Yu Chau (Nick Cheung) in The Trough (低压槽). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Movie undercover cops – why do we love them so much?

May 2nd, 2018 Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

无间道 (Infernal Affairs) made every kid want to be undercover cop when he or she grew up (although admittedly, you probably shouldn’t be watching it if you were under 13). Being an undercover cop is an equal mix of danger, glamour, heroics, and action. It takes a certain kind of person to be an undercover cop, a grizzled tough guy who secretly has a moral code…

Line Walker (使徒行者). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 problems with going undercover in Singapore that nobody talks about

Aug 8th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Line Walker (使徒行者), we see almost every character (save one) go undercover at some point or the other. This will inevitably prompt discussions about how Singapore should make an undercover cop drama (film, television, or otherwise), which is an exciting proposition! Except… it’s not going to work in Singapore, not in this day and age anyway. It’s a small country and there are hardly enough…

5 modern-day monsters in Singapore that the Keeper of Darkness should fight

Nov 23rd, 2015 Asian Cinema, Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

In Keeper of Darkness (痞子驱魔人), the title character finds accidental fame when a video of his exorcisms go viral. If ghosts were so easily captured on video in the real world, what horrors might we find lurking in Singapore? Here are some supernatural explanations for the terrors that plague us everyday. Maybe that legend about the $1-dollar coin being a ward against evil spirits holds some truth…