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…

Namiya. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What REAL people would do if they ever had the ability to time travel

Jan 8th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 8 min read

Namiya, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Time Traveler’s Wife – these are all great films, but they ignore one rather critical fact – what living, breathing, logical human beings would ever do if they had the ability to time travel. Let’s face it, it’s nice to be all sappy about going back in time to confess your love or relive certain events, but…

Bleeding Steel. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 new character types we’d love to see Jackie Chan play

Dec 23rd, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

Jackie Chan is one of those rare individuals who has found something he’s good at, keeps doing it, and makes loads of money from it – playing a character who fights incredibly well and speaks halting English (for English films like the Rush Hour or The Foreigner) or a simply a dude with funny and amazing martial arts skills (for Chinese movies like Skiptrace or…

A happy taxi driver in A Taxi Driver. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Should you be a driver-for-hire? Try our quiz!

Dec 7th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, War Marcus Goh 13 min read

So the saying goes: Those who can do, do; those who can’t, teach; and those who have a driver’s licence become Grab or Uber drivers. You get to work whenever you want, wherever you want, plus potentially, your car pays for itself. Life doesn’t get much better than this, right? That’s why people are signing up in droves to be Grab and Uber drivers –…

The Promise. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 absurd myths about sleepwalking that need to be debunked

Nov 19th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

Did you know that you can pee while sleepwalking? True story: When I was younger, I used to sleepwalk a fair bit and mumble Mandarin in my sleep (which is weird given I’m a kantang). In one disgusting incident, I sleepwalked into someone’s room, peed on them, and then went right back to bed. Needless to say, that person wasn’t too happy and I had…

Jason Tan as Ah Bao in Before We Forget (当我们在一起). Credit: Three Pictures

What’s it like being a child actor? The small stars of《当我们在一起》 tell us

Nov 18th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Child-friendly, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Do you remember what you were doing when you were 12? You were probably getting sand all over yourself in the playground (for old fogeys) or catching all the Pokemon in the latest Pokemon game (if you’re younger than our 30-year-old North-South MRT Line). One thing you probably weren’t doing? Memorising scripts and getting up early in the morning for a full day of filming….

Ah Boys To Men 4’s only female star can kick ass for real

Nov 11th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Event, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 3 min read

Jack Neo’s army franchise is back, this time with Hong Kong TV actress Apple Chan as Lieutenant Zhang Xin Yi, the Ah Boys’ superior in the armour unit. Faced with such an attractive madam, the boys are all a twitter at first – until they realise that Lieutenant Zhang is by no means a typical specimen of the weaker sex. In one of the scenes,…

And the winner of the GV25 Film Shorts Competition is…

Oct 31st, 2017 Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive, GV25 Rachel Chan 7 min read

Moonmen’s nine-minute film Chiak! Chiak, which is about a son’s struggle to deal with his father’s dementia, beat out two other contenders to clinch the winner’s spot and a cash prize of $3,000. Their film will also be shown in selected Golden Village theatres in the next two weeks. In April this year, more than 200 aspiring filmmakers had heeded Golden Village’s call to submit…

Mary and the Witch's Flower. Credit: Purple Plan

7 regular plants that have unbelievable magical powers

Oct 13th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, Fantasy, Teens Marcus Goh 15 min read

You don’t need to have attended Professor Pomona Sprout’s Herbology lesson at Hogwarts to know that plants and flowers are not just good to look at – many of them possess medicinal properties which make them seem almost magical. Granted, we often see all kinds of flowers in our Garden City – bougainvilleas, ixoras, hibiscuses, and others – which may be why they don’t carry…

Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai in Ajin: Demi-Human. Credit: Encore Films

Did you know that the Ajins of ‘Ajin: Demi-Human’ have played other superhero characters too?

Oct 11th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 10 min read

Ajin Demi-Human has seen astronomical popularity ever since it was published. It’s been adapted into an anime series, a trilogy of anime films, an OVA, and now even a live-action series! You can even find the anime series on Netflix. The series revolves around the Ajin, superhumans who will come back to life (with all injuries healed) after being killed. Even if there is only…