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Nicholas Tse and Sean Lau Star in Crime Thriller “Heartfall Arises”

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Ahead of its premiere on the 20th October 2016 in cinemas nationwide,  a press conference was held in Chengdu with its ‘HeartFall Arises’ leading actors Nicholas Tse and Sean Lau in attendance to speak with members of the media and fans.

A China-Hong Kong collaborative project, the crime psychological thriller stars Nicholas Tse as a tough as nails detective who pits his wits against a criminal psychologist, played by veteran actor Sean Lau.

Speaking at the press conference, Nicholas Tse expressed delight at starring alongside Sean Lau again, saying that he feels “comfortable” working with the fellow thespian, “You don’t have to worry that he hasn’t done his due diligence, or will mess up his lines; working with him has been great”. Sean Lau, in turn, praised his co-star saying that Tse has “matured greatly over the years and his acting has improved tremendously; he regularly has discussions with »

- Pamela Koh

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Benny Chan’s “Call of Heroes” Is Not What You Expect

20 October 2016 9:30 AM, PDT

A not so common script

The film starts with a kindergarten teacher escorting a bunch of ragtag children in a restaurant, where she orders a single bowl of food for all of them to share. A few moments later, some thugs try to rob the establishment, only to experience a humiliating beating in the hands of a peculiar individual named Ma Feng.

After that scene, the film changes setting and places the story in Pucheng, a small town that has sent its army to the front and is virtually unguarded, with the only ones that can fight being the local sheriff, Yeung Hak-nan and his team. The aforementioned children and Ma Feng also arrive at the same place, a little before Cao Shaolun, the son of the most notorious warlord of the era (1914).

Shaolun proceeds in killing a number of people, as he proves to be a bloodthirsty maniac, with »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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5 Exciting Films to Catch at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

20 October 2016 12:47 AM, PDT

The 13th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival is already on its second week but there are still many exceptional movies slated to grace the competition. Here are five intriguing films to catch.


“Three Stories Of Love”

Written and directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi, Three Stories of Love chronicles the interconnected lives of a mourning widower, a disgruntled housewife, and a gay lawyer—who are all unlucky in love. The three stories tread a thread of broken hearts and hopeful love. (October 21 & 31)


“The Wailing”

Writer-director Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing follows a policeman investigating the strange illnesses and killings in a rural village. Meshing East Asian mythology with the tropes of a murder mystery, The Wailing delivers an engrossing viewing experience. (October 22)


Mad World

Wong Chun’s Mad World centers on a bipolar stockbroker reuniting with his estranged father. Tensions mount as father and son deal with old family wounds that have yet to heal. »

- Ella Palileo

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Critically Acclaimed Japanese Film ‘Kids Return’ Coming to Blu-ray

20 October 2016 12:44 AM, PDT

Japanese actor, comedian, director, and TV personality, Takeshi Kitano’s sixth film, “Kids Return” is set to be released on Blu-Ray on October 24, 2016. “Kids Return” stars Masanobu Ando (as Shinji) and Ken Kaneko (as Masaru) who play two high-school dropouts with vastly different lifestyles.  Shinji pursues a career as an amateur boxer, whereas Masaru turns to the yakuza. The two eventually cross paths again and return to their old stomping ground, their high school.

Ken Kaneko & Masanobu Ando in “Kids Return”

The film itself is Kitano’s ode to his own childhood, and was his first film after a short “retirement” due to a near fatal motorcycle accident. Kitano has been a part of the Japanese film industry for most of his life. He began his career as a comedian and actor, who had a moderate amount of fame. His entrance into the directorial world was sudden, but very successful. »

- Lydia Spanier

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New Death Note Film Promises Murder and Mayhem in Teaser Trailer

18 October 2016 10:40 PM, PDT

The long wait for Death Note: Light Up the New World is almost over. The film will be released in less than 2 weeks and just recently fans were treated to titillating teaser clips to the movie.

Several viral videos were released on the official website. The clips show the looming chaos in Tokyo and the impending doom of six new Death Notes – supernatural notebooks that can extinguish any name written on its pages.

One of the unleashed viral videos particularly tickled avid fans. The clip shows the ‘Kira Virus’ taking over an unsuspecting victim’s mobile phone. The screen goes black and the ever-daunting Kira hijacks the screen. The audience can only tremble as the sight of the serial killer promises to bring more mischief, mayhem and murder.

