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It's a Great, Great World (2011)

Tua seh kai (original title)
Welcome to 'Great World', Singapore's legendary amusement park. Where lovers cavorted in the 60s. Where Hollywood stars and cabaret girls partied in the 50s. Where bombs fell in the 40s. ... See full summary »

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Kelvin Tong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Justin Ang Justin Ang ... Ah Beng
Xing Ang Xing Ang ... Father at photo studio
Teresa of Babes In The City Teresa of Babes In The City ... Ju Hua
Tracy of Babes In The City Tracy of Babes In The City ... Hu Ji
Dapheny Chen Dapheny Chen ... Flamingo Niteclub dancer
Shucheng Chen ... Towkay Lim
Tian Wen Chen ... Bellboy
John Cheng ... Oil seller (as Yeow Nan Cheng)
Ah Tong Cheong Ah Tong Cheong ... Uncle Wen
Chor Meng Chew ... Dip Dip Seller
Dennis Chong Kheng Chew ... Hysterical woman (as Dennis Chew)
Kimberly Chia ... Ah Luan
Kevin Chiak Kevin Chiak ... Jio Tau
Marcus Chin ... Head Chef Ah Zhim
Grace Chong ... Groom's Mother
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Welcome to 'Great World', Singapore's legendary amusement park. Where lovers cavorted in the 60s. Where Hollywood stars and cabaret girls partied in the 50s. Where bombs fell in the 40s. Acclaimed director Kelvin Tong brings Great World's colourful past to life in five interconnected stories. Written by Anonymous

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Five eras. Five stories. One great, Great World.

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Comedy | Family

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A chef from the original Wing Choon Yuen restaurant, one of the main settings in the movie, was hired to cook authentic Cantonese dishes from the restaurant's actual menu. His cooking was filmed, and the footage used in the final act of the movie. See more »

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A good movie that could have been great.
6 February 2011 | by loccomotive2000See all my reviews

It's A Great Great World is a throwback to the lifestyle and culture of Singapore in the 1960s. The story begins with a young woman seeking the owners of several old photographs, and ends up finding an elderly man, who recounts four different stories involving the people in the photos. They include an underachieving man trying to please his mother, a young lady's first love, a past-her-prime singer waiting for her love, and a restaurant trying to give a couple the perfect wedding.

The film boasts some excellent performances from the stars of Singapore television, with veteran actress Xiang Yun easily standing out in her role as an aging, alcoholic nightclub singer. The rest of the cast made good use of the opportunity speaking in various dialect languages that can relate better to middle age audiences, with several gags wonderfully executed in Hokkien, Cantonese and the like.

The problem with the film can essentially be attributed to it's run time. Clocking at just over 90 minutes and having four different stories to tell, director Kelvin Tong was always going to have a problem of either having to rush things, or drag less comprehensive stories to fill up the time. He chose the latter, and the product was a film that was difficult to put strong focus on, as the chapters brushed past each other and most of the character development was at best paper thin.

Nevertheless, the sets and the look of the movie is impressive and deserves to be praised. I was born way after this period of time, but felt the movie was very close to my idea of how life was like when my parents were children. While not a great film in story-telling terms, it does a terrific job invoking nostalgia, or for me, an impression of it.


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Country:

Singapore

Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Singapore

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Budget:

SGD2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,984,489
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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