5 Chinese wedding taboos your parents would have warned you about

Jun 24th, 2018 Adventure, Asian Cinema, Drama, Romance, Singapore Film Flora Yeo 11 min read

As we might have learned in real life or in the latest Singapore film The Big Day, a Chinese wedding ceremony isn’t just about two people celebrating their love for each other. It comes with responsibilities, planning, customs to follow and taboos to avoid. To minimise the occurrence of bad luck befalling their marriage, most couples gladly abide these “rules” despite knowing that there is no scientific…

International team to work on local film ‘Fat Hope’

Jun 17th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Comedy, Drama, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

A Chinese New Year film for 2019 is in the works. Boasting Taiwanese lead actors and the Taiwanese production designer of Cape No. 7 and Café Waiting Love, it will also have an acclaimed special effects makeup team from Hollywood to work on set. Written and directed by Joyce Lee, Fat Hope will star Taiwanese actors Alien Huang 黄鸿升 (小鬼) and Lin Yu Pin 林育品 (阿喜). The two were in town for a…

Laplace's Witch. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The most bewitching onscreen witches before ‘Laplace’s Witch’ came along

Jun 9th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 10 min read

Far from symbolising the occult, the darkness and depravity of the human soul, witches portrayed in mass media these days have evolved into young and attractive paragons of female empowerment. There was a time when being called a “witch” would have been an insult (or even dangerous, since they drowned or burned those accused of witchcraft as recently as the 1600s) – but it’s a…

‘Mudras Calling’ Blog Aloud brings Singapore’s Myanmarese community together

Jun 4th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Drama, Event Rachel Chan 9 min read

More than 10 days before the Mudras Calling Blog Aloud session was to happen on May 26, Golden Village already knew that a warm reception awaited the director and cast – tickets were almost sold out within the same day they were released for sale. Unlike a normal movie screening where the show ends with the credits, a Blog Aloud session at Golden Village cinemas involves…

Movies at the cinema in June 2018

June school holidays are upon us and that means the beginning of Summer blockbuster season! We piece together all the movies that will be released in June 2018 – there will be tears, laughter and suspense. There’s even an Italian Film Festival for you to feel like you’re soaking up the Italian summer sunshine. Mamma Mia! Ciao Bella! Here are the movies to look out…

Movies at the cinema in May 2018

Apr 30th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller Melvin Tan 14 min read

Could there be any more movies you would want to watch after Avengers: Infinity War? But of course! From crime thrillers to horror flicks to comedy to romance, the cinema line-up for May 2018 includes Wes Anderson’s latest production and the much-anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story. And oh, there’s a full-length anime feature, too. The Trough 低压槽 (Mandarin) Release Date: May 1, 2018 Cast:…

Burning questions of a diehard Liang Xi Mei girlfan, answered

Feb 24th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 7 min read

Remember dashing home to watch Comedy Night on Channel 8 on Mondays, back in the mid-1990s? That was me. It may have been okay to miss the first half of the popular Chinese variety show, but God forbid that I should miss Liang Xi Mei’s skit in the last 20 minutes. Despite being middle-aged, with a limited wardrobe mainly comprising green Pucci-esque blouses and one…

Movies that are more fun to watch with your family

Feb 14th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Rachel Chan 7 min read

It’s that wonderful time of the year of all-night mahjong, wanton feasting, and at least one and a half days of complete rest from work. This being one of the rare times of the year an entire family gets together, most Chinese New Year movies are produced with the intention of entertaining the whole family. This coming Chinese New Year holiday, we have: Marvel Studios’…

Insider tip: Psst, here’s when CNY movie sessions will be released

Feb 11th, 2018 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Event, Singapore Film, Superheroes Rachel Chan 5 min read

If there’s anything we learned from watching Oscar-nominated film The Post, it’s that a good source is essential to a good news story. And our trusted source from Golden Village has shared with us a most valuable insider hack on avoiding a mad rush for movie tickets this CNY: Buy them online the moment they’re released for sale. Back in 2016, we published a guide on…

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

‘Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds’ is the movie version of Haw Par Villa and this is why

Jan 11th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Did you know that Haw Par Villa is actually operational? My editor didn’t, haw haw, and it seems that she isn’t the only one! If you were born in the 70’s or 80’s, a day trip to Haw Par Villa would have been unforgettable (to put it in an understated way). The ostensibly “educational” theme park features more than 1,000 statues in a series of…