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  1. Heartfall Arises (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Heartfall Arises (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor)
    Director Wu Pinru makes his debut with the big budget psychological thriller Heartfall Arises, produced by Wilson Yip. The film has a couple of award-winning megastar leads in Sean Lau Ching Wan and Nicholas Tse, teaming up again four years after the popular thriller The Bullet Vanishes, joined by Tong Liya, Mavis Fan, Babyjohn Choi and Vengo Gao Weiguang. The film opens with Nicholas Tse as detective Ma as he hunts a serial killer nicknamed ‘General’ (Vengo Gao). Although he manages to bring down his quarry, Ma ends up getting shot in the heart, his life only being saved by a transplant. A year and a half later, General seems to have returned from the dead when a series of murders take... [read more]
  2. The Last Princess (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Last Princess (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Hur Jin Ho (Director) | Yoon Je Moon (Actor) | Park Joo Mi (Actor)
    The tragic story of Princess Deokhye, the final princess of the Korean Joseon Dynasty comes to the big screen in The Last Princess. Adapted from the popular 2009 novel of the same name by Kwon Bi-young, the film was directed by Hur Jin-ho, reuniting him with actress Son Ye-jin, who starred in his hit 2005 melodrama April Snow. Following the sad life of Deokhye as she tries desperately to return to her homeland after being forced to stay in captivity in Japan, the film was a major award winner in Korea and boasts a strong supporting cast including Baek Yoon-shik (Inside Men), Yoon Je-moon (The Great Actor) and Park Hae-il (My Dictator). The film opens in 1925 during the Japanese occupation... [read more]
  3. Special Female Force (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Special Female Force (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Cathryn Li (Actor) | Eliza Sam (Actor) | Jeana Ho (Actor) | Joyce Cheng (Actor)
    Wilson Chin, best known as the mastermind behind the uber-trashy Lan Kwai Fong series, returns with something not terribly different in Special Female Force, a film which basically revolves around scenes of scantily clad women fighting and firing big guns. Described as a tribute to the semi-classic 1980s/90s Hong Kong The Inspector Wears Skirts series franchise, the film boasts a cast of attractive young actresses, including TVB star Eliza Sam (Angel In-the-Making), Jeana Ho (Lan Kwai Fong), Anita Chui (Robbery), Cathryn Lee (Hungry Ghost Ritual), Mandy Ho and Joyce Cheng (iGirl), all of whom spend its running time in varying forms of near-undress. The film opens with the Female Task Force... [read more]
  4. The Hunt (DVD) (Korea Version) The Hunt (DVD) (Korea Version) Ahn Sung Ki (Actor) | Jo Jin Woong (Actor) | Son Hyun Ju (Actor) | Kwon Yool (Actor)
    Korean director Lee Woo-chul returns with The Hunt, following a considerable hiatus of eleven years since his 2005 horror debut Cello. His latest offering is another genre film, though of a different kind, a thriller following the violent clash between an old hunter and a gang of ruthless gold seekers deep in the mountains, with legendary actor Ahn Sung-ki (Revivre) in the lead. Produced by Kim Han-min, who also worked on the likes of The Admiral: Roaring Currents, the film has a supporting cast of familiar faces, including Jo Jin-woong (Assassination) and Kwon Yool (another The Admiral alumnus) and Han Ye-ri (Haemoo). The film opens with an old woman discovering what appears to be gold... [read more]
  5. Horror Stories III (DVD) (Korea Version) Horror Stories III (DVD) (Korea Version) Ji An (Actor) | Im Seul Ong (2AM) (Actor) | Park Jung Min (Actor) | Kyung Soo Jin (Actor)
    The Horror Stories franchise has proved surprisingly popular and resilient in Korea, returning now with its third instalment of short genre shockers. Undoubtedly one of the reasons behind the success of the series is the fact that it's shown a keen eye for picking talented directors, lifting it above some of the more pick and mix examples of the anthology form, and this time around things are equally promising, with a roster including Min Kyu-dong, Kim Sun and Kim Gok, who all contributed to Horror Stories 1 and 2, joined by Baek Seung-bin (Members of the Funeral). For a horror outing the film also boasts an impressive cast made up of Im Seul-ong of 2AM fame, Kyung Soo-jin (Weightlifting... [read more]
  6. Soul Mate (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Soul Mate (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Zhou Dong Yu (Actor) | Ma Si Chun (Actor) | Meng Ting Yi (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Director)
