The year was 1992. Bill Clinton became the president of the United States, the Summer Olympics was held in Barcelona, Spain, and in England, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales were legally separated. Closer to home, Singaporeans will remember this as the year that the import, sale and manufacture of chewing gum was banned.

And 1992 was also the year Golden Village opened its first cinema!

Singapore’s first multiplex, GV Yishun 10, was opened on May 28, 1992. Hailed as the largest cinema in Asia at the time, GV Yishun had 10 movie halls and 2,552 seats. During the first week of its opening, a varied mix of Hollywood blockbusters, Malay, Hong Kong and Japanese films, as well as reruns of successful hit movies were screened in its halls.

In fact, you might even remember watching one of the following iconic films at a GV cinema in 1992. Not all of them were screened by GV but like GV, they’re most definitely 25 years old.

1. Aladdin

Genie gives all his pals a bear hug before taking off to where I presume to be Disneyland in Florida, judging from his get-up. (Credit: Disney via E! Online)

Genie gives all his pals a bear hug before taking off to where I presume to be Disneyland in Florida, judging from his get-up. (Credit: Disney via E! Online)

Disney’s animated musical fantasy film turned out to be the highest grossing film of 1992, raking in $217 million at the box office in the United States and more than $504 million worldwide. Starring the inimitable Robin Williams as the voice of Genie, you might remember the lovable blue shapeshifting form who constantly broke the fourth wall and parodied popular culture beyond his native fictional universe. He helps Aladdin, destined to be the only “diamond in the rough” worthy of entry to the Cave of Wonders, win Princess Jasmine’s heart, and thwart the twisted plans of evil sorcerer Jafar.

Notably, Lea Salonga was the singing voice of Princess Jasmine, and the film score won composer Alan Menken two Academy awards. A cover version of “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle displaced Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1993.

2. Basic Instinct

Did she or didn't she? The jaw-droppingly erotic scene where Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) crosses her legs while being interrogated by a roomful of male detectives. (Credit: cinemablend.com)

Did she or didn’t she? The jaw-droppingly erotic scene where Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) crosses her legs while being interrogated by a roomful of male detectives. (Credit: cinemablend.com)

Who can forget Sharon Stone’s infamous leg-crossing scene, which is all pubescent boys will talk about if they’ve watched a secretly-procured pirated video of this R(A) (as it used to be called) movie back in the day?

But Basic Instinct, directed by Paul Verhoeven (who also made Total Recall, RoboCop and Showgirls) and written by Joe Eszterhas (Flashdance, Showgirls), broke grounds for its depictions of sexuality in mainstream Hollywood cinema. The erotic neo-noir thriller starred Stone as a bisexual psychopath who is a murder suspect, and Michael Douglas, the police investigator who becomes involved in a torrid affair with her.

3. Batman Returns

Danny DeVito as Penguin and Michael Keaton as Batman in Batman Returns. (Credit: Uproxx)

Danny DeVito as Penguin and Michael Keaton as Batman in Batman Returns. (Credit: Uproxx)

Before Batman was played by a Lego figurine, before Christian Bale was the Dark Knight in Christopher Nolan’s masterpieces, and even before George Clooney and Val Kilmer took shots at playing Bruce Wayne, was Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s cult classic Batman (1989) and then Batman Returns (1992) (apparently not such a cult classic as the first). Nevertheless, despite comparisons to Batman (1989), the 1992 sequel managed to hold its own. It was a box office success, coming in as the third-highest grossing film of the year with $266.8 million worldwide.

The all-star cast featured Danny DeVito as the Penguin, Christopher Walken as corrupt business tycoon Max Shreck, and Michelle Pfieffer as Catwoman.

4. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Kevin McCallister and the Wet Bandits meet again at Duncan's Toy Chest, a large toy store in New York City. (Credit: Chud.com)

Kevin McCallister and the Wet Bandits meet again at Duncan’s Toy Chest, a large toy store in New York City. (Credit: Chud.com)

Back when Macaulay Culkin was an adorable pre-teen, his name was synonymous with Kevin McCallister, the lead for American family comedies Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992). In the sequel, Kevin is separated from his family en route to their Christmas holiday destination in Florida, winds up in New York City and finds himself having to derail the Wet Bandits’ plans to rob a toy store.

More than two decades after the creation of this franchise, fans wonder: How did Kevin McCallister’s dad afford to feed and clothe five children, live in that sprawling, three-storey, red brick colonial Georgian house, and bring the entire family plus relatives on ludicrously luxurious holidays? It’s a mystery.

Its production company Hughes Entertainment followed up with Home Alone 3 in 1997 but without the original cast and director; Culkin had dropped out of acting by 1994. While Culkin did make other movies before retiring at age 14, none of them had the appeal and success of his Home Alone films, which topped the box office charts in 1990 and came in second in 1992.

5. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) takes Pike (Luke Perry) under her wing and protects him from dangerous bloodsuckers. (Credit: www.screencrush.com)

Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) takes Pike (Luke Perry) under her wing and protects him from dangerous bloodsuckers. (Credit: www.screencrush.com)

Bella Swan might have a problem if she had met Buffy in high school. Popular, snooty and sexy cheerleader Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) one day learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires, and becomes darn good at it.

But you shouldn’t confuse the movie version of Buffy with the Buffy played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the more popular TV series (1997 to 2003), even though they were both created by Joss Whedon. Buffy was built on the concept of empowering that blonde little girl who always got killed off in horror films. Whedon said that he wanted to invert the Hollywood formula,  “to subvert that idea and create someone who was a hero.” He first visited that idea in the 1992 film, and later was able to fully develop it subsequently in the TV show.

6. 新龙门客栈 New Dragon Inn 

Tony Leung Ka-fai, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung team up as allies to fight the evil eunuch played by Donnie Yen. (Credit: http://m.v4.cc)

Tony Leung Ka-fai, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung team up to fight the evil eunuch played by Donnie Yen. (Credit: http://m.v4.cc)

This Tsui Hark-produced wuxia film was a remake of the 1967 classic Taiwanese film Dragon Inn, and became a keystone of the genre as well. Boasting a cast starring Brigitte Lin (better known as Lin Ching-hsia), Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai, and Donnie Yen (he was only 28 then and played the role of the evil eunuch), New Dragon Inn featured grand period sets, a desert sandstorm scene, and slick wuxia moves which won a Golden Horse Award for Martial Art Direction.

Lin Ching-hsia fans might remember that she cut a dashing figure dressed as a swordsman, and that there was a wuxia-style sexy-fighting scene where she and Maggie Cheung tried to disrobe the other in a duel. Maggie Cheung, who played innkeeper, was fond of slaughtering some of her guests and dropping their bodies down a chute to the kitchen where her chef, who was an expert with the cleaver, would chop them up to make meat buns.

7. Police Story 3: Super Cop

Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh ready to spring into action in a scene in Police Story 3: Super Cop. (www.alchetron.com)

Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh ready to spring into action in a scene in Police Story 3: Super Cop. (www.alchetron.com)

While the United Kingdom had James Bond, the Queen’s East Asian colony had Chan Ka-Kui, a “supercop” of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. Played by Jackie Chan, this sequel to the original 1985 Police Story was the first in the series not to be directed by Chan, but by Stanley Tong. It starred Maggie Cheung as Chan’s girlfriend, and Michelle Yeoh as his boss.

In this instalment, Chan is assigned to go undercover in Guangzhou and infiltrate a drug lord’s syndicate. While in Kuala Lumpur helping the drug lord break his wife out of jail to escape the death penalty, his cover almost gets blown by his girlfriend. Expect lots of laughs amid nail-biting car and helicopter chases across bridges and rooftops. You may think it’s just a silly action flick, but hey, Jackie Chan won Best Actor at the Golden Horse Awards for this role, okay?

8. Deewana

Shah Rukh Khan bursts onto the silver screen leading a gang of motorcycles down a street in Mumbai. (Credit: www.pakstop.com)

Shah Rukh Khan bursts onto the silver screen leading a gang of motorcycles down a street in Mumbai. (Credit: www.pakstop.com)

Deewana was the second-highest grossing Bollywood film in 1992, after Beta, but we decided that this romantic action film deserved special mention for introducing Shah Rukh Khan to the world. Replacing Armaan Kohli for the role of Raja, Deewana was Khan’s debut release and big break. The soundtrack was a commercial success as well.

Khan was the second leading man and appeared only in the second half of the film, literally bursting onscreen in an iconic motorbike scene on a Mumbai street. He falls desperately in love with a widow and marries her with her mother-in-law’s blessings, but doesn’t touch his wife until she truly accepts him. Shah Rukh Khan’s charms are irresistable, so despite initial worries that audiences would pan his next release, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, that one became a blockbuster too.

9. Roja

Madhoo and Arvind Swamy play a married couple whose world is shattered when the husband is kidnapped by militants. (Credit: indianexpress.com)

Madhoo and Arvind Swamy play a married couple whose world is shattered when the husband is kidnapped by militants. (Credit: indianexpress.com)

Mention Roja, and many will remember the scene where the lead actor throws himself on the flames of India’s burning flag in order to save it. Roja is classified as a musical romantic thriller, but the romance between the leading characters played by Arvind Swamy and Madhoo is more of a vehicle to push through patriotic themes and represent the tensions in Kashmir.

Roja is said to be one of Tamil filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s best, and the soundtrack, directed by A R Rahman, is listed as one of TIME’s 10 Best of all time. Successful not just in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi markets, Roja is also critically acclaimed internationally because of its relevance to modern terrorism.

What are your most memorable moments and movies at Golden Village these past 25 years? Share #mygvstory with us in your comments!

Sources: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg, www.thepeoplehistory.com, Wikipedia.com