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  1. YumCha! Picks: Best Movies of 2014
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    With the year ending soon, we're taking a look back at our picks for the best Asian movies released on video in 2014! ROCKMAN'S PICKS The Attorney (Korea) I doubt that The Attorney would have the same impact on me if it had been released here in Hong Kong any other year. Arriving just months before the pinnacle of the social unrest movement in the city, Yang Woo Suk's rousing legal drama gave liberal-minded Hong Kongers the ideal image of an activist leader: a once indifferent man whose ideals for democracy and justice are awakened by his conscience. Though the fact-based story is essentially a fantasy disguised as mainstream activist cinema, The Attorney was absolutely the film that Hong... [read more]
  2. Another year, another MAMA! One of K-pop's biggest music events, the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) is fast turning into a Hong Kong year-end staple, with the award ceremony taking place in the city for the third year running. Now in its 6th edition, MAMA was held again at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld-Arena on December 3, 2014. K-pop's finest came out for the night including Big Bang's Tae Yang and G-Dragon, EXO, IU, Epik High, 2PM, Infinite, Block B, Sistar, Ailee, Girl's Day, BTS and Winner. Building on last year's meteoric rise, EXO emerged as the biggest winner of the night, sweeping three major awards including two grand prizes. Big Bang, be it as a group or as solo artists, also continues to... [read more]
  3. Originally published on Reprinted with permission. This is our countdown of THE BEST HONG KONG FILMS EVER as decided upon by readers. Originally we were going to list 150 films but because of the amount of participation - 166 voters, 481 films nominated - we were able to extend this out to a massive list of 200 films. Shocking. I mean, who knew people liked that many Hong Kong movies? So, what's this list good for? Well, besides reading material at work, you can use this as a list of recommended films as selected by your peers. Who better to tell you what to watch than other normal people, plus a few journalists, film fest personnel, the occasional producer... [read more]
  4. YumCha! Picks: 10 + 1 Asian School Movies
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Less than a month into September and summer already seems so very far away, especially for all the students out there. We've decided to head back to school as well with some of our favorite school movies about student life, the learning process and the precious lessons and rites of passage that come with the student experience, be it in university, high school, primary school, kindergarten or even ninja academy! 1. 3 Idiots (India) If Bollywood films are accurate, most Indian parents want their children to be an engineer, a doctor or a lawyer. Those children are the subject of 3 Idiots, a comedy about the pressures that aspiring engineers in an elite university face when they're made to... [read more]
  5. YesAsia 2014 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music and TV releases on from January 1 to June 30, 2014. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title. BEST-SELLING C-POP RELEASES EXO continues to dominate the C-pop charts in the first half of 2014, filling a whopping four spots in the top ten bestsellers list with their latest album Overdose leading the pack. Coming in at number two is EXO's senior labelmate Super Junior M with Swing. Canto-pop veterans also have a strong showing with Sandy Lam's album Re: Workz slotting right after the SM youngsters, followed by fellow diva Sammi Cheng. Longtime... [read more]
  6. AmadeuS Revisited - Q&A with Topp Dogg
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Though Topp Dogg has debuted for less than a year, the hip-hop boy band has been bringing fresh new ideas and surprises to the K-pop world with every release. After the fantasy concept of their Arario special album, the group turns to classical with the third mini-album AmadeuS, which is inspired by the same-titled 1984 movie about the rivalry between Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The famous story of Amadeus takes on a whole new look and sound when transplanted into the world of K-pop. The genius of Mozart and the jealousy of Salieri are reflected in the contrasting tone and structure of Topp Dogg's new album as well as the division of the members into two teams – Team Mozart (B-Joo, Nakta,... [read more]
  7. 15 Years and Counting - Q&A with Fly to the Sky
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    K-pop groups often seem to have a limited lifespan, but this spring a duo that debuted in the late nineties has returned to claim the charts. Five years after their eighth album, Fly to the Sky finally makes their long-awaited comeback with the ninth album Continuum, just in time for their 15th anniversary! Both Brian and Hwanhee have successful solo careers of their own, but nothing makes the hearts of music fans flutter quite like when their voices come together, as evident in their title song "You You You." The dramatic ballad written, composed and arranged by Lee Sang In, who also composed Hwanhee's solo "Because I Missed Your Heart" and "Alcohol" from Fly to the Sky's Decennium album,... [read more]
