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[Entertainment News] Kimura Takuya takes on first police role in Higashino Keigo adaptation

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Kimura Takuya and Nagasawa Masami will collaborate for the first time in the film adaptation of Higashino Keigo's 2011 mystery novel Masquerade Hotel.

Masquerade Hotel, which has sold over 2.75 million copies, is set at a Tokyo luxury hotel in which a series of foretold murders occur. Kimura, who has played a prosecutor, pilot, doctor and even prime minister in his varied career, will take on his first police role as Kosuke Nitta, the detective in charge of the serial murder case. He goes undercover by posing as hotel staff and teams up with receptionist Yamagishi Naomi, played by Nagasawa, to solve the mystery.

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[Editor’s Pick] Walking with prisoners

Hong Kong's "Prisons Department" was renamed "Correctional Services Department" in 1982 to emphasize the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment. However, inmate abuse scandals have continued to emerge despite the change in the department name. To increase public awareness about the human rights of juvenile inmates, rookie director Andrew Wong recreates the dark world of a youth detention center in his directorial debut With Prisoners, which questions the effectiveness of violent discipline methods in rehabilitating criminals and restoring order. Based on a real-life story, With Prisoners offers a brutal yet realistic look into the life of juvenile offenders under the Hong Kong ... Read More

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[Editor’s Pick] How to knit a family

From Kamome Diner to Glasses to Rent-a-Cat, Ogigami Naoko is known for warm and quirky dramas that create escapist havens from the troubles and loneliness of modern society. In her latest Close-Knit, the writer-director knits another peaceful haven in the welcoming home of a makeshift family formed by a transgender woman, her boyfriend and the niece they take in. When we first meet Rinko (Ikuta Toma), she has already reached a place in her life that many people can only dream of. She has transitioned completely, though she hasn't yet legally changed her gender. She works at a nursing home where everyone seems accepting, and she's living with her mild-mannered boyfriend Makio (Kiritani ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] Winners of 10th Korea Drama Awards

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The Korea Drama Awards, one of the main events of the Korea Drama Festival, held their tenth anniversary ceremony in Jinju on October 2.

Guardian: The Lonely and Great God emerged victorious with five prizes, including Best Drama, Best New Actor and Star of the Year Award for BTOB's Yook Sung Jae, and Popular Character Awards for Kim Byung Chul and Park Kyung Hye. The second biggest winner Ruler: Master of the Mask followed closely with four awards including Best Drama, Best Screenplay for Park Hye Jin, the Excellence Award for Jeon No Min and the KDA Award for Hur Jun Ho.

Veteran Kim Sang Joong was honored the Grand Prize for playing a slave fighting for freedom in Rebel:

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[Entertainment News] 52nd Golden Bell Awards Winners

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The 52nd Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan's premier television awards ceremony, was held on September 30 in Taipei. Awards were fairly evenly distributed this year with several major winners. Qseries suspense drama Close Your Eyes Before It's Dark won Best Television Serial, as well as Best Supporting Actress for Sun Ke Fang and Best Sound.

Veterans were recognized in the acting categories with Best Actor going to Liu De Kai (Never Forget Then), Best Actress to Ke Shu Qin (Love in Sandstorm) and Best Supporting Actor to You An Shun (Abula). Hsu Chao Jen, director of the family series Family Time), won for Best Directing in a Television Serial.

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[Entertainment News] 31st Golden Rooster Awards

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China's 31st Golden Rooster Awards were held on September 16, 2017. Operation Mekong, Dante Lam's crime action blockbuster about Chinese anti-narcotics agents fighting a drug cartel in the Golden Triangle, was crowned Best Film at the biannual award ceremony. Following wins at the Golden Horse and Asian Film Awards, Feng Xiaogang's satirical comedy-drama I Am Not Madame Bovary garnered him another Best Director prize, as well as Best Actress for Fan Bingbing. Deng Chao won Best Actor for his role in Cao Baoping's crime drama The Dead End.

I Am Not Madame Bovary's Yu Hewei shared Best Supporting Actor honors with Wang Qianyuan, who played a kidnapper in the crime

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[Entertainment News] Jang Dong Gun & Park Hyung Sik play lawyers in Korean remake of Suits

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Five years after A Gentleman's Dignity, Jang Dong Gun announces his TV drama comeback with the upcoming Korean remake of popular American legal drama Suits. Park Hyung Sik (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon) will co-star alongside the actor in the drama adapted by director Kim Jin Woo (Queen of Mystery) and rookie screenwriter Kim Jung Min.

The original Suits started airing in 2011 and has run for seven seasons. In the Korean version, Park Hyung Sik will play Go Yeon Woo, a university dropout with a remarkable memory. He runs into top lawyer Choi Kyung Seo (Jang Dong Gun) and accidentally obtains a job interview. Impressed by Yeon Woo's profound knowledge of law,

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[Entertainment News] EXO & Twice win top prizes at 1st Soribada Best K-Music Awards

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Soribada, one of the major digital music platforms in Korea, held its first music awards on September 20, 2017, in Seoul. Based on music releases launched from September 2016 to August 2017, winners were selected through online voting and ratings from the judging panel and critics.

The biggest winner EXO garnered three awards including the Grand Prize, Main Prize and Popularity Award. The Digital Grand Prize went to Twice, who also won the Main Prize. Other Main Prize winners include GFriend, B.A.P, Mamamoo, T-ara, BTOB, Hwang Chi Yeol, Monsta X, Red Velvet and VIXX.

BTS, who didn't attend the ceremony, received the Artist Award and gave their acceptance speech through a video. Popular

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[Entertainment News] 54th Golden Horse Awards Nominations

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Nominations for the 54th Golden Horse Awards were recently revealed. Taiwan documentary filmmaker Huang Hsin Yao's The Great Buddha+ grabbed ten nominations including Best Feature Film, Best New Director, Best Supporting Actor for Leon Dai, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Original Film Music Award and Best Original Film Song Award. Gilles Yang's The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful, Sylvia Chang's Love Education and Wong Kar Wai's See You Tomorrow follow with seven nominations each. Love Education, The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful, Chinese director Vivian Qu's Angels ... Read More

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[Editor’s Pick] Embracing the big 3-0

"30" can be a stressful number to some women. It is often considered the deadline of some major life events like getting married. In 2005, stage producer and actor Kearen Pang also entered her thirties. Instead of worrying about whether she can get married on time, she treated "30" as an age to meet new challenges. That year, she left her theatre troupe and made her solo debut with the one-person show 29+1, which casts new light on life as well as the big 3-0. In the original stage version, Kearen Pang played two 29-year-old Hong Kong women: successful marketing executive Christy and cheerful CD store worker Tin Lok. To offer a more vivid portrayal of the characters in the movie remake, the ... Read More

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