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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|
|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?|
|Package Weight:||115 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1030475384|
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April 11, 2012
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.