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  1. Detective VS. Sleuths (2022) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Detective VS. Sleuths (2022) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Charlene Choi (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor)
    He who fights with monsters
    November 30, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Detective vs. Sleuths is Wai Ka Fai's first directorial effort in over a decade, and apparently he put all his creative juices into this, because it is impressively over the top. The writer-director packs in twist after twist and a whole variety of unhinged characters into this wild crime action thriller with a very high body count. Lau Ching Wan – always the first pick to play Wai Ka Fai characters who are losing a handle on reality (see: Written By and Mad Detective) – anchors the madness as the protagonist who is the maddest yet shrewdest of them all. Detective vs. Sleuths begins with vignettes of notorious past murder cases before introducing crimes happening in the present day. A group... [read more]
  2. The Crocodile That Lived For 100 Days (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) The Crocodile That Lived For 100 Days (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Yamada Yuki | Nobue Iketani | Kamiki Ryunosuke | Denis Kwok
    Crocodile existentialism
    November 29, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    In December 2019, Kikuchi Yuuki began posting the webcomic A Crocodile Who Will Die in 100 Days with the caption "Day 1." With its cryptic title, slice-of-life warmth and unexpectedly poignant observations, the comic went viral in Japan as readers followed the daily life of the anthropomorphized crocodile who is unaware of the fate that awaits him. Every day from December 12, 2019, to March 20, 2020, the comic shared various small relatable episodes of the crocodile's kind nature and mundane life while ominously counting down his days. On Day 100, a spring day with sakura blossoms dancing in the sky, he passes away in an accident. The 2021 animated film The Crocodile That Lived For 100 Days... [read more]
  3. ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×20 FILM "Record of Memories"  [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray] (Japan Version) ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5×20 FILM "Record of Memories" [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray] (Japan Version) Arashi
    Record of Arashi
    October 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Arashi's Record of Memories is the first and only concert film that the Johnny's group has ever put out, and it's on a whole other level in terms of pure technical production values. Arashi's massive 20th anniversary tour spanned over 50 performances and mobilized over two million attendees, making it the largest tour in Japanese history. This feature film presentation of the Arashi Anniversary 5×20 records their live at Tokyo Dome on December 23, 2019. As a celebration and culmination of Arashi's 20-year journey, the concert is a joy for fans, with a setlist full of uptempo numbers, hit songs, dance medleys and energetic performances accompanied by impressive stage design and... [read more]
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Blu-ray) (Normal Ediiton) (Japan Version) Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Blu-ray) (Normal Ediiton) (Japan Version) Komatsu Mikako | Sakurai Takahiro | Ogata Megumi | Uchiyama Koki
    Another Jujutsu Kaisen
    October 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    We'll have to wait for Season 2 of the Jujutsu Kaisen anime for the continuing story of Itadori Yuji, but to find out to what happened before Yuji's arrival, there's the feature film prequel Jujutsu Kaisen 0. Based on Akutami Gege's same-titled manga (which was published before Jujutsu Kaisen), Jujutsu Kaisen 0 revolves around the Jujutsu High School class of Okkotsu Yuta, Zenin Maki, Panda and Inumaki Toge when they were first-year students. Providing an interesting parallel to Yuji's story, fan-favorite character Okkotsu Yuta is the protagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen 0. The teenage boy is timid by nature and bullied by classmates, but he is protected by the cursed spirit of his late childhood... [read more]
  5. Origin Of Time Origin Of Time Endy Chow (Singer) | ToNick (Singer)
    Endy Chow x ToNick
    September 29, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Chiu Sin Hang, the lead singer of Hong Kong band ToNick and occasional actor, has developed a respectable second (or third) career in filmmaking. He made his co-directing debut in 2017 with the well-received Vampire Cleanup Department, and his first solo directorial feature One Second Champion grossed a very respectable HK$17 million, ranking fifth in box office among Hong Kong films in 2021. Besides directing and acting, Chiu Sin Hang, or Hangjai as he goes by in ToNick, also brings his music into film by creating the theme songs. For One Second Champion's theme song, ToNick joins forces with the film's leading man, Endy Chow. Composed by Endy and Hangjai, "Origin of Time" won Best... [read more]
