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  • Sadako VS Kayako (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
    Horror vs. Comedy
    March 21, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    First teased as an April Fool's joke in 2015, the crossover of the two iconic franchises of J-Horror – Ring and Ju-on: The Grudge – came true in Sadako vs. Kayako. A number of follow-ups, remakes and copycats have been inspired by the two well-known ghost series, but none are as successful as the originals. Poking fun at the overdone rigid storyline, horror master Shiraishi Koji (Grotesque) innovatively creates a battlefield for the two invincible ghosts in his horror/comedy mashup. The story starts with friends Yuri (Yamamoto Mizuki, The Kirishima Thing) and Natsumi (Satsukawa Aimi, Hime-Anole) discovering a dusty video cassette inside a second-hand VHS player. Natsumi watches the entire... [read more]
  • The Long Excuse (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    The long process of understanding grief and oneself
    March 20, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Out of all of Nishikawa Miwa's films thus far, The Long Excuse is the hardest to put one's finger on. Unlike the quack physician of Dear Doctor, the con artist couple of Dreams For Sale or the murder trial of Sway, The Long Excuse lacks a clear point of conflict. Instead, the audience is unceremoniously introduced into the opaque emotional world of a pretentious, vaguely unpleasant novelist who loses his wife to an accident, and then doesn't quite know what to do with himself. Even at his wife's funeral, protagonist Sachio's (Motoki Masahiro) first concern is appearance as he makes calculated displays of grief. He, however, realizes acutely that he doesn't actually feel grief – at least not... [read more]
  • Girls' Generation: Tae Yeon Vol. 1 - My Voice (Fine Version)
    A new generation K-pop diva
    March 9, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In recent years, many K-pop idols have started solo careers but only a few can really stand alone as successful soloists. Stripping away Girls' Generation's dance pop style, Tae Yeon has explored many different genres since her solo debut I. The songstress impresses fans again with her first full-length album My Voice, which features an incredibly wide range of music styles – including not just pop ballad and R&B, but also avant-garde styles like alternative pop, PB R&B and tropical house. The acoustic guitar introduction of the title track Fine (Track 1) creates a similar vibe to I. Crooning in a subdued tone along calm guitar tunes, Tae Yeon perfectly portrays the inner struggle of a... [read more]
  • The World of Us (DVD) (Korea Version)
    The complex world of children
    March 9, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The World of Us is not the first Korean film to deal with the topic of school bullying. Writer-director Yoon Ga Eun's remarkable debut feature, however, may be the first to bring the audience so naturally and unassumingly close to its young protagonists. The film begins with the everyday activity of picking teams for dodgeball in gym class. The camera rests tenderly on 10-year-old Sun's (Choi Soo In) face as her expression gradually changes from hesitant anticipation to resigned disappointment. Names are called one by one until she is, once again, the last person left. This quietly impactful opening scene – and a similar scene later in the film that echoes it – is simply designed, and yet... [read more]
  • Chibi Maruko-chan - A Boy From Italy (2016) (Blu-ray Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version)
    The real meaning of friendship
    February 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Lacking a fantasy plot with supernatural elements, Chibi Maruko-chan may not be as exciting as other famous manga/anime like Doraemon and Pokemon. However, it successfully strikes a chord with almost everyone because of its down-to-earth story of a nine-year-old schoolgirl. Chibi Maruko-chan represents not just the childhood of the author but also those who don't want to grow up. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the anime, author Sakura Momoko welcomes six foreign exchange friends to Maruko-chan's town in the feature film Chibi Maruko-chan - A Boy From Italy. Andrea, who comes from Italy, stays at Maruko-chan's home and the two soon become friends. Maruko-chan travels with Andrea... [read more]
  • Weeds on Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
    Solid base hit
    February 27, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    With eight Hong Kong Film Awards nominations including Best Film, Weeds on Fire is a tad over-lauded by local critics eager to celebrate a small Hong Kong drama about the Hong Kong experience. Nevertheless, Weeds on Fire is very much a notable effort in the thinning pool of purely Hong Kong films, especially considering it's from a first-time director. Steve Chan, one of the winners of CreateHK's First Film Feature Initiative in 2013, makes good use of the funding for an assured feature debut that approaches the classic coming-of-age sports drama with palpable energy from a grassroots angle. Weeds on Fire tells the obscure story of Hong Kong's first local youth baseball team and the... [read more]

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11th Asian Film Awards Preview: The Nominated Films
Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
Filmmakers and actors from across Asia gather once again this March for the Asian Film Awards (AFA), a star-studded event that aims to celebrate and promote excellence in Asian cinema. After being held in Macau for the past three years, the AFA returns to its founding city, Hong Kong, for the 11th edition, to be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on March 21, 2017. With the ceremony less than two weeks away, we take a closer look at this year's major nominated titles. The Wailing (South Korea) Nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Na Hong Jin collected awards and scared audiences with a serial killer in 2008's The Chaser and a brutal assassin in 2010's... [read more]
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