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  1. ONE PIECE Film: Strong World (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) ONE PIECE Film: Strong World (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Okamura Akemi | Tanaka Mayumi | Sakai Munehisa (Director) | Nakai Kazuya
    It's a Strong World After All
    August 30, 2010 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    The frequent complaint about manga-based anime "filler" arcs and theatrical features is that they're not canon. Well, no such complaints can be levied at One Piece: Strong World. The tenth film based on the hit manga from creator Oda Eiichiro, Strong World was conceived and supervised by Oda himself, with new characters, relationships and details neatly fitting into established One Piece continuity. Not that it matters that much; this is your standard One Piece adventure, meaning equal parts stirring friendship, over-the-top action, offhand coolness and pronounced wackiness. One Piece fans, this is your One Piece movie dream. Strong World details the Straw Hat Pirates' conflict with Golden... [read more]
  2. Tokyo! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc) (Special Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Tokyo! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc) (Special Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Bong Joon Ho (Director) | Aoi Yu | Ito Ayumi | Takenaka Naoto
    Two out of three isn't bad
    May 13, 2009 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Three big names in World Cinema collaborate on Tokyo!, an entertaining, affecting, and sometimes unfathomable omnibus set in the crowded Japanese city. Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) kicks things off with "Interior Design", a metaphorical look at a young woman who's starting to feel a little down in Tokyo. Fujitani Ayako plays the girlfriend to an aspiring director (Kase Ryo) of decidedly bad cinema, but as his career and life slightly edges forward, she finds herself marginalized, if not by the city and her circumstances, then by her own self-defeating ego. Gondry's surreal vision of Tokyo is unusually poignant, and what happens to our heroine is bizarre, sad and... [read more]
  3. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (DVD) (Special Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The Good, The Bad, The Weird (DVD) (Special Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Kim Jee Woon (Director)
    Good and Weird, and not Bad at all
    March 11, 2009 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Director Kim Jee-Woon's The Good, The Bad, The Weird is one fun movie. This Manchuria-set "Kimchi" Western has action, humor, strong character types and a killer concept. What it doesn't have is a firm grip on reality, plus it's a bit too enamored of its own "wow, we're making an Asian Western" intentions. Those quibbles, however, are incredibly small and pretty much qualify as nitpicking. For fans of Korean cinema, this movie is a must-see, and Asian Cinema genre junkies shouldn't pass it up either. This is a guy's film; there's nothing approximating romance in it - that is, unless you find tough men pursuing other tough men to be your homoerotic cup of tea. The biggest problem with The... [read more]
  4. Ip Man (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Ip Man (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Donnie Yen (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Ikeuchi Hiroyuki (Actor)
    "I'm Ip Man."
    February 13, 2009 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Donnie Yen isn't just the Man, he's Ip Man. Hong Kong's most prolific martial arts actor goes for Fearless-type cred in director Wilson Yip's biopic of the legendary Wing Chun master. The film tells the tale of Ip Man (Yen) during the 1930s and 40s, covering his rise to prominence in 1930s Foshan, plus his involvement with the imperialist Japanese . Noted for its many famous kung-fu masters, Foshan comes under siege from surly kung fu master Jin Shan Zhao (Fan Siu-Wong), who's looking to rob Foshan's resident martial arts masters of their fame and face. They're quick to jump to the challenge, and all are quick to lose - that is, all except Ip Man, who seems to have zero ego and is... [read more]
  5. Movie Realization : Batman & Bat-Pod Movie Realization : Batman & Bat-Pod Batman
    The toy that Gotham City deserves
    October 4, 2008 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    If you must buy one collectible from The Dark Knight, it should be something from Hot Toys. However, those collectibles are 1:6 scale, meaning their insane replicas of the Tumbler and Bat-Pod would never fit in any reasonable person's living space. You can get a Batman 12" figure, but what's Batman without a vehicle? It's all about the gadgets. Now there's an option. This Batman and Bat-Pod combo from Bandai's Movie Realization line is probably the best figure+vehicle set a fan could ask for, in terms of size, detail, and overall coolness. The figure is based on artwork from manga artist and self-described Batman fan Masakazu Katsura (Shadow Lady, Video Girl Ai), who reinterpreted Dark... [read more]
  6. Brave Story (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Brave Story (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Matsu Takako | Tokiwa Takako | Wentz Eiji | Imai Miki
    Better than Earthsea
    December 27, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Anyone who's ever played an RPG should find the story of Brave Story familiar. A 10 year-old boy named Wataru follows mysterious friend Mitsuru through a strange portal, only to arrive in a fantastic medieval land called Vision, complete with dragons, anthropomorphic creatures, melee weapons, and armor. Once there, Wataru assembles a party of compatriots and treks across in the land in search of the "Goddess of Destiny", in order to fulfill some important quest involving fate, destiny, and the lives of untold innocents. Or something like that. Wataru's quest actually has acute real-world significance to him: his parents are estranged and his mother deathly ill, and Wataru wants the Goddess... [read more]
  7. Ocean Waves (Japan Version - English Subtitles) Ocean Waves (Japan Version - English Subtitles) Tobita Tetsuo | Seki Toshihiko | Midorikawa Hikaru | Mochizuki Tomomi (Director)
    Disney doesn't own this one
    December 19, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Not all great anime movies need giant robots, cyberpunk settings, or sweeping ecological themes. Sometimes they just need to elicit the right emotions, perishable though they may be. Ocean Waves (a.k.a. I Can Hear the Ocean) is a notable Studio Ghibli production for a few reasons, among them the fact that it's not included in the Disney-Tokuma licensing deal that gave Miramax the North American rights to the Ghibli catalog. Somehow, the powers-that-be over at Disney didn't think a sweet tale of gestating high school romance would be as big a hit as, say, Princess Mononoke. Judgement from the Mouse aside, fans of Ghibli may find plenty to enjoy in Ocean Waves. Even though it possesses none... [read more]
  8. Green Snake (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Green Snake (1993) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Joey Wang (Actor) | Vincent Zhao (Actor) | Tien Feng (Actor)
    Imagination gone wild
    October 25, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Tsui Hark's Green Snake is simultaneously revered and reviled, and honestly, it's not hard to see why. Sublimely beautiful Hong Kong Cinema icons Joey Wong and Maggie Cheung star as a pair of immortal snakes who attempt to circumvent the natural order by attaining human form, thereby pissing off the local Buddhists, including Zhao Wen Zhou (a.k.a. Chiu Man Cheuk, Vincent Zhao, and probably a few other names), who plays Fa Hoi, an exceptionally powerfully monk whose devotion is tested by his own earthly desires. Though the two snakes' human lives don't really cause anyone grief, it's the human foibles - love, anger, lust, jealousy, intolerance - which serve to bring their paradise-on-Earth... [read more]
  9. Dororo (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Dororo (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Nakamura Katsuo (Actor) | Harada Mieko (Actor)
    Dude, Where's My Lung?
    October 10, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Manga-to-movie adaptations are now so common in Japan that it's news when a new film isn't based on one. Dororo is a solid member of the majority, delivering a rollicking and fun adaptation of the long-running manga from Osamu "God of Manga" Tezuka. The film concerns Hyakkimaru (Satoshi Tsumabaki), an unlucky chap who had the unfortunate fate of being born without eyes, ears, a heart, lungs, or a bunch of other body parts. A total of 48 parts in all were taken by demons in a deal made with Hyakkimaru's lousy father Kagemitsu Daigo (Kiichi Nakai), who got unmatched power on the battlefield in exchange for his kid's vital organs. Now grown, and bearing synthetic parts cooked up by a quack... [read more]
  10. Secret (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Secret (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Jay Chou (Director, Actor) | Guey Lun Mei (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Alice Tzeng (Actor)
    The big secret: Jay Chou can direct too!
    September 13, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    It's not a secret anymore: Jay Chou can do more than just compose music and sing, he can direct too. However, the jury may still be out on his acting. Chairman Chou does quadruple duty for Secret; besides directing and starring in the film, the do-it-all entertainer penned the original story and the film's evocative score. Chou stars as Jay, a young, talented musician whose cool demeanor is both aloof and charming. Even though he's a bit of a cold fish and even an odd duck, people still regard him with awe thanks to his amazing musical skills and charming, boyish demeanor. It's almost like he's playing...the real Jay Chou! That said, Jay Chou plays himself rather well, though as a romantic... [read more]
  11. Saving My Hubby (DVD) (Single Disc) (Korea Version) Saving My Hubby (DVD) (Single Disc) (Korea Version) Hyeon Nam Seop | Bae Doo Na | Kim Tae Woo
    Adventures in Babysitting
    August 16, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Right away, Saving My Hubby has one major thing going for it: the film stars the ever-versatile and ever-charismatic Bae Du Na in the leading role. Bae plays Geum-Soon, a star volleyball player whose career has derailed thanks to a shoulder injury, and is now settling into domestic life with both a husband (Kim Tae Woo) and an infant to look after. Sadly, her husband really needs looking after. He gets sucked into a nighttime scam, and is bamboozled into thinking he owes a massive nightclub bill. Without the resources, it's up to Geum-Soon to come and bail him out, or his life is forfeit! With the in-laws arriving the next morning at 5 a.m., Geum-Soon has no choice but to venture into the... [read more]
  12. Summer Time Machine Blues (DVD) (Standard Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Summer Time Machine Blues (DVD) (Standard Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Ueno Juri | Eita | Katsuyuki Motohiro (Director) | Yoza Yoshiaki
    Fun with trivial time travel
