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[Professional Review] Tokyo Ghoul (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)

The latest Japanese big-screen live-action manga adaptation arrives in the shambling form of Tokyo Ghoul, based on the best-selling fantasy series by Ishida Sui. The film was directed by Hagiwara Kentaro, a marked departure from his 2016 feature debut, the drama Anniversary, and stars Kubota Masataka (familiar with manga after appearing in the Death Note TV drama) as a student who becomes half-human, half-ghoul after an attack. Set in a Tokyo where attacks by lurking hyper-ghouls are an accepted part of daily life, the film follows dweeb college student Kaneki Ken (Kubota Masataka), who thinks his luck is in when he manages to catch the eye of his dream girl Rize (Aoi Yu, recently in the ... Read More

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[Editor’s Pick] Uno Misako’s refreshing solo debut

In the past several years, quite a few of the AAA members have branched out to solo music careers, with Nishijima Takahiro (Nissy) and Hidaka Mitsuhiro (Sky-Hi) being especially active as solo artists. Uno Misako now joins the solo ranks with her first official single Doushite Koishite Konna ("Why is Love Like This?"). Doushite Koishite Konna contrasts sweet melody and singing with Uno's self-penned melancholic lyrics about love and separation. The medium-tempo song is co-composed by Koudai Iwatsubo and Jazzin'park's Kubota Shingo, who also participated on Nissy's recent solo album Hocus Pocus2. The song's mellow arrangement brings a soul-freeing atmosphere to the song, particularly in the ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] Winners of 7th Gaon Music Awards

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The winners of the 7th Gaon Music Awards were announced on February 14 in Seoul. The biggest winner IU walked away with four awards including Song of the Year, which is given to songs with the highest monthly sales, for "Through the Night" (March) and Palette (April). The singer-songwriter was also named Lyricist of the Year and won the Long-Run Song of the Year award for the massive hit "Through the Night." Her agency Fave Entertainment received the Producer of the Year award for the album Palette.

BTS follows with two Album of the Year awards for You Never Walk Alone and Love Yourself 'Her', both of which achieved the best quarterly sales. Their producer Pdogg

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[Entertainment News] IU & Hyukoh lead 15th Korean Music Awards nominations

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Nominees for the 15th Korean Music Awards were revealed on February 6. IU and Hyukoh scored the most nominations with five each, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Musician of the Year. IU's Palette and "Through the Night" are also shortlisted in the Best Pop Album and Song categories. Hyukoh, on the other hand, seeks victories in the Best Modern Rock Album and Song races with the album 23 and its title song Tomboy.

BTS follows closely behind with four nominations. The Bangtan Boys join IU and Hyukoh in the lineups for Musician of the Year and Song of the Year, which also includes Red Velvet's "Red Flavor" and rising rapper Woo Won Jae's "We Are." Their

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[Entertainment News] Ninomiya Kazunari to play a surgeon in TBS series Black Pean

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Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari will play a surgeon for the first time in the upcoming TBS drama Black Pean. The series marks his first ever Sunday primetime drama and his first TBS drama since 2008's Ryusei no Kizuna.

Black Pean is based on Team Batista no Eiko series writer Kaido Takeru's 2007 novel Black Pean 1988. The novel has sold over 1.15 million copies and was shortlisted for the 2008 Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. A prequel to Team Batista no Eiko, Black Pean will star Ninomiya Kazunari as Tokiwa Seijiro, a surgeon with outstanