chapter  1
Rethinking transnationalism
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Royston Tan’s 881 – a film which follows the fortunes of two sisters who make up a fictional getai act in modern-day Singapore – was a critical success all over east Asia following its release in 2007. Audiences in Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Tan’s own Singapore warmed to a film which could speak to cinema-goers in any number of contexts, and which included an unusual mix of ‘postmodern pastiche and parody’ which proved visually appealing to vastly different audiences (Lim 2009: 10).