The Songs We Sang

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The Songs We Sang
Directed by Eva Tang
Produced by Eva Tang
Distributed by Golden Village
Release date
  • November 29, 2015 (2015-11-29) (SGIFF)
  • March 24, 2016 (2016-03-24) (Singapore)
Running time
128 minutes
Country Singapore
Language Mandarin
Budget $350,000[1][2]
Box office $115,000[3]

The Songs We Sang is a 2015 Singaporean documentary directed by Eva Tang. It is about Xinyao, Singaporean folk music that was popular in the 1980s.



The Songs We Sang premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival on November 29, 2015.[4] The performance was sold-out.[5] Golden Village released it to Singaporean theaters on March 24, 2016. As of April 19, it has grossed $115,000[6]


After its festival premiere, the film received positive reviews.[7][8] In praising Tang's research, Boon Chan of My Paper rated it 4.5/5 stars and wrote, "The Songs We Sang is a labour of love that puts our stories front and centre."[9] Tan Kee Yun of The New Paper rated it 4/5 stars and called it "truly a gem of local cinema", as it avoids the melodrama associated with That Girl in Pinafore.[10]

Her World rated it as one of the best Singaporean films of 2015.[11]


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  2. ^ Chan, Boon (2014-06-06). "Xinyao reunion". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-03-30 – via AsiaOne.
  3. ^ "The Songs We Sang". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  4. ^ "The Songs We Sang". Singapore International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  5. ^ Li, Ho Ai (2015-12-08). "In celebration of xinyao". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  6. ^ "The Songs We Sang". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Win The Songs We Sang preview tickets". The New Paper. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  8. ^ Yee, Wai Yip (2016-02-25). "Xinyao documentary The Songs We Sang gets commercial release at 5 cinemas". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  9. ^ Chan, Boon (2016-03-24). "A tribute that hits the right xinyao notes". My Paper. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  10. ^ Yun, Tan Kee (2016-03-24). "Movie Review: The Songs We Sang (PG)". The New Paper. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  11. ^ Lui, John (2015-12-28). "The best and worst movies of 2015". Her World. Retrieved 2016-03-30.

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