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It’s a Great Great World

Finally a show that I enjoyed. And even better, it’s not a foreign flick from Hong Kong, USA, or some other filmmaking “powerhouse” country.

It’s a Great Great World is directed by Kelvin Tong and stars pretty much everyone in Mediacorp.

The film revolves around a series of vignettes about folks in The Great World Amusement Park. It’s sparked off by a fashion photographer (Oliva Ong) who’s on a quest for the stories of people in Black & White photographs taken by her grandmother. She finds an old man who recounts each photograph – the most poignant and compelling story being his own (and last vignette).

It’s a Great Great World sprints away from the inglorious pack with its copious use of dialect, from Cantonese to Hainanese and everything in between, by the characters. For one, it’s authentic; could you imagine everyone speaking Mandarin back then? I can’t. Another thing: it’s refreshing to have someone other than Mark Lee (e.g. Joanne Peh) cuss and hold a conversation in Hokkien. Perhaps that’s what we’re missing in our quest for National Identity – the heart that comes from speaking our own dialect.

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This movie has a Do Not Disturb vibe all over it. Not surprising, given that Kelvin Tong’s the director. If you like that TV series, you’ll probably enjoy It’s a Great Great World.  If you’ve never heard of it, go watch the movie anyways, it’s a lovely reminiscence of the past.

Update: Yahoo! Fit to Post ran a story on the copious use of dialect in the show. Do you think we should include more dialects in our shows?

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  1. February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Hmm… I’m sure people will be excited that they are speaking dialect. Actually I don’t get what’s the big deal about speaking dialect… how does speaking dialect make it enjoyable?

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    • skybe077
      February 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      It made the movie authentic and real. I didn’t feel like it was a longer version of a TCS 8 Drama. That’s what I enjoyed about it. There are naunces within the dialects that a common language (Mandarin) won’t hack it.

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      • February 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

        Sorry if was rude, I’m just curious on why people will pay money to watch something that’s on TCS Channel 8 every day… I don’t even like the Channel 8 serials, I think I will be bored to death in this movie :/

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      • skybe077
        February 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        Your earlier comment was fine. The thing is that it didn’t feel like TCS 8 even thought the actors came from Mediacorp. Surprisingly it’s not that sappy either. It’s worth a watch really.

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