Movies at the cinema in April 2019

April is the month where you’ll get bang for your buck at the cinema. This month, apart from the much-awaited Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, which assembles some of your favourite superheroes together for the last hurrah, there are plenty of Asian films, horror flicks and comedy hits. Also, anime and manga fans, don’t miss a number of GV Exclusive Japanese titles releasing this April. Learn more…

Get to know these famous elephants in movies, from ‘Dumbo’ to ‘Pop Aye’

Mar 28th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Child-friendly Gwen Ng 7 min read

We’re taking the time to honour pop culture’s prominent pachyderms, just as Disney’s Dumbo is flying back onto the big screens in a live action remake. Elephant lovers, no need to wait till September 22, which is National Elephant Appreciation Day. In Dumbo (2019), struggling circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant…

‘When Ghost Meets Zombie’ star Nathan Hartono: “I’m terrified of the supernatural”

Feb 27th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Comedy Rachel Chan 11 min read

Have you caught heartthrob Nathan Hartono and dancer-actress Ferlyn G in Singapore’s first ghost-zombie romance comedy? The movie, co-written and directed by local filmmaker Han Yew Kwang, tells the story of Pong (Hartono), who turns into a zombie when saving his town from a disaster. He leads a mechanical and aimless life until a female ghost named Zhen Zhen (Ferlyn G) comes into his life….

Movies perfect for sneaking in that first kiss on Valentine’s Day

Feb 13th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Drama, GV Exclusive, Romance, Teens Rachel Chan 7 min read

Are you planning to kiss your date for the first time on Valentine’s Day? No need to be shy, we’ll teach you how to go about doing it. First step: Catch a romantic movie. Now, the setting is important too. In which cinema should you create this monumental memory? You don’t want your elbow to be touching someone else who is probably snogging their date…

5 manga male leads like Naoki Irie we wish were real

Feb 12th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Romance, Teens Gwen Ng 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…

Ferlyn G and Nathan Hartono in When Ghost Meets Zombie. (Credit: GVP)

Movies at the cinema in February 2019

Dong dong dong dong qiang! We are counting down the days as we usher in the pig year this Chinese New Year, followed by Valentine’s Day the week after! Apart from the fun-filled comedies and romantic dramas, don’t miss the two local films this month, Jack Neo’s Killer Not Stupid and Han Yew Kwang’s When Ghost Meets Zombie. In addition, awards season is about to culminate…

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 Gwen Ng 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…