Default. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ever noticed how Korean movies like ‘Default’ all use this one weird trope?

Jan 4th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 10 min read

If you’ve embraced the good bits of the Hallyu wave, then you’ll have noticed that all the critically acclaimed Korean movies have some… similarities. We’re not just talking about impressive production values or memorable plots. We’re talking about one particular character archetype that turns up in films like Default. The corrupt official. It seems like good Korean movies have that in common – a villainous…

The Wrath. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Are you brave enough to read about these vengeful female ghosts?

Dec 6th, 2018 GV Exclusive, Horror Marcus Goh 11 min read

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and that applies especially so when we’re talking about female ghosts. We’ve written about why child ghosts are so terrifying, but female ghosts are equally terrifying in their own right. Especially if they happen to be the mother of the aforementioned child ghost, like the mother-son duo of Toshio and Kayako in the Ju-On series. Regardless, we…

6 unexpected genre mash-ups like ‘Rampant’ that were surprisingly successful

Nov 3rd, 2018 Action, Drama, Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

Most filmmakers take a straightforward approach to films – take a story and pick the appropriate genre so that you know what the writing, shooting and editing style should be. But single genres aren’t enough for Korean filmmakers anymore. Now they’re making genre mash-up movies, like the upcoming zombie period drama Rampant, which also stars heartthrob Hyun Bin and silver fox Jang Dong-gun. Those Koreans are just…

Watch a kickass K-movie on GV’s Jjang Wednesdays

Jul 9th, 2018 Adult Themes, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Crime, Drama, GV Exclusive, Romance, Thriller Gwen Ng 21 min read

Jjang Jjang Jjang. Mark your calendars this July and August, for Jjang Wednesday. What’s Jjang? It’s a Korean slang to describe all things awesome, super, and terrific. We’re talking about a line-up of kick-ass never-been-screened Korean flicks screened at Golden Village Plaza and Tiong Bahru every Wednesday, for six weeks in a row starting July 11. Whatever your mid-week mood, there’s a movie to suit it. The Popping Post recommends…

A KNPU lesson in Midnight Runners. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why the Korean National Police University is like a real-life Hogwarts

Sep 9th, 2017 Action, Comedy Marcus Goh 9 min read

You can’t get into Hogwarts, but don’t fret. The Popping Post has found the next best thing – the Korean National Police University (KNPU). Enrolling in the KNPU is almost like studying in Hogwarts, if you don’t mind not learning how to cast magic spells. You do learn how to be the real-life equivalent of an Auror (a magical policeman) though. KNPU has so many…

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…

5 reasons why being a ghost is tough in Singapore

Jan 6th, 2016 Asian Cinema, Horror Marcus Goh 6 min read

Notice how there are fewer and fewer ghost stories circulating in our nation these days? That’s because it’s so hard to be a ghost in Singapore these days, as opposed to, say, Korea. With increasing urbanisation and and a higher population density, you can’t catch a break even in the afterlife, since you’ve got to share the same space with the living. Don’t believe us? Pretend…