closer to the Golden Globes and the Oscars, expect more serious films such as The Mule and A Private War to hit the silver screen. As for…

Shiren to Ragi will only be screened twice for Geki x Cine, so grab your tickets now.

[Giveaway] Yaoi, yuri, incest – do you know all these forbidden relationships from literature and pop culture?

Nov 20th, 2018 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama, GV Exclusive, Romance Rachel Chan 11 min read

Everyone knows William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but do you know star-crossed lovers Jaime and Cersei Lannister, Yoon Joon-suh and Choi Eun-suh, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, Estha and Rahel, Tenoh Haruka and Kaioh Michiru, and Shiren and Ragi? Forbidden love has dominated the imagination of writers across eras, continents and cultures – resulting entire genres of Japanese media to sprout up based on…

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…

Movies at the cinema in November 2018!

We are nearing the end of 2018, which means more blockbuster movies to look forward to! This November is packed with family-oriented films and highly-anticipated film sequels that are going to keep your weekends busy with frequent trips to the cinema.  Also, don’t miss the 22nd German Film Festival, which showcases a diversity of contemporary German cinema in terms of artistic languages and styles. The…

GV Kids Film Fiesta features diverse child-friendly titles yet to be screened in Singapore

Oct 29th, 2018 Animation, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 15 min read

Tired of rewatching Moana, Frozen or (insert popular animated film title here) for the umpteenth time with your little ones? Grab the kids and hit Golden Village cinemas as there are eight magical, lesser-known animated worlds to discover at the first ever Kids Film Fiesta from November 3 to 11! Seven of the animated titles have never been screened before in Singapore. On top of just…

Catch documentary about Japan’s first openly gay law firm at GV’s 10th Love & Pride Film Festival

Sep 30th, 2018 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Documentary, Event, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 4 min read

From a Japanese artist who based her artworks on female genitalia, to unregistered individuals, to a teacher who was fired because she refused to stand for the national anthem – litigation lawyers Masafumi Yoshida and Kazuyuki Minami have defended them all in court. Not just known for defending society misfits, Fumi and Kazu are famous for being partners in love and law. You see, they…

Movies at the cinema in October 2018

As we inch closer to Halloween this October, get ready for a wide range of spooky films, from blood-curdling slasher films to beloved sequels. It’s time to bust out the popcorn and Halloween candies for thriller movie nights! For the less gutsy moviegoers, don’t miss the blockbusters and comedies this month, along with a couple of critically-acclaimed films that have been getting some Oscar buzz…

Movies at the cinema in September 2018

September looks to be a great month to spend some time at the cinema, with sequels, spin-offs movies and action-thrillers to keep you on the edge of your seat! There’s also a very special, very furry R-rated comedy and a couple of chick flicks worth checking out. Another reason to go to the cinema in September: Golden Village Movie Club’s 11th birthday falls on this…

Dear director Jon M. Chu, could you please do a Singapore remake of Crazy Rich Asians?

Aug 22nd, 2018 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 20 min read

Poor director Jon M. Chu. It’s so difficult to please everyone. Right after most media channels lauded Crazy Rich Asians for being the first Hollywood blockbuster ever with an all-Asian cast, his movie, as well as the book it was based on, was criticised for not being “woke” enough. You might have read the article on Vox by now, which says that both the book…