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  1. Bad Genius (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Bad Genius (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying (Actor) | Eisaya Hosuwan (Actor) | Teeradon Supapunpinyo (Actor) | Nattawut Poonpiriya (Director)
    Cruel truth behind exam cheating
    November 30, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Education is important for young people to acquire not only knowledge but also proper social and moral values. However, these values can easily vanish in a goal-oriented education system, under which cheating may become a "strategy" to score high marks in exams. Inspired by the large-scale exam-cheating scandal that happened in Thailand in 2014, director Nattawut Poonpiriya (Countdown) calls for serious reflection on the country's education system and social inequality in the mind-blowing high-school heist thriller Bad Genius. Played by model-turned-actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, math prodigy Lynn is admitted to a prestigious school on a scholarship thanks to her great academic... [read more]
  2. Teiichi no Kuni (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Teiichi no Kuni (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Suda Masaki | Takeuchi Ryoma | Nomura Shuhei | Nagai Akira (Director)
    Politics As Usual: High School Edition
    November 29, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Back in 2013 when they were still on the cusp of stardom, Suda Masaki and Nomura Shuhei played ordinary immature students at an all-boys high school in The Daily Lives of High School Boys. Four years later, the two actors are back together as immature students of an all-boys high school, but this time they are political rivals. Based on the manga Teiichi no Kuni by Furuya Usamaru, Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High manages to be both wondrously stupid and sneakily smart as it colorfully conjures the facetiously entertaining world of an elite high school known to produce future politicians and bureaucrats. In what seems likes his umpteenth film of the year, Suda Masaki plays Teiichi, a... [read more]
  3. Size 9 (Limited Edition) Size 9 (Limited Edition) Jan Lamb (Singer)
    Hoping for the best for Hong Kong
    November 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    The frustration with Hong Kong's stressful lifestyle and stagnant music market has been growing in the city. By taking on various music genres, Jan Lamb revitalizes the monotonous Cantopop scene, and sends messages of hope and encouragement through the album Size 9. Cantopop enjoyed widespread popularity in Asia during the 1980s and 1990s, and the early 2000s also saw the successful emergence of superstars Joey Yung, Eason Chan and Twins. However, the industry started to decline in the recent decade as local listeners turned to more popular music from Taiwan and Korea. Hong Kong songwriters and singers also produced Mandarin songs to expand their markets. Hoping that the industry can revive... [read more]
  4. The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Shim Eun Kyung (Actor) | Ryu Hye Young (Actor) | Park In Jae (Director)
    Politics As Usual
    November 27, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Many actors are good at chewing scenery, but few can chew food with as much subtext as Choi Min Sik. The legendary actor famously gnawed on a live octopus in Old Boy. In The Mayor, he leaves the audience with a final close-up image of him staring straight at the camera while chewing slowly and purposefully on a lettuce wrap. Before that, he spends two hours biting vociferously into the role of Seoul mayor Byun Jong Goo in Park In Jae's meaty thriller about the rancid world of political elections. Having cultivated a calculated voter-friendly maverick image in his two terms, Byun Jong Goo seeks an unprecedented third team, but his ambitions are threatened by competition from a female... [read more]
  5. Nanimono (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Nanimono (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Arimura Kasumi (Actor) | Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Suda Masaki (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor)
    Finding jobs, searching dreams
    November 16, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Most Japanese corporations start recruiting new employees in the spring every year. During the job-hunting season, hopeful graduates in identical black suits busily participate in various job fairs and interviews. Set against the backdrop of Japan's stressful job-seeking culture, young author Asai Ryo's 2012 award-winning novel Nanimono provides a deep and intriguing study of five new grads who struggle to survive in the highly competitive job market. Played by Satoh Takeru (Rurouni Kenshin), Takuto gives up on his theater dream and decides to enter the workforce. Setting aside his passion for music, his carefree roommate Kamiya (Suda Masaki, Death Note Light up the NEW world) also starts... [read more]
