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Hyukoh, Kang Tae Gu & BTS win at 15th Korean Music Awards

  March 2, 2018  
Hyukoh and rising singer-songwriter Kang Tae Gu swept the top prizes at the 15th Korean Music Awards in Seoul on February 28. The biggest winner Kang Tae Gu garnered Album of the Year and Best Folk Album with his debut album bleu, as well as Best Folk Song with the titular song "bleu." Hyukoh also took three prizes including Song of the Year and Best Modern Rock Song (Tomboy) and Best Modern Rock Album (23). BTS became the first idol group to be crowned Musician of the Year at the Korean Music Awards.

Blues rock trio Se So Neon was named Rookie of the Year and won Best Rock Song with "The Wave." IU, who had led with five nominations, prevailed in the Best Pop Album category with Palette. Red Velvet's "Red Flavor" triumphed in the Best Pop Song race.

Woo Won Jae's "We Are" was recognized as Best Rap & Hip Hop Song, while Viann X Khundi Panda (Reconstruction) received the Best Rap & Hip Hop Album award. For R&B & Soul, Hippy was Gypsy won Best Album with Tree and Rico picked up Best Song with Paradise.

Other genre winners include Lowdown 30's B for Best Rock Album, Abyss's Recrowned for Best Metal & Hardcore Album, Idiotape's Dystopian for Best Dance & Electronic Album, CIFIKA's My Ego for Best Dance & Electronic Song, Lee Ji Yeon Contemporary Jazz Orchestra's Feather, Dream Drop for Best Jazz Album, Han Seung Seok & Jung Jae Il's And There, the Sea at Last for Best Crossover Album, and Hogyu "Stiger" Hwang Quartet's Straight, No Chaser for Best Jazz & Crossover Performance.

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Kong Hyo Jin & Ryu Jun Yeol combat traffic crimes in new action film

  March 2, 2018  
Kong Hyo Jin (Single Rider), Ryu Jun Yeol (A Taxi Driver) and Jo Jung Suk (My Annoying Brother) set off an exciting car chase in the forthcoming film Bbaengban, the second feature of Coin Locker Girl director Han Jun Hee. The action drama revolves around the crime-fighting efforts of a group of dedicated traffic officers in the hit-and-run task force.

Kong Hyo Jin will take on her first police role as Eun Shi Yeon, who gets demoted to a hit-and-run investigation team. The team also includes instinct-driven officer Min Jae (Ryu Jun Yeol) and supportive leader Woo Sun Young (Jeon Hye Jin, The Merciless). Jo Jung Suk (My Annoying Brother) portrays the trio's biggest target, a former F1 racer and current entrepreneur who strives for speed and luxury cars at all costs.

Bbaengban also co-stars Yeom Jung Ah (The Mimic) as the cool and dominating head of the regional investigation team, and SHINee's Key (The Guardians) in his silver screen debut. The movie will start filming in March 2018.

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Rene Liu makes directorial debut with Chunyun-themed film

  February 28, 2018  
Taiwan singer-actress Rene Liu, who is known for her appearances in films like 20 30 40 and The Personals, is making her directorial debut with the drama Us and Them. Starring Jing Boran (Monster Hunt), Zhou Dongyu (Soul Mate) and 5th Generation filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang (Love Education), the film is produced by Zhang Yibai and features cinematography by award-winning cinematographer Mark Lee.

Us and Them is set around the Chunyun period, China's notoriously congested Chinese New Year travel season that sees over a billion people traveling across the country to reunite with families for the holidays. Jing Boran plays Jianqing, a youth who encounters Zhou Dongyu's Xiao Xiao, a childhood friend from his hometown, on the train while on their way home during Chunyun. The two will experience the twists and turns of love, breakup, missed opportunities, and re-encounter.

Us and Them completed filming in December 2017, and is set to open in China on April 28.

