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  1. Dawn of the Felines (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Dawn of the Felines (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Michie (Actor) | Maue Satsuki (Actor) | Ibata Juri (Actor) | murata hideaki (Actor)
    Dawn of the Felines is another in the Roman Porno Reboot Project, five films commissioned by Nikkatsu to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its series of popular pornographic dramas from the 1970s and 1980s. The film was written and directed by Kazuya Shiraishi, known for the likes of Twisted Justice and The Devil's Path, and who has also worked as television director, joining perhaps better known project luminaries Isao Yukisada, Akihiko Shiota, Hideo Nakata and Sion Sono. The film is an ensemble piece revolving around the experiences of a trio of prostitutes working in Tokyo's seedy Ikebukuro district, a young homeless woman called Masako (voice actress Juri Ihata, in her first major role... [read more]
  2. Aroused by Gymnopedies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Aroused by Gymnopedies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Itao Itsuji | Yukisada Isao (Director) | Ashina Sumire | Okamura Izumi
    Named after a series of piano pieces composed by Erik Satie in the 1880s, Aroused by Gymnopedies is one of the five films commissioned by Nikkatsu as part of the Roman Porno Reboot Project, marking the 45th anniversary of the studio’s classic pinku films that were released back in the 1970s and 1980s. The film was directed by Isao Yukisada, best known for his 2004 melodrama Crying out Love, in the Center of the World, who also scripted along with Anne Horiizumi, writer of his 2014 work Five Minutes to Tomorrow. The film follows Itsuji Itao (also in Sion Sono's Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and Hirokazu Koreeda's Air Doll) as Shinji, a director in his 50s whose past glory as an arthouse... [read more]
  3. The Tooth and the Nail (DVD) (Korea Version) The Tooth and the Nail (DVD) (Korea Version) Ko Su (Actor) | Kim Joo Hyuk (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor) | Park Sung Woong (Actor)
    Based on a 1955 novel by American author Bill S. Ballinger, The Tooth and the Nail is a complex murder mystery, here re-envisioned for 1940s Korea following the Japanese colonial period. The film has an equally complex production history, with original director Jung Sik (Epitaph) having left part-way through, being replaced by Kim Whee (The Chosen: Forbidden Cave), who rewrote as well as reshot sections of the narrative. Sadly, the film marks the final performance from actor Kim Joo-hyuk (Confidential Assignment) before his death in October 2017, who headlines along with Ko Su (Lucid Dream). Set in 1948, the film is framed by a courtroom trial revolving around an apparent murder case, which... [read more]
  4. The Merciless (DVD) (Korea Version) The Merciless (DVD) (Korea Version) Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Im Si Wan (Actor) | Byun Sung Hyun (Director) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor)
    The Korean gangster craze continues with The Merciless, the third film from writer-director Byun Sung-hyun (Whatcha Wearin'?), his first outing in five years. A slick, big-budget production, the film has an all-star cast headlined by actors Im Si-wan (The Attorney) and Sol Kyung-gu (My Dictator), both of whom picked up a number of awards and nominations for their hardboiled performances. The film was a hit with critics in general, winning prizes at the Daejong Film Awards, the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and the Grand Bell Awards, and had a prestigious world premiere out of competition in the Midnight Screenings section at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. The film's complex plot... [read more]
  5. The Empty Hands (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Empty Hands (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Chapman To (Writer, Actor, Director, Producer) | Stephy Tang (Actor) | Stephen Au (Actor) | Kurata Yasuaki (Actor)
    Chapman To follows his 2016 directorial debut, the cookery comedy Let's Eat with something very different in martial arts drama The Empty Hands. With To directing, producing, starring and co-writing the film with regular Herman Yau collaborator Erica Li, it feels very much like a passion project, and plays out differently to what might at first sound like a fairly basic sports-themed redemption story. The film is headlined by Stephy Tang, taking on a challenging role far removed from the kind of rom-coms the actress is known for, winning a number of nominations and awards for her efforts, including taking Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and receiving her first Hong... [read more]
  6. The Brink (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Brink (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Shawn Yue (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) | Janice Man (Actor)
    Having worked on the likes of Overheard 3 and Blind Detective, Jonathan Li steps up to make his debut with The Brink, backed by heavyweight producing duo Soi Cheang and Paco Wong. A gritty action thriller revolving around gold smuggling fishermen, the film also marks the first lead role for actor Zhang Jin, a rising action star who made his mark in The Grandmaster, S.P.L. 2 and Ip Man 3, here playing a wayward cop who comes up against a ruthless criminal played by Shawn Yue (Wu Kong) on the stormy seas surrounding Hong Kong, backed by an impressive supporting cast of familiar faces, including Wu Yue (Paradox), Gordon Lam (Trivisa) and Janice Man (Helios). The film opens with Zhang Jin's... [read more]
  7. RV: Resurrected Victims (DVD) (Korea Version) RV: Resurrected Victims (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Rae Won (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Lee Ji Won (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor)
    RV: Resurrected Victims is the latest offering from Korean writer director Kwak Kyung-taek, probably still best known for the much-loved classic Friend back in 2001, and its belated follow-up Friend: The Great Legacy in 2013. Based on the 2012 novel It is Over by Park Ha-ik, the film is a mystery drama set against a backdrop of murder victims coming back to life and pursuing justice, with Kim Hae-suk (New Trial) and Kim Rae-won (The Prison) reuniting some eleven years after their mother-son pairing in Kang Seok-beom’s Sunflower, the twist here being that he stands accused of being her killer. After opening with an old woman called Myung-sook (Kim Hae-suk) being murdered by a helmet-wearing... [read more]
  8. Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Kang Ha Neul (Actor) | Park Seo Joon (Actor) | Sung Dong Il (Actor) | Park Ha Sun (Actor)
    Korean writer-director Kim Ju-hwan (Koala, Goodbye My Smile) makes the step up from indie features to bigger-budgeted commercial fare with comedy actioner Midnight Runners, headlined by top young stars Park Seo-joon (Chronicles of Evil) and Kang Ha-neul (Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet). Following a couple of hot-headed young police academy cadets who start fighting crime on their own initiative, the film was both popular with audiences and a critical hit, being hailed as one of the Top 10 Films of the year by the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards as well as winning a number of nominations for Kim and his cast. The film opens with the rebellious risk-taker Ki-joon (Park Seo-joon) and... [read more]
  9. Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Giddens Ko (Director, Writer) | Angie Chai (Producer) | Kent Tsai (Actor) | Deng Yu Kai (Actor)
    Although Taiwanese author and filmmaker Giddens Ko is best known for romantic fare such as his massively popular 2011 directorial debut You are the Apple of My Eye, Café. Waiting. Love and the likes, he has also shown a talent for tapping into the darker side of the human psyche, as seen with his writing on the deliriously crazed The Tenants Downstairs. Perhaps it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise then that , his second outing behind the camera, sees him sticking to the shadows with a wild tale about an unpleasant gang of youths who manage to capture and imprison a flesh-eating monster, with gruesome results. Written especially for the screen by Ko, the film follows Lin Shu Wei (Deng... [read more]
  10. I Have Myself I Have Myself Janice Yan (Singer)
    It has been a long time since a C-pop newcomer stirred eager anticipation in both the Cantopop and Mandopop scenes, but Janice Yan is an exception. Born to a musical family, the singer received attention on One Million Star seven years ago. Many fans had been waiting for her album and official debut for years. After releasing various movie and drama-related singles and starring in a large-scale musical, Janice finally launches her first album I Have Myself with the support of her record label HIM International Music. The album features ten songs in total: nine Mandarin songs and one Cantonese song. The main tracks "One in a Million" and "Grim Reaper" share the same melody and are plugged in... [read more]
  11. Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Gordon Lam (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Tony Jaa (Actor)
    The SPL (Shā Pò Láng) series continues with third instalment Paradox, unconnected to either the 2005 original or the belated SPL 2: A Time for Consequences from 2015. Director Wilson Yip takes back the reins from Soi Cheang, who remains as the producer, along with a returning Paco Wong, with the legendary Sammo Hung back as action choreographer. The film sees Louis Koo taking centre stage, playing a very angry cop who travels to Thailand after his daughter is abducted, coming up against the ruthless Gordon Lam (Trivisa) and backed by local officers Wu Yue (The Brink) and Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa. The film opens with Louis Koo as steely police negotiator Lee, who heads to Thailand... [read more]
  12. Bluebeard (2DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Bluebeard (2DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Jo Jin Woong (Actor) | Shin Goo (Actor) | Kim Dae Myung (Actor) | Song Young Chang (Actor)
    Lee Soo-yeon isn't exactly the most prolific of filmmakers, the Korean writer director's last feature having been her debut way back in 2003, the popular Gianna Jun-starring ghost story The Uninvited. Lee finally returns fourteen years later with Bluebeard, a psychological thriller headlined by actor Jo Jin-woong (The Handmaiden) as a troubled doctor who becomes involved in a serial murder case when dismembered bodies and severed body parts start turning up, driving the poor man dangerously close to the edge. Having set a new box office record for a domestic March release, the film screened at a number of festivals around the world, including the Udine Far East Film Festival, the Brussels... [read more]
  13. C'mon in (Hong Kong Version) C'mon in (Hong Kong Version) Eason Chan (Singer)
    Eason Chan is one of the few popular Hong Kong singers who has been consistently active for nearly 20 years. While many other superstars have gone on rest mode or switched focus to acting due to the downturn in the music market, Eason still continues to develop his singing career. Though he has slowed down the album releases in comparison to his younger days, he regularly holds concerts, serves as a mentor on a Chinese singing program, and, most importantly, still produces new albums of newly written and composed songs. To promote C'mon in, he even filmed a five-episode music special series and held an album release showcase, showing his interest and passion for music from the bottom of his... [read more]
  14. Tokyo Ghoul (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Tokyo Ghoul (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Kubota Masataka | Shimizu Fumika | Oizumi Yo | Aoi Yu
    The latest Japanese big-screen live-action manga adaptation arrives in the shambling form of Tokyo Ghoul, based on the best-selling fantasy series by Ishida Sui. The film was directed by Hagiwara Kentaro, a marked departure from his 2016 feature debut, the drama Anniversary, and stars Kubota Masataka (familiar with manga after appearing in the Death Note TV drama) as a student who becomes half-human, half-ghoul after an attack. Set in a Tokyo where attacks by lurking hyper-ghouls are an accepted part of daily life, the film follows dweeb college student Kaneki Ken (Kubota Masataka), who thinks his luck is in when he manages to catch the eye of his dream girl Rize (Aoi Yu, recently in the... [read more]
  15. The Tenants Downstairs (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) The Tenants Downstairs (2016) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Simon Yam (Actor) | Lee Kang Sheng (Actor) | Ivy Shao (Actor) | Li Xing (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]
  16. 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]
  17. 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) | Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (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]
  18. Mad World (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Mad World (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Shawn Yue (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Wong Chun (Director) | Charmaine Fong (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]
  19. 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) | Jiang Meng Jie (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]
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