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  • Nirvana in Fire II (2017) (DVD) (Ep. 1-50) (End) (China Version)
    Nirvana in Wind
    April 23, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    On Douban, China's largest peer film review ratings site, the 2015 period series Nirvana in Fire tops all Chinese TV dramas with a score of 9.1. Out of over 200,000 ratings, Nirvana in Fire earned five stars from over 70% of users, and four or five stars by over 90%. Those are staggering numbers for a local recent production and a reflection of the near universal acclaim for the drama from critics and everyday audiences alike. Nirvana in Fire essentially captured lightning in a bottle with its sublime script, cast and production values that reached an appreciative audience. Two years later, Nirvana in Fire II: The Wind Blows in Changlin arrives with a story set several decades after the... [read more]
  • WJSN Mini Album Vol. 4 - Dream Your Dream (Blue Version)
    A mature spin on WJSN's fantasy sound
    April 23, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Concepts are important marketing hooks in the K-pop scene. To keep fresh, many singers try different concepts from time to time, but these one-off gimmicks can't help them establish their own styles. Cosmic Girls (WJSN) is the rare exception that has seriously developed their dreamy concept into a trademark spacey sound. Last year, the girls took on a cheerleading concept for Happy Moment but failed to maintain their original cosmic tone. Returning with their fourth mini-album Dream Your Dream, they rediscover their ethereal vibe and blend it with different genres to explore more refreshing sounds. Love has been a recurring theme in WJSN's songs, but this album's title track "Dreams Come... [read more]
  • BTOB: Jung Il Hoon Mini Album - Big Wave (Random Version)
    Jung Il Hoon's hip-hop cocktail
    March 29, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    I'm not a BTOB fan but some of their songs are always on my playlist. One thing those songs hold in common is that they are all created by member Jung Il Hoon. The rapper plays a pivotal role in developing BTOB's groovy and funky side, which is especially notable in Movie, "Love Drunk" and Neverland. The young producer further explores his idiosyncratic hip-hop style in his surprise solo debut Big Wave. "Fancy Shoes" (Track 2), which was released under last year's Piece of BTOB project, is an exemplary track that displays the rapper's musical taste. The smooth-sounding yet bouncy song starts with an impressive samba-influenced electric guitar melody adorned with dreamlike vocal... [read more]
  • If - Mata Aetara - (SINGLE+ DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
    DAY6's Japanese debut
    March 28, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When Korean idols advance into the Japanese music market, they almost always start out by remaking Korean hits. This is understandably the safest route as it requires less investment and leverages songs that are already familiar to Japanese K-pop fans. The notable exception to this standard remake strategy is JYP Entertainment. Both 2PM and GOT7 debuted in Japan with original singles, and Twice's first Japanese single was an original song. Following in the footsteps of their labelmates, DAY6 debuts in Japan with the original single If -Mata Aetara-. As one of the few (instrument-playing) bands in the K-pop idol industry, DAY6 has consistently put out quality self-produced music since... [read more]
  • Circle (2017) (DVD) (Ep.1-12) (End) (tvN TV Drama) (Malaysia Version)
    Brave New World of Korean sci-fi
    March 27, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When Circle began airing in May 2017, it wasn't very clear where exactly this drama would be going considering its story would involve two worlds, two time periods, two brothers, murders and an alien. Is it really possible for a 12-episode original series to pack in this much stuff and not be a hot mess? Somehow, Circle makes it all work in thrilling and thought-provoking manner. For most of the series, Circle splits each episode into two equally compelling halves. The first part of each episode, titled Beta Project, is set in the present day and follows Yeo Jin Gu as college student Kim Woo Jin. The harried youth has a troubled twin brother, Bum Kyoon (Ahn Woo Yeon), who has been obsessed... [read more]
  • Heize Mini Album (Normal Edition)
    Love and vulnerability
    March 23, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Last year, Heize used rain as a symbol for the successful mini-album /// (You, Clouds, Rain). The aesthetics of nature reappear in the singer-songwriter's fourth release Wish & Wind, which adopts the motif of wind to depict the sorrow of breaking up with a loved one. The excitement of Jenga games comes from the uncertainty as to when the Jenga tower will collapse. However, for Heize, Jenga is like a distressing love game. In the title track Jenga (Track 1), the narrator's anxiety over a fragile relationship is visualized by using the metaphor of a badly built Jenga tower as her wounded heart. Heavy grooves are brought to the playful jazz number, which creates a cool, swinging retro vibe for... [read more]

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It seems like not a year goes by without a Higashino Keigo mystery making its way onto screen. One of Asia's most popular and followed novelists, the best-selling Japanese suspense writer has published over 80 novels and short story collections, and his books have been translated into a multitude of languages. Besides the prolific production and wide readership that are every publisher's dream come true, the author's works are also highly sought after for film and television. Even if one has never read a single Higashino Keigo novel, anyone with an interest in Japanese television or cinema would likely come across his name. His books are constantly picked up for live-action adaptations, and... [read more]
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