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…

‘Brother of the Year’ leads Nichkhun, Yaya and Sunny reveal their true selves

Jul 4th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Comedy, Event Kimberly Lim 8 min read

The hashtags on the poster say #BossySister, #DemonBrother and #PerfectBoyfriend, but do the Brother of the Year leads Nichkhun, Yaya and Sunny deserve these epithets in real life? As we found out, Nickhun is the #ObsessiveGoogler; Sunny is a #NeatFreak and Yaya is the #CoddledChild. Thai-American heartthrob Nichkhun Horvejkul was in town on Monday, speaking to media alongside director Vithaya Thongyuyong and co-stars Sunny Suwanmethanont and…

Movies at the cinema in July 2018

The June school holidays might be over (*collective sigh of relief from a group of parents*) but the Summer blockbusters keeps on rolling in! What’s showing in cinemas this July? We have another Marvel superheroes sequel, two film festivals and lots of action spy thrillers to keep you on the edge of your comfy seat! This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds. 4… 3… 2……

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…