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  1. 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]
  2. 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) | Hwang Bo Ra (Actor)
    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]
  3. The Last Princess (2DVD + Digipack + Booklet + Postcards) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The Last Princess (2DVD + Digipack + Booklet + Postcards) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Son Ye Jin (Actor) | Yoon Je Moon (Actor) | Park Hae Il (Actor) | Kim So Hyun (Actor)
    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]
  4. Sword Master (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Sword Master (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Derek Yee (Writer, Director) | Tsui Hark (Writer, Producer) | Peter Ho (Actor) | Lin Geng Xin (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]
  5. 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 Jung Jae (Actor) | Lee Bum Soo (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]
  6. One Night Only (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) One Night Only (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Yang Zi Shan (Actor) | Hao Lei (Actor) | Vila Fan (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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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 | Jin Gang (King Kong) | Cheng Zi Shing
    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]
  9. Canola (DVD) (Korea Version) Canola (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoon Yeo Jeong (Actor) | Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Choi Min Ho (SHINee) (Actor) | Kim Hee Won (Actor)
    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]
  10. At Cafe 6 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc Special Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version) At Cafe 6 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2-Disc Special Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Dong Zi Jian (Actor) | Cherry Ngan (Actor) | Austin Lin (Actor) | Song Yi Ren (Actor)
    Nostalgic tales of first love, loss and high school memories continue to be popular in the Taiwan film industry, At Café 6 following in the footsteps of hits like You Are The Apple Of My Eye, Our Times and many others. The film was eagerly awaited by fans, having been adapted from the popular novel by Hiyawu, who makes his directorial debut here under his real name, Neal Wu, and boasting a cast of up and coming young talent including Dong Zijian (Mountains May Depart), Cherry Ngan (The Way We Dance) and Austin Lin (The Missing Piece). The film opens in the present day, with a café owner (Leon Dai, The Final Master) relating a story from his past to a woman (Sandrine Pinna, Touch of the... [read more]
  11. The Bride (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Bride (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Chris Wu (Actor) | Nikki Hsieh (Actor) | Yan Zheng Lan (Actor) | Tanaka Chie (Actor)
    Taiwanese writer director Lingo Hsieh makes her feature debut with shocker The Bride, following up on her 2014 short of the same name. Hailed by many as a rising name in Taiwanese horror cinema, Lingo here is backed by Japanese industry veteran Ichise Takashige, who had a major influence on the modern Asian form after working on the likes of Ring and The Grudge, and who here produces and co-scripts. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the Taipei Film Festival, the film is very much a traditional throwback to the Asian ghost boom at the turn of the century, and focuses on the creepy practice of corpse marriages. Chris Wu (Wake Up) stars as Liu Cheng-Hao, a successful TV producer working... [read more]
  12. A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Tiffany Tang (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Han Geng (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor)
    More than twenty years after the release of the two-part A Chinese Odyssey back in 1995, director Jeff Lau makes a belated return to the series with A Chinese Odyssey: Part 3. With the first two instalments considered classics and being much beloved by Hong Kong film fans, continuing their legacy was always going to be a tall order, not least given the absence of original star Stephen Chow, whose comedy stylings were arguably crucial to their success. Given the unenviable task of taking his place is Han Geng (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), backed by Tiffany Tang (Bounty Hunters) and Wu Jing (Call of Heroes), who managed to propel the film to a solid box office performance during its... [read more]
  13. Phantom of the Theatre (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Phantom of the Theatre (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Tony Yang (Actor) | Ruby Lin (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | WU XU DONG (Actor)
    One of the few directors known for working in the horror genre in China, Raymond Yip teams again with writer-producer Manfred Wong for the period-set chiller Phantom of the Theatre. The two scored a very rare spooky hit at the Chinese box office in 2014 with The House That Never Dies, Yip having also helmed the Wong Jing ghost comedy Till Death Do Us Laugh back in 1996 as well as being known for assisting on the classic triad Young and Dangerous series. House star Ruby Lin returns, headlining alongside actor Tony Yang (The Crossing), with support from veteran Simon Yam (The Tenants Downstairs), Huang Huan (Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal) and Jing Gang Shan (Mortician). The film... [read more]
  14. S Storm (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) S Storm (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Vic Chou (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Julian Cheung (Actor) | Ada Choi (Actor)
    The ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) faces-off against corruption again in S Storm, the follow-up to the moderately successful 2014 thriller Z Storm. Veteran director David Lam returns, as does leading man Louis Koo, along with several other cast members from the original and new additions from the TVB roster, this time for a tale focusing on bribery and gambling after crimes at the HK Jockey Club lead to the uncovering of an insidious conspiracy. Louis Koo again plays Principal Investigator William Luk, the film starting off with him putting the screws on a trader at the powerful Jockey Club under suspicion of taking bribes and illegal gambling activity. The case turns... [read more]
  15. Weeds on Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Weeds on Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Tony Wu (Actor) | Sing Lam (Actor) | Poon Chan Leung (Actor)
    The debut feature of writer-director Chan Chi-Fat, Weeds on Fire chronicles the true story of Hong Kong's first youth baseball team, the Shatin Martins, who won a regional tournament at the end of their first year in existence. That true, inspirational story was massaged and even marginalized on its way to the big screen. Weeds on Fire features a fictionalized version of the team's journey as its framework, and uses its baseball storyline as a vessel for familiar themes like Hong Kong social problems, political issues and existential youth musings. It's 1984 and Lo Kwong-Fai (Liu Kai-Chi), a school principal in the Shatin district, pushes for the requisite funding for a little league... [read more]
  16. Don't Forget Me (DVD) (Korea Version) Don't Forget Me (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Ha Neul (Actor) | Jung Woo Sung (Producer, Actor) | Lim Joo Eun (Actor) | Jang Young Nam (Actor)
    An unfortunate lawyer finds recovering lost memories to be more difficult and painful than he imagined in Remember You (a.k.a. Don't Forget Me) from Korean writer director Lee Yoon-jeong, making her feature debut with a full-length version of her acclaimed 2010 short Remember O Goddess. The independent, partly crowdfunded film was produced by popular actor Jung Woo-sung (Asura: The City of Madness), who headlines along with actress Kim Ha-neul (Blind), backed by a solid supporting cast including Bae Sung-woo (Inside Men) and Jang Young-nam (Ode to My Father). The film opens with Jung Woo-sung as Seok-won, a lawyer who finds himself alone in an apartment and unsure of who he is after... [read more]
  17. Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Happiness (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Kara Hui (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Liu Ya Se (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor)
    Director Andy Lo Yiu-Fai makes a fine feature debut with the flawed yet quietly effective drama Happiness. A longtime screenwriter for the good (Crazy n' the City), the bad (The Park) and the ugly (Here Comes Fortune), Lo previously wrote and directed "Can’t Stop the Killing", a segment of the omnibus film Hardcore Comedy. As a director, Lo did a decent job with the thirty-minute segment, and showed that he can handle different characters and tones. However, his screenplay was terribly overwritten, with too much voiceover and too many unnecessary details that required even more voiceover. "Can’t Stop the Killing" was rife with Hong Kong screenwriting problems, but they're problems that Lo... [read more]
  18. Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) Call of Heroes (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (Hong Kong Version) Louis Koo (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor)
    Arguably Hong Kong's most consistent action filmmaker, Benny Chan follows up his Heroic Bloodshed homage The White Storm with another nostalgic genre fix. Call of Heroes is a rousing and uncomplicated throwback to Shaw Brothers-era martial arts actioners, with a simple story, righteous heroes, a diabolical villain and terrific action sequences. Also, the stars and their performances are nearly top notch. Nearly. Louis Koo plays the super bad guy of the piece, a warlord's son who has no regard for human life and toys with his foes with pronounced sadistic glee. Koo makes his character dangerous but also very campy, with unchecked evil laughter and overdone mugging among his acting lowlights.... [read more]
  19. Mr. Six (2015) (DVD) (China Version) Mr. Six (2015) (DVD) (China Version) Feng Xiao Gang (Actor) | Li Yi Feng (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Kris Wu (Actor)
    Aftershock director Feng Xiaogang excels in Mr. Six, but this time he's not behind the camera – he's in front of it. From director Guan Hu (Cow), this elegiac black comedy-drama concerns Zhang Xuejun a.k.a. Mr. Six (Feng), an aged gang member in Beijing who saddles up for a rousing attempt at one last ride. Now the owner of a small neighborhood shop, Mr. Six still commands some respect among the locals, which allows him to discipline neighbors and cops at his whim. However, Mr. Six's authority is questioned when he has a run in with Xiaofei (Kris Wu), the son of a mega-rich businessman and leader of the "Twelve Masters of Third Ring Road" – a fluffed-up fancy name for what's really just an... [read more]
  20. Love, Lies (2DVD) (Korea Version) Love, Lies (2DVD) (Korea Version) Han Hyo Ju (Actor) | Chun Woo Hee (Actor) | Yoo Yeon Seok (Actor) | Park Sung Woong (Actor)
    Park Heung-sik, director of Memories of the Sword, returns with a historical drama of a different kind with Love, Lies, revolving around a bitter love triangle between two Korean singers and a songwriter in 1940s Seoul. For its three leads, the film reunites Han Hyo-ju, Chun Woo-hee and Yoo Yeon-seok, who starred together in Bae Sung-woo's 2015 romance The Beauty Inside, and proved very popular with Korean critics, if perhaps not with audiences. The film is set in Seoul in the 1940s, during the final years of the Japanese occupation of Korea, with Han Hyo-ju as So-yul, a gisaeng entertainer who plans to rise to the top of her profession. Studying at gisaeng school, she meets Yeon-hee (Chun... [read more]
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