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  1. The Tenants Downstairs (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) The Tenants Downstairs (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Simon Yam (Actor) | Lee Kang Sheng (Actor) | Li Xing (Actor) | Ivy Shao (Actor)
    The Tenants Downstairs probably isn't what many would expect from the pen of Giddens Ko, the incredibly popular Taiwanese writer responsible for the likes of You Are the Apple of My Eye (which he also adapted for the big screen in 2010), Café. Waiting. Love. and other gentle romantic dramas and comedies. Optimistically described as 'black humour, fantasy, mystery and thriller', the film is quite simply one of the maddest and most depraved from anywhere in the world from the last few years, helmed by Ko's regular producer Adam Tsuei, former president of Sony Music Entertainment in the Chinese region, and who also worked on the Tiny Times films – not exactly a solid background in exploitation... [read more]
  2. The Mimic (2DVD) (Korea Version) The Mimic (2DVD) (Korea Version) Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Park Hyuk Kwon (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk (Actor) | Huh Jung (Director)
    Korean writer director Huh Jung returns for the first time since his popular 2013 mystery thriller debut Hide and Seek with The Mimic, a brooding horror revolving around the myth of the Jangsanbum, an evil tiger spirit with the power to imitate human voices. Although things have been quiet on the Korean horror front for a while now, the film won critical acclaim as well as performing well at the local box office, becoming the first genre release to have broken the one million viewers landmark for over four years. The film opens with Yum Jung-ah (The Spies) and Park Hyuk-kwon (A Taxi Driver) as Hee-yeon and Mi-ho, a married couple who move to a house near the foot of Mount Jang in Busan,... [read more]
  3. Master (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Scanavo Case Full Slip Limited Edition) (Photobook + Photo Card Set) (B Type) (Korea Version) Master (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Scanavo Case Full Slip Limited Edition) (Photobook + Photo Card Set) (B Type) (Korea Version) Kim Woo Bin (Actor) | Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor)
    Anti-corruption films depicting a marked distrust of the wealthy and a suspicion of the societal status quo have been proving more and more popular in Korea of late, perhaps unsurprisingly given some of the political scandals which have rocked the country. Director Cho Ui-seok is the latest to take a stab at such themes with his latest offering Master, following up on his accomplished 2013 surveillance Hong Kong thriller remake Cold Eyes. Revolving around an investigation of the fraudulent activities of a high-profile investment company, the film boasts an impressive cast of top stars, including Lee Byung‑hun (Inside Men) in the lead villain role, Kang Dong-won (A Violent Prosecutor), Kim... [read more]
  4. Mad World (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Mad World (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Shawn Yue (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Charmaine Fong (Actor) | Elaine Jin (Actor)
    Directed by Fresh Wave short film veteran Wong Chun, Mad World is a frank, discomfiting yet remarkably sensitive look at mental illness in Hong Kong. The film tells the tale of Wong Sai-Tung (Shawn Yue), who suffers from bipolar disorder and must acclimate back to the world after a stint in a mental hospital. Tung was committed following a terrible incident involving his mother (Elaine Kam). She had been emotionally and verbally abusive towards Tung, so while a blow-up was understandable, it unfortunately took a much more severe form. Tung now lives in a sub-divided flat with his estranged father Wong (Eric Tsang), who struggles to come to terms with his son's illness. The incident took a... [read more]
  5. Love Off the Cuff (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Love Off the Cuff (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Pang Ho Cheung (Director) | Paul Chun (Actor)
    Pang Ho-cheung returns to the saga of Jimmy and Cherie with Love off the Cuff, following up on the successful and much-liked 2010 original Love in a Puff and its 2012 sequel Love in the Buff. The film finds Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue's relationship having moved on somewhat, and the two stars are this time joined by Paul Chun (A Simple Life) and Jiang Mengjie (Sword Master) as Cherie's estranged father and Jimmy's unfeasibly young and attractive godmother respectively. Having had its premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the film has gone on to play at other events around the world, again proving Pang to be one of the most prominent and popular directors working in Hong Kong... [read more]
  6. Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor)
    Also known as The Unfair and based upon the novel by Son Ah-ram, Minority Opinion is a Korean legal drama inspired by a real-life incident involving a forced urban eviction that resulted in several deaths. Directed by Kim Sung-je, making his debut after having served as producer on the likes of Blood Rain, No Blood No Tears and others, the film was a controversial affair due to its harsh and close to the bone view of the government, and perhaps as a result didn't make it to cinemas until nearly two years after it wrapped shooting in 2013, only making it to Korean DVD in 2017, despite it having won a list of prestigious awards on its original release. The film opens in January 20th 2009,... [read more]
  7. Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Vampire Cleanup Department (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Babyjohn Choi (Actor) | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Lin Min Chen (Actor) | Bondy Chiu (Actor)