    After years of co-directing features (Lover's Discourse, Lacuna) with Jimmy Wan, Derek Tsang goes it alone for his first solo feature Soul Mate. Based on the popular novel "Qiyue and Ansen" and produced by Peter Chan's We Pictures, Soul Mate is a years-spanning story about a close friendship between two very different girls, Ansen and Qiyue, who first meet at the age of thirteen and would grow to have intertwined lives. Ansen (Li Haofang) is the rebel with the always-on-a-business-trip mother, while Qiyue (Yao Xinyan) is the prim good girl with the loving, always-there parents. That contrast informs their post-middle-school lives; Ansen (Under the Hawthorn Tree sweetheart Zhou Dongyu)... [read more]
  7. I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Feng Xiao Gang (Director) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Yu He Wei (Actor) | Zhao Yi (Actor)
    Director Feng Xiaogang is at it again, trolling audiences and institutions with his movies and still coming up smelling like roses. Feng returns with I Am Not Madame Bovary, a (What else?) scathing satire about one woman and her decade-long battle against China's patriarchal society. The insanely beautiful Fan Bingbing successfully frumps it up as Li Xuelian, a common woman looking to sue her husband. She wants to undo their fake divorce, which they arranged to secure a property, so she can remain legally married to him and then divorce him again – all because he shacked up with another woman during the fake divorce. The situation sounds as ridiculous to characters inside the film as it... [read more]
  8. Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (DVD) (Korea Version) Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoo Seung Ho (Actor) | Cho Jae Hyun (Actor) | Ko Chang Seok (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor)
    Writer director Park Dae-min finally follows up his popular 2009 debut Private Eye with Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River, an adaptation of the famous Joseon folktale charting the exploits of the titular rascal and conman. Previously brought to the screen by Han Hong-yeol way back in 1957, this new incarnation of the story stars Yoo Seung-ho (The Magician) in the lead role, joined by a supporting cast that includes Ko Chang-seok (The Con Artists), Ra Mi-ran (The Himalayas) and Cho Jae-hyun (The Fatal Encounter), as well as popstar Xiu Min (EXO), making his big screen debut. After introducing its characters as they feign death during a battle with the Chinese in the north, the film... [read more]
  9. The Phantom Detective (2016) (DVD) (Korea Version)  The Phantom Detective (2016) (DVD) (Korea Version)  Lee Je Hoon (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) | Go Ara (Actor) | Lee Min Woong (Actor)
    Korean director Jo Sung-hee has had a very interesting career trajectory to date, having made his mark with his gritty indie debut End of Animal in 2010, which he followed up with the far more commercial and teen-friendly A Werewolf Boy in 2012. With his latest offering The Phantom Detective Jo again tries his hand at something different, an adaptation of the old folk novel Tale of Hong Gil-dong, updated here to more modern times. Mixing action, mystery and comedy, the film features actor Lee Je-hoon (My Paparotti) in the lead role, his first since returning from army service, along with Go Ara (The Magician), Kim Sung-kyun (Chronicle of a Blood Merchant), Park Geun-hyung (Salut D'Amour),... [read more]
  10. Sword Master (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Sword Master (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Tsui Hark (Writer, Producer) | Derek Yee (Writer, Director) | Peter Ho (Actor) | Lin Geng Xin (Actor)
    Benny Chan's recent Call of Heroes was a fine Shaw Brothers homage but Tsui Hark and Derek Yee one-up Chan with an actual Shaw Brothers remake. Produced by Tsui and directed by Yee, Sword Master is a retelling of the Chor Yuen film Death Duel (1977), which was in turn based on a swordplay novel by Gu Long. Immediately, what's noticeable about Sword Master is how much it resembles the Shaw Brothers original and its older aesthetic, with the same or similar costumes, and obvious sets and green screen work that approximate the filtered-skies look of Death Duel. Other filmmaking aspects also appear retro; Yee avoids stylization and more modern storytelling techniques for a simply-told, earnest... [read more]
  11. Operation Chromite (2DVD) (Outbox + Double Case + Photobook) (Extended Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Operation Chromite (2DVD) (Outbox + Double Case + Photobook) (Extended Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Lee Bum Soo (Actor) | Liam Neeson (Actor) | Jung Jun Ho (Actor)