    August 7, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Anyone who digs time travel comedies should check out Summer Time Machine Blues. Based on a stage play and directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro (the Bayside Shakedown movies), this winning and surprisingly fun flick delivers a high-concept tale in a refreshingly low-tech style. A group of college kids chance upon a time machine when it shows up in their summer clubhouse on a sweltering summer day. Of course, a time machine allows for the kids to explore both the past and the present, but they use it to do completely minor things, like travel back in time one day to retrieve the remote control to their air conditioner before it gets ruined by a spilled Coke. They also use their new time-travel... [read more]
  13. Whatever You Want (Shaw Brothers) (Hong Kong Version) Whatever You Want (Shaw Brothers) (Hong Kong Version) Anita Yuen (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Jordan Chan (Actor) | Christy Chung (Actor)
    Wong Jing wins this time
    April 17, 2007 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Whatever You Want may be the most forgotten film in the IVL/Shaw Brothers collection - and it could deserve that classification. This pastiche of movie parodies, dumb comedy, and general silliness is far from a quality motion picture experience, and should come with writer-director Wong Jing's official seal of mediocrity embossed in the DVD cover. However, the above criticism only exists if we expect all our moviegoing choices to be official award-winning cinema - in which case stuff like Scary Movie or Airplane! would never make our viewing list. Let's face it: cheap, disposable silliness has its place. If that's the case, then Whatever You Want should be the pick for longtime Hong Kong... [read more]
  14. My Name Is Fame (DVD) (US Version) My Name Is Fame (DVD) (US Version) Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Derek Tsang | Jiang Han
    Viva Hong Kong movies!
    December 6, 2006 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Hong Kong Cinema gets some much needed love in My Name is Fame, a winning comedy-drama starring the ever-underrated Lau Ching Wan. Lau has seemingly been in the shadow of Andy Lau, Anthony Wong, and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai for years. Those actors have repeatedly taken home Hong Kong Film Awards while Lau Ching Wan has usually settled for critics awards and just invitations to the big awards ceremonies. As anyone who watches Hong Kong movies knows: the man deserves more than a pat on the back for his performances. Sadly, his day has yet to come. My Name is Fame makes sly references to Lau's unfortunate career plight, casting him as an under appreciated actor whose years as an entertainment... [read more]
  15. Rob-B-Hood (Extended Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Rob-B-Hood (Extended Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Jackie Chan (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Charlene Choi (Actor) | Michael Hui (Actor)
    Babies rule
    November 24, 2006 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Lots of people love Jackie Chan. Women love Louis Koo. And everyone loves babies. Add all three together and you get Rob-B-Hood, a movie that's so demographically pleasing that EEG's marketing team probably considered the film their easiest assignment ever. Besides the powerhouse trio of Jackie Chan, Louis Koo, and classic comedian Michael Hui, the film also features the chubby cheeks of Matthew Medvedev, the all-important baby of the film and a supreme charmer in his own right. Anyone who watches Rob-B-Hood will tell you this: Baby Matthew is one cute kid. Those who don't think he's cute should probably check their vision, or maybe their pulse. Not that Rob-B-Hood begins and ends with Baby... [read more]
  16. Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version) Out Of The Dark (1995) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version) Stephen Chow (Actor) | Karen Mok (Actor) | Leung Ka Yan (Actor) | Lee Lik Chi (Actor)
    Before its time
    November 22, 2006 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    Out of the Dark has long been considered a Stephen Chow film to forget, but what a difference a day - or maybe 10 years - makes. Chow plays a crazy (literally) ghostbuster who assaults a haunted Hong Kong housing estate in an attempt to rid them of some particularly nasty ghosts. His tools include a psychic plant, plastic wrap, Maltese candies, and lots of random violence towards innocent bystanders and the housing estate's security staff. There are also jokes skewering Luc Besson's The Professional, and Highlander, not to mention Hong Kong's long-standing genre of horror comedies. It's all a bit exhausting and even repellent, but amazingly, there's plenty of humor to be had. Stephen Chow... [read more]
  17. Chungking Express + Fallen Angels DTS (Korean Version) Chungking Express + Fallen Angels DTS (Korean Version) Frankie Chan | Tony Leung Chiu Wai | Karen Mok | Faye Wong
    Best movies ever
    November 21, 2006 Picked By Kozo See all this editor's picks
    When talking about Chungking Express and Fallen Angels, words cannot properly describe the enchanting work Wong Kar Wai has accomplished. I could spend paragraphs talking about what makes these films as wonderful as they are, but to do so would probably preach only to the converted. For the non-converted, here are the Cliff's Notes: Wong Kar Wai is currently Hong Kong's international filmmaker du jour. He's a man who now gets more funding from France than from Hong Kong, and if you've seen his films, you can plainly see why. Wong Kar Wai uses top commercial names like Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung and more, but his films are pop-art poetry in motion, using image,... [read more]
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