  6. Reverse (DVD Box) (Japan Version) Reverse (DVD Box) (Japan Version) Fujiwara Tatsuya | Toda Erika | Tamamori Yuta | Ichihara Hayato
    Unraveling a decade-old mystery
    October 31, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Since making a splash with her debut novel Confessions, mystery writer Minato Kanae has been a popular pick for adaptations. Most of her books have been licensed for film or TV, and one of the latest to get the live-action treatment is the 2015 novel Reverse. Aired in spring 2017, the engrossing TBS adaptation follows a group of college acquaintances as they gradually confront and uncover the decade-old mystery surrounding a friend's death. Fujiwara Tatsuya gives a more understated performance than usual as the everyman protagonist of the story, introverted and nondescript salaryman Fukase Kazuhisa. Though he graduated from an elite university, he is just tiredly getting by with an... [read more]
  7. Gintama (2017)  (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Gintama (2017) (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Oguri Shun | Domoto Tsuyoshi | Hashimoto Kanna | Suda Masaki
    Made for fans and soon-to-be fans
    October 30, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    In his two live-action adaptations of the 90s gag superhero manga Hentai Kamen, Fukuda Yuichi demonstrated that he may not be the best of directors or writers, but he does appreciate and understand the appeal of the source material. Working again with Oguri Shun, who helped bring the first Hentai Kamen film to fruition, Fukuda adapts Sorachi Hideaki's best-selling manga Gintama into one long insider's joke for manga/anime fans. If the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy set the standard for how to adapt a popular manga about colorful-haired samurai into thrilling and respectable cinema for broad audiences, Gintama has now presented the alternative route to blockbusterdom: how to adapt a popular manga... [read more]
  8. IU Special Remake Mini Album Vol. 2 IU Special Remake Mini Album Vol. 2 IU
    A trip down memory lane with IU
    October 30, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Rather than taking photographs to preserve memories, IU captures the nostalgic moments of her youth through music. In 2014, the singer-songwriter reinterpreted some of her favorite old songs in the special record A Flower Bookmark, which lyrically compares the preservation of good old memories to a pressed flower. Three years later, IU again revisits the bygone days of K-pop music from the 1960s to 2000s in her second remake album A Flower Bookmark 2. Released in 1991, "Autumn Morning" is an encouraging folk song by Yang Hee Eun with Lee Byung Woo on guitar. Keeping the song's minimalistic arrangement, IU recreates a peaceful autumn morning in her soothing cover (Track 1). Over Jung Sung... [read more]
  9. SEOTAIJI 25th Anniversary Remake Album - Time:Traveler SEOTAIJI 25th Anniversary Remake Album - Time:Traveler Seo Taiji
    Seo Tai Ji's unflagging music spirit
    October 23, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Before the appearance of Seo Tai Ji & Boys, ballad and trot were the prevailing styles in the Korean music scene. In 1992, legendary musician Seo Tai Ji and bandmates Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Ju No brought their rap-rock debut song "I Know" to the stage of a Korean talent show, where they got the lowest points in history. However, that much-criticized style would make them the biggest trendsetters of K-pop. Seo Tai Ji reshaped the industry by experimenting with different Western music genres, such as new jack swing, hip-hop, dance music, rock and heavy metal. It's hard to classify the singer-songwriter's style because his musical taste isn't bound by genre. However, the positive attitude... [read more]
  10. With Prisoners (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) With Prisoners (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Gill Mohinderpaul Singh (Actor) | Ashina Kwok (Actor)
    Walking with prisoners
    October 12, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Hong Kong's "Prisons Department" was renamed "Correctional Services Department" in 1982 to emphasize the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment. However, inmate abuse scandals have continued to emerge despite the change in the department name. To increase public awareness about the human rights of juvenile inmates, rookie director Andrew Wong recreates the dark world of a youth detention center in his directorial debut With Prisoners, which questions the effectiveness of violent discipline methods in rehabilitating criminals and restoring order. Based on a real-life story, With Prisoners offers a brutal yet realistic look into the life of juvenile offenders under the Hong Kong... [read more]
