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  1. Derailed (DVD) (Korea Version) Derailed (DVD) (Korea Version) Choi Min Ho (SHINee) (Actor) | Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Lee Yoo Jin (Actor) | Jung Da Eun (Actor)
    Korean writer director Lee Seong-tae makes his feature debut with the dark noir drama Derailed, following up on an acclaimed series of short films, including The Ten-Minute Break, which played several festivals back in 2007. Despite being an indie production, the film has a big-name cast, headlined by Ma Dong-seok, currently riding high after his popular turn in the blockbuster Train to Busan, and Min Ho of SHINee fame, taking on his first substantial big screen role after making an appearance in the melodrama Canola. After premiering at the 21st Busan International Film Festival the film has been making waves on the circuit, playing at a number of other events around the world. Min Ho... [read more]
  2. Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Jo Yoon Hee (Actor) | Lee Joon (Actor) | Lim Ji Yeon (Actor)
    Lee Gae-byok, last seen directing the 2005 romantic comedy The Beast and the Beauty, returns with Luck-Key, a Korean remake of Kenji Uchida's 2012 Japanese comedy Key of Life. Revolving around the ever-popular theme of swapping lives, the film stars funny man Yu Hae-jin (Veteran) and Lee Joon (The Piper) in the lead roles, and was a major hit at the domestic box office. The film opens with Lee Joon as Jae-sung, a failed actor who decides that suicide is the only answer to his many problems. After his attempt at killing himself fails, he goes to a nearby public bath, where his path crosses with that of hired killer Hyung-wook (Yu Hae-jin), who slips on a bar of soap and knocks himself... [read more]
  3. Pandora (2DVD) (Korea Version) Pandora (2DVD) (Korea Version) Jung Jin Young (Actor) | Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Kim Young Ae (Actor) | Kim Joo Hyun (Actor)
    Korean writer director Park Jung-woo follows up his 2012 virus thriller Deranged with another disaster-themed blockbuster in Pandora, convincingly depicting the devastating impact of a nuclear accident on everyday people. Inviting parallels with the 2011 nuclear and earthquake Fukushima disaster in Japan, the film is a markedly anti-authoritarian piece, Park offering a scathing portrayal of government incompetence and corruption. Kim Nam-gil (The Shameless) headlines as Jae-hyuk, a man who works in the local nuclear plant despite his father and brother having both died from radiation poisoning, much to the dismay of his mother (Kim Young-ae, Cart) and long-suffering girlfriend Yeon-joo (Kim... [read more]
  4. See You Tomorrow (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) See You Tomorrow (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Angelababy (Yang Ying) (Actor) | Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Sandrine Pinna (Actor)
    The Wong Kar-Wai aesthetic can be light and breezy – as in the much-beloved Chungking Express – but what happens when you replace the word "breezy" with "zany"? You get See You Tomorrow, an over-the-top romance-comedy produced by Wong Kar-Wai that explores the auteur’s pet obsessions while forcefully shoving wackiness down your throat. Originally titled The Ferryman, the film is based on a short story from the collection "I Belonged To You" by Zhang Jiajia, who's also credited as the film adaptation's director. Eternal Wong Kar-Wai leading man Tony Leung Chiu-Wai stars as Chen Mo, who runs a bar called "See You Tomorrow" alongside property owner Guan Chung (Takeshi Kaneshiro). Chen Mo is... [read more]
  5. One Way Trip (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) One Way Trip (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Su Ho (EXO) (Actor) | Ji Soo (Actor) | Kim Hee Chan (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor)
    Korean writer director Choi Jeong-yeol, who won the Blue Dragon Award for Best Short Film back in 2008 for his The Unbearable Heaviness of Nagging, makes his feature debut with One Way Trip (also known as Glory Day), a dark drama following the unravelling of the lives of a group of four young men after they make the mistake of trying to help an apparent damsel in distress. The film has an impressive cast in Su Ho from EXO, Ryu Jun-yeol (Socialphobia), Ji Soo (Angry Mom) and Kim Hee-chan (I Miss You), and premiered at the 20th Busan International Film Festival in 2015 before going on to win the Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the 2016 Hanoi International Film Festival. After starting... [read more]
  6. Heartfall Arises (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Heartfall Arises (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Mavis Fan (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (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]
  7. The Last Princess (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Last Princess (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Yoon Je Moon (Actor) | Hur Jin Ho (Director)
    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]
  8. Special Female Force (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Special Female Force (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Jeana Ho (Actor) | Cathryn Li (Actor) | Eliza Sam (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]
  9. 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]
  10. Horror Stories III (DVD) (Korea Version) Horror Stories III (DVD) (Korea Version) Kyung Soo Jin (Actor) | Park Jung Min (Actor) | Im Seul Ong (2AM) (Actor) | Ji An (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]
  11. Soul Mate (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Soul Mate (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Ma Si Chun (Actor) | Zhou Dong Yu (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]
  12. 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) | Zhao Yi (Actor) | Liu Hua (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]
  13. 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) | Xiu Min (EXO) (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]
  14. 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 Joon Hyuk
    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]
  15. Sword Master (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Sword Master (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Tsui Hark (Writer, Producer) | Derek Yee (Writer, Director) | Lin Geng Xin (Actor) | Peter Ho (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]
  16. 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 Bum Soo (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (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]
  17. One Night Only (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) One Night Only (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Yang Zi Shan (Actor) | Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Hao Lei (Actor) | Li Hao Fei (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]
  18. Nessun Dorma (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Nessun Dorma (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Andy Hui (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor)
    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]
  19. 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 | Cheng Zi Shing | Zhang Zheng Zhong
    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]
  20. Canola (DVD) (Korea Version) Canola (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Yoon Yeo Jeong (Actor) | Choi Min Ho (SHINee) (Actor) | Yang Ik Joon
    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]
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