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  1. 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) Sandra Ng | Anthony Wong | Cheng Zi Shing | 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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) | Song Yi Ren (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]
  4. The Bride (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Bride (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Tanaka Chie (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor) | Chris Wu (Actor) | Yan Zheng Lan (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]
  5. A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Han Geng (Actor) | Tiffany Tang (Actor) | Wu Jing (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]
  6. Phantom of the Theatre (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Phantom of the Theatre (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Ruby Lin (Actor) | Tony Yang (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Natalie Meng Yao (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]
  7. 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) | Bowie Lam (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]
  8. Weeds on Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Weeds on Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Tony Wu (Actor) | Sing Lam (Actor) | Poon Chan Leung (Actor)
    The debut feature of writer-director Chan Chi-Fat, Weeds on Fire chronicles the true story of Hong Kong's first youth baseball team, the Shatin Martins, who won a regional tournament at the end of their first year in existence. That true, inspirational story was massaged and even marginalized on its way to the big screen. Weeds on Fire features a fictionalized version of the team's journey as its framework, and uses its baseball storyline as a vessel for familiar themes like Hong Kong social problems, political issues and existential youth musings. It's 1984 and Lo Kwong-Fai (Liu Kai-Chi), a school principal in the Shatin district, pushes for the requisite funding for a little league... [read more]
  9. Don't Forget Me (DVD) (Korea Version) Don't Forget Me (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Ha Neul (Actor) | Jung Woo Sung (Producer, Actor) | Lim Joo Eun (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo (Actor)
    An unfortunate lawyer finds recovering lost memories to be more difficult and painful than he imagined in Remember You (a.k.a. Don't Forget Me) from Korean writer director Lee Yoon-jeong, making her feature debut with a full-length version of her acclaimed 2010 short Remember O Goddess. The independent, partly crowdfunded film was produced by popular actor Jung Woo-sung (Asura: The City of Madness), who headlines along with actress Kim Ha-neul (Blind), backed by a solid supporting cast including Bae Sung-woo (Inside Men) and Jang Young-nam (Ode to My Father). The film opens with Jung Woo-sung as Seok-won, a lawyer who finds himself alone in an apartment and unsure of who he is after... [read more]
  10. Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Carlos Chan (Actor) | Kara Hui (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Liu Ya Se (Actor)
    Director Andy Lo Yiu-Fai makes a fine feature debut with the flawed yet quietly effective drama Happiness. A longtime screenwriter for the good (Crazy n' the City), the bad (The Park) and the ugly (Here Comes Fortune), Lo previously wrote and directed "Can’t Stop the Killing", a segment of the omnibus film Hardcore Comedy. As a director, Lo did a decent job with the thirty-minute segment, and showed that he can handle different characters and tones. However, his screenplay was terribly overwritten, with too much voiceover and too many unnecessary details that required even more voiceover. "Can’t Stop the Killing" was rife with Hong Kong screenwriting problems, but they're problems that Lo... [read more]
  11. Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) Louis Koo (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor)
    Arguably Hong Kong's most consistent action filmmaker, Benny Chan follows up his Heroic Bloodshed homage The White Storm with another nostalgic genre fix. Call of Heroes is a rousing and uncomplicated throwback to Shaw Brothers-era martial arts actioners, with a simple story, righteous heroes, a diabolical villain and terrific action sequences. Also, the stars and their performances are nearly top notch. Nearly. Louis Koo plays the super bad guy of the piece, a warlord's son who has no regard for human life and toys with his foes with pronounced sadistic glee. Koo makes his character dangerous but also very campy, with unchecked evil laughter and overdone mugging among his acting lowlights.... [read more]
  12. Mr. Six (2015) (DVD) (China Version) Mr. Six (2015) (DVD) (China Version) Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Kris Wu (Actor) | Li Yi Feng (Actor)
    Aftershock director Feng Xiaogang excels in Mr. Six, but this time he's not behind the camera – he's in front of it. From director Guan Hu (Cow), this elegiac black comedy-drama concerns Zhang Xuejun a.k.a. Mr. Six (Feng), an aged gang member in Beijing who saddles up for a rousing attempt at one last ride. Now the owner of a small neighborhood shop, Mr. Six still commands some respect among the locals, which allows him to discipline neighbors and cops at his whim. However, Mr. Six's authority is questioned when he has a run in with Xiaofei (Kris Wu), the son of a mega-rich businessman and leader of the "Twelve Masters of Third Ring Road" – a fluffed-up fancy name for what's really just an... [read more]
  13. Love, Lies (2DVD) (Korea Version) Love, Lies (2DVD) (Korea Version) Han Hyo Ju (Actor) | Chun Woo Hee (Actor) | Yoo Yeon Seok (Actor) | Jang Young Nam (Actor)
    Park Heung-sik, director of Memories of the Sword, returns with a historical drama of a different kind with Love, Lies, revolving around a bitter love triangle between two Korean singers and a songwriter in 1940s Seoul. For its three leads, the film reunites Han Hyo-ju, Chun Woo-hee and Yoo Yeon-seok, who starred together in Bae Sung-woo's 2015 romance The Beauty Inside, and proved very popular with Korean critics, if perhaps not with audiences. The film is set in Seoul in the 1940s, during the final years of the Japanese occupation of Korea, with Han Hyo-ju as So-yul, a gisaeng entertainer who plans to rise to the top of her profession. Studying at gisaeng school, she meets Yeon-hee (Chun... [read more]
