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  • 1. 5 great Singaporean movies - Singapore Movies - inSing.com Movies 2/15/13 5:58 PM Like 208k Register Login Businesses Food Movies Events Select a movie Select a cinema Search SG HUNGRYGOWHERE SHOPPING MOVIES EVENTS BEST DEALS TRAVEL NEWS MORE Home > Movies > 5 great Singaporean movies See what your friends are reading Most Popular Ah Boys To Men: Part 2 - inSing.com... 5 great Singaporean movies Journey To The West - inSing.com Movies by Wang Dexian Ah Boys To Men: Part 1 - inSing.com... inSing.com - 6 August 2012 12:00 AM A Good Day To Die Hard - inSing.com... Ah Boys to Men Part 2: A perfect... Tweet 2 Like 26 people like this. Be the first of your friends. Subscribe to Newsletter Get e-mail updates on Food, Movies, As National Day rolls round, it’s becoming to look at the things we’ve done well at, and that Shopping and Events in Singapore includes making our own films. In the late 1990s, a new film scene emerged here with filmmakers plus Contests & Giveaways! like Eric Khoo, Jack Neo and Kelvin Tong achieving prominence. Many other filmmakers have Given Name Family Name followed in their footsteps, and we now have a good crop local films every year to look forward to. Here, we look back fondly at some of the local movies that have now become classics. Email Address ‘Army Daze’ (Ong Keng Sen, 1996)http://movies.insing.com/feature/5-great-singaporean-movies/id-205b3f00 Page 1 of 5
  • 2. 5 great Singaporean movies - Singapore Movies - inSing.com Movies 2/15/13 5:58 PM Experts Food Shopping Movies Beckii Dr Leslie Tay EvelynCOnline Bagaholicboy Movie Lover CinemaChen ‘The Delicacy’: The Prince Coffee All 5 best French bistros Bagaholicboy:stop- Unknown: A tale of Unforgettable House in delectable... Singapore turns Things films twists and Hainanese- motion Fun,... Old school Western French hot When sweet treats Beach So many delights atcome Win one of these bistros A complicated thriller Besides ‘ParaNorman’ in Roadarebypackages. best in unlikely are Neeson. town designer numbers! headed other stop-motion here - hereLiamthe 5 spots films that give CG... Army Daze is remembered fondly amongst many mainly because of its oh-so very relatable subject matter. Adapted from a play by Michael Chiang, the movie follows the lives of four fresh recruits through National Service ! Malcom the naive upper class Chinese boy, Johari the chubby rapper Beckii C Cinema... Movie... Bagaholicb... to be (played by Sheikh Haikel!), the foul mouthed Ah Beng, Krishnamoorthy the Bollywood-esque and, of course, Kenny Pereira the effeminate one. Through the eyes of Malcom, a pampered nerd who for the first time has to interact with ah bengs and mats, Ong looks at the issues and impact of Featured Series National Service on individuals. The film still gets good ratings whenever it plays on TV, and the play has seen multiple iterations as well. ‘Forever Fever’ (Glen Goei, 1998) Movie Reviews Movie Reviews ‘Upside Down’: Is... ‘Parker’: A bloody... My personal favourite local movie of all time, Forever Fever is a period flick that takes us back to Food Shopping Singapore in the late ’70s. Hock is a Bruce Lee Critics Reviews New Arrivals Interviews Tech Weekly worshipper working a dead end job. Despite his New Opening various responsibilities as the eldest son, his Contests and younger brother is favoured in the family due to Giveaways What’s New his better education. Frustrated by the situation, Hock heads out with his friends to the movie Movies Events Trailer Feature Fun For Free Forever Fever theatre and ends up watching Saturday Night Movie Feature Preview Guide Fever. Inspired, he plans on entering a dance competition to earn prize money that can help him Movie Reviews Contests finally fulfill his dream of riding to Batu Pahat ‘Easy Rider’ style. Interviews Announcement Weekend Guide Art and Performing... A superb cast really makes this film unforgettable. Adrian Pang is perfect as the idealistic Bruce Lee wannabe, Kumar cameos as a hilarious dance instructor and Pam Oei steals the show as Search for feature articles Hock’s sister, a teen girl who’s into teenage romance fiction. Forever Fever got picked up for American distribution by Miramax in its heyday, a true testament to the quality of the flick. ‘Singapore Dreaming’ (Colin Goh & Woo Yen Yen, 2006)http://movies.insing.com/feature/5-great-singaporean-movies/id-205b3f00 Page 2 of 5