    Another Korean historical military blockbuster arrives in the form of Operation Chromite, which depicts the events leading up to the Battle of Incheon in 1950, which proved to be a pivotal moment in the Korean War. The film was directed by John H. Lee, returning to the genre six years after his popular hit 71 – Into the Fire, backed by considerable star power in leading men Lee Jung-jae (Assassination) and Lee Bum-soo (The City of Violence), joined by Hollywood star Liam Neeson. Filled with large scale battle scenes and real-life heroism, the film scored big at the domestic box office, opening in the number one slot. The film is set in 1950, with the North Korean army having taken over most... [read more]
  12. One Night Only (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) One Night Only (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Yang Zi Shan (Actor) | Hao Lei (Actor) | Jack Kao (Actor)
    One Night Only sees superstar Aaron Kwok (Cold War 2) playing a desperate gambling addict who spends a crazy night with prostitute Yang Zishan (So Young), the wife of Taiwanese actor Matt Wu (Reign of Assassins), here making his directorial debut. The Taiwan China co-production was produced by Leste Chen (The Heirloom), who also co-scripted with regular collaborators Ren Peng and Chen Zhengdao, and was shot in Bangkok, standing in for the Alderney Chinatown district in the fictional Liberty City. Kwok plays Gao Ye, the film opening with him being released from a stretch in prison, with his pockets empty and with no real prospects for the future. A certified gambling maniac, despite being... [read more]
  13. Nessun Dorma (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Nessun Dorma (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Andy Hui (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Paco Wong (Producer)
    Herman Yau, still one of the most prolific and perhaps underrated directors working in Hong Kong, returns with the twisted psychological thriller Nessun Dorma. Named after the famous aria from Puccini's Turandot, the film is based on the novel of the same name by screenwriter Erica Lee, who previously collaborated with Yau on Sara, and who here again scripts. With Janice Man (Helios) taking on a challenging lead role which led to controversy in the press over the film's marketing campaign, the film had its world premiere at the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival, before going on to play at a variety of other festivals around the globe. Man stars as Jasmine, a well off young woman... [read more]
  14. McDull - Rise of The Rice Cooker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version) McDull - Rise of The Rice Cooker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version) Anthony Wong | Sandra Ng | the pancakes | Jin Gang (King Kong)
    McDull is back, but he isn't the dimwitted piglet we once knew. McDull once stood for dopey underachievers everywhere, but in his last film, McDull: Me & My Mum, McDull was portrayed as more of a standard movie protagonist. The McDull of Me & My Mum was a winner who took his mother's pragmatic teachings and grew up to become Bobby Mak, the world's greatest detective. The McDull in his latest film, McDull: Rise of the Rice Cooker, is also exceptional in that he designs a large robot to defend the Earth from alien invaders. However, Rise of the Rice Cooker offers minor thematic course correction by presenting a McDull that's simultaneously a winner and a loser. This McDull may be smart enough... [read more]
  15. Canola (DVD) (Korea Version) Canola (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoon Yeo Jeong (Actor) | Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Choi Min Ho (SHINee) (Actor) | Kim Hee Won (Actor)
    Korean director Chang is certainly a man who seems to like variety, having kicked off his career with the high school horror Death Bell in 2008, which he followed with action thriller The Target in 2014, and now with the sentimental drama Canola (a.k.a. Grandmother Gye-choon). Charting the relationship between a newly-reunited grandmother and her wayward granddaughter, played by Youn Yuh-jung (The Bacchus Lady) and Kim Go-eun (Coin Locker Girl) respectively, the film also stars Kim Hee-won (Scarlet Innocence), Yang Ik-joon (A Quiet Dream), and Min-ho of boyband SHINee fame, here making his big screen debut. Set on Jeju Island, the film starts off with Hanyeo diver Gye-choon (Youn Yuh-jung)... [read more]
  16. At Cafe 6 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc Special Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version) At Cafe 6 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc Special Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Dong Zi Jian (Actor) | Cherry Ngan (Actor) | Ou Yang Ni Ni (Actor) | Austin Lin (Actor)
