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  1. Love Off the Cuff (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Love Off the Cuff (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Pang Ho Cheung (Director) | Paul Chun (Actor)
    Pang Ho-cheung returns to the saga of Jimmy and Cherie with Love off the Cuff, following up on the successful and much-liked 2010 original Love in a Puff and its 2012 sequel Love in the Buff. The film finds Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue's relationship having moved on somewhat, and the two stars are this time joined by Paul Chun (A Simple Life) and Jiang Mengjie (Sword Master) as Cherie's estranged father and Jimmy's unfeasibly young and attractive godmother respectively. Having had its premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the film has gone on to play at other events around the world, again proving Pang to be one of the most prominent and popular directors working in Hong Kong... [read more]
  2. Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor)
    Also known as The Unfair and based upon the novel by Son Ah-ram, Minority Opinion is a Korean legal drama inspired by a real-life incident involving a forced urban eviction that resulted in several deaths. Directed by Kim Sung-je, making his debut after having served as producer on the likes of Blood Rain, No Blood No Tears and others, the film was a controversial affair due to its harsh and close to the bone view of the government, and perhaps as a result didn't make it to cinemas until nearly two years after it wrapped shooting in 2013, only making it to Korean DVD in 2017, despite it having won a list of prestigious awards on its original release. The film opens in January 20th 2009,... [read more]
  3. Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Lin Min Chen (Actor) | Yuen Cheung Yan (Actor)
    There have been several attempts of late to rejuvenate the Hong Kong hopping vampire or kyonshi genre which so was popular in the 1980s and 1990s, including Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis and the Wong Jing-produced Sifu vs Vampire. Sadly, though not without their merits, neither managed to really succeed in bringing the form back to life, leaving it to first time directors Anthony Yan and Chiu Siu Hang to step up and take another stab with their horror comedy Vampire Cleanup Department. Fittingly, the film stars Chin Siu Ho, who turned up a number of hopping vampire outings during the heyday of the form, often alongside the immortal Lam Ching Ying, including the classic Mr. Vampire. Chin is joined... [read more]
  4. Ordinary Person (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Ordinary Person (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Son Hyun Ju (Actor) | Jang Hyuk (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Jo Dal Hwan (Actor)
    Tales of corruption and moral choices continue to be popular in Korean cinema, more often than not taking a dim view of the activities of the country's authorities and higher-ups. This is very much the case with Ordinary Person, the sophomore effort from writer director Kim Bong-han, focusing on a serial killer case back in the pre-democracy times of the 1980s and following on from his 2013 debut The Hero. The film is headed up by a strong cast of acclaimed actors, with Son Hyun-joo (Hide and Seek), Jang Hyuk (Empire of Lust), Kim Sang-ho (Fabricated City) in the lead roles, and with support from Jo Dal-hwan (A Quiet Dream) and Jeong Man-sik (Asura: The City of Madness). The film takes... [read more]
  5. The Sleep Curse (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Sleep Curse (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Anthony Wong (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Bryant Mak (Actor)
    Herman Yau is not only one of Hong Kong's most prolific directors, but one of its most versatile, 2017 having already seen him helm romantic drama 77 Heartbreaks and the Andy Lau blockbuster thriller Shock Wave. His third film of the year arrives in the lurid form of The Sleep Curse, an exploitation shocker harking back to his early Category III-rated classics The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome, reteaming the director with actor Anthony Wong, something which is sure to excite fans. The film also sees Yau working again with his regular screenwriter Erica Li, who collaborated with him on Nessun Dorma, The Mobfathers and others, co-scripting here along with Eric Lee. Set in 1990, the film... [read more]
  6. Asura (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Asura (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Jung Man Shik (Actor) | Ju Ji Hoon
    Korean director Kim Sung-soo has had a very varied career, from romantic comedies like Please Teach me English and the demon hunting fantasy The Restless through to his recent blockbuster disaster movie The Flu. His latest offering Asura: The City of Madness sees him trying his hand at hardboiled gangster action, reuniting him with regular star Jung Woo-sung, who previously worked with him on Beat, City of the Rising Sun and Musa the Warrior. Its name drawn from Indian mythology, the film is a violent, brutal affair, which premiered at Toronto before going on to win acclaim at a number of other international festivals, picking up a series of awards at home and abroad. Jung Woo-sung plays... [read more]