  • 3. 5 great Singaporean movies - Singapore Movies - inSing.com Movies 2/15/13 5:58 PM Written and directed by Colin Goh, the brains behind TalkingCock.com, and Woo Yen Yen (and also oddly produced by Woffles Wu), the movie revolves around an average Chinese Singaporean family, with various aspirations of their own. The film successfully captures the pressure of living in Singapore, a fast-paced, status conscious society. In trying to keep up, the characters all crack and sacrifice certain things like pride, dignity and ‘face’. This an intriguing look at the typical lives of the middle class and theirs dreams. At the end of it all, you’ll be asking yourself ... is it worth it at all? ‘Money No Enough’ (Jack Neo, 1998) It’s easy to hate on Jack Neo... almost too easy. His films are predictable melodramas, Singaporean cliches and over-preachy . However, one cannot take away from him what massive commercial success of this film. Like many of his later films, the plot of Money No Enough revolves around three friends (played by Jack Neo, Mark Lee and Henry ‘Alamak’ Thia) Money No Enough and their dreams of running a business together. This film still stands as a rather clever satire of Singaporean’s obsession with money, as well as a portrait of Singapore during the Asian Financial Crisis of that era. The film’s success paved the way for heartland friendly comedy to be brought to the movie screens and is still the highest grossing Singaporean movie of all time. ‘Eating Air’ (Kelvin Tong, 1999)http://movies.insing.com/feature/5-great-singaporean-movies/id-205b3f00 Page 3 of 5
  • 4. 5 great Singaporean movies - Singapore Movies - inSing.com Movies 2/15/13 5:58 PM Best described as a ‘kung fu-motorcycle’ story, Eating Air or ‘jiak hong’ in Hokkien means to go for a joyride. The film follows the chronicles of a petty Chinese street gang, whose interests lie in the pure joy of riding their bikes, gathering at video game arcades and so forth. The romance between Ah Boy (Benjamin Heng) and Ah Girl (Alvina Toh) capitalizes on young love in bloom, and manages to capture the simple thrills of a girl holding onto a guy as he rides down the streets on his prized bike. Heng and Toh both give very satisfactory performances. Surrounding this is the tension between Ah Boy and his best friend Ah Gu (Joseph Cheong), when the latter moves up from mere small time street punk to a gangster doing business with drug dealers and loan sharks. The film is raw but it’s a moving study of a big subculture of Singapore. Dexian or just Dex if you have an inability to pronounce Chinese names, is a fervent film lover whos known to read up on the most inane pieces of cinema trivia just so he has something to talk about when hes drunk. When hes not watching something, he can be found reading other useless Wikipedia articles on things like Nebulaphobia. You might also like Paid Distribution ‘Hitchcock’: Spellbound James D’Arcy: MP’s speech sees more You’ll never eat crabs (inSing Movies) ‘Hitchcock’ has framed than 5,500 shares on again: Barry Levinson’s so much of what Facebook eco-freakout ‘The Bay’ filmmakers do (inSing News) (Grist Magazine) (inSing Movies) [Powered by Outbrain] Bookmark Email Print Send to Mobile Share... Share 23 Leave a commenthttp://movies.insing.com/feature/5-great-singaporean-movies/id-205b3f00 Page 4 of 5
  • 5. 5 great Singaporean movies - Singapore Movies - inSing.com Movies 2/15/13 5:58 PM 2 comments Add a comment... Post to Facebook Posting as Dexian Wang (Change) Comment Jason Quek · Front End Developer at SingTel Digital Media Pte Ltd Eating Air had a solid soundtrack. Reply · Like · Follow Post · August 12, 2012 at 11:09pm Akkie Deschanel · Works at Singapore Armed Forces Im wondering why isnt "Be with me" not in the list? One of the most touching singaporean movies Ive ever seen. Reply · Like · Unfollow Post · August 7, 2012 at 8:14pm Dexian Wang · Top Commenter · Chapman University Singapore Hey! Thats a really good movie too. Theres just 5 spots though... doesnt mean its not a good film. I just enjoyed these better. Reply · Like · August 11, 2012 at 4:13am Facebook social plugin Related Content Movie Feature: Zombies get new lease of life in ‘ParaNorman’ Movie Reviews: ‘Motorway’: Neither fast nor furious Movie Feature: Batman versus Spider-Man: Who will save the day? Movie Feature: What The Flick: The Amazing-ly (Skinny) Spider-Man Movies Features "Harry Potter" producer goes horror "Les Miserables" tops "Argo" at BAFTAs Ahmad Idham goes "Gangster" "The Grandmaster" to release in US Bryan Cranston fights "Godzilla" Catch the latest Singapore movies now Movies inSing.com About inSing Follow inSing RSS Feeds showing at all cinemas. Read movie Now Showing Business Search About Us reviews, check movie showtimes and Coming Soon HungryGoWhere Contact Us book your tickets at inSing.com Movies. Photo Galleries Shopping Careers Trailers Movies FAQ Showtimes Events Subscribe to Newsletter Latest Reviews Super Deals mio TV VOD News Advertise with us Travel Display Advertising SingNet Business Listing Ads HungryGoWhere HungryGoWhere for Restaurants © 2013 , SingTel Digital Media Pte Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use Disclaimers Review Policy Site Map Developer tools Mobile Versionhttp://movies.insing.com/feature/5-great-singaporean-movies/id-205b3f00 Page 5 of 5