    Nostalgic tales of first love, loss and high school memories continue to be popular in the Taiwan film industry, At Café 6 following in the footsteps of hits like You Are The Apple Of My Eye, Our Times and many others. The film was eagerly awaited by fans, having been adapted from the popular novel by Hiyawu, who makes his directorial debut here under his real name, Neal Wu, and boasting a cast of up and coming young talent including Dong Zijian (Mountains May Depart), Cherry Ngan (The Way We Dance) and Austin Lin (The Missing Piece). The film opens in the present day, with a café owner (Leon Dai, The Final Master) relating a story from his past to a woman (Sandrine Pinna, Touch of the... [read more]
  17. The Bride (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Bride (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Yan Zheng Lan (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor) | Chris Wu (Actor) | Tanaka Chie (Actor)
    Taiwanese writer director Lingo Hsieh makes her feature debut with shocker The Bride, following up on her 2014 short of the same name. Hailed by many as a rising name in Taiwanese horror cinema, Lingo here is backed by Japanese industry veteran Ichise Takashige, who had a major influence on the modern Asian form after working on the likes of Ring and The Grudge, and who here produces and co-scripts. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the Taipei Film Festival, the film is very much a traditional throwback to the Asian ghost boom at the turn of the century, and focuses on the creepy practice of corpse marriages. Chris Wu (Wake Up) stars as Liu Cheng-Hao, a successful TV producer working... [read more]
  18. A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Wu Jing (Actor) | Tiffany Tang (Actor) | Han Geng (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor)
    More than twenty years after the release of the two-part A Chinese Odyssey back in 1995, director Jeff Lau makes a belated return to the series with A Chinese Odyssey: Part 3. With the first two instalments considered classics and being much beloved by Hong Kong film fans, continuing their legacy was always going to be a tall order, not least given the absence of original star Stephen Chow, whose comedy stylings were arguably crucial to their success. Given the unenviable task of taking his place is Han Geng (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), backed by Tiffany Tang (Bounty Hunters) and Wu Jing (Call of Heroes), who managed to propel the film to a solid box office performance during its... [read more]
  19. Phantom of the Theatre (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Phantom of the Theatre (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Yo Yang (Actor) | Ruby Lin (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Wendy Zhang (Actor)
    One of the few directors known for working in the horror genre in China, Raymond Yip teams again with writer-producer Manfred Wong for the period-set chiller Phantom of the Theatre. The two scored a very rare spooky hit at the Chinese box office in 2014 with The House That Never Dies, Yip having also helmed the Wong Jing ghost comedy Till Death Do Us Laugh back in 1996 as well as being known for assisting on the classic triad Young and Dangerous series. House star Ruby Lin returns, headlining alongside actor Tony Yang (The Crossing), with support from veteran Simon Yam (The Tenants Downstairs), Huang Huan (Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal) and Jing Gang Shan (Mortician). The film... [read more]
  20. S Storm (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) S Storm (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Julian Cheung (Actor) | Vic Chou (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Ada Choi (Actor)
    The ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) faces-off against corruption again in S Storm, the follow-up to the moderately successful 2014 thriller Z Storm. Veteran director David Lam returns, as does leading man Louis Koo, along with several other cast members from the original and new additions from the TVB roster, this time for a tale focusing on bribery and gambling after crimes at the HK Jockey Club lead to the uncovering of an insidious conspiracy. Louis Koo again plays Principal Investigator William Luk, the film starting off with him putting the screws on a trader at the powerful Jockey Club under suspicion of taking bribes and illegal gambling activity. The case turns... [read more]
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