  8. Fruit Chan and The Midnight After
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The Midnight After, director Fruit Chan's highly anticipated adaptation of internet novel Lost on a Red Minibus to Taipo, has finally arrived. In addition to achieving box office success, the film was also critically acclaimed as the most spectacular post-apocalyptic film to come out of Hong Kong in recent years. Starring pop duo Shine (Tsui Tin Yau, Wong Yau Nam), Janice Man, Simon Yam, Kara Hui and others, the film depicts the odd and darkly comical adventures of a minibus full of everyday citizens when they become the only survivors in a desolate Hong Kong. Selected for the Berlin Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Udine Far East Film Festival, The Midnight... [read more]
  9. YumCha! Picks: 10 + 1 Graduation Songs
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    In the US, students usually graduate in May and June. In Japan, it's March; in Korea, February; in China, June. No matter when and where you graduate, though, there's probably a song or two accompanying your final days of school. Songs to belt out together with friends, songs with corny lyrics that ring so true, songs that bring back memories when you hear them again years later. Here are the 10+1 songs on our graduation playlist of friendship, days gone by and days to come! 1. Arai Yumi (Matsutoya Yumi) – Sotsugyou Shashin Singer-songwriter Arai Yumi (now Matsutoya Yumi) tied the theme of graduation in with another popular schoolyard story in her hit 1975 ballad about an adult woman who... [read more]
  10. Rock Voyage - Five Questions with Royal Pirates
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Korean-American rock band Royal Pirates first caught the attention of music fans back in 2009 when they were racking up views on YouTube with their covers. Their videos of K-pop hits were particularly popular: their rock renditions of Super Junior's Sorry Sorry and Wonder Girls' Nobody have accumulated over half a million views. Despite all the YouTube sensation buzz surrounding them at the time, Royal Pirates chose to take a longer voyage and make music at their own pace. The band – formed by Kim Moon Chul, Kim Soo Yoon and James Lee – did not formally make their debut until August 2013 with the single Shout Out. Now, over four years after they entered the K-pop radar with a raw indie band... [read more]
  11. Open the Door - Q&A with Topp Dogg
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    When we last talked to Topp Dogg, they were complete newcomers releasing their debut mini-album Topp Dogg's Out. Now in just a matter of three months' time, the 13-member hip-hop idol group is already dropping their second mini-album Arario, their third release following last month's mini-album repackage Cigarette. Even by K-pop standards, this high frequency of releases is rare, especially for a new group, and it shows just how well prepared Topp Dogg is for their rookie campaign, not to mention how fast they're growing in popularity. Just this month, they've held their first fan meeting in Korea as well as their first overseas fan meeting in Singapore. As Topp Dogg charges top speed... [read more]
  12. YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - TV Dramas
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of television releases on US Site from January 1 to December 31, 2013. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title. TOP 10 DRAMAS (OVERALL) 1. Legend of the Condor Heroes 2. Duke of Mount Deer 3. Arang and the Magistrate 4. Witness Insecurity 5. Gu Family Book 6. For You in Full Blossom 7. Tiger Cubs 8. Divas in Distress 9. The Hippocratic Crush 10. Will It Snow For Christmas? CHINESE TV BESTSELLERS With its longstanding audience base and English-subtitled DVD releases, TVB series were still the top-selling choice for Chinese dramas. Thirty years have gone by and... [read more]
  13. YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - Chinese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    K-pop is fast taking over C-pop on our album sales chart by occupying the top four spots, three of which belong to SM Entertainment darling EXO whose first full-length album XOXO has sold over a million. Super Junior-M is the runner-up with Break Down. Taiwan's Jay Chou won the fifth spot with ease with Opus 12, which had also ranked high on the 2012 chart. Jacky Cheung followed closely behind, and the video release of his 1/2 Century Tour also topped the concert list. Bestseller regulars Show Luo, Eason Chan and Raymond Lam were neck-and-neck in the count, taking over the last three places on 2013's top ten album sales list. The top five best-selling concerts were dominated by Hong Kong... [read more]
  14. YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - Movies
