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881 (2007)

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The story is about two good friends who grew up with genuine love for the Getai culture, a form of art with stage and song performances. Getai has a historical tradition in Singapore. After... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Yuwu Qi ...
Guan Yin
Mindee Ong ...
Little Papaya (as Xin Wang)
Yann Yann Yeo ...
Big Papaya
Ling Ling Liu ...
Auntie Ling / The Goddess
Kelvin Chen ...
Wei Lian (as Chen Wei Lian)
May Wan Teh ...
The Durian Sisters (as May)
Choy Wan Teh ...
The Durian Sisters (as Choy)
Ru Ping Lin ...
Little Papaya's Mother
Johnny Ng ...
Little Papaya's Father
Lei Wang ...
Wang Lei
Karen Lim ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimberly Chia ...
Big Papaya - Age 13
Steve Lee ...
Jonathan Lim ...
HIV Queen
Li Lin ...
Final Showdown Host


The story is about two good friends who grew up with genuine love for the Getai culture, a form of art with stage and song performances. Getai has a historical tradition in Singapore. After being blessed by the Getai Goddess, the two friends become the most popular Getai duo of the country, called the Papayas. However, the Durian Sisters, their main competitors are very jealous and determined to sabotage the Papayas' performances. Written by Rene Guillot

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Comedy | Drama | Musical


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9 August 2007 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Singapur Queens - Born to Dance  »

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Singapore's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »


Followed by 12 Lotus (2008) See more »

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If you are not Singaporean, avoid it !... well if you are Singaporean... go take a walk at the Chinese Gardens instead...
23 January 2008 | by (Avrainville, France) – See all my reviews

Let's make a test... Remove every songs from this movie, show an edited version of 881 without any music... What will u think ? Even for the few minutes left of the movie (yes, the songs are most of the movie), it will be a very boring story, without goal and with bad actors...

You guess it, the show is all about music and dance, fancy dresses and uninteresting story ! A very disappointing movie from Royston Tan. Have u seen his previous ones ? Yes ! Then you will understand me but you won't understand why the director choose the most easy way of bringing popular songs on the screen instead of a writing a credible story... Popularity ? Well Mr. Tan, you should think about your art before thinking about your money... Remember you did it before, and it was quite good...

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