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…

[Giveaway] GV’s 9th Love & Pride Film Festival returns with theme “Identity”

Sep 22nd, 2017 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama Rachel Chan 6 min read

Is it friendship, a relationship, or just skinship one seeks via a gay dating app? How does a 17-year-old boy cope with being forced to live with someone he just wants to punch in the face? What happens when a transgender woman and her boyfriend meet a lonely girl? Golden Village’s Love & Pride Film Festival returns for its 9th year armed with a bold…

Kang Ha-neul makes his entrance into the ballroom at the Intercontinental Singapore. (Image credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Kang Ha-neul a perfect gentleman at Midnight Runners press conference

Sep 2nd, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Comedy, Event Rachel Chan 5 min read

When Korean actor Kang Ha-neul was in town with director Jason Kim on last Thursday to promote their new film Midnight Runners, he wowed all present with his cheerfulness and earnestness. Before group interviews commenced, Kang went around the whole room once to shake hands with every reporter present, even remarking to familiar faces, “I remember you!” And when a reporter expressed disbelief, he insisted,…

Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki in Tokyou Ghoul. Credit: Encore Films

All you ever wanted to know about ghouls in ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

Aug 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

The ghouls in Tokyo Ghoul aren’t just undead monsters running around the bustling metropolis. Besides being stronger and faster than average humans, they each possess a Kagune, a special weapon that’s more powerful than any manmade weapon around (except for a nuclear warhead, perhaps). What can ghouls do? Here’s all you need to know about their powers and weaknesses.   Powers 1. Special predator organs called…

The Battleship Island. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

7 things you never knew about Hashima – the real Battleship Island

Aug 15th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Thriller, War Marcus Goh 12 min read

The Battleship Island is based on true events (although we’re quite sure the prisoners on the island weren’t quite as handsome as Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub) that happened during World War II. I think it’s a strong contender for movie of the year so if there’s one movie you should catch this year, it’s The Battleship Island. Battleship Island is just a nickname though – the island’s…

Julie Tan as Linda and Benjamin Kheng as Richard in "Wonder Boy". Credit: MM2 Entertainment

Daniel Yam and Dick Lee’s most memorable moments filming “Wonder Boy”

Aug 8th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Musical, Singapore Film, Teens Marcus Goh 11 min read

It’s not every day that we have a biopic of a true blue Singaporean hitting the silver screen, but that’s exactly what Wonder Boy is, the biographical film about Dick Lee. It’s the tale of his teenage years, and how he came to fame in 70’s Singapore. The film is directed by Dick Lee himself and Daniel Yam, an award winning Singaporean filmmaker. The Popping…

From Kamen Rider to Shinsengumi – Ryo Yoshizawa spills all about ‘Gintama’

Aug 3rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Fantasy Marcus Goh 5 min read

Do you remember Kamen Rider Meteor, also known as Ryusei Sakuta, from Kamen Rider Fourze? He’s played by popular actor Ryo Yoshizawa. The handsome 23-year-old made his debut on the dance J-drama SIGN in 2011, and has been making waves ever since. He appears in the live-action version of Gintama as one of the Shinsengumi Captains, Okita Sougo, although he is not the leader of the entire…

Mon Mon Mon Monsters 報告老師!怪怪怪怪物!Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 classic films that show teenagers how cruel the world can be

Jul 27th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Horror, Teens, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

The teen years are special but awkward for almost everyone. It’s when we come of age, when we define our own moral code, and of course, when we gain the ability to continue the human race. That’s why young adult movies work so well. The best ones capture the essence of our teenage struggles, and translate them into epic battles for the fate of cities,…