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  • Togetsukyo - Kimi Omou - (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
    Crimson love song
    April 21, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Kuraki Mai's two most recent singles – Yesterday Love and Togetsukyo -Kimi Omou- – are both theme songs for the Detective Conan anime franchise, but they couldn't be more different. While Yesterday Love, released in January, is a dated-sounding electronic pop song straight out of the nineties vault, her latest Togetsukyo -Kimi Omou- goes back even further in time to incorporate traditional Japanese music elements into a melodic and melancholic ballad. Aligning with the Kansai autumn setting of the movie Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter for which the single serves as theme song, Kuraki penned a wistful love song that evokes the imagery of crimson leaves. The title and lyrics refer to the... [read more]
  • The Whimsical Voyage (EP)
    A new look at old hits
    April 13, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Earlier this February, Hong Kong singer-songwriters Ivana Wong and Hins Cheung celebrated their long-lasting friendship in their first collaborative concert The Magical Teeter Totter 2017. Inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the concert's spin-off album The Whimsical Voyage takes them on a creative journey into each other's music worlds. Ivana takes the bolder step to elevate Hins's songs to a higher artistic level. One of the most important songs in Hins's music career is his debut song My Way, an encouraging R&B jam about the singer's growth and future. To echo the pivotal theme of "I will find my way / I want a different way," Ivana sings in a totally different way. She... [read more]
  • The Next Generation -Patlabor- (Blu-ray) (Box 1: Ep. 0-6) (To Be Continued) (Hong Kong Version)
    The struggling days of Patlabor's third generation
    April 12, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Twenty-five years after the classic police mecha procedural Patlabor was first launched, the iconic franchise was rebooted in 2014 into a live-action series set years later when Labor robots have fallen out of fashion and the Patlabor police unit has been relegated to an understaffed, underfunded division in constant danger of being shut down. The Next Generation -Patlabor- still revolves around the comings and goings of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicles Section's scruffy, motley Division 2, which is now in the hands of a third generation of officers, including Mano Erina and Fukushi Seiji as forward pilot Akira and backup Yuma, respectively. Oshii Mamoru served as the general... [read more]
  • Shin Godzilla (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
    Monster bureaucracy movie
    April 12, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When I first learned that Anno Hideaki was directing the new Godzilla, my reaction was to question why he was doing anything other than finishing the long overdue Rebuild of Evangelion series. Now I hope he makes Godzilla films forever. Though Godzilla graced Hollywood screens fairly recently in Gareth Edwards's 2014 feature, Shin Godzilla, or Godzilla Resurgence, is the first Japanese Godzilla film in over a decade. Narratively speaking, Anno's take follows a familiar formula: an unidentified giant creature appears, warnings go unheeded, Tokyo gets trampled, humanity eventually pulls together from the burning fires of destruction to fight the monster. However, before the government can... [read more]
  • Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
    Giving children space to grow
    March 31, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Released in 1989, Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan is one of the highest-grossing films of the Doraemon series. Twenty eight years later, director Yakuwa Shinnosuke (Doraemon: New Nobita's Great Demon - Peko and the Exploration Party of Five) refines the story with stronger messages of love, friendship, education and dreams. The 2016 adaptation shares more or less the same storyline as the original about the runaway adventure of Nobita and his friends. To get away from family and academic pressures, they travel to prehistoric Japan of 70,000 years ago where they build their own paradise and create three formidable magical beasts: Pegasus, Dragon and Griffin. When they return home,... [read more]
  • DPR Live EP Album - Coming to You Live
    A rising hip-hop power
    March 27, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In recent years, many underground rappers have come to light thanks to rap competition shows like Show Me the Money and Unpretty Rapstar. However, Live, also known as DPR Live after his agency Dream Perfect Regime (DPR), takes a different route to start his career. Though he didn't participate in any competitions to raise his popularity, he captures mainstream attention because of his futuristic artistry. Collaborating with A-list R&B and hip-hop musicians like Jay Park, Dean, Crush and Loco, the promising rapper kills it with his debut Coming to You Live. Centering on the themes of drinking, love and sex, this album features a number of sensual tracks with a swirling psychedelic charm.... [read more]

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Kim Jee Woon - Irony with Style
Written By James Mudge
The continuing popularity of Korean Cinema around the world has seen a number of directors thrust into the international limelight, notably the likes of Park Chan Wook and Bong Joon Ho. However, perhaps the most successful of these newly crowned industry leaders has been their countryman Kim Jee Woon, one of the few Korean, or indeed Asian filmmakers to have consistently seen his work enjoy box office success not only at home but also abroad with his on target blend of eccentric originality and commercial acumen. A writer-director who has rapidly become known for his visual craftsmanship and storytelling skills, Kim has won over the critics as well as audiences, having become a regular at... [read more]
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