  7. White Lies, Black Lies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) White Lies, Black Lies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Tiffany Hsu (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Annie Chen (Actor) | Frankie Huang (Actor)
    Taiwanese writer director Lou Yi-an offers up his third feature White Lies, Black Lies, following on from his 2009 award-winning feature debut A Place of One's Own and The Losers. The film was inspired by a 2010 article by writer Kuan Ren-chien on the famous 1967 Wanhua Chi-tsai Salon Murder, which Lou mines for a complex, ambiguous examination of the notions of truth and morality, which questions the role of the media in modern society. Following its release in Taiwan in 2016, the film won Best Narrative Feature at the Taipei Film Festival, before going on to play at a variety of international festivals. The film begins in dramatic fashion, with the wife of salon owner Su Junjie (Wang... [read more]
  8. Sky On Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Sky On Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Daniel Wu (Actor) | Zhang Ruo Yun (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Amber Kuo (Actor)
    Responsible for classics such as Prison on Fire, School on Fire and City on Fire in the 1980s and the likes of Full Alert and The Victim in the 1990s, Ringo Lam has long been hailed as one of the greats of Hong Kong action cinema, known for his explosive yet gritty and character-driven style. Having shot his first feature in 12 years in 2015 with the reasonably well-received Wild City, Lam returns with the fifth instalment in his thematic Fire series, Sky on Fire, another high-octane thriller revolving around a cure for cancer and corruption in the pharmaceutical industry. Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands) stars as Chong Tin Po, who after he loses his wife to cancer takes a job working for... [read more]
  9. Love Contractually (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Love Contractually (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Joseph Chang (Actor) | Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Feng Wen Juan (Actor) | Tien Yeh (Actor)
    Sammi Cheng sticks to what she does best with Love Contractually, a romantic comedy which pairs her with popular Taiwanese actor Joseph Chang (recently in Sky on Fire), seeing her playing a hard-nosed female executive who unsurprisingly finds love when she advertises for a new male assistant. The film marks the directorial debut of Liu Guonan, who previously worked for Zhang Yimou on Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower before going on to shoot commercials. As well as Cheng and Chang, the film also features Johnnie To veteran actor Lam Suet, Feng Wenjuan (Operation Mekong), Terrence Yin (Cold War) and singer Xian Zi. Cheng stars as Katrina, the CEO of a fancy insurance company, known for her... [read more]
  10. The Prison (Blu-ray) (Hard Boiled Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Prison (Blu-ray) (Hard Boiled Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Jung Woong In (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) | Kim Rae Won (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor)
    Acclaimed Korean screenwriter Na Hyun, known for his work on the likes of May 18, Forever the Moment and other films, makes his directorial debut with The Prison. As its title suggests, the film is set largely in a jail, with Kim Rae-won (Gangnam Blues) as a cop who ends up behind bars, where he encounters a particularly powerful inmate played by Han Suk-kyu (The Royal Tailor). The film enjoyed a lot of buzz during its production, having apparently been pre-sold to over 60 territories around the world, before going on to screen at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and the Far East Film Festival in Udine. The film opens with Kim Rae-won as Song Yoo-gun, a cop known for his... [read more]
  11. The Long Excuse (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) The Long Excuse (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Ikematsu Sosuke | Takehara Pistol | Kuroki Haru | Fukatsu Eri
    Acclaimed writer, director and novelist Miwa Nishikawa, known for the likes of Dreams for Sale and Dear Doctor, returns with The Long Excuse, based on her own book. The film won attention for featuring in the lead role actor Masahiro Motoki, widely praised for his role in Yojiro Takita's multiple-award winning international hit Departures. Like that film, The Long Excuse also deals with grief, though in a different way, following the experiences of two men trying to deal with loss after their wives die, and won a number of award nominations as well as playing a list of international festivals. Masahiro Motoki plays Sachio Kinugasa, an arrogant writer who has left his lowly roots behind and... [read more]
  12. Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Yeon Sang Ho (Director) | Shim Eun Kyung | Lee Joon | Kim Jae Rok
