IT’S A GREAT GREAT WORLD
Astro Shaw and Mediacorp Raintree are proud to announce their first collaboration with the Chinese language the title “It’s A Great Great World” to be released nationwide in Malaysia on the 11th of August.
As co production partners, Astro Shaw is taking care of the distribution in Malaysia and Raintree will be looking at the international distribution of the film.
Astro Shaw was established in 1996, and it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the only satellite provider in Malaysia, Astro Malaysia Holdings Sdn Bhd (AMH). With three subsidiaries, (Tayangan Unggul Sdn Bhd, Nusantara Films Sdn Bhd and Karya Anggun Sdn Bhd), Astro Shaw Group of companies main business is producing movies for local and regional market, including Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia.
The film which is based from the Singapore’s legendary amusement park, Great World, was when Singapore was still part of Malaysia, which was also affectionately known in Hokkien as Tua Seh Kai. Spanning the 1940s to the present day, the film tells the stories of multitude characters that lived, worked, played, sang, danced and fell in love in Great World. It’s achieved a gross box office of more than RM5.1 million during the release in Singapore in February 2011. Produced by Media Corp Raintree Pictures; It’s A Great Great World has a host of casts which includes Joanne Peh, Yvonne Lim, Chew Chor Meng, Xiang Yun, Huang Wenyong, Zhang Zhen Huan, Zhang Yao Dong, Ng Hui, Paige Chua, Ben Yeo, Kym Ng, Bryan Wong, Chen Shucheng, Gurmit Singh, Zheng Geping, Apple Hong, Guo Liang and Dennis Chew.
Astro Shaw will hold two events in conjunction with the launching of the Film, the first event will take place on the 5th of August for the pre launching of the films and the second event being a on the same day Gala Night is held and will be attended by the readers from Cinema Online, Yippy TV and Xuan.com.my. Main casts that will be attending both the events are Yvonne Lim, Apple Hong, Chen Shu Cheng, Chew Chor Meng, Zhang Yaodong and Xiang Yun.
In addition, Astro Shaw is very grateful to the Management of Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall for allowing the Company to hold the ‘meet and greet’ session with the fans and casts. This session takes place on August 6, 2011 (Saturday), 7.00pm – 8.00pm at the main stage of Berjaya Time Square.
RELEASE DATE 11 August 2011
RUNNING TIME 95 MIN
TOTAL CINEMA 45 CINEMAS
LANGUAGE MANDARIN AND SOME DIALECTS
CHINESE TITLE 大世界
FAN PAGES Facebook http://www.facebook.com/itsagreatgreatworld
Ah Min, a 23-year-old budding fashion photographer, visits her grandmother’s photo studio one day before it shuts for good. There, she discovers four old photographs. Intrigued by the people in the photos, Ah Min embarks on a journey to find out who they are. Her first stop – an old friend of her grandmother’s, Ah Meng, who reveals through four unforgettable stories that the people in the photos all worked and played at the legendary Great World Amusement Park once upon a time.
Spanning the 1940s to the present day, It’s A Great Great World is a valentine to the colorful amusement park that used to be situated along Kim Seng Road. Each of the four stories recounted by Ah Meng revolves around iconic Great World landmarks – the Sky Theatre, the Ghost Train, the Flamingo Niteclub and the Wing Choon Yuen Restaurant.
Through Ah Meng, we relive the tale of Ah Boo, a clown in a children’s show, who fights against all odds to have his picture taken with Elizabeth Taylor when she visits the Sky Theatre in 1958 to attend the premiere of Around The World In 80 Days.
We also take a ride on board Great World’s infamous Ghost Train with Mei Juan, the fiesty operator of a shooting gallery, and Ah Leong, a loutish oil seller from Malaysia, when the two meet in Great World in 1965 and fall in love.
Besides clowns and lovebirds, It’s A Great Great World also features Rose, the faded diva of the Flamingo Niteclub, who has to battle a trio of younger singers, a demanding manager and an old flame to keep her spot in the limelight as customers flock to the Flamingo in 1975.
Last but not least, we enter the world of the popular Wing Choon Yuen Restaurant, where the outcome of a wedding dinner in 1941 hangs in the balance when the chaotic kitchen staff stumbles upon an awful secret they must keep away from the customers.
Moved by Ah Meng’s stories about Great World, Ah Min returns to her grandmother’s photo studio with a newfound appreciation for the past. Realizing that the studio is her grandmother’s lifework as well as the repository of many cherished memories, Ah Min decides to keep it running and to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps.