Looks like the spirits have possessed many ordinary Singaporeans and are making them trudge to the nearest theatre to catch the Getai song and dance extravaganza, 881. Coincidently I got into the spirit yesterday and caught the sold out show. I was surprised that the crowd was made up of a wide cross-section of the population, from wide-eyed kiddies who wouldn’t know a single hokkien phrase to old timers who lapped at the many hokkien jokes.

Well, I must admit that the movie was quite well directed and the two female leads carried off their roles impressively. In short, the show straddled expertly between reality and fantasy, had many hokkien parts and being a musical, the songs were a treat. Hokkien songs could be hip once again, who knows …

Can just hear these two songs over and over again.


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