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2013. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title. TOP 10 MOVIES (OVERALL) 1. The Grandmaster 2. CZ12 3. Cold War 4. Saving General Yang 5. Journey to the West 6. Rurouni Kenshin 7. Drug War 8. Blind Detective 9. The Guillotines 10. Last Tycoon BEST-SELLING CHINESE MOVIES Action was the name of the game in 2013, as the genre dominated the chart with six films. Wong Kar Wai's highly anticipated epic The Grandmaster was the top film of year, showing that the auteur is still a huge draw for audiences worldwide.... [read more]
  15. YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - Korean Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    EXO sold over a million albums in 2013, so it comes as no surprise that they topped our album bestsellers as well. We only counted the Korean-language version albums for this chart – Chinese-language versions are under Chinese music – but that was more than enough to put XOXO at #1, Miracles in December at #7 and EXO as the top-selling artist of the year. Their SM labelmates took four more spots in the top ten albums. SHINee notably had three releases on the album and DVD charts, making them the second highest-selling artist, while B.A.P, CNBLUE and f(x) broke into top ten albums for the first time. Kim Jae Joong had the highest-selling solo album of the year, followed by G-Dragon whose Big... [read more]
  16. YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - Japanese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    After Girls' Generation ruled the bestseller charts for the last two years, Arashi dominated in 2013 with the top album, single and concert release! The Johnny's Entertainment group is also the best-selling Japanese artist for the third year in a row, thanks to their album, two hit singles and Popcorn live tour video release. Girls' Generation remained the most popular among Korean artists in Japan, while Super Junior, SHINee and Infinite continued to be strong sellers in 2013 as well. The sixth best-selling artist is the most popular Japanese female group, AKB48, who entered the singles chart for the first time in 2013 with million-seller Sayonara Crawl. Check out the charts below to see... [read more]
  17. YumCha! Picks: Best Asian Albums of 2013
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The last of our year-end countdown! We bid goodbye to 2013 with a look back at our favorite Chinese, Korean and Japanese albums of the year. BEST KOREAN ALBUMS
 Busker Busker – Vol. 2 It almost seems like Busker Busker has started a new tradition – a tradition that starts and ends with the season. Last year they warmed hearts with "Cherry Blossom Ending." This year "Autumn Night" arrived just in time as the opening instrumental for an album that lights up the darkness with heartfelt lyrics and melodies. Lead singer Jang Beom Jun's mesmerizing vocal carries us along in the refreshingly upbeat tracks "Juliet" and "Night," speaking volumes of the band's distinctive indie folk pop style and... [read more]
  18. YumCha! Picks: Best Asian Dramas of 2013
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    For Part 2 of our year-end top tens, here are our picks for the best Chinese, Korean and Japanese TV Dramas of 2013! BEST CHINESE DRAMAS Aftershock Aftershock begins with the deadly Tangshan earthquake of 1976. On that day, one mother had to make the devastating choice of saving only one child from a collapsed building. She chooses her son but the daughter survives in the end. Taken in by adoptive parents, the daughter is unable to forget her mother's abandonment and chooses to not reunite with her family, unaware that her mother has never stopped searching for her. Just as the title implies, Aftershock is not about the earthquake but its indelible effects, 23 seconds that lasted 32 years... [read more]
  19. YumCha! Picks: Best Asian Movies of 2013
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Another year, another list! We start off our year-end countdown with our picks for the best Asian movies released on video in 2013. ROCKMAN'S PICKS Back to 1942 (China) Arguably China's most successful filmmaker, Feng Xiaogang took a big risk by depicting a dark chapter in contemporary Chinese history as a dark comedy. The result is a cynical, pessimistic and very darkly funny film about the 1942 Henan famine, which killed millions of people. From the very beginning, when a careless servant's slip of the tongue sets off a deadly riot, to the very end when we're left with a lone survivor, Feng never goes for the easy tearjerker moment. Mother Nature may have caused the famine, but writer Liu... [read more]
  20. New Chapter - 5 Questions with The Boss
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    After a good two years away from K-pop, The Boss returns this winter with their second mini-album Chapter II. The comeback indeed marks a new chapter for members Mika, Karam, Hyun Min, In Jun and Jay, who have weathered their share of changes and challenges together since even before the formation of The Boss. Debuting in 2010, The Boss has mainly focused their career in Japan in the last three years. They're finally active in Korea again with the new title song Why Goodbye, a smooth dance number that brings forth a more mature sound and image for The Boss. WHY GOODBYE MV Q: Introduce your new mini-album and title song. The Boss's second mini-album Chaper II is our comeback album in Korea... [read more]
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