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,…

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…

Lucky Boy Blog Aloud session with Boris Boo, Jeremy Chan and Terence Then

May 18th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Comedy, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

A lucky audience not only got to watch Singaporean film Lucky Boy a day ahead of official release, but also pose questions to its director and two cast members after the show. On Wednesday (May 17) night, Golden Village hosted a “Blog Aloud” session which saw Singaporean director Boris Boo, comedian Jeremy Chan, and YouTube star Terence Then (WahBanana) field questions about the movie and behind-the-scene…

All about Boris Boo – one of Singapore’s most underrated filmmakers

May 9th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, GV25, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 8 min read

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Singapore’s film industry, you’ll definitely have heard of or even met Boris Boo. He’s got an alliterative name that’s pretty memorable, and he’s also contributed quite a fair bit to Singapore’s film industry. However, he’s kept quite a low profile (behind a more behind-the-scenes kind of guy) – until now. That’s because we’re going to tell you…

Pop Aye. Credit: Pop Aye Facebook Page

Why elephants are more important to Singapore than you think

Apr 14th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 9 min read

The animal most commonly associated with Singapore is the lion – after all, that’s what Sang Nila Utama reportedly saw when he first stepped on our shores. Singapore also has the Merlion, which would be The Popping Post’s mascot if not for the fact that I’ve been thwarted on numerous attempts to change it. There’s the fact that Singapura also literally means “Lion City”. But we really, we…

GV launches new grant scheme for aspiring filmmakers

Apr 13th, 2017 GV25, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 2 min read

If you’re aspiring to make a film of your own but lack the funds, here’s a new grant scheme to jumpstart your career. Golden Village has launched GV25 Film Shorts, a new grant scheme for aspiring filmmakers to make a short film here in Singapore. Three successful applicants will each receive a grant of $2,000 each to make a short film, with the best film…

Here’s the goss on J Team’s CNY film Take 2

Jan 27th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 7 min read

The last thing you want is your kaypoh aunties and uncles to focus on you during Chinese New Year. What’s the best way to deflect attention? Watch a CNY movie, of course! Not only do you get to escape conversation, you also divert their attention to the fictional lives of strangers. And, when you’re done with the movie, you can gossip about the film and…

Apprentice. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 facts you never knew about Singapore prisons

Jun 30th, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 6 min read

Prison is a taboo topic for Singaporeans, since it usually has unpleasant connotations. Plus, we’re all a little bit pantang (Malay for “superstitious”), so we won’t talk about prisons for fear that we’ll end up in one. Same reason why your parents won’t let you play with toy handcuffs – they’d buy the entire toy police set for you, guns and all, but will throw away the…

Boo Junfeng won’t leave you hanging at his Blog Aloud session [Giveaway inside]

Jun 27th, 2016 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 5 min read

How does one go about making a film about being an executioner? As Boo Junfeng, director of Apprentice, will tell you, it took him five years, during which he interviewed retired executioners, religious counsellors, and family members of those who have received the death sentence. The latest film of Singapore’s critically acclaimed Boo focuses not just on the death penalty, but the point of view of the…

Enjoy Chen Bolin in three ways in Distance

Jun 1st, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

What do an illegitimate son, an estranged friend and a student admirer-turned-ex-lover have in common? All three relationships come back to haunt them after a long period of separation and absence. Also, these three roles in the feature film Distance are each achingly portrayed by Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin. Last Friday, Chen himself, executive producer Anthony Chen (director of the award-winning Ilo Ilo) and Singaporean director Tan Shijie (Tan…