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The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« on: March 30, 2016, 11:59 »


My earliest memory of xinyao is seeing 巫启贤 and 黄慧贞's 邂逅 hit the 龙虎榜 (The Chinese Top of the Pops) in the early 80s. Those days as a secondary school kid I already knew it is an unheralded phenomenon - a made in Singapore song hitting the charts filled with ubiquitous Taiwanese hits by idols the size of HDB blocks. My Chinese then was half past six (actually, it is still stuck there
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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2016, 13:34 »
Awesome review there!

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2016, 15:46 »
Awesome review there!


Thank you. Took me 3.5 hours to write that and I am quite proud of myself. Feels really good to give back something to a film that has given me much more. I only hope people can take a chance and see it.

Eva Tang had to fight through a lot of copyright issues just for it to be able to be on the big screen. This was one film I had heard so much about since the Singapore International Film Festival and wanted to see it so much. Had to miss all the special screenings. Thank goodness it has opened in GV cinemas.
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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2016, 15:52 »
Thank you. Took me 3.5 hours to write that and I am quite proud of myself. Feels really good to give back something to a film that has given me much more. I only hope people can take a chance and see it.

Eva Tang had to fight through a lot of copyright issues just for it to be able to be on the big screen. This was one film I had heard so much about since the Singapore International Film Festival and wanted to see it so much. Had to miss all the special screenings. Thank goodness it has opened in GV cinemas.
It's not easy to get seats as it is on limited screening iirc.

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2016, 16:40 »
It's not easy to get seats as it is on limited screening iirc.


Yes, it was ridiculous from last Thurs till today. Everyday  1 or 2 screenings at terrible timings. But I think GV has learned every screening is a near full house and they have opened a lot of slots for every day.

I forgot to mention that when it ended last night the cinema erupted in spontaneous applause, something I hardly experienced in local cinemas let alone a made in Singapore documentary.
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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2016, 17:13 »
Yes, it was ridiculous from last Thurs till today. Everybody 1 or 2 screenings at terrible timings. But I think GV has learned every screening is a near full house and they have opened a lot of slots for every day.

I forgot to mention that when it ended last night the cinema erupted in spontaneous applause, something I hardly experienced in local cinemas let alone a made in Singapore documentary.

Bro, by any chance you also born in the late 70s? I'm born in '76...

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2016, 17:16 »
Me 1968  :) :)
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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2016, 17:20 »
Me 1968  :) :)

Ohh...then I must call you "老大" liao.

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2016, 17:23 »
Ohh...then I must call you "老大" liao.


No la... 兄弟 la. That's why in the 80s I could save pocket money to buy LPs and cassettes
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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2016, 17:24 »
No la... 兄弟 la. That's why in the 80s I could save pocket money to buy LPs and cassettes

Ok...then "老兄"....LoL.

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2016, 17:25 »
But seriously, I will try to catch it this weekend if have seating at GV Yishun. It really brings back those good ole memories...

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2016, 20:56 »
Luckily I bought the ticket and watch just now at Tampinese, almost full house. Very enjoyable 2 hour shows. Didn't know the DJ at that time has such a great impact on XinYao.

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2016, 12:10 »
Due to overwhelming response, the screening has been extended one more week.

If xinyao has accompanied you through this journey of life, don't miss this. kam cheng liao liao.
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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2016, 16:50 »
Can pre-order bluray or not?  ;p

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Re: The Songs We Sang (我们唱着的歌)
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2016, 17:19 »
Can pre-order bluray or not?  ;p

Don't hold your breath for it to happen. After the first screening at the SIFF, Eva Tang had to fight tooth and nail just to get the film screened in cinemas because of all the rights issue. DVD and Blu-Ray is another beast. It doesn't help that so many of these xinyao songs owned by 海蛈 have been sold to a China company. The irony is so sad.

Really, the best way to watch this is at the cinema with many like-minded "children" of the 80s. At my screening there was spontaneous sing-alongs and applause right at the end. The collective spirit is priceless.

If Blu-ray comes out I sure buy.
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