Set ten years after the events of the previous films, Death Note: Light Up the New World revolves around a »

- Ella Palileo

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Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’

18 October 2016 2:51 AM, PDT

Probably one of the most anticipated films of the year, not only for lovers of Asian cinema, but of cinema, in general, “The Handmaiden” proves that Park Chan-wook is one of the top filmmakers of the era, and that the knowledge he acquired from his time in Hollywood (Stoker) can be wonderfully implemented in Asian aesthetics.

The film is already an international success, since it has sold out in 175 countries, beating out the previous sales record of Bong Joon-ho’s English-language sci-fi feature “Snowpiercer”, to become the best-selling Korean film of all time.

The script is based on the novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters and takes place in Korea of the 1930s, with the country under Japanese rule. Con man “Count” Fujiwara has managed to insert himself into the very secluded circle of Kouzuki, an eccentric hedonist who has become the man in charge of a very large estate, and plans to marry his niece, »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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“The Notebook” Set to Receive a Korean Makeover

18 October 2016 1:07 AM, PDT

The Notebook” took the world of cinema romance by storm. The story of two star-crossed lovers set in the 1940s truly captured its teary-eyed audience. The film that was based off of the famous Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, is now set to have a Korean re-vamp.

The Korean version of “The Notebook” will star two of the hottest K-drama actors, Park Shin-Hye and Lee Jong-Suk. These actors have been together on set before in the Korean drama, “Pinocchio.” The scripted romance between these two ignited fans to believe their romance continued off-set. After “Pinocchio,” both actors went on to lead in two of the more popular recent dramas; Lee Jong-Suk starred in “W- Two Worlds,” and Park Shin-Hye in “The Doctors.”

The announcement of this casting for “The Notebook” has sparked much excitement and interest from fans who are looking forward to these two strong »

- Lydia Spanier

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Daniel Wu, Simon Yam Star in Action Thriller “Sky On Fire” New Trailer

18 October 2016 12:32 AM, PDT

Renowned Hong Kong director Ringo Lam is back with the next instalment of his “On Fire” series with the action thriller “Sky On Fire” following 1987’s “City On Fire”, 1987’s “Prison On Fire” and 1988’s “School On Fire”. The movie is set to thrill audiences when it opens on November 25, 2016 and stars Daniel Wu, Simon Yam and Amber Kuo.

In the recent exhilarating trailer released earlier this week, viewers got the opportunity to see leading man Daniel Wu in action as the professional security agent responsible in protecting research scientists responsible for the creation of a drug that could aid in the extension of human life beyond what we know now.

This is Daniel Wu’s first stint back in Asian cinema following his success on American series “Into the Badlands” and the summer Hollywood blockbuster “Warcraft: The Beginning”. The trailer for “Sky On Fire” sets audiences’ memories alight with exciting explosion scenes, »

- Pamela Koh

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New Trailers for the Upcoming Korean Thriller – ‘ The Rule of Violence ‘

17 October 2016 2:56 PM, PDT


Three new videos have been released for Kang Hyo-Jin’s (Twilight Gangsters ) thrilling directorial venture, ‘The Rule of Violence‘.

The movie stars Kim Yeong-Moo, Han Yeo-Wool, and Kim Yeong-Yong in lead roles.



High school student Seong-jin commits suicide after being the victim of school violence for a long time. Three years later, one of his bullies Han Yeo-wool debuts as a celebrity. Seong-jin’s brother, Seong-hyeon blames himself for not recognizing the pain his brother went though and finds a comment on Han Yeo-wool’s news report that Seong-jin didn’t commit suicide but was instead killed by Yeo-wool.

Seong-hyeon sets out to find the truth and he heads for destruction.




The movie will be released throughout South Korea on the 20th October.

Source: HanCinema (images and video)


- Dhaval Gawas

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Sogo Ishii’s “The Crazy Family” is a film that stays true to its name

17 October 2016 4:16 AM, PDT

In a cinema that is famous for its extremity and peculiarity, Sogo Ishii manages to stand out, with films like “Burst City” and “Tokyo Blood”. In that fashion, even when he directs a satire, the result is not the expected, to say the least.


A truly crazy family

The Kobayashi family finally manages to buy a house, with the hard work of the father, Katsuhiko, a white-collar employee. Despite their happiness, there seems to be something wrong with the members of the family, as Katsuhiko believes that they suffer from some kind of psychosis.

His wife, Saeko is a bit extreme in the way she acts, a tendency that reaches its apogee when Katsuhiko’s father, Yasukuni, comes to leave with them, as she ends up even dancing sensually for him and his elderly friends. Furthermore, she keeps calling her husband, “father.”

The son, Masaki has become obsessed with passing »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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