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Kim Eun Hee & Kim Seong Hoon team up for period zombie thriller

  February 23, 2018  
Signal screenwriter Kim Eun Hee and Tunnel director Kim Seong Hoon team up for Netflix's original drama series Kingdom. The six-episode period zombie thriller is based on Kim's 2014 webcomic Burning Hell Shinui Nara illustrated by Yang Kyung Il.

Set in the Joseon dynasty, Kingdom reflects modern fears and anxiety through a zombie apocalypse tale. Ju Ji Hoon, who recently appeared in the tremendously successful Along with the Gods series, makes his first drama comeback in three years after Mask. The actor will star as the Crown Prince, who discovers a sinister conspiracy that threatens the country while investigating a mysterious zombie outbreak on a suicide mission.

Bae Doo Na (Stranger) will take her first period drama role as doctor Seo Bi. Ryu Seung Ryong, who was last seen on the small screen in the 2010 Personal Taste, will co-star as powerful politician Jo Hak Joo. The pre-produced drama also includes Kim Sang Ho (Missing 9), Hur Jun Ho (Ruler: Master of the Mask) and Jeon Suk Ho (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon).

Produced by Signal's production house AStory, Kingdom will premiere on Netflix in 2018.

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Higashide Masahiro & Mackenyu in racing film from director of Umizaru

  February 23, 2018  
Japanese filmmaker Hasumi Eiichiro, the director of the blockbuster Umizaru, Mozu and Assassination Classroom series, takes on the world of rally racing in his new original film Over Drive. Young actors Higashide Masahiro (Death Note: Light Up the New World) and Arata Mackenyu (Chihayafuru) star in the hot-blooded film about racing rivalries and the relationship of two brothers.

Arata Mackenyu plays younger brother Hiyama Naozumi, a reckless racing prodigy under Spica Racing Factory. He often bumps heads with his serious-minded brother Atsuhiro, who is the team's chief mechanic. The stage for battle is set at the Seiko Cup Rally Series, the top domestic rally for young talents aiming for the World Rally Championship.

Besides the leads, the film features other up-and-coming stars like Morikawa Aoi (Too Young to Die) as Naozumi's new manager Endo Hikaru, DISH//'s Kitamura Takumi (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas) as rival driver Shinkai Akira, and Gekidan EXILE's Machida Keita (HiGH & LOW series) as Spica Racing Factory's new mechanic. Yoshida Kotaro plays the president of Spica Racing Factory.

Over Drive opens in Japan on June 1, 2018.

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Winners of 7th Gaon Music Awards

  February 15, 2018  
The winners of the 7th Gaon Music Awards were announced on February 14 in Seoul. The biggest winner IU walked away with four awards including Song of the Year, which is given to songs with the highest monthly sales, for "Through the Night" (March) and Palette (April). The singer-songwriter was also named Lyricist of the Year and won the Long-Run Song of the Year award for the massive hit "Through the Night." Her agency Fave Entertainment received the Producer of the Year award for the album Palette.

BTS follows with two Album of the Year awards for You Never Walk Alone and Love Yourself 'Her', both of which achieved the best quarterly sales. Their producer Pdogg took the Composer of the Year award. Seventeen's A|1 and Wanna One's 1-1=0 (Nothing Without You) also received the top honor.

Apart from IU's "Through the Night" and Palette, Song of the Year winners also include Akdong Musician's "Last Goodbye" (January), Twice's Knock Knock (February), PSY's I Luv It (May), G-Dragon's "Untitled, 2014" (June), EXO's Ko Ko Bop (July), Sun Mi's Gashina (August), SechsKies's "Something Special" (September), Epik High's "Love Story" (October), Wanna One's Beautiful (November) and Twice's Heart Shaker (December).

Rapper Woo Won Jae and Wanna One were crowned New Artist of the Year, while BLACKPINK picked up the World New Artist award. Discovery of the Year awards went to MeloMance (indie), Changmo (hip-hop), Heize (R&B) and Hwang Chi Yeol (ballad). GOT7 won the World Hallyu Star Award, and the Hot Performance of the Year award along with NU'EST W. Yoon Jong Shin was honored with K-pop Contribution and Popular Singer of The Year.

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IU & Hyukoh lead 15th Korean Music Awards nominations

  February 8, 2018  
Nominees for the 15th Korean Music Awards were revealed on February 6. IU and Hyukoh scored the most nominations with five each, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Musician of the Year. IU's Palette and "Through the Night" are also shortlisted in the Best Pop Album and Song categories. Hyukoh, on the other hand, seeks victories in the Best Modern Rock Album and Song races with the album 23 and its title song Tomboy.

BTS follows closely behind with four nominations. The Bangtan Boys join IU and Hyukoh in the lineups for Musician of the Year and Song of the Year, which also includes Red Velvet's "Red Flavor" and rising rapper Woo Won Jae's "We Are." Their fifth mini-album Lover Yourself 'Her' will compete against Tae Yeon's My Voice, Tae Min's Move, Red Velvet's Perfect Velvet and Lee Jin Ah's Random for Best Pop Album. BTS's hit jam DNA is also in the Best Pop Song category, along with Sun Mi's Gashina, Red Velvet's "Red Flavor" and NCT 127's Cherry Bomb.

Up-and-coming electronica musician Yeseo made strong showings in the categories of Rookie of the Year and Best Dance & Electronic Album (Million Things) and Song (Silhouette). Besides Song of the Year, Woo Won Jae also picked up nods for Rookie of the Year and Best Rap & Hip-hop Song ("We Are").

Producer Peejay and Zion.T's collaboration Na B Ya is shortlisted for Best R&B & Soul Song, together with offonoff's Gold, Seo Samuel's Off You, Hippy was Gipsy's "Dot" and Horim's Temp-Ton. The Best R&B & Soul Album nominations go to Rad Museum's Scene, Rico's White Light Panorama, Minje's Now, offonoff's boy. and Hippy was Gipsy's Tree. Folk rock legend Lee Jang Hee will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 15th Korean Music Awards will be held in Seoul on February 28, 2018.

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Our Time Will Come leads 37th Hong Kong Film Awards nominations

  February 6, 2018  
Nominations for the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards have been announced. Ann Hui's wartime drama Our Time Will Come leads with 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress for Zhou Xun, and Best Supporting Actress for Deanie Ip.

Sylvia Chang's relationship drama Love Education and Wilson Yip's crime thriller Paradox both received nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Director. Chang is also nominated for Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Herman Yau's Shock Wave and Wong Jing and James Kwan's Chasing the Dragon nab the remaining Best Film slots, while Yau and 29+1's playwright-turned-director Kearen Pang complete the Best Director shortlist.

Best Actor nominations go to Andy Lau (Shock Wave), Louis Koo (Paradox), Tian Zhuangzhuang (Love Education), Ronald Cheng (Concerto of the Bully) and theater actor Ling Man Lung (Tomorrow is Another Day), who is also nominated for Best New Performer. Meanwhile, Chrissie Chau (29+1), Stephy Tang (The Empty Hands) and Teresa Mo (Tomorrow is Another Day) join Zhou Xun and Sylvia Chang in the Best Actress race.

Philip Keung (Shock Wave, Concerto of the Bully) and Japanese actor Kurata Yasuaki (God of War, The Empty Hands) both received double nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category, along with Gordon Lam (Paradox) and Paul Chun (Love off the Cuff). Joyce Cheng (29+1), Siu Yam Yam (Vampire Cleanup Department), Wu Yanshu (Love Education) and Baby Bo (Somewhere Beyond the Mist) will go up against Deanie Ip for Best Supporting Actress.

The 37th Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony will be held on April 15.

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Ninomiya Kazunari to play a surgeon in TBS series Black Pean

  February 5, 2018  
Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari will play a surgeon for the first time in the upcoming TBS drama Black Pean. The series marks his first ever Sunday primetime drama and his first TBS drama since 2008's Ryusei no Kizuna.

Black Pean is based on Team Batista no Eiko series writer Kaido Takeru's 2007 novel Black Pean 1988. The novel has sold over 1.15 million copies and was shortlisted for the 2008 Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. A prequel to Team Batista no Eiko, Black Pean will star Ninomiya Kazunari as Tokai Seijiro, a surgeon with outstanding suturing skills. A lone wolf by nature, Tokiwa holds an ordinary position at a university hospital and is not interested in getting ahead. Though he has a 100% surgical success rate, his arrogant personality and behavior constantly put him at odds with the people around him, earning him the nickname "Demon of the Operation Room." The medical series revolves around Tokai's clashes with the university hospital over surgical standards and the conspiracy behind the introduction of new technology to the hospital.

Black Pean will be written by Little Giant screenwriter Ushio Kentaro and helmed by Hanzawa Naoki and Rikuoh director Fukuzawa Katsuo. The series will begin broadcast in April 2018.

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Park Hae Jin to star in Man to Man's prequel Four Men

  January 31, 2018  
Park Hae Jin, who portrayed a poker-faced bodyguard in the drama Man to Man, will star in the action thriller's prequel Four Men. Following her impressive Korean drama debut in The Good Wife, After School's Nana will join the mystery romcom in her first leading role as an upright detective with strong fighting skills. The pre-produced drama is created by My Love from the Star director Jang Tae Yoo and screenwriter Kim Je Young (Wonderful Nightmare).

Park Hae Jin will play four personas: brave Kang Il Hoon, instinctive Chen, calm Dong Jin and artistic Michael. The main protagonist Il Hoon is the illegitimate son of CEO Kang Do Hoon (Park Geun Hyung, Criminal Minds) and works as a secretary in his father's company. However, he gets involved in a mysterious case when detective Yeo Rin (Nana) investigates the death of her boyfriend Dong Jin.

The star-studded drama also co-stars Kwak Si Yang (Chicago Typewriter) as an elite detective who has a crush on Yeo Rin, Lee Ki Woo (Woman of Dignity) as an ambitious and selfish chaebol heir who is the elder brother of Il Hoon, Jang Hee Ryung (Uncontrollably Fond) as a curious reporter and Yeo Rin's faithful friend, NU'EST member Ren as Yeo Rin's devoted younger brother, and Kim Chang Wan (Children of the 20th Century) as an obsessive doctor who looks after Il Hoon.

Four Men started shooting in January 2018 and is expected to air in the second half of the year.

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BTS wins grand prize at 27th Seoul Music Awards

  January 29, 2018  
The 27th Seoul Music Awards were held on January 25 in Seoul. BTS took the show's Grand Prize for the first time with their fifth mini-album Love Yourself 'Her'. IU reclaimed the Best Album Award after six years with Palette, while Yoon Jong Shin's "Like It" was named Best Digital Song.

BTS, BLACKPINK, NU'EST W, Seventeen, BTOB, Twice, EXO, Bolbbalgan4, GOT7, Red Velvet, Wanna One and Super Junior were recognized with Main Prizes. Wanna One also won the New Artist Award, along with Pristin and Chung Ha. NCT127 and Mamamoo triumphed in the Dance Performance category. Suran picked up the R&B/Soul Award, while indie band iamnot emerged victory in the Best Band race. Ailee was again honored with Best OST.

Special awards were also given to SHINee's Tae Min (Popularity Award), EXO (Fandom School Award and Hallyu Special Award), Monsta X (Discovery of the Year) and Bang Si Hyuk (Producer Award).

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Hana Yori Dango sequel to be adapted into live-action TV drama

  January 26, 2018  
Hana Nochi Hare - Hanadan Next Season, the sequel to Kamio Yoko's ever popular manga Hana Yori Dango, will be adapted into a live-action TV drama by TBS. Rising stars Sugisaka Hana (Blade of the Immortal), Hirano Sho of Johnny's group King & Prince, and Nakagawa Taishi (ReLIFE) have been cast in the leading roles.

