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  • EXO: Chen Mini Album Vol. 1 - April, and a flower (April Version)
    April, flower and Chen
    April 15, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    When thinking about Chen, people tend to connect him with words like "warm," "sweet" and "healing." On top of his cute look, he possesses a lovable personality and tender voice that gives everyone a comforting feeling. After a seven-year wait, the EXO member finally gets the chance to show his vocals thoroughly with a solo album! Like the majority of K-ballads, the six love stories in April, and a flower mainly revolve around relationships, breakup and memories. Title song "Beautiful goodbye" (Track 2) does not have a grand or complex tune but a simple acoustic melody that best delivers Chen's refined voice. Contrary to the heart-wrenching lead single, the singer's self-written track... [read more]
  • PENTAGON Mini Album Vol. 8 - Genie:us
    Pierce the ceiling and fly, Pentagon!
    March 29, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Though Cube Entertainment is often criticized for their management skills, the label certainly has the ability to train and debut many musically talented singers. Pentagon proves this again with their six-track mini-album Genie:us. Dance off your stress on Saturdays with Pentagon's future house track "SHA LA LA" (Track 1)! The song is titled Shintoburi in Korean, which is originally a Buddhist term, but the band has humorously changed its meaning to an abbreviation of "Happy Saturday Night." This plug has an unexpectedly different vibe from their previous two hits, but it's still an addictive one! The song intro particularly reminds me of Wanna One's Energetic, which is also written by Hui.... [read more]
  • Jannabi Vol. 2 - LEGEND
    Youth stories in vintage band sounds
    March 29, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    How would you describe your youth? The brightest days of your life, or the most painful and rebellious time you've ever had? "Youth" is for sure one of the most popular themes in Korean music, but indie band Jannabi has a rather different interpretation of the word. Jannabi leader and lyricist Jung Hoon describes their new album LEGEND as such: "It revolves around youth, a miserable time that eventually disappears someday and becomes a legend in our lives." Rather than just chattering about romance, the band talks about this and that, the tiny happenings of their youthful days. Jannabi is best known for the tracks "Summer," She, Good Boy Twist and recent hit "Take My Hand" from Romance is a... [read more]
  • On Your Wedding Day (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
    Love is about timing
    March 29, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The quintessential Taiwan coming-of-age romances You Are the Apple of My Eye and Our Times were both hits in South Korea, with the latter in particular providing probably the most mainstream Taiwan pop culture moment in Korea since the original Meteor Garden. Korean cinema has its closest approximation to those two films in the delightful 2018 romantic smash On Your Wedding Day. The romantic comedy opens in the present day when gym teacher Woo Yeon (Kim Young Kwang) receives a wedding invitation from Seung Hee (Park Bo Young), the girl who got away. The film then rewinds back over a decade to when the two first met in high school. Immature slacker Woo Yeon falls head over heels for the... [read more]
  • Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
    No Ip Man, No Problem
    March 28, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    No Ip Man, no problem – at least when it comes to the spin-off film Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy. In 2015's Ip Man 3, Max Zhang left a strong impression as Wing Chun practitioner Cheung Tin Chi, who persistently challenged Ip Man for the title of Hong Kong's top martial artist. While not an antagonist, the character was an adversary to Ip Man for much of the film and provided various scene-stealing moments for Zhang. Three years later, the actor stepped back into the shoes of Cheung Tin Chi to headline his own film set after the events of Ip Man 3. Having closed his martial arts school and set aside the chip on his shoulder since we last saw him, Cheung Tin Chi is now content with running a... [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]

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Originally published on Reprinted with permission. This is our countdown of THE BEST HONG KONG FILMS EVER as decided upon by readers. Originally we were going to list 150 films but because of the amount of participation - 166 voters, 481 films nominated - we were able to extend this out to a massive list of 200 films. Shocking. I mean, who knew people liked that many Hong Kong movies? So, what's this list good for? Well, besides reading material at work, you can use this as a list of recommended films as selected by your peers. Who better to tell you what to watch than other normal people, plus a few journalists, film fest personnel, the occasional producer... [read more]
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