  6. Anime Supremacy! (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) Anime Supremacy! (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) Tsujimura Mizuki | Ono Karin | Ike Yoshihiro | Yoshioka Riho
    How to Anime
    September 28, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Is there an anime that changed your life? Or maybe just made you believe a bit in magic? Anime Supremacy is about the blood, sweat and tears that go into making that anime. Based on the novel by Tsujimura Mizuki, Anime Supremacy dives headfirst into the comings and goings of the anime industry. While the original novel follows three female protagonists – director Saito Hitomi, producer Arishina Kayako and animator Namisawa Kazuna – the film adaptation concentrates primarily on rookie director Saito Hitomi played by Yoshioka Riho. As a child, Hitomi didn't watch anime and couldn't understand the imaginative play of other kids. It was not until she watched the anime Hikari no Yosuga as an... [read more]
  7. Suki to Iu no wa Rock Daze!  [Type A] (SINGLE+BLU-RAY) (Japan Version) Suki to Iu no wa Rock Daze! [Type A] (SINGLE+BLU-RAY) (Japan Version) Nogizaka46
    The power of love
    August 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The endearingly upbeat tune of Nogizaka46's 30th single Suki to Iu no wa Rock Daze! begins with a decidely downbeat line: "The person I hate the most in the world is me." Self-loathing thoughts of stagnancy and having no ambitions or expectations for the future pour out unassumingly against a mellow melody laced with energetic pop rock beats. These negative emotions are flipped by the discovery of a love that makes one sparkle. While the power of love may seem like a typically cheesy topic for a pop song, Suki to Iu no wa Rock Daze! throbs with a heartfelt touch of sensitivity as it reflects on the trials of growing up and a love that encourages self-love. The song's sentiments are... [read more]
  8. MIXED NUTS EP (SINGLE+BLU-RAY) (Japan Version) MIXED NUTS EP (SINGLE+BLU-RAY) (Japan Version) Official HIGE DANdism
    Life is like a bag of mixed nuts
    June 30, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Official HIGE DANdism's song Mixed Nuts should sound familiar to anyone who's been watching Spy x Family, but you don't have to know the anime to enjoy this flavorful EP. Opening with a reverbing explosion of notes, Mixed Nuts (Track 1) highlights the funky, jazzy side of HIGEDAN's signature piano rock sound. The energetic pop melody is underlined by an awesome bassline that pulsates with life and a joyous swirl of brass and percussion. Mixed Nuts has wittily philosophical lyrics about living "in this world like nuts packed in a bag." Like a bag of mixed nuts, this EP has more texture and variety to offer in its side tracks. Anarchy (Track 2) is a wonderful surprise, expanding the band's... [read more]
  9. LOST IN TOKYO (ALBUM+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) LOST IN TOKYO (ALBUM+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS
    Tokyo state of mind
    June 28, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    You can always count on Soil & "Pimp" Sessions for classy and funky jazz that brims with exuberant energy. Their latest album Lost in Tokyo also brims with city vibes. Themed around Tokyo, the album explores and evokes the city through 12 tracks that include two songs featuring guest vocalists. Lost in Tokyo opens with an atmospheric intro track blending the sounds of water, chirping birds, the muffled clamor of a subway and crisp footsteps. It leads into Meiji-Jingumae 'Harajuku' (Track 2), whose title referring to a metro station interchange already gets you in a Tokyo state of mind. The playful skitter of piano keys against laid-back beats, smooth brass notes and an unrushed melody feels... [read more]
  10. M87  (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) M87 (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) Yonezu Kenshi
    Yonezu Kenshi, the storyteller
    May 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Yonezu Kenshi delivers another certified jam with his latest single M87, the theme song of the new Shin Ultraman movie. The singer-songwriter wastes no time getting started, opening straight away with stirring vocals and emotive imagery: "Because I saw the stars shining in the distant sky / I trembled as I chased the light." Hooking listeners from the first line, M87 reminds of Lemon in the best possible way with its clean and catchy alternative melody, rousing feelings and immediate earworm impact. At the same time, the song has an exciting storytelling quality in its free-flowing rhythm and use of different types of instrumental transitions. M87 technically follows a conventional... [read more]
  11. Raging Fire (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Raging Fire (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Donnie Yen (Actor) | Qin Lan (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor)
    Benny Chan's action-packed swansong
    May 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When people think of Hong Kong's greatest action film directors, Benny Chan may not be among the first few names to come to mind – but he should be. From the late 90s onwards, there have been few directors as reliable for solid, unpretentious and entertaining Hong Kong action as Benny Chan. From Big Bullet, Divergence and Rob-B-Hood to Connected, The White Storm and Call of Heroes, his films may not have traveled as many fests and won as many awards as those of his more famous contemporaries, but they sure were fun to watch. Even the bad Benny Chan films, like City Under Siege and Meow, were spectacularly bad rather than bleh. Benny Chan's final feature Raging Fire is everything great about... [read more]
  12. We Made a Beautiful Bouquet (2021) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) We Made a Beautiful Bouquet (2021) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Suda Masaki (Actor) | Arimura Kasumi (Actor) | Toda Keiko (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor)
    Love blooms and love withers
    April 30, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Screenwriter Sakamoto Yuji has spearheaded a long list of hits and classics for Japanese television over the years, from Last Christmas to Mother to his most recent My Dear Exes. He's not the most prolific of TV writers, but basically every drama he touches is guaranteed quality. Sakamoto, however, rarely writes for the silver screen. His last film outing before 2021's We Made a Beautiful Bouquet was the 2007 film extension of the hit Saiyuki series, and his most representative film remains 2004's Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World. We Made a Beautiful Bouquet reteams Sakamoto Yuji with director Doi Nobuhiro after the excellent 2017 series Quartet. Encapsulating the different... [read more]
  13. F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers The Series Boxset (DVD) (Ep. 1-16) (End) (Thailand Version) F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers The Series Boxset (DVD) (Ep. 1-16) (End) (Thailand Version) Win Metawin Opas-iamkajorn (Actor) | Nani Hirunkit Changkham (Actor) | Dew Jirawat Sutivanichsak (Actor) | Tu Tontawan Tantivejakul (Actor)
    Is this the best Boys Over Flowers adaptation?
    April 19, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    I had my doubts when F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers was announced. As much of an all-time favorite Hana Yori Dango may be, many aspects of Kamio Yoko's classic shojo manga story, which began serialization in the early 90s, don't hold up great without rose-tinted glasses. When I tuned into F4 Thailand, it was more out of the usual curiosity about how this latest cast and version would hold up against past adaptations. I didn't expect it would turn out to be one of the best Boys Over Flowers dramas. GMMTV churns out glossy youth romance dramas, so the studio is in comfortable territory with F4 Thailand. The story is the same old one that we know too well. Poor but lionhearted schoolgirl Gorya... [read more]
  14. Brother Beat [Type A] (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Edition) (Japan Version) Brother Beat [Type A] (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Edition) (Japan Version) Snow Man
    Fun, funny and funky
    March 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Last year was a standout year for Snow Man. Snow Mania S1 was the second highest-selling album of 2021 on Oricon's year-end chart, and all three of their singles ranked in the year-end top five, with million-seller Grandeur coming in first. The three singles, ranging from powerful (Grandeur) to refreshing (Hello Hello) to emotional (Secret Touch), also showed the Johnny's group's ability to comfortably take on different styles. Snow Man continues strong this year with Brother Beat, which is delightfully different than their previous singles. Snow Man's sixth single Brother Beat is a bright, mischievous and upbeat jam that looks and sounds more like something out of the Johnny's WEST canon.... [read more]
  15. Flow [Type A] (SINGLE+BLU-RAY)  (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) Flow [Type A] (SINGLE+BLU-RAY) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) Perfume
    Dream with the Flow
    March 15, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    In the past few years, Perfume has only put out one new music release per year, usually in the second half of the year. This year, the trio is back bright and early in March with the dreamy synthpop sounds of the new single Flow. Produced as always by Nakata Yasutaka, Flow begins immediately, almost abruptly, with sweet vocals over a light melody. The sweet, gentle sound sets a dreamy mood as the beats build up to a bubbly chorus. A low and steady reverberation effect underlies the transition following the first chorus, adding unexpected texture to the song. Nakata continues to variegate the song progression by curling different beats, effects and echoes into the chorus sections and bridge,... [read more]
  16. Sinkhole (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Sinkhole (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Kim Sung Kyun (Actor) | Cha Seung Won (Actor) | Kim Hye Jun (Actor) | Lee Kwang Soo (Actor)
