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 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…

Singapore swoons over male cast of The Battleship Island

Aug 9th, 2017 Action, War Rachel Chan 8 min read

Hallyu fans were sent into a tizzy when Korean actors So Ji-sub, Song Joong-ki, and Hwang Jung-min, together with director Ryoo Seung Wan, were in town yesterday to promote their latest war action movie The Battleship Island. The Battleship Island is based on true events which happened during the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1945, and the real island is Hashima, an uninhabited island 15…