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  1. Pandora (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Pandora (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Jung Jin Young (Actor) | Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Kim Joo Hyun (Actor) | Kim Young Ae (Actor)
    Korean writer director Park Jung-woo follows up his 2012 virus thriller Deranged with another disaster-themed blockbuster in Pandora, convincingly depicting the devastating impact of a nuclear accident on everyday people. Inviting parallels with the 2011 nuclear and earthquake Fukushima disaster in Japan, the film is a markedly anti-authoritarian piece, Park offering a scathing portrayal of government incompetence and corruption. Kim Nam-gil (The Shameless) headlines as Jae-hyuk, a man who works in the local nuclear plant despite his father and brother having both died from radiation poisoning, much to the dismay of his mother (Kim Young-ae, Cart) and long-suffering girlfriend Yeon-joo (Kim... [read more]
  2. Midnight Runners (Blu-ray) (Scanavo Full Slip Numbering Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Midnight Runners (Blu-ray) (Scanavo Full Slip Numbering Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Park Seo Joon (Actor) | Kang Ha Neul (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]
  3. dahlia II (SACD) dahlia II (SACD) Hins Cheung (Singer)
    Hins Cheung recently held the Hinsideout concert series at the Hong Kong Coliseum with the gimmick of "dropping two octaves." He also released the HiFi album Dahlia II, which can be considered an extension of 2013's Pink Dahlia. Continuing with the concept of singing female artists' songs, he covers ten Wyman Wong-penned Cantonese classics. Looking at Hins's releases under EEG in recent years and his interviews, I feel that he has matured considerably. Besides his original artsy aura, he has gained a mature sophistication with age, and he has refined his pesonal taste, which is especially commendable in these trend-driven times. This kind of sophistication and discernment must come from... [read more]
  4. A Day (DVD) (Korea Version) A Day (DVD) (Korea Version) Byun Yo Han (Actor) | Kim Myung Min (Actor) | Shin Hye Sun (Actor) | Yoo Jae Myung (Actor)
    The Groundhog Day-style premise of having a protagonist stuck in a time-loop and reliving the same period over and over again until they figure out why they're trapped has proved a universally popular one, with the same gambit being used by directors from countries around the world, in different genres and with different budget levels. A Day is the latest from Korea, marking the debut of writer-director Jo Sun-ho, and starring Kim Myung-min (V.I.P.) as the unfortunate man in question, trying desperately to figure out how to save his young daughter from getting hit by a taxi. A fast-paced and tricky thriller, the film has gone down well at international festivals, premiering at the 2017... [read more]
  5. Always Be With You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Always Be With You (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Gordon Lam (Actor) | Julian Cheung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Charmaine Sheh (Actor)
    Western film fans who complain about never-ending franchises and eternal sequels might take a moment to consider the Troublesome Night series, which had an incredible 19 entries between 1997 and 2003. Initially starting off with the horror anthology format, the series later shifted to single narrative features, and despite declining budgets and box office returns, somehow managed to still make it into Hong Kong cinemas. Produced specially to mark the 20th anniversary of the series is its 20th instalment, Always Be With You, directed by Herman Yau, who also helmed its first six entries, and which also sees the return of frequent star Louis Koo and producer Nam Yim – naturally, Helena Law,... [read more]
  6. The Tag-Along 2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Tag-Along 2 (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Ann Hsu (Actor) | Rainie Yang (Actor) | Wu Nien Hsuan (Actor) | Gao Hui Chun (Actor)
    Given that The Tag-Along was a major commercial success in 2015, emerging as the biggest Taiwanese horror hit in a decade, it's no surprise that a sequel now arrives, continuing the curse of the 'Little Girl in Red'. Again directed by Cheng Wei-hao, who in between the two also directed the dark mystery thriller Who Killed Cock Robin?, the film keeps its focus on female protagonists, with Tiffany Hsu (Battle of Memories) returning, joined by Rainie Yang (Spider Lilies) and Francesca Kao (The Losers). With a bigger budget and an expanded, more ambitious storyline, the sequel out-performed the original at the box office, pulling in more than NT$100 million during its domestic release. The film... [read more]
  7. Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Michael Ning (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Venus Wong (Actor) | Cherry Ngan (Actor)
    The zombie genre has been enjoying a new lease of life in Asian cinema after the massive international success of the Korean hit Train to Busan, Hong Kong getting in on the act with the strangely-titled Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight. Adapted from a popular novel, the film was directed by Alan Lo, who also draws upon his own 2012 short Zombie Guillotines for a wild and wacky tale of geeks and ghouls. The film's cast is a real mixture of new and old school Hong Kong talent, headlined by Michael Ning, who recently won a number of Supporting Actor awards for his role in Port of Call, and Louis Cheung (Keeper of Darkness), joined by up and coming actresses Cherry Ngan (The Way We Dance) and... [read more]
  8. Chasing The Dragon (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Chasing The Dragon (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Donnie Yen (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Wong Jing (Producer, Director, Writer) | Kent Tong (Actor)
    In terms of Hong Kong star power, it really doesn't get much bigger than Chasing the Dragon, headlined by the legendary Donnie Yen and Andy Lau, teaming up for a retelling of the stories of drug boss Ng Sek Ho, better known as Crippled Ho, and corrupt police sergeant Lee Rock. The film was co-directed by Jason Kwan (who previously helmed the oddball A Nail Clipper Romance) and the one and only Wong Jing, charting their rise and fall in the 1960s and 80s against a background of turbulent change in Hong Kong. The film begins in the 1960s with Donnie Yen as Ng Sek Ho, who with a group of friends smuggles himself from Chaozhou to Hong Kong, hoping to find a better life. Things don't go as... [read more]
  9. Dawn of the Felines (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Dawn of the Felines (2017) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Ibata Juri (Actor) | Michie (Actor) | Maue Satsuki (Actor) | Otoo Takuma (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]
  10. Aroused by Gymnopedies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Aroused by Gymnopedies (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Yukisada Isao (Director) | Ashina Sumire | Itao Itsuji | 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]
  11. The Tooth and the Nail (DVD) (Korea Version) The Tooth and the Nail (DVD) (Korea Version) Ko Su (Actor) | Kim Joo Hyuk (Actor) | Park Sung Woong (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (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]
  12. The Merciless (DVD) (Korea Version) The Merciless (DVD) (Korea Version) Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Im Si Wan (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | 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]
  13. 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]
  14. The Brink (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Brink (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Shawn Yue (Actor) | Wu Yue (Actor) | Max Zhang (Actor) | Gordon Lam
    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]
  15. 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]
  16. 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) | Eugenie Liu (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]
  17. 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]
  18. Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Paradox (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Wu Yue (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (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]
  19. Bluebeard (2DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Bluebeard (2DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Jo Jin Woong (Actor) | Kim Dae Myung (Actor) | Shin Goo (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]
  20. 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]
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