    Finding laughs in unlikely places
    February 28, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    After depicting a devastating fire in a high-rise building in The Tower, director Kim Ji Hoon brings another one of my secret fears to the silver screen in Sinkhole. The 2021 disaster drama depicts the fight for survival when an entire residential building sinks hundreds of meters into the ground. A group of survivors that includes Kim Sung Kyun, Cha Seung Won, Lee Kwang Soo, Kim Hye Jun and Nam Da Reum must navigate the precarious environment of a collapsed building on the edge of an abyss while searching for other survivors and a way back up to the surface. As can perhaps be expected with the unbeatable trio of Kim Sung Kyun, Cha Seung Won and Lee Kwang Soo in the mix, Sinkhole has a... [read more]
  17. Bad Buddy Series Boxset (2021) (DVD) (Ep. 1-12) (End) (English Subtitled) (Thailand Version) Bad Buddy Series Boxset (2021) (DVD) (Ep. 1-12) (End) (English Subtitled) (Thailand Version) Nanon Korapat Kirdpan (Actor) | Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee (Actor) | Love Pattranite Limpatiyakorn (Actor) | Milk Pansa Vosbein (Actor)
    Modern-day Romeo and Romeo
    February 14, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    GMMTV changed the game for Thailand BL dramas in 2016 with SOTUS which took the genre to a new level of mainstream and international popularity. Elevating genre standards with better production values, promising young talents and savvy marketing strategies, GMMTV turned BL into a mainstay cash cow of its teen and romance roster. SOTUS was followed by SOTUS S and other hits like Theory of Love, Dark Blue Kiss, Fish Upon the Sky, A Tale of Thousand Stars, 2gether and Bad Buddy. Of these, I would choose Bad Buddy to be GMMTV's best BL series to date. Directed by Backaof Noppharnach Chaiwimol, Bad Buddy stays in the familiar territory of school romance. Pat (Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee) and Pran... [read more]
  18. Man In Love (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Man In Love (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Tiffany Ann Hsu (Actor) | Roy Chiu (Actor) | Chung Hsin Ling (Actor) | Tsai Chen Nan (Actor)
    Man in Love remake that improves on the original
    January 21, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Before watching Yin Chen Hao's blockbuster romance Man in Love, I was rather surprised about its box office success. I did not love the original Korean film from which it was adapted, and was skeptical of how the remake managed to enter Taiwan's top ten domestic films of all time. After I watched it, I completely understood why it's such a crowd-pleasing hit. On paper, the Taiwan remake of Man in Love tells just about the same story as the Korean film. Ah Cheng (Roy Chiu) is a street gangster who collects debt for a living. Though he's quick to yell and fight, he has a kind heart, and looks out for struggling debtors in his own way. He coerces bank clerk Hao Ting (Tiffany Ann Hsu) to take... [read more]
  19. Endgame (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Endgame (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Xiao Yang (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Wan Qian (Actor) | Shi Hang (Actor)
    Key to a good remake
    November 30, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Uchida Kenji's 2012 comedy-drama Key of Life about a hitman and a failed actor swapping identities picked up a slew of prizes, and its 2016 Korean remake Luck-Key was a box office hit. In 2021, the third iteration of the story arrives with the ambiguously titled Chinese remake Endgame. So what does this version offer that hasn't already been covered in the previous two films? Well, for one thing, it has Andy Lau. Endgame also has director Rao Xiaozhi, who brings a different vibe to this same story. Andy Lau wears the heck out of a black suit as precise and unflappable professional killer Zhou Quan whose downfall turns out to be a slippery bar of soap. After taking a fall at the bathhouse,... [read more]
  20. Gintama: The Final (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Gintama: The Final (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Miyawaki Chizuru (Director)
    A very Gintama finale
    November 29, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Fans: How many Gintama endings will there be? Gintama animators: Yes. In 2018, the Gintama TV anime notoriously ended with a cliffhanger and a long gag about the series finally coming to an end after many fake-out endings. Over two years later, the Gintama anime returns with a feature film of The Very Final ending. Gintama: The Final starts with an extended Dragon Ball Z parody, in-jokes about the animators being free to do whatever they want since they're not locked down by the grind of a TV anime, and a long narration summarizing the events leading up to the feature film. Before you can gripe about the recap being long and confusing, rest assured, the characters do it for you. Gintama:... [read more]
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