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  • 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 mode 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]
  • CLC Mini Album Vol. 8 - No.1
    From CrystaL Clear to girl power
    February 8, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    In 2017, CLC made a switch in their concept to a fierce, edgy girl crush style with "Hobgoblin." Though "Hobgoblin" was a hit among international K-pop fans, sadly, it didn’t bring them a rise to stardom locally. Their next comeback was retro R&B soul track Where are you now?, a song that I personally really love, but they probably should have continued with a powerful concept. Following last year's Black Dress, the girls are finally back with stylish music in new album No.1! "Red lip? No. Earrings? No. High heels? No. Handbag? No." Their synth-bass dance number No starts in quite an impactful way by addressing the theme straight on; don't ever limit them to a certain preconception – they... [read more]
  • Boku no Koto (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
    A song for the good days and the bad days
    January 31, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Everyone could use an encouraging song to start out the new year with, and my theme song for this tiring January was Mrs. GREEN APPLE's Boku no Koto. As a support song for Japan's national high school soccer tournament, Boku no Koto naturally carries an inspiring message to cheer on young people, but it's not exactly a cheerily positive song. Instead, the song delivers empathy and reassurance for both the good days and the bad days. Opening quietly with a soothing guitar melody and gentle vocals, Boku no Koto connects with softly self-reflecting lyrics in the first verse: "What's the difference between me and you? / I know that we're all living creatures / But I'm frightened by something."... [read more]
  • Little Forest (2018) (DVD) (Korea Version)
    A similar yet different Little Forest
    January 29, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Since I really enjoyed the Japanese film adaptation of Igarashi Daisuke's manga Little Forest, I was quite curious about how the 2018 Korean adaptation would turn out, especially with Lim Soon Rye directing and Kim Tae Ri in the leading role. Though the Korean film doesn't bring any new surprises for those already familiar with the manga or the Japanese film, the charming, calming recipe of beautiful nature and scrumptious food holds up well for a second course of cinematic comfort food. Apart from the different setting, Lim's take on the story of a young woman living and cooking in the countryside does strike a subtly different tone that sets it apart from the Japanese version. Shot at a... [read more]
  • Seventeen Mini Album Vol. 6 - YOU MADE MY DAWN (Random Version)
    Seventeen's dawn is hotter than day
    January 24, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Following You Make My Day in July, Seventeen returns in half a year with another "YMMD" album – You Made My Dawn. Unlike the funky and joyful tunes in the summer album, this new album presents six songs that are more sentimental. If you haven't noticed, the last track of You Make My Day is actually called Our Dawn Is Hotter Than Day, creating a fun correlation between the two records. Seventeen comes back with the urban future R&B title track Home (Track 2) to tell their loved ones to lean on them "cause I'm your home, home, home, home." Every verse starts with a tranquilizing ambience, and then gradually turns to a contrasting powerful sound. The constant change of beats and highs and lows... [read more]

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Romancing in Milkyway Image
Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
Johnnie To and Milkyway Image may be best known to overseas film buffs for their action films. However, the prolific production company has also produced some of the most popular Hong Kong romance films of the past two decades. With the release of To and frequent collaborator Wai Ka Fai's latest romantic comedy blockbuster Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2, we take a look back at the Milkyway Image films that have moved the hearts of audiences everywhere. 1. Needing You (2000) Now fully ensconced as one of Hong Kong's all-time greatest on-screen couples, Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng began their partnership with 2000's Needing You, the highest-grossing Hong Kong film that year. The quintessential... [read more]
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