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  1. INNER VOICE (EP) INNER VOICE (EP) Tang Siu Hau (Singer)
    Heart-to-hearts
    February 23, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    What comes to your mind when you think of Tang Siu Hau? The singing competition The Voice or the theme song "Half a Cup of Water" from the 2010 TVB sitcom Some Day? It's hard to think of a third thing to represent Siu Hau because she was always underrated during her five years under TVB. After joining Vicky Fung and Victor Tse's Frenzi Music in 2015, her talents were discovered through various surprising singles including "Elegance and Vulgarity" and "Strength and Weakness." Taking audiences away from the depressive world of her debut EP, the mini-album Inner Voice explores the power of communication in mutual understanding and self-discovery. The first plug "Mixed" (Track 1) continues her... [read more]
  2. Doushite Koishite Konna (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version) Doushite Koishite Konna (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version) Uno Misako
    Uno Misako's refreshing solo debut
    February 20, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    In the past several years, quite a few of the AAA members have branched out to solo music careers, with Nishijima Takahiro (Nissy) and Hidaka Mitsuhiro (Sky-Hi) being especially active as solo artists. Uno Misako now joins the solo ranks with her first official single Doushite Koishite Konna ("Why is Love Like This?"). Doushite Koishite Konna contrasts sweet melody and singing with Uno's self-penned melancholic lyrics about love and separation. The medium-tempo song is co-composed by Koudai Iwatsubo and Jazzin'park's Kubota Shingo, who also participated on Nissy's recent solo album Hocus Pocus2. The song's mellow arrangement brings a soul-freeing atmosphere to the song, particularly in the... [read more]
  3. Luna (2CD) Luna (2CD) AGA (Singer)
    Songs for nighttime loners
    January 31, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Sleepless nights may feel lonely, but they're the perfect time for introspection for people like AGA. Drawing from various genres like jazz, rock and hip-hop, the groovy musician's album Luna eloquently expresses the feeling of loneliness through stories of different lonely people and guides listeners to reconnect with their inner souls. The lead track 3AM (Track 1) creates a tranquil midnight with a very rich 90s R&B flavor. On top of a quiet piano melody fused with catchy drumbeats, the singer-songwriter sings about the internal conflict of a girl who struggles to break up with her lover. Rapper Ghost Style comforts the girl with his deep and gentle voice, which perfectly suits the smooth... [read more]
  4. Kassy Mini Album Vol. 1 Kassy Mini Album Vol. 1 Kassy
    Kassy's sonic journey to healing
    January 29, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Kassy made herself known as a rapper through the reality show Unpretty Rapstar 3 in 2016. However, I would rather call her a "rapping vocalist" because singing is her primary focus. In her first mini-album I Want Love, the R&B singer retains her groovy style while introducing new genres to depict a healing journey after breaking up with a loved one. The main plug "I Want Love" (Track 1) starts the album with a dramatic string melody that expresses the intense heat of love. The ardent mood simmers down when cool synth beats join the song. Kassy's confident and frank rap about the yearning for a past love enriches the appealing blend of electronica and classical music with a bold hip-hop... [read more]
  5. The Posterist: The Art Of Yuen Tai-Yung (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Posterist: The Art Of Yuen Tai-Yung (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Yuen Tai Yung | Hui See Wai (Director) | Michael Hui | Kenny Bee Chung
    He who drew the stars
    January 24, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The name Yuen Tai Yung won't ring a bell for most people, but if you're a fan of 70s and 80s Hong Kong films, you'll recognize Yuen's artwork immediately. Yuen's distinctive and eye-catching illustrations graced the movie posters (and VCD/DVD covers) of hundreds of films from Hong Kong cinema's golden age. The self-taught artist was uncannily good at capturing the biggest stars of the day and the tone of action and comedy films. His poster artwork for Bruce Lee films emblazoned the martial arts superstar's name in bold block letters across the top and animated his stunning aura with muscles rippling and limbs flying. Meanwhile, his funny caricature-like drawings for Hui Brothers classics... [read more]
  6. C AllStar 2017 Live (2DVD + 2CD) C AllStar 2017 Live (2DVD + 2CD) C AllStar (Singer)
    Music and society
    January 22, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    While new groups keep popping up in Hong Kong, few of them can stand firm in the mainstream music world like C AllStar. Thanks to their compelling a cappella skills and realistic yet experimental music style, the vocal quartet quickly found a seat among numerous pop groups and rock bands in the Cantopop scene. However, the habitual collaboration between the four members has gradually become a comfort zone that stifles their creativity. Before going solo to find breakthroughs in their music careers, the C AllStar members inspire thinking about the future of Hong Kong and Cantopop in their farewell concert. Starting from the bossa nova debut song iSing to the EDM-style "Music Colony," C... [read more]
  7. Heart Attack (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Heart Attack (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Davika Hoorne (Actor) | Sunny Suwanmethanon (Actor) | Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Director)
    You should get that looked at
    January 19, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The marketing visuals of Heart Attack would have you think that it is a cute romantic comedy of the type that GTH was very good at producing. However, the film's protagonist probably spends more time flirting with the medical meaning of the title than with the doctor he develops a crush on. Directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, the award-winning comedy-drama offers a hint of romance and a multitude of warning signs about the unhealthy workaholic lifestyles of urban professionals. Sunny Suwanmethanon is hilariously relatable as sloppy-looking freelance graphics designer Yoon, who's known as the best in the business. In order to keep that title and the jobs coming in, he must toil quickly... [read more]
  8. Bad Genius (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Bad Genius (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Eisaya Hosuwan (Actor) | Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying (Actor) | Teeradon Supapunpinyo (Actor) | Nattawut Poonpiriya (Director)
    Cruel truth behind exam cheating
    November 30, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Education is important for young people to acquire not only knowledge but also proper social and moral values. However, these values can easily vanish in a goal-oriented education system, under which cheating may become a "strategy" to score high marks in exams. Inspired by the large-scale exam-cheating scandal that happened in Thailand in 2014, director Nattawut Poonpiriya (Countdown) calls for serious reflection on the country's education system and social inequality in the mind-blowing high-school heist thriller Bad Genius. Played by model-turned-actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, math prodigy Lynn is admitted to a prestigious school on a scholarship thanks to her great academic... [read more]
  9. Teiichi no Kuni (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Teiichi no Kuni (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Suda Masaki | Takeuchi Ryoma | Nomura Shuhei | Shison Jun
    Politics As Usual: High School Edition
    November 29, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Back in 2013 when they were still on the cusp of stardom, Suda Masaki and Nomura Shuhei played ordinary immature students at an all-boys high school in The Daily Lives of High School Boys. Four years later, the two actors are back together as immature students of an all-boys high school, but this time they are political rivals. Based on the manga Teiichi no Kuni by Furuya Usamaru, Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High manages to be both wondrously stupid and sneakily smart as it colorfully conjures the facetiously entertaining world of an elite high school known to produce future politicians and bureaucrats. In what seems likes his umpteenth film of the year, Suda Masaki plays Teiichi, a... [read more]
  10. Size 9 (Limited Edition) Size 9 (Limited Edition) Jan Lamb (Singer)
    Hoping for the best for Hong Kong
    November 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    The frustration with Hong Kong's stressful lifestyle and stagnant music market has been growing in the city. By taking on various music genres, Jan Lamb revitalizes the monotonous Cantopop scene, and sends messages of hope and encouragement through the album Size 9. Cantopop enjoyed widespread popularity in Asia during the 1980s and 1990s, and the early 2000s also saw the successful emergence of superstars Joey Yung, Eason Chan and Twins. However, the industry started to decline in the recent decade as local listeners turned to more popular music from Taiwan and Korea. Hong Kong songwriters and singers also produced Mandarin songs to expand their markets. Hoping that the industry can revive... [read more]
  11. The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Ryu Hye Young (Actor) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Park In Jae (Director) | Choi Min Sik (Actor)
    Politics As Usual
    November 27, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Many actors are good at chewing scenery, but few can chew food with as much subtext as Choi Min Sik. The legendary actor famously gnawed on a live octopus in Old Boy. In The Mayor, he leaves the audience with a final close-up image of him staring straight at the camera while chewing slowly and purposefully on a lettuce wrap. Before that, he spends two hours biting vociferously into the role of Seoul mayor Byun Jong Goo in Park In Jae's meaty thriller about the rancid world of political elections. Having cultivated a calculated voter-friendly maverick image in his two terms, Byun Jong Goo seeks an unprecedented third team, but his ambitions are threatened by competition from a female... [read more]
  12. Nanimono (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Nanimono (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Arimura Kasumi (Actor) | Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Suda Masaki (Actor) | Okada Masaki (Actor)
    Finding jobs, searching dreams
    November 16, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Most Japanese corporations start recruiting new employees in the spring every year. During the job-hunting season, hopeful graduates in identical black suits busily participate in various job fairs and interviews. Set against the backdrop of Japan's stressful job-seeking culture, young author Asai Ryo's 2012 award-winning novel Nanimono provides a deep and intriguing study of five new grads who struggle to survive in the highly competitive job market. Played by Satoh Takeru (Rurouni Kenshin), Takuto gives up on his theater dream and decides to enter the workforce. Setting aside his passion for music, his carefree roommate Kamiya (Suda Masaki, Death Note Light up the NEW world) also starts... [read more]
  13. Reverse (DVD Box) (Japan Version) Reverse (DVD Box) (Japan Version) Fujiwara Tatsuya | Toda Erika | Ichihara Hayato | Tamamori Yuta
    Unraveling a decade-old mystery
    October 31, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Since making a splash with her debut novel Confessions, mystery writer Minato Kanae has been a popular pick for adaptations. Most of her books have been licensed for film or TV, and one of the latest to get the live-action treatment is the 2015 novel Reverse. Aired in spring 2017, the engrossing TBS adaptation follows a group of college acquaintances as they gradually confront and uncover the decade-old mystery surrounding a friend's death. Fujiwara Tatsuya gives a more understated performance than usual as the everyman protagonist of the story, introverted and nondescript salaryman Fukase Kazuhisa. Though he graduated from an elite university, he is just tiredly getting by with an... [read more]
  14. Gintama (2017)  (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Gintama (2017) (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Oguri Shun | Domoto Tsuyoshi | Hashimoto Kanna | Suda Masaki
    Made for fans and soon-to-be fans
    October 30, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    In his two live-action adaptations of the 90s gag superhero manga Hentai Kamen, Fukuda Yuichi demonstrated that he may not be the best of directors or writers, but he does appreciate and understand the appeal of the source material. Working again with Oguri Shun, who helped bring the first Hentai Kamen film to fruition, Fukuda adapts Sorachi Hideaki's best-selling manga Gintama into one long insider's joke for manga/anime fans. If the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy set the standard for how to adapt a popular manga about colorful-haired samurai into thrilling and respectable cinema for broad audiences, Gintama has now presented the alternative route to blockbusterdom: how to adapt a popular manga... [read more]
  15. IU Special Remake Mini Album Vol. 2 IU Special Remake Mini Album Vol. 2 IU
    A trip down memory lane with IU
    October 30, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Rather than taking photographs to preserve memories, IU captures the nostalgic moments of her youth through music. In 2014, the singer-songwriter reinterpreted some of her favorite old songs in the special record A Flower Bookmark, which lyrically compares the preservation of good old memories to a pressed flower. Three years later, IU again revisits the bygone days of K-pop music from the 1960s to 2000s in her second remake album A Flower Bookmark 2. Released in 1991, "Autumn Morning" is an encouraging folk song by Yang Hee Eun with Lee Byung Woo on guitar. Keeping the song's minimalistic arrangement, IU recreates a peaceful autumn morning in her soothing cover (Track 1). Over Jung Sung... [read more]
  16. SEOTAIJI 25th Anniversary Remake Album - Time:Traveler SEOTAIJI 25th Anniversary Remake Album - Time:Traveler Seo Taiji
    Seo Tai Ji's unflagging music spirit
    October 23, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Before the appearance of Seo Tai Ji & Boys, ballad and trot were the prevailing styles in the Korean music scene. In 1992, legendary musician Seo Tai Ji and bandmates Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Ju No brought their rap-rock debut song "I Know" to the stage of a Korean talent show, where they got the lowest points in history. However, that much-criticized style would make them the biggest trendsetters of K-pop. Seo Tai Ji reshaped the industry by experimenting with different Western music genres, such as new jack swing, hip-hop, dance music, rock and heavy metal. It's hard to classify the singer-songwriter's style because his musical taste isn't bound by genre. However, the positive attitude... [read more]
  17. With Prisoners (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) With Prisoners (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Nick Yau (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Cen Jia Qi (Actor) | Lee Kwok Lun (Actor)
    Walking with prisoners
    October 12, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Hong Kong's "Prisons Department" was renamed "Correctional Services Department" in 1982 to emphasize the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment. However, inmate abuse scandals have continued to emerge despite the change in the department name. To increase public awareness about the human rights of juvenile inmates, rookie director Andrew Wong recreates the dark world of a youth detention center in his directorial debut With Prisoners, which questions the effectiveness of violent discipline methods in rehabilitating criminals and restoring order. Based on a real-life story, With Prisoners offers a brutal yet realistic look into the life of juvenile offenders under the Hong Kong... [read more]
  18. Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Ikuta Toma | Ogigami Naoko (Director) | Kakihara Rinka | Koike Eiko
    How to knit a family
    October 12, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    From Kamome Diner to Glasses to Rent-a-Cat, Ogigami Naoko is known for warm and quirky dramas that create escapist havens from the troubles and loneliness of modern society. In her latest Close-Knit, the writer-director knits another peaceful haven in the welcoming home of a makeshift family formed by a transgender woman, her boyfriend and the niece they take in. When we first meet Rinko (Ikuta Toma), she has already reached a place in her life that many people can only dream of. She has transitioned completely, though she hasn't yet legally changed her gender. She works at a nursing home where everyone seems accepting, and she's living with her mild-mannered boyfriend Makio (Kiritani... [read more]
  19. 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version) 29+1 (2016) (Blu-ray + Keyholder + Booklet) (Hong Kong Version) Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Joyce Cheng (Actor) | Kearen Pang (Director, Writer) | Eric Kot
    Embracing the big 3-0
    September 29, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    "30" can be a stressful number to some women. It is often considered the deadline of some major life events like getting married. In 2005, stage producer and actor Kearen Pang also entered her thirties. Instead of worrying about whether she can get married on time, she treated "30" as an age to meet new challenges. That year, she left her theatre troupe and made her solo debut with the one-person show 29+1, which casts new light on life as well as the big 3-0. In the original stage version, Kearen Pang played two 29-year-old Hong Kong women: successful marketing executive Christy and cheerful CD store worker Tin Lok. To offer a more vivid portrayal of the characters in the movie remake, the... [read more]
  20. Primary EP Album - Pop Primary EP Album - Pop Primary
    Primary's first foray into pop music
    September 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Primary's music style is always unpredictable. Hidden behind his quirky cardboard box mask with a bird beak, the producer's musical mind can never be read. Instead of following the trend, he follows his heart to create music. His carefree attitude towards music leads to an extremely broad music spectrum, ranging from old-school jazz and groovy R&B to electronic music and funky hip-hop. Less than a month after the New Wave EP Shininryu, the versatile musician makes an unexpected foray into the pop world with his second EP Pop that further expands his music landscape. While Shininryu features hidden gems from the K-pop world, Pop enlists vocalists from popular idol groups to tell different... [read more]
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