Reviews written by Kyra
Paradise Kiss (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)(1)Our Price: US$18.993 people found this review helpful
February 17, 2012 Frothy but fun
While "Paradise Kiss" is by no means a classic, it is an enjoyable flick filled with beautiful clothes, beautiful settings, beautiful people, and a fairy-tale like plot. It's not a particularly deep film, but for all the teenage girls in the world, this movie should be engaging.
Kitagawa is convincing enough as Yukari, our protagonist and student-turned-model. She starts out living life only to make her mother happy--by studying hard and trying to get into the best schools. She isn't particularly happy, but she has nothing else to work for in life.
When given an opportunity by the four member fashion team 'Paradise Kiss' to be their brand's exclusive model, Yukari becomes confused as a new path begins to open in front of her. She starts to wonder what she herself wants from life. Does she really want to struggle to fulfill her mothers expectations while having a relatively secure future, or does she want to follow the risky and unforgiving world of professional modeling?
This movie is all about finding the courage to chase your dreams, and follows the process of Yukari growing up and becoming more self-aware--all while following her glamorous exploits in the realms of fashion and romance in Tokyo and later New York. All in all, an enjoyable film that's sure to appeal to fans of a good teenage fairy tale. :)
The... (Jacket B)(Japan Version)2 people found this review helpful
September 17, 2010 Blew me away...
Tohoshinki may be disbanded, perhaps forever, but we still have Junsu/Jejung/Yuchun to help us keep the faith!
This version of the CD was fantastic...although it's really just based around 4 songs, you don't notice since the remixes are so different from the original versions of the songs...and the remixes are in my opinion just as enjoyable as the original versions. It's also nice to hear the boys sing live...they prove once again that they are more than your average manufactured boy band...they can actually sing, and pretty dang well at that!
I chose this version over the DVD version because my Japanese is basic at best and I figured I didn't want the DVD if there were no music videos and no English subtitles. Anyway, this version seemed to be just what I wanted and I can say I'm extremely happy with my purchase! If you love Tohoshinki, you'll want this CD for sure, even if the number of boys is a bit less than we're used to. They still sound great at any rate! :)
Today (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(3)Our Price: US$34.99October 2, 2007 Simply Lovely
I recently received this album and I have to say how much I enjoy it. Angela has a rich, beautiful voice that is pleasant to listen to. Her piano playing is also exceptional. Depending on the song, Angela goes from upbeat and fun (like 5. Tashika ni) to mellow and relaxing (1. Sakura-iro). I enjoy many of her songs included on this compilation; the only reason I gave 'Today' a 9/10 is that there are a few songs I inevitably always like to skip over. However, overall the CD is chock full of good material that is more than listenable. There's even an English-language song included (13. Surrender) that showcases Angela's multilingual heritage and talents.
The DVD that comes with this edition has a total of 8 videos--including official music videos, live performances, and makings of the music videos and the album itself. I was surprised and pleased at how much was included. I feel I should say to potential buyers: be aware that the DVD is all Japanese language with no subtitles; yet even though I am not fluent in Japanese, I still was able to enjoy it.
I highly recommend 'Today' to those who want to listen to something that is excellent, mature music but not quite mainstream Jpop.
200 Pounds Beauty (DVD) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)(5)Our Price: US$57.99List: US$75.99Save: US$18.00 (23%)2 people found this review helpful
April 6, 2007 Hilarious but intelligent film
I just watched this movie and I loved it. I thought the premise of the story interesting--Hannah is a woman with a gorgeous voice, but an ugly, 200-pound exterior. After undergoing head-to-toe plastic surgery and reinventing herself as the sexy, beautiful and slim singer 'Jenny,' Hannah thinks she has everything made. But when people find out the secret to her beauty, will they still accept Hannah?
Kim Ah Jung does a fantastic job playing Hannah--in both the obese and thin forms. Her comedic timing is dead on, and her singing voice won me over instantly (the movie includes a great soundtrack!) Her character is so loveably awkward, and we cannot help but want those in her world to love her as much as we do.
Underneath the film's comedy--which is plentiful and genuinely funny--the movie brings up some interesting and thought-provoking points about society's obession with physical appearance and the trend of 'fixing' ourselves with plastic surgery. People reject Hannah despite her inner loveliness because of her obesity, and are set to reject her again because she is no longer 'natural.' I love the ending...it leaves the topic of plastic surgery and the definition of beauty up in the air for the viewers to decide on for themselves. I'd definitely recommend watching it!
Freeze (CGV TV Series) (US Version)1 people found this review helpful
March 15, 2007 Love, passion, and blood
I absolutely love this series. Freeze is shorter than most Kdramas (only 5 one-hour episodes), but I like that it doesn't require the huge time committment that most similar shows entail. You can watch it all in a day without losing any sleep...:)
The story is a bit dark, but fascinating. An older vampire who enjoys beauty, youthful looks, and a life of luxury finds his existence nonetheless cursed and empty. It is only when he meets the beautiful young mortal woman, Ji-Woo, that his emotional wall begins to fall and he realizes he needs love and purpose in his life in order to be happy. But how can he have a relationship with Ji-Woo being what he is?
Be warned that this series does include the vampire characters drinking blood and some violence, so I wouldn't recommend this series to younger individuals. BUT this Kdrama does have lush cinematography, dazzling scenery, gorgeous characters, and an achingly beautiful storyline; so how can you go wrong? YA Entertainment did a great job with the subs for this series, and the packaging is very well done. Even if you think you don't like vampire stories, don't let that stop you from seeing this fantastic show--its depth and beauty are breathtaking. I know you won't regret it.
Dong Bang Shin Ki Vol. 3 - Repackage Version (CD+DVD: Music Video)(63)Our Price: US$16.99List: US$22.99Save: US$6.00 (26%)9 people found this review helpful
March 8, 2007 Just what I wanted...
This 'D' version of TVXQ's third album was all I could ever want and then some. This repackaged version comes with the music CD of TVXQ Vol. 3("O" Jung.Ban.Hup), as well as a DVD that contains all of the group's Korean-language music videos as well as concert footage for some of their more popular songs. There are also short interviews with the members of TVXQ between the music video clips. Be warned that there are no subtitles on the DVD, which was the only thing that could have made this set perfect.
Also with this 'D' version comes a set of 30 'magic' cards (similar to playing cards, but larger) with pictures of the boys dressed up in numerous silly outfits, which was quite an unexpected yet fun surprise. I consider this third album by TVXQ their best, and this repackaged version was fantastic, especially for the price! I'd definitely recommend it to fans who want to see as well as hear TVQX perform. However, check out the other versions of this CD to see which of the four "O" Jung.Ban.Hup albums is most interesting to you.
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