Serialized in Shonen Jump+ since November 2015, Hana Nochi Hare - Hanadan Next Season, or Boys Over Flowers Season 2, is Kamio Yoko's sequel to her representative work Hana Yori Sango, which has been adapted into hit TV dramas many times throughout Asia. The manga, which already spans eight volumes, tells a new story of youth romance at Eitoku Academy two years after F4's graduation.

The TV drama shifts the timeline to ten years later with Sugisaka Hana as heroine Edogawa Oto, a girl whose family became poor after her father's company went bankrupt. Hirano Sho plays Kakuragi Haruto, who formed his own C5 (Correct 5) because of his admiration for Domyoji Tsukasa. In front of other students, he appears to be the second Domyoji, but in reality he is weak and insecure. Nakagawa Taishi plays Edogawa Oto's fiancé Hase Tenma, the student council president of Momonozono Academy.

Hana Yori Dango live-action series producer Setoguchi Katsuaki and director Ishii Yasuharu work together again to adapt Hana Nochi Hare - Hanadan Next Season this time. Yoshida Erika (No Longer Heroine) serves as the screenwriter.

Hana Nochi Hare - Hanadan Next Season the TV drama will begin airing in Japan in April.

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2017 TVB Anniversary Awards Winners

  January 22, 2018  
Leading Hong Kong broadcaster TVB's TV Awards Presentation 2017 was held on January 21, 2018. My Ages Apart was awarded Best Drama, while Best Actor and Best Actress went to Legal Mavericks' Vincent Wong and My Unfair Lady's Natalie Tong, both first-time winners. The Unholy Alliance's Joel Chan and A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch's Rebecca Zhu won Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The hit series The Exorcist's Meter was selected as Netizen's Favorite Drama, and leading man Kenneth Ma won Most Popular Male Character for his role of Ma Kwai. Sisley Choi won Most Popular Female Character for her role as Deanie (Chiu Ching Mui) in Legal Mavericks. Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind, Bet Hur) and new-generation variety show queen Mayanne Mak were named the Most Improved Male and Female Artiste. A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch's Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho and Matthew Ho were recognized as the Most Popular On-Screen Partnership, and Hubert Wu's "I Was Here" for The Exorcist's Meter won Most Popular Drama Theme Song.

In the variety/infotainment categories, Dodo Goes Shopping 2 won Best Host for Carol Cheng, Fama, Kenneth Ma, Priscilla Wong and Edwin Siu. The show also shared the Best Non-Drama Programme prize with Faraway Brides, The Ahistoric Grandpa Show, Cantopop at 50 and Bazaar Carnivals.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of TVB, the station especially created the 50th Anniversary Achievement Award and dedicated it to TVB's artists and staff over the past five decades.

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Our Time Will Come named Best Film of 2017 by Hong Kong Film Critics Society

  January 16, 2018  
The winners of the 24th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards were announced on January 15. Ann Hui's historical drama Our Time Will Come was named the Best Film of 2017. It is Hui's fifth time winning the top honor after A Simple Life, The Way We Are, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt and Summer Snow. Sylvia Chang won Best Director for her drama Love Education, and Gordon Chan's war epic God of War was awarded Best Screenplay.

Veteran Japanese actor Kurata Yasuaki won Best Actor for his role as a samurai commander in God of War. Meanwhile, Stephy Tang edged out Tomorrow is Another Day's Teresa Mo, In Your Dreams' Carina Lau, Sleep Curse's Michelle Wai and 29+1's Chrissie Chau to win her first Best Actress prize for her performance in Chapman To's karate drama The Empty Hands.

Besides Our Time Will Come, eight other films were shortlisted as Recommended Films by the HKFCS: God of War, Love Education, The Empty Hands, Herman Yau's horror drama Always Be With You, Derek Kwok's costume fantasy Wu Kong, Kearen Pang's directorial debut 29+1, Wilson Yip's crime action thriller Paradox and Lost in the Fumes, Nora Lam's indie documentary about local activist Edward Leung.

