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It's A Great Great World (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Kelvin Tong (Director) | Nancy Sit | Zhang Zhen Huan (Actor) | Henry Thia
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Directed by Kelvin Tong (Rule #1), the all-star Lunar New Year movie It's a Great Great World was Singapore's highest-grossing local film of 2011. Featuring a huge ensemble cast of some of Singapore's most popular stars, the nostalgic crowd-pleaser is set at the Great World Amusement Park during the 1940s to 70s. The film weaves together heartwarming stories about love, loss, and laughter surrounding various people who made their living at the Great World, including an aging lounger singer who waits stubbornly for the man that left her, a clown who pulls out all the tricks to take a picture with Elizabeth Taylor, a carnival vendor who experiences first love, and a snack vendor who gets married the night the Japanese army arrives.
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Product Title: It's A Great Great World (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 大世界 (DVD) (台灣版) 大世界 (DVD) (台湾版) It's A Great Great World (DVD) (Taiwan Version) It's A Great Great World (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Nancy Sit | Zhang Zhen Huan (Actor) | Henry Thia | Lin Xiang Ping (Actor) | Zhou Chu Ming (Actor) | Olivia Ong 薛家燕 | 張振寰 (Actor) | 程 旭輝 | 林湘萍 (Actor) | 周初明 (Actor) | Olivia Ong 薛家燕 | 张振寰 (Actor) | 程 旭辉 | 林湘萍 (Actor) | 周初明 (Actor) | Olivia Ong 薛家燕(ナンシー・シッ) | Zhang Zhen Huan (Actor) | Henry Thia | Lin Xiang Ping (Actor) | Zhou Chu Ming (Actor) | Olivia Ong (オリビア・オン) Nancy Sit | Zhang Zhen Huan (Actor) | Henry Thia | Lin Xiang Ping (Actor) | Zhou Chu Ming (Actor) | Olivia Ong
Director: Kelvin Tong 唐永健 唐永健 唐永健 (ケルヴィン・トン) Kelvin Tong
Release Date: 2012-04-20
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Singapore
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 88 (mins)
Publisher: Deepjoy
Package Weight: 115 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030475384

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導演:唐永健

  《大世界》匯集了新傳媒20多位藝人,帶領觀眾走進時光隧道,回到復古年代,道出一個個有情有義的感人故事。

  新傳媒星霖電影攝製的《大世界》,由本地名導康永健(Kevin Tong)執導,片子以新加坡家喻戶曉的“大世界”遊樂園為背景,故事從1940跨越至21世紀,講述“大世界”中小人物的溫馨故事。
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April 11, 2012

Lunar New Year movie, Singapore style
Singapore director Kelvin Tong is known more for genre fare like The Maid, Rule #1, and Kidnapper, but in 2011, he released something a bit different from his previous films: the distinctly local and heartwarming Lunar New Year's movie It's a Great Great World. In comparison to his horror thrillers, Great World hasn't traveled as much outside of Singapore but it did great at home, beating the box office of Hong Kong counterparts All's Well End Well 2011 and I Love Hong Kong and Jack Neo's annual New Year entry.

Those who've watched Hong Kong's all-star Lunar New Year films will easily recognize the model set forth in Great World, if not the stars. Spanning from the forties to the present day, the film calls upon a collective nostalgia through various characters and storylines intersecting at the movie's namesake setting, the Great World Amusement Park, a famous local landmark that closed down in the late seventies. The stories are small, colorful, and warm, following everyday people who work at the Great World including a clown trying to take a picture with a visiting celebrity, a washed-up cabaret singer waiting for her long-lost love, a carnival game operator who falls for a Malaysian hawker, and a skewer seller whose wedding is interrupted by the Japanese invasion.

It's a Great Great World is similar in spirit to the recent TVB-produced New Year movies 72 Tenants of Prosperity and I Love Hong Kong, though with less slapstick and more sentimentality. Veteran TVB actress Nancy Sit is even in the Great World cast, but she's the only Hong Kong representative. Otherwise, the ensemble cast is comprised completely of local names (Ben Yeo, Dennis Chew, Chor Meng Chew, Henry Thia, Gurmit Singh, Joanne Peh, Kym Ng, to name a few), with singer Olivia Ong acting as the present-day catalyst for the reminiscing.

The story, though universal in its values, is also completely local, offering a laughter- and tear-filled look back at the good old days, and mirroring the history of the Great World with the Singapore experience. The region went through many changes from the forties to the seventies when the Great World was in business, and behind the small stories, one can sense the greater tide of transformation. The arrival of the Japanese army and World War II disrupts a wedding banquet; Singapore's merger then separation from Malaysia in the sixties brings together and separates young lovers. The film also does a great job of portraying the linguistic cross-section that exists in Singapore as characters humorously banter in different dialects and accents.

Not being from Singapore myself, I can't speak for how much all of Great World's details and history resonate with locals. Its status as the region's top-grossing homegrown film of 2011 is probably a good enough indicator though. For audiences less familiar with Singapore actors and culture, many names, places, and references may fly over the heads, but the nostalgic sentiments, colorful characters, and populist stories stick regardless. Plus, like with Royston Tan's 881 and 12 Lotus and Jack Neo's cautionary comedies, one of the greatest charms of It's a Great Great World is how local it is.

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