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  • TREI Mini Album Vol. 1 - BORN
    New group, nostalgic sounds
    March 22, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    It's only March but do you realize that nine K-pop groups have already debuted so far in 2019! A number of strong and talented teams have made their first step to stardom this year, and it's no wonder that everybody's crazily jamming to ITZY's Dalla Dalla, TXT's "Crown" and VERIVERY's "Ring Ring Ring." Among all the debut releases in the first quarter of the year, my personal favorite is TREI's first mini-album Born, especially their lead single "Gravity"! You might notice some familiar faces in TREI as members Jae Jun and Chang Hyun promoted with C-Clown a few years ago and took part in MIXNINE. Along with new member Jun Tae, TREI officially debuted in late February with their first... [read more]
  • Kuroi Hitsuji  [Type A] (SINGLE+BLU-RAY) (Japan Version)
    Song of the Black Sheep
    February 28, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Keyakizaka46 delivers another powerfully empathetic and dissonant teen anthem in their new single Kuroi Hitsuji. As indicated by the title, this song is for all the "black sheep" out there. In comparison to singles like Garasu wo Ware! and Fukyouwaon, the song's sound is softer and more melodic, but the themes are no less incisive and impactful. Kuroi Hitsuji opens moodily with somber piano chords, and then picks up the tempo in low-pitched verses tightly packed with the suffocating feelings of being that person who doesn't fit in – and doesn't want to. The lyrics offer simple yet specific examples and experiences that connect readily with listeners: taking the long way home to avoid... [read more]
  • My Secret Terrius (6DVD) (Limited Edition) (MBC TV Drama) (Korea Version)
    NIS agent-turned-babysitter
    February 27, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Following Master's Sun and Oh My Venus, So Ji Sub took on his third romantic comedy series in a row with My Secret Terrius, and won his first ever Grand Prize at the 2018 MBC Drama Awards for his role as the calm and dull Kim Bon. Though the actor looks chic and cool on the outside, he surely has the skills to make you burst into laughter with his comedic timing. The best highlight of the drama is definitely the contrast between Kim Bon as both a former NIS agent and a babysitter in one drama. Of course, he looks charming in action scenes, but at the same time, he is endearing when interacting with the JoonJoon twins! If So Ji Sub is the eye-catching point of My Secret Terrius, then Jung In... [read more]
  • Dark Figure of Crime (2018) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
    Justice for unknown victims
    February 21, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The actual number of crimes committed is always higher than the official documented figures, because many crimes go unreported or undiscovered. Crime experts call this missing figure of unreported crimes the Dark Figure of Crime. Inspired by a tragic real-life case, Kim Tae Gyun's crime drama brings attention to what this dark figure means: unknown victims for whom justice can never be served. Dark Figure of Crime unfolds as a cat-and-mouse game between a persistent detective portrayed by Kim Yoon Seok and an incarcerated killer played by Ju Ji Hoon. Narcotics detective Kim Hyung Min (Kim Yoon Seok) meets informant Kang Tae Oh (Ju Ji Hoon) for the first time at a restaurant, only to see him... [read more]
  • Minseo Mini Album Vol. 1 - The Diary of Youth
    Sweet spring melodies
    February 15, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    You might not recognize Minseo's name and face, but you've probably heard her voice through some programs or releases – she was one of the Top 8 contestants in Superstar K7, took part in the soundtracks of The Handmaiden and Jugglers, and even covered GFriend's "Rough" on The King of Masked Singer! She also participated in her boss's Weekly Yoon Jong Shin project with "Yes," the reply song to the megahit "Like It." Different from her quirky personality, Minseo owns a pleasant, comforting voice that sounds really charming. Minseo's ambitious debut tetralogy The Diary of Youth finally comes to an end after a year. She sings the romantic duet 2cm (Track 4), the lead single of this album, with... [read more]
  • Project Gutenberg (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
    Chow Yun Fat's greatest hits
    February 14, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Felix Chong's Project Gutenberg just garnered a ridiculous 17 nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards so there are many nice things that could be said about the film's twisty plot, slick pacing and tight direction. I'd like to focus on the single most important factor that makes the crime thriller a must-watch for Hong Kong film fans (or at least me): Chow Yun Fat. Chow Yun Fat is in peak Chow Yun Fat form in the role of a criminal mastermind behind a counterfeiting operation. His commanding and charismatic performance in the film channels the classic effortless charm that captured a generation of Asian cinema fans and also the dangerous, unreadable duplicity of later roles in films like... [read more]

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13th Asian Film Awards Preview: The Nominated Films
Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
The Asian Film Awards are upon us again! The ceremony dedicated to celebrating the best films out of Asia is up to its 13th edition. This year, the AFA will present awards in 16 categories as well as four special prizes: the Lifetime Achievement Award to Korean director Lee Chang Dong, the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award to Japanese actor Yakusho Koji, the Next Generation Award to Korean singer-actor Kim Jae Joong, and the Top-Grossing Asian Film of the Year Award. The 13th Asian Film Awards will be held at Hong Kong's TVB City on March 17, 2019. Below is a quick primer of this year's nominated films! Burning (Korea) Nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Newcomer, Best... [read more]
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