  11. Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Ikuta Toma | Ogigami Naoko (Director) | Koike Eiko | Kakihara Rinka
    How to knit a family
    October 12, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    From Kamome Diner to Glasses to Rent-a-Cat, Ogigami Naoko is known for warm and quirky dramas that create escapist havens from the troubles and loneliness of modern society. In her latest Close-Knit, the writer-director knits another peaceful haven in the welcoming home of a makeshift family formed by a transgender woman, her boyfriend and the niece they take in. When we first meet Rinko (Ikuta Toma), she has already reached a place in her life that many people can only dream of. She has transitioned completely, though she hasn't yet legally changed her gender. She works at a nursing home where everyone seems accepting, and she's living with her mild-mannered boyfriend Makio (Kiritani... [read more]
  12. 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version) Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Kearen Pang (Director, Writer) | Jan Lamb
    Embracing the big 3-0
    September 29, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    "30" can be a stressful number to some women. It is often considered the deadline of some major life events like getting married. In 2005, stage producer and actor Kearen Pang also entered her thirties. Instead of worrying about whether she can get married on time, she treated "30" as an age to meet new challenges. That year, she left her theatre troupe and made her solo debut with the one-person show 29+1, which casts new light on life as well as the big 3-0. In the original stage version, Kearen Pang played two 29-year-old Hong Kong women: successful marketing executive Christy and cheerful CD store worker Tin Lok. To offer a more vivid portrayal of the characters in the movie remake, the... [read more]
  13. Primary EP Album - Pop Primary EP Album - Pop Primary
    Primary's first foray into pop music
    September 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Primary's music style is always unpredictable. Hidden behind his quirky cardboard box mask with a bird beak, the producer's musical mind can never be read. Instead of following the trend, he follows his heart to create music. His carefree attitude towards music leads to an extremely broad music spectrum, ranging from old-school jazz and groovy R&B to electronic music and funky hip-hop. Less than a month after the New Wave EP Shininryu, the versatile musician makes an unexpected foray into the pop world with his second EP Pop that further expands his music landscape. While Shininryu features hidden gems from the K-pop world, Pop enlists vocalists from popular idol groups to tell different... [read more]
  14. PROJECT-1 EP [Type Red] (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version) PROJECT-1 EP [Type Red] (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version) Block B PROJECT-1 | Block B
    Block B's vocalists shine in Japan collaboration project
    September 22, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Block B often seems to live or die around Zico, but the other members are also talented in their own right. Through Block B Project-1 in Japan, Tae Il, B-Bomb, Jae Hyo, U-Kwon and P.O get the chance to shine in a different setting through original collaborations with other artists. U-Kwon and P.O duly carry forth the mantle of Block B's hip-hop sound in WINNER, a hot-blooded track with bombastic beats and a catchy hook. No one would accuse the self-hyping hip-hop bop of being deep and meaningful, but it's the kind of high-spirited musical bragging that's great for blasting at top volume. Though the song's composition and arrangement are on-trend to the point of being too familiar sounding,... [read more]
  15. Peejay - Walkin' Vol. 2 Peejay - Walkin' Vol. 2 Peejay
    A breath of fresh air in K-pop world
    September 21, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    After debuting with hip-hop duo Rhyme Bus in 2007, Peejay went behind the scenes and emerged two years later as a producer in IU's first album. Unleashing his irresistible smooth hip-hop style, the songwriter started to gain recognition with a series of groovy hits including Beenzino's Dali, Van, Picasso, Zion.T and Crush's "Just" and Zico's "I Am You, You Are Me." Peejay started the Walkin' project in 2015 to collect his private productions that are hardly heard in the pop scene. Different from his mainstream hits, songs from the first installment Walkin' Vol. 1 exuded a strong outer space vibe that revealed his unique hip-hop taste. In keeping with his signature soulful style, his second... [read more]
  16. 52Hz, I Love You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 52Hz, I Love You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Ball Chuang (Actor) | Suming (Actor) | Mify Chen (Actor) | Xiao Yu (Actor)
    Wei Te Sheng's first musical
    September 13, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Music played a big role in Wei Te Sheng's 2007 breakout blockbuster Cape No. 7 that launched him to prominence. After two historical sagas, he goes back to music with the full-fledged musical feature 52Hz, I Love You. The airy, whimsical Taipei-set romance weaves together several threads on Valentine's Day. Sandrine Pinna and Nana Lee begin the film with a cameo pitch for marriage equality as a lesbian couple participating in a mass wedding event organized by the city. Lin Ching Tai and Cyndi Chao, meanwhile, represent the older subset with an odd encounter on the subway. The two main parings, however, are Mify Chen and Suming as a long-time couple on the rocks, though the latter doesn't... [read more]
  17. Block B: Zico Mini Album Vol. 2 - Television (Special Edition) (CD + DVD) (Limited Edition) Block B: Zico Mini Album Vol. 2 - Television (Special Edition) (CD + DVD) (Limited Edition) Zico (Block B)
    An artist, not an idol
    September 8, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In Korea, the gap between the mainstream and underground hip-hop scenes can be wide. Underground rappers can freely rap about provocative and political topics, but such sensitive content is usually restricted in mainstream media. The difference between the two fields inevitably develops into arguments over the authenticity of hip-hop in the pop scene. Idol rappers naturally become the target of some underground rappers, as Zico is well aware. In the past, the Block B leader has been accused of faking hip-hop for money and taking advantage of his large fandom in the underground scene. However, he shrugs off all the hostile comments and proves himself as a genuine hip-hop musician in his... [read more]
  18. The Anthem Of The Heart (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Anthem Of The Heart (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Nagai Tatsuyuki (Director)
    Silence is not golden
    August 31, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Once upon a time, there was a chatty little girl with a vivid imagination who saw her father leaving the "castle" on the hill with another woman. She tells her mom, not realizing the significance of her words, and her parents soon divorce. Both her dad and mom tell her that she's too much of a chatterbox, and so does the egg fairy that casts a curse on her so that she can no longer hurt with her words. Produced by A-1 Pictures, the gentle animated drama Anthem of the Heart begins like a fairy tale, the kind with a dark undertone and a cautionary lesson for children. But this cruel fairy tale continues into adolescence for protagonist Naruse Jun. Every time she talks, her stomach begins to... [read more]
  19. Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Elite Case + Note + OST CD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Elite Case + Note + OST CD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Kwon Hae Hyo (Actor) | Kim Hee Won (Actor)
    Castaway of time
    August 28, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Director Um Tae Hwa made his feature debut in 2013 with the oddly compelling and kinetic low-budget indie INGtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls about keyboard warriors escalating internet spats to real-world fighting. For his sophomore feature, he goes in a different direction with the flawed but interesting fantasy drama Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned starring Kang Dong Won. The mysterious story begins with a group of four kids, including Su Rin (Shin Eun Soo) and Sung Min, sneaking off to the forest, entering a strange cave, and discovering a goblin's egg that can stop time. Su Rin, who is in the cave when the boys crack the egg outside, emerges to find that her friends have... [read more]
  20. Girls' Generation Vol. 6 - Holiday Night (Random Version) Girls' Generation Vol. 6 - Holiday Night (Random Version) Girls' Generation
    Tenth anniversary party of Girls' Generation
    August 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Amid the wave of disbandment of iconic girl groups like 2NE1, Sistar and Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation continues to reign over the K-pop world with their sixth full-length album Holiday Night. In keeping with their ever-changing music style, the group experiments with more retro sounds in their tenth anniversary release. The group shows off their girl power in the funky disco jam Girls Are Back (Track 1), in which they confidently announce their comeback. The glamorous anniversary party continues in the double title tracks All Night (Track 2) and Holiday (Track 3). The disco anthem All Night is a sophisticated blend of 80s synth sounds, modern trap beats and a sparkling electronic tune.... [read more]
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