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…

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,…

Movies at the cinema in August 2018

August is Singapore’s birthday month and rightly so, all eyes will be on us when a certain Hollywood blockbuster set in Singapore opens. If you don’t know what I’m talking about yet, read on for that, as well as a rundown of movies in August we think you should watch.   The Darkest Minds Release Date: August 2, 2018 Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline…

50 First Kisses. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

’50 First Kisses’ vs ’50 First Dates’ – which is the better romantic comedy?

Jul 24th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Romance Marcus Goh 11 min read

Picture this – a seemingly normal girl who cannot form any new memories, and hence lives the same day over and over again, thanks to her loving family (who wants to prevent her from getting hurt). It sounds like a recipe for a dating disaster, but it has oddly become the basis for not one, not two, but a grand total of four romantic comedies, including the…

Relive Leslie Cheung in original Cantonese at GV’s HK Film Fest

Jul 22nd, 2018 Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 12 min read

If you have ever gotten into an argument with your parents or grandparents about whether a Hong Kong film is the same be it in Mandarin or the original Cantonese version, it’s time to experience the truth. From July 26 to August 1, watch a total of seven Hong Kong films spanning two decades, from 1997 to 2017. Start with Who’s the Man, Who’s the Woman (1997)…

Palm d’Or winner ‘Shoplifters’ a grim exploration of family ties

Jul 15th, 2018 Adult Themes, Asian Cinema, Awards, Drama Rachel Chan 11 min read

Don’t be fooled by the friendly-looking family portrait (above) featured in the movie poster – there is more than meets the eye. Shoplifters, the latest movie by Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda, is an M18 film which does serious weightlifting in exploring the idea of closeness in familial relationships. As winner of this year’s Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Shoplifters is more educational than entertaining,…

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…