If you were sad that Long Long Time Ago 2 marked the end of Zhao Di and her family’s adventures, then you’d be happy to know that there could be a Long Long Time Ago 3, 4, 5 and beyond! At a press conference last month, Ng Say Yong, chief content officer of MM2 Entertainment,  said that they had planned for four instalments of Long Long Time Ago.

But whether we’d see parts 3 and 4 would depend on the box office performance of parts 1 and 2. So if you haven’t watched it yet, go catch it before it ends its run!

Jack Neo himself was excited at the prospect of continuing the Long Long Time Ago story, since there were so many events that could be covered from 1978 to 2016. So we here at The Popping Post thought we’d help him along and tell him the events we’d like to see in future instalments. Since the first two films took place over the span of a decade, it makes sense that future films will span a decade each. So here’s our pick for each decade!

1. Long Long Time Ago 3 (80’s) – the Mass Rapid Transit

The first MRT train at Bishan in 1986. Credit: Blog To Express

The first MRT train at Bishan in 1986. Credit: Blog To Express

While our trains might be showing their age these days, back when it first opened on November 7, 1987, it was one of the technological marvels of Singapore. It was clean, fast, and high-tech. The escalators at the stations ran much faster than the ones in shopping centres, and it wasn’t even SMRT then – it was just the “MRT.” For many kindergarten students during that era, your graduation photo would be taken against a backdrop of the MRT.

Imagine what Ah Kun (Mark Lee) would have said if he saw the MRT for the first time! Even he wouldn’t have anything to complain about. Imagine him taking the MRT from one end of the line to the other, again and again, like took the lift in Long Long Time Ago 2.

2. Long Long Time Ago 4 (90’s) – Ngee Ann City opens

Have you ever seen the top of Ngee Ann City? Credit: Shimizu Corporation

Have you ever seen the top of Ngee Ann City? Credit: Shimizu Corporation

The most famous shopping mall in Singapore opened on September 21, 1993, smack in the centre of Orchard Road. It’s now synonymous with Takashimaya, although to be technical about it, Ngee Ann City is the building while Takashimaya is the anchor tenant and department store within the building. It’s the place to go for shopping, whether you’re a visitor or a local. Back in the 90’s, the big basement area was rife with students hanging out after school (before they started having regular bazaars there), and the upper floors were famous for their LAN shops.

Guess we’d see Osman (Suhami Yusof) and Fatimah (Nurijah Sahat) open a nasi lemak stall in the basement food court, wouldn’t we?

3. Long Long Time Ago 5 (2000’s) – SARS

SARS at Tan Tock Seng in 2003. Credit: The Vulcan Post

SARS at Tan Tock Seng in 2003. Credit: The Vulcan Post

It’s unfortunate that we have to credit a lot of our impeccable hygiene standards to the SARS crisis in 2003, which made hand sanitisers a household item today. While Singapore weathered the storm well, it was still a scary period to be living in, with temperatures being taken daily. At least now we can say that every person in Singapore has at least one, if not several, thermometers on hand. Do you still remember where you kept yours?

We might even see Shamugen (Silvarajoo Prakasam) called back into service to help with the epidemic!

4. Long Long Time Ago 6 (2010’s) – SG50

The cast of Long Long Time Ago 2. Credit: Asia One

The cast of Long Long Time Ago 2. Credit: Asia One

And what better event to anchor the sixth movie than SG50? It’ll have come full circle then, and by then Long Long Time Ago 6 would be an introspective look at the history of Singapore. It could showcase all the SG50 events that happened. It’d be interesting to view SG50 in retrospect, and how it pulled our whole nation together in a spirit of unity.

We’d probably see Ah Hee and Rani (in their 60’s by then) bringing their grandchildren to watch the original Long Long Time Ago in an incredibly meta scene.

Poster for Long Long Time Ago 2. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Poster for Long Long Time Ago 2. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

But whether we see all these future Long Long Time Agos depends on how well we receive this film! So show your support for Singapore’s history if you’d like to see more of their adventures!

Credit: Blog To Express, Shimizu Corporation, The Vulcan Post, Asia One, Golden Village Cinemas