  14. Cold War II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) Cold War II (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor)
    Writer directors Longman Leung and Sunny Luk follow up their 2012 debut Cold War with a sequel, continuing the tale of internal scheming and strife between Hong Kong's various police departments and justice bureaus. With the original having been the territory's biggest domestic hit of the year, a second chapter was always on the cards, Leung and Luk duly obliging after taking time out to helm the somewhat less successful 2015 thriller Helios. The film was another marked critical and commercial success, topping the Chinese box office for two successive weeks during an admittedly quiet period, pulling in more than RMB 500 million in the process to date. The story picks up directly after... [read more]
  15. Line Walker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Line Walker (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Louis Koo (Actor) | Charmaine Sheh (Actor) | Francis Ng (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor)
    TVB adapts another of its hit television dramas to the cinema with Line Walker: The Movie, and like many of its previous TV-to-movie attempts (e.g., Triumph in the Skies), they've screwed over fans of the original. The Powers That Be dropped most of Line Walker's storylines and actors (including male leads Raymond Lam and Michael Miu) and marginalized returning female lead Charmaine Sheh by pushing her into a supporting role behind three big-time movie stars. Getting proven stars for a big screen adaptation is an understandable business decision, and yet somewhere the devout Line Walker fan is probably cursing TVB or whoever else they can, from director Jazz Boon, who also created the TV... [read more]
  16. The Guest (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Guest (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Leon Lai (Actor) | Geng Le (Actor) | Han Chae Young (Actor) | Zhu Yan Ping (Actor)
    Hong Kong Heavenly King Leon Lai headlines South Korean-Chinese co-production The Guest, a suspense thriller in which he stars as a man being tormented by a crazed taxi driver. The film has a solid genre pedigree in Korean director and producer team Im Dae-woong (To Sir with Love) and Ahn Byung-ki (Apartment), and sees Lai joined by popular Korean television actress Han Chae-young (Bel Ami, Boys over Flowers) and Chinese actor Geng Le (Beijing Rocks). Leon Lai plays Zheng Kai, a sales manager whose life and career take a downturn after he's forced to take the blame for a mistake made by a colleague at work. Desperate to try and still hold onto the luxury apartment he shares with his fiancée... [read more]
  17. Insane (DVD) (Korea Version) Insane (DVD) (Korea Version) Kang Ye Won (Actor) | Lee Sang Yoon (Actor) | Choi Jin Ho (Actor) | Lee Cheol Ha (Director)
    Director Lee Cheol-ha follows Love Me Not and Hello?! Orchestra with something a little different in Insane, a thriller set largely in a grim psychiatric hospital, following Lee Sang-yoon (Santa Barbara) as a television producer trying to get to the bottom of the case of a mysterious young woman played by Kang Ye-won (Love Clinic). Packing in dark secrets, conspiracies and plenty of dastardly goings-on, the film proved surprisingly popular in Korea, opening at the top of the domestic box office. The film opens with television producer Nam-soo (Lee Sang Yoon) being handed a last chance in the form of a tacky real life haunted house show after his career takes a nosedive. Although initially... [read more]
  18. No Tomorrow (DVD) (Korea Version) No Tomorrow (DVD) (Korea Version) Park Hyo Joo (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Hyun Wook
    With No Tomorrow, writer director Lee Ji-seung explores a shocking real life case which happened in Korea in 2014 involving enslaved disabled salt farm workers on a remote island in Jeolla Province. Like Lee's award-winning 2012 debut, the rape drama Azooma, the film aims to be a hard-hitting look at social injustice in Korea with a female protagonist, this time played by actress Park Hyo-joo (Love Guide for Dumpees), and screened at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival. The film follows Park as a journalist called Hae-ri, who travels with colleague and cameraman Seok-hoon (Lee Hyun-wook, The Target) to a far-off island to investigate the case of the reported enslavement of a disabled man... [read more]
  19. An (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong  Version) An (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Asada Miyoko (Actor) | Nagase Masatoshi (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Uchida Kyara (Actor)
    Acclaimed Japanese director Kawase Naomi tries her hand at something a little different with An (also screened variously as Sweet Bean and Sweet Bean Red Paste), shifting from the arthouse abstractness of her Cannes-winning The Mourning Forest and last outing Still the Water, to life-affirming sentimentality. Adapted from a novel by Durian Sukegawa, the film is certainly the most accessible of Kawase's career so far, and was chosen as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard strand of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival before going on to play a long list of prestigious international events. Its title referring to the sweet bean red paste filling of dorayaki pancakes sold in a small shop run by... [read more]
  20. While The Women Are Sleeping (DVD) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) While The Women Are Sleeping (DVD) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Wayne Wang (Director) | Kitano Takeshi | Nishijima Hidetoshi | Kutsuna Shiori
    Chinese-American director Wayne Wang has had a very interesting and varied career, from his award-winning 1982 indie breakthrough Chan is Missing through to Hollywood schlock like the Jennifer Lopez vehicle Maid in Manhattan and the big budget China – US coproduction Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. For his latest he takes on something different again in the form of Japanese psycho drama While the Women Are Sleeping, adapted from Spanish writer Javier Marias' short story of the same name. Having screened in the Panorama section of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, the dark film has a top-drawer cast, headlined by Kitano Takeshi (Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen), Kutsuna Shiori (125... [read more]
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