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Sekigahara and The Third Murder lead 41st Japan Academy Prize nominations

  January 15, 2018  
The 41st Japan Academy Prize has announced its shortlist of winners. Harada Masato's Sengoku war epic Sekigahara and Kore-eda Hirokazu's suspense drama The Third Murder lead with ten nominations each, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Yakusho Koji who appeared in both films.

Hiroki Ryuichi's fantasy drama The Miracles of the Namiya General Store and Shinohara Tetsuo's period drama Flower and Sword are also both in the running for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Romance drama Let Me Eat Your Pancreas completes the Best Film prizes, while Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Before We Vanish) nabs the last director nomination. Mary and the Witch's Flower, Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl and Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? will compete for Animation of the Year.

Sekigahara star Okada Junichi, who previously won Best Actor in 2015, seeks his second win against Oizumi Yo (The Last Shot in the Bar), Nomura Mansai (Sword and Flower), Suda Masaki (Wilderness: Part 1), Fujiwara Tatsuya (Memoirs of a Murderer) and Satoh Takeru (The 8-Year Engagement). Meanwhile, Aoi Yu (Birds Without Names), Aragaki Yui (Mix), Tsuchiya Tao (The 8-Year Engagement), Nagasawa Masami (Before We Vanish) and Yoshitaka Yuriko (Yurigokoro) are shortlisted for Best Actress.

The twice-nominated Yakusho Koji is joined in the Best Supporting Actor race by Nishida Toshiyuki (The Miracles of the Namiya General Store), Matsuda Ryuhei (The Last Shot in the Bar), Nishimura Masahiko (What a Wonderful Family 2) and Murakami Nijiro (Mukoku). Ono Machiko (The Miracles of the Namiya General Store), Kitagawa Keiko (The Last Shot in the Bar), Hirose Suzu (The Third Murder), Natsukawa Yui (What a Wonderful Family 2) and Yakushima Hiroko (The 8-Year Engagement) are nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Takeuchi Ryoma (Teiichi no Kuni), Nakajo Ayumi (Let's Go Jets! From Small Town Girls to U.S. Champions?!) and Hamabe Minami and Kitamura Takumi from Let Me Eat Your Pancreas will all receive Best Newcomer prizes.

The Grand Prize winner for each category will be announced at the 41st Japan Academy Prize award ceremony on March 2, 2018.

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BTS and IU win top prizes at 32nd Golden Disc Awards

  January 12, 2018  
The 32nd Golden Disc Awards were held on January 10 and 11 in Gyeonggi Province to recognize the biggest digital and physical K-pop releases of 2017. BTS took away their first Album Grand Prize with Love Yourself 'Her' and IU won the Digital Grand Prize for "Through the Night."

NU'EST W, Monsta X, BTS, Seventeen, Super Junior, Hwang Chi Yeul, EXO, GOT7, Twice, Girls' Generation and Tae Yeon picked up Album Awards, while Digital Awards went to Red Velvet, BTS, Bolbbalgan4, Big Bang, IU, Akdong Musician, Yoon Jong Shin, Winner, Heize, BLACKPINK and Twice. BTOB and GFriend triumphed in the Best Performance Group races. Wanna One completed their New Artist collection with a sixth trophy.

Hyukoh emerged victorious in the Best Rock category for the second time, while Suran received the Best R&B/Soul Award. Ailee was again honored with the Best OST prize for I Will Go to You like the First Snow from the sensational drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. EXO walked away with the Global Popularity Award, as well as the CeCi Asia Icon Award along with Twice.

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12th Asian Film Awards Nominations

  January 12, 2018  
Nominations for the 12th Asian Film Awards were announced on January 11.

Feng Xiaogang, whose I Am Not Madame Bovary took the top prize last year, returns to the awards with his Cultural Revolution-era coming-of-age drama Youth, which garnered five nods including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. It will compete against Amit V. Masurkar's comedy-drama Newton, Kore-eda Hirokazu's suspense drama The Third Murder, Vivian Qu's Angels Wear White and Hong Sang Soo's relationship drama The Day After in the Best Film race.

Hong Sang Soo is also recognized in the Best Director category along with Ishii Yuya (The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue), Sylvia Chang (Love Education) and Chen Kaige, whose period fantasy The Legend of the Demon Cat received a leading six nominations, though mainly in technical categories. Sylvia Chang, who also starred in Love Education, received additional nominations for Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Other nominees for Best Actress include Kim Min Hee (The Day After), Zhou Dongyu (This is Not What I Expected), Aoi Yu (Birds Without Names) and Marsha Timothy (Marlina: The Murder in Four Acts).

Louis Koo is nominated for Best Actor for his role as a cop searching for his abducted daughter in the crime thriller Paradox. He is up against Duan Yihong (The Looming Storm), Rajkummar Rao (Newton), Sukollawat Kanarot (Malila: The Farewell Flower) and Kim Yoon Seok (1987: When the Day Comes). Meanwhile, Estelle Wu (Love Education), Hirose Suzu (The Third Murder), Kitty Zhang (The Legend of Demon Cat), Choi Hee Seo (Anarchist from Colony) and Sugisaki Hana (Blade of the Immortal) are shortlisted for Best Supporting Actress; Tian Zhuangzhuang (Love Education), Yu Hae Jin (A Taxi Driver), Eddie Peng (Our Time Will Come), Yang Ik Joon (Wilderness) and Geng Le (Angels Wear White) are up for Best Supporting Actor.

After winning Best Director at the Golden Horse Awards for Angels Wear White, Vivian Qu will vie for Best New Director at the AFA opposite Kishi Yoshiyuki (Wilderness), Derek Hui (This is Not What I Expected), Dong Yue (The Looming Storm), Huang Hsin Yao (The Great Buddha+) and Anucha Boonyawatana (Malila: The Farewell Flower). Angels Wear White's 13-year-old star Zou Meijun, who plays a sexual assault victim in the dark drama, is nominated for Best Newcomer along with Zhong Chuxi (Youth), Ling Man Lung (Tomorrow is Another Day), Girls' Generation member Im Yoon A (Confidential Assignment) and Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying from Thai blockbuster Bad Genius, which is also nominated for Best Screenplay. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, Blade of the Immortal, Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield, Paradox and The Thousand Faces of Dunjia have been selected for the newly created Best Action Film category.

Veteran Hong Kong actress Kara Hui, who won Best Actress at the past Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Film Awards, has been announced as the recipient of this year's Excellence in Asian Cinema Award.

The 12th Asian Film Awards will be held in Macau on March 17, 2018.

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Takeuchi Ryoma & Hamabe Minami in romcom by writer of No Longer Heroine

  January 11, 2018  
Rising stars Takeuchi Ryoma and Hamabe Minami will star in the live-action film adaptation of Koda Momoko's shojo manga Sensei Kunshu. The romantic comedy is Takeuchi's first film since shooting to great popularity last year through the TV dramas Kahogo no Kahoko and Rikuoh. The film also marks Hamabe's third time working with director Tsukikawa Sho after Let Me Eat Your Pancreas and My Little Monster.

Serialized from 2013 to 2017 in Bessatsu Marget, Sensei Kunshu comically depicts the love battles of high school girl Samaru Ayuha, who falls for her cool and level-headed teacher Hiromitsu Yoshitaka. The character of Hiromitsu Yoshitaka is the older brother of Hiromitsu Kosuke from Koda's other manga Heroine Shikkaku, which was adapted into the hit live-action film No Longer Heroine in 2015. No Longer Heroine's screenwriter Yoshida Erika will again handle the screenplay for Sensei Kunshu.

Sensei Kunshu is slated for release in 2018.

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