    Having made a name for himself as the leading voice in Korean adult animation with his blistering 2011 debut The King of Pigs and his 2013 follow-up The Fake, the award-winning Yeon Sang-ho returns with Seoul Station. This time around, Yeon marries the kind of biting social criticism that characterises his works with horror genre thrills, following a zombie outbreak in Seoul that starts with the homeless and marginalised living on the streets and under the city's station. After opening with the death of a homeless man from a mysterious bloody bite wound, the film focuses on Hye Sun (Shim Eun-kyung, Hansel and Gretel), a young runaway prostitute living with her useless boyfriend Ki Woong... [read more]
  13. A Quiet Dream (DVD) (Korea Version) A Quiet Dream (DVD) (Korea Version) Zhang Lu (Director, Producer) | Han Ye Ri (Actor) | Yang Ik Joon (Actor) | Park Jung Bum (Actor)
    Chinese Korean writer director Zhang Lu returns with his 13th film, A Quiet Dream, following up on his experimental 2015 offering Love and…. The film is a more straightforward affair, following a collection of eccentric characters in a downtrodden area of Seoul as they meander through their daily lives, played by actress Han Ye-ri (The Hunt), plus a trio of actor directors in Yang Ik-joon (Breathless), Yoon Jong-bin (Kundo: Age of the Rampant) and Park Jung-bum (Alive), something which gives it an amusingly self-referential feel. Having premiered at Busan in 2016, the film has gone on to play a number of international festivals, cementing Zhang's reputation as one of Korea's most... [read more]
  14. The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version) The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Jee Woon (Director) | Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Gong Yoo (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor)
    Are there any directors more versatile than Kim Jee-woon? Looking at his CV, it would appear that there certainly can't be many, the Korean helmer having switched between action, comedy, horror, science fiction and quiet drama with assurance and ease, earning himself a slew of awards and a reputation as one of the country's most talented filmmakers in the process. Kim follows up his 2013 Hollywood outing The Last Stand with The Age of Shadows, which surely ranks as one of the biggest Korean films of recent years even if only due to the sheer amount of star power in front of the camera, including Song Kang-ho (The Throne), Gong Yoo (Train to Busan), Han Ji-min (The Fatal Encounter) and... [read more]
  15. Night's Tightrope (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Night's Tightrope (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Honda Tsubasa (Actor) | Inagaki Goro (Actor) | Arata Mackenyu (Actor)
    The novels of Kanae Minato have inspired a number of big screen adaptations, including Confessions, A Chorus of Angels and The Snow White Murder Case, all dark tales dealing with themes of immorality and human weakness, painting bleak pictures of Japanese society. It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise then that Night's Tightrope, based on her second book Shojo, is a resolutely grim affair, following two high school girls as they come of age by experiencing the harshness of the adult world, becoming obsessed with death in the process. Opening with shocking scenes of bullying as girls chant for their victims to die, the film follows Mizuki Yamamoto (Sadako vs Kayako) as Atsuko, whose... [read more]
  16. Godspeed (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Godspeed (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Michael Hui (Actor) | Na Dow (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | Tuo Zong Hua (Actor)
    Taiwanese writer director Chung Mong-hong has been quietly building up a reputation as one of the country's most interesting filmmakers, having won a number of awards at home and abroad since his acclaimed 2008 debut Parking. For his latest offering Godspeed, as with his last film Soul in 2013, which starred martial arts legend Jimmy Wang Yu, Chung has again recruited the services of a much-loved Hong Kong veteran, in this case Michael Hui, arguably the face of Cantonese comedy in the 1970s and 1980s. The film was another critical hit for Chung, garnering a slew of awards and nominations, as well as playing at a long list of festivals around the world. The plot follows Na Dow (played by... [read more]
  17. 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]
  18. Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Joon (Actor) | Lim Ji Yeon (Actor) | Lee Dong Hwi
    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]
  19. Pandora (2DVD) (Korea Version) Pandora (2DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Jung Jin Young (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]
  20. See You Tomorrow (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) See You Tomorrow (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Angelababy (Yang Ying) (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Tony Leung Chiu Wai (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]
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