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…

In This Corner of the World. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 forgotten facts about Singapore’s World War II era

Jul 7th, 2017 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, War Marcus Goh 10 min read

For many History students, World War II is one of those important yet inaccessible topics. After all, it took place over 70 years ago (1943 – 1945), and it’s hard to imagine how modern day Singapore would have been like during those times. But as the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. World War II was an event that…

Your Name. Credit: Purple Plan

And the best anime of the year is…

Dec 28th, 2016 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Teens Marcus Goh 6 min read

Your Name. No, that’s not a joke, because that’s literally the title of the best anime of 2016, Your Name. It’s not just a great animated film, it’s a great film, full stop. Despite its rave reviews, the director has exhorted audiences to stop watching it because he’s afraid that all the flaws and imperfections of the film will eventually be exposed. How many times do you…

Tsukiji. Credit: Voyagin

5 facts you definitely didn’t know about Tsukiji fish market

Oct 6th, 2016 Documentary Marcus Goh 6 min read

Singaporeans are weird. Ask them to visit the Toa Payoh wet market in Singapore at 7 am and they’ll complain, but ask them to visit the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo at 3 am and they’ll be clamouring to be the first in line. But there’s more to that legendary location than just tuna auctions and fresh sushi. This illustrious fish market is much older…

6 mind-boggling Japanese inventions you never knew you needed

Oct 7th, 2015 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy Esther Au Yong 5 min read

What’s your secret guilty pleasure? Well, if you’re like eccentric public prosecutor Kuryu Kohei (Takuya Kimura) from Hero 2015 – the Japanese movie based on a TV series of the same name – it’s buying weird stuff off the infomercial channel. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. So many Japanese customers, like Kohei, buy these aidea shohin (idea products in Japanese) off infomercial channels that they’ve…