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Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A
Akiyuki Shinbo (Director)
| Hirose Suzu
| Takeuchi Nobuyuk (Director)
| One Hitoshi (Writer)
Based on Iwai Shunji's 1993 same-titled television film, the 2017 animated blockbuster Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? remakes the summer coming-of-age tale into a whimsical fantasy about young love, friendship and second chances in a seaside town. Directed by animators Takeuchi Nobuyuki and Shinbo Akiyuki with a screenplay by One Hitoshi (Bakuman), the picturesque animation features the voices of Suda Masaki, Hirose Suzu and Miyano Mamoru.
One hot summer day, Norimichi and Yusuke have a swimming race with Nazuna, the girl that both boys like. She asks the winner, Yusuke, to see the fireworks with her. Meanwhile, Norimichi finds a mysterious orb in the water. When Norimichi learns that Nazuna intends to run away from home and elope with whomever wins the race, he is filled with regret and frustration. He throws the mysterious orb, and suddenly finds that he has gone back in time to the moment of the swimming race.
The Princess and the Matchmaker (Blu-ray) (Scanavo Full Slip Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A
Shim Eun Kyung (Actor)
| Lee Seung Gi (Actor)
| Yun Woo Jin (Actor)
| Kang Min Hyuk (CNBLUE) (Actor)
Following the massive success of the 2013 historical blockbuster The Face Reader, its sequel The Princess and the Matchmaker explores another fortune-telling art: astrology. In the Joseon-set romcom by rookie director Hong Chang Pyo, Lee Seung Gi (Love Forecast) transforms into a gifted fortune-teller who tries to pair off Shim Eun Kyung's (Psychokinesis) free-spirited princess with eligible bachelors played by Yun Woo Jin (Judge vs. Judge), CNBLUE's Kang Min Hyuk (Hospital Ship) and Choi Woo Sik (Train to Busan). Kim Sang Kyung (The Discloser), Jo Bok Rae (Hide and Never Seek) and SHINee's Min Ho (Derailed) appear in supporting roles.
To save the country from a prolonged drought, King Yeongjo (Kim Sang Kyung) decides to marry off Princess Songhwa (Shim Eun Kyung) in order to drive away misfortune. He hires renowned matchmaker Seo Do Yoon (Lee Seung Gi) to arrange a marriage for the princess. Do Yoon matches the horoscopes of the princess and her potential suitors, including ambitious Yoon Shi Kyung (Yun Woo Jin), talented and handsome Kang Hwi (Kang Min Hyuk) and warm-hearted Nam Chi Ho (Choi Woo Sik). To get back the right to decide whom she marries, Princess Songhwa sneaks out of the palace to check out the candidates in person.
This edition comes with a 32-page booklet, five character cards, five postcards and special features including commentary, production video, interviews and trailers.
Ieodo (Blu-ray) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A, B, C
Kim Ki Young (Director)
| Lee Hwa Si (Actor)
Born in 1919, renowned director Kim Ki Young grew up in Pyongyang and spent a good amount of his adulthood in Japan where he studied theater and film. Known for his horror and psychosexual styles, he explored many sensitive topics in his films, including wealth disparity and gender inequality. His notable works include The Housemaid (1960), Goryeojang (1963), Insect Woman (1972) and Promise of the Flesh (1975). Adapted from Lee Cheong Jun's same-titled novel, Kim Ki Young's 1977 mystery film Ieodo is set on a remote island deeply influenced by shamanism. One of the residents, Choi Young Seok, suddenly disappears on a cruise. Businessman Seon Woo Hyun (Kim Jung Cheol) is suspected of murdering him. To prove his innocence, he goes to the island and discovers that Young Seok's disappearance is related to a cursed bloodline.
This edition comes with special features including commentary, interview with Lee Hwa Si, GV video, digital restoration before/after featurette, still gallery and trailer.
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Movie Stars & Directors
- Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2017
Hong Kong Films Awards 2018
- Best Film Nomination
- Best Director Nomination, Ann Hui
- Best Screenplay Nomination, He Ji Ping
- Best Actress Nomination, Zhou Xun
- Best Supporting Actress Nomination, Deanie Ip
- Best Cinematography Nomination
- Best Film Editing Nomination
- Best Art Direction Nomination
- Best Costume & Make Up Design Nomination
- Best Original Film Score Nomination
- Best Sound Design Nomination