    There have been several attempts of late to rejuvenate the Hong Kong hopping vampire or kyonshi genre which so was popular in the 1980s and 1990s, including Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis and the Wong Jing-produced Sifu vs Vampire. Sadly, though not without their merits, neither managed to really succeed in bringing the form back to life, leaving it to first time directors Anthony Yan and Chiu Siu Hang to step up and take another stab with their horror comedy Vampire Cleanup Department. Fittingly, the film stars Chin Siu Ho, who turned up a number of hopping vampire outings during the heyday of the form, often alongside the immortal Lam Ching Ying, including the classic Mr. Vampire. Chin is joined... [read more]
  8. Ordinary Person (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Ordinary Person (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Jang Hyuk (Actor) | Son Hyun Ju (Actor) | Kim Bong Han (Director) | Kim Sang Ho (Actor)
    Tales of corruption and moral choices continue to be popular in Korean cinema, more often than not taking a dim view of the activities of the country's authorities and higher-ups. This is very much the case with Ordinary Person, the sophomore effort from writer director Kim Bong-han, focusing on a serial killer case back in the pre-democracy times of the 1980s and following on from his 2013 debut The Hero. The film is headed up by a strong cast of acclaimed actors, with Son Hyun-joo (Hide and Seek), Jang Hyuk (Empire of Lust), Kim Sang-ho (Fabricated City) in the lead roles, and with support from Jo Dal-hwan (A Quiet Dream) and Jeong Man-sik (Asura: The City of Madness). The film takes... [read more]
  9. The Sleep Curse (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Sleep Curse (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Anthony Wong (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Jojo Goh (Actor)
    Herman Yau is not only one of Hong Kong's most prolific directors, but one of its most versatile, 2017 having already seen him helm romantic drama 77 Heartbreaks and the Andy Lau blockbuster thriller Shock Wave. His third film of the year arrives in the lurid form of The Sleep Curse, an exploitation shocker harking back to his early Category III-rated classics The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome, reteaming the director with actor Anthony Wong, something which is sure to excite fans. The film also sees Yau working again with his regular screenwriter Erica Li, who collaborated with him on Nessun Dorma, The Mobfathers and others, co-scripting here along with Eric Lee. Set in 1990, the film... [read more]
  10. Asura (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Asura (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Jung Man Shik (Actor) | Kwak Do Won (Actor)
    Korean director Kim Sung-soo has had a very varied career, from romantic comedies like Please Teach me English and the demon hunting fantasy The Restless through to his recent blockbuster disaster movie The Flu. His latest offering Asura: The City of Madness sees him trying his hand at hardboiled gangster action, reuniting him with regular star Jung Woo-sung, who previously worked with him on Beat, City of the Rising Sun and Musa the Warrior. Its name drawn from Indian mythology, the film is a violent, brutal affair, which premiered at Toronto before going on to win acclaim at a number of other international festivals, picking up a series of awards at home and abroad. Jung Woo-sung plays... [read more]
  11. White Lies, Black Lies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) White Lies, Black Lies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Tiffany Hsu (Actor) | Annie Chen (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Chang Han (Actor)
    Taiwanese writer director Lou Yi-an offers up his third feature White Lies, Black Lies, following on from his 2009 award-winning feature debut A Place of One's Own and The Losers. The film was inspired by a 2010 article by writer Kuan Ren-chien on the famous 1967 Wanhua Chi-tsai Salon Murder, which Lou mines for a complex, ambiguous examination of the notions of truth and morality, which questions the role of the media in modern society. Following its release in Taiwan in 2016, the film won Best Narrative Feature at the Taipei Film Festival, before going on to play at a variety of international festivals. The film begins in dramatic fashion, with the wife of salon owner Su Junjie (Wang... [read more]
  12. Sky On Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Sky On Fire (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Daniel Wu (Actor) | Amber Kuo (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor)
    Responsible for classics such as Prison on Fire, School on Fire and City on Fire in the 1980s and the likes of Full Alert and The Victim in the 1990s, Ringo Lam has long been hailed as one of the greats of Hong Kong action cinema, known for his explosive yet gritty and character-driven style. Having shot his first feature in 12 years in 2015 with the reasonably well-received Wild City, Lam returns with the fifth instalment in his thematic Fire series, Sky on Fire, another high-octane thriller revolving around a cure for cancer and corruption in the pharmaceutical industry. Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands) stars as Chong Tin Po, who after he loses his wife to cancer takes a job working for... [read more]
  13. Love Contractually (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Love Contractually (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Joseph Chang (Actor) | Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Tien Yeh (Actor) | Xu Dong Dong (Actor)
    Sammi Cheng sticks to what she does best with Love Contractually, a romantic comedy which pairs her with popular Taiwanese actor Joseph Chang (recently in Sky on Fire), seeing her playing a hard-nosed female executive who unsurprisingly finds love when she advertises for a new male assistant. The film marks the directorial debut of Liu Guonan, who previously worked for Zhang Yimou on Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower before going on to shoot commercials. As well as Cheng and Chang, the film also features Johnnie To veteran actor Lam Suet, Feng Wenjuan (Operation Mekong), Terrence Yin (Cold War) and singer Xian Zi. Cheng stars as Katrina, the CEO of a fancy insurance company, known for her... [read more]
  14. The Prison (Blu-ray) (Hard Boiled Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Prison (Blu-ray) (Hard Boiled Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Kang Shin Il (Actor) | Jung Woong In (Actor) | Shin Sung Rok (Actor)
    Acclaimed Korean screenwriter Na Hyun, known for his work on the likes of May 18, Forever the Moment and other films, makes his directorial debut with The Prison. As its title suggests, the film is set largely in a jail, with Kim Rae-won (Gangnam Blues) as a cop who ends up behind bars, where he encounters a particularly powerful inmate played by Han Suk-kyu (The Royal Tailor). The film enjoyed a lot of buzz during its production, having apparently been pre-sold to over 60 territories around the world, before going on to screen at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and the Far East Film Festival in Udine. The film opens with Kim Rae-won as Song Yoo-gun, a cop known for his... [read more]
  15. The Long Excuse (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) The Long Excuse (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Nishikawa Miwa (Director) | Fujita Kenshin | Kuroki Haru | Horiuchi Keiko
    Acclaimed writer, director and novelist Miwa Nishikawa, known for the likes of Dreams for Sale and Dear Doctor, returns with The Long Excuse, based on her own book. The film won attention for featuring in the lead role actor Masahiro Motoki, widely praised for his role in Yojiro Takita's multiple-award winning international hit Departures. Like that film, The Long Excuse also deals with grief, though in a different way, following the experiences of two men trying to deal with loss after their wives die, and won a number of award nominations as well as playing a list of international festivals. Masahiro Motoki plays Sachio Kinugasa, an arrogant writer who has left his lowly roots behind and... [read more]
  16. Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Yeon Sang Ho (Director) | Shim Eun Kyung | Lee Joon | Ryu Seung Ryong
    Having made a name for himself as the leading voice in Korean adult animation with his blistering 2011 debut The King of Pigs and his 2013 follow-up The Fake, the award-winning Yeon Sang-ho returns with Seoul Station. This time around, Yeon marries the kind of biting social criticism that characterises his works with horror genre thrills, following a zombie outbreak in Seoul that starts with the homeless and marginalised living on the streets and under the city's station. After opening with the death of a homeless man from a mysterious bloody bite wound, the film focuses on Hye Sun (Shim Eun-kyung, Hansel and Gretel), a young runaway prostitute living with her useless boyfriend Ki Woong... [read more]
  17. A Quiet Dream (DVD) (Korea Version) A Quiet Dream (DVD) (Korea Version) Zhang Lu (Director, Producer) | Han Ye Ri (Actor) | Yoon Jong Bin (Actor) | Yang Ik Joon (Actor)
    Chinese Korean writer director Zhang Lu returns with his 13th film, A Quiet Dream, following up on his experimental 2015 offering Love and…. The film is a more straightforward affair, following a collection of eccentric characters in a downtrodden area of Seoul as they meander through their daily lives, played by actress Han Ye-ri (The Hunt), plus a trio of actor directors in Yang Ik-joon (Breathless), Yoon Jong-bin (Kundo: Age of the Rampant) and Park Jung-bum (Alive), something which gives it an amusingly self-referential feel. Having premiered at Busan in 2016, the film has gone on to play a number of international festivals, cementing Zhang's reputation as one of Korea's most... [read more]
  18. The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version) The Age of Shadows (2DVD) (Korea Version) Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Gong Yoo (Actor) | Kim Jee Woon (Director) | Han Ji Min (Actor)
    Are there any directors more versatile than Kim Jee-woon? Looking at his CV, it would appear that there certainly can't be many, the Korean helmer having switched between action, comedy, horror, science fiction and quiet drama with assurance and ease, earning himself a slew of awards and a reputation as one of the country's most talented filmmakers in the process. Kim follows up his 2013 Hollywood outing The Last Stand with The Age of Shadows, which surely ranks as one of the biggest Korean films of recent years even if only due to the sheer amount of star power in front of the camera, including Song Kang-ho (The Throne), Gong Yoo (Train to Busan), Han Ji-min (The Fatal Encounter) and... [read more]
  19. Night's Tightrope (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Night's Tightrope (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Honda Tsubasa (Actor) | Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Inagaki Goro (Actor) | Arata Mackenyu (Actor)
    The novels of Kanae Minato have inspired a number of big screen adaptations, including Confessions, A Chorus of Angels and The Snow White Murder Case, all dark tales dealing with themes of immorality and human weakness, painting bleak pictures of Japanese society. It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise then that Night's Tightrope, based on her second book Shojo, is a resolutely grim affair, following two high school girls as they come of age by experiencing the harshness of the adult world, becoming obsessed with death in the process. Opening with shocking scenes of bullying as girls chant for their victims to die, the film follows Mizuki Yamamoto (Sadako vs Kayako) as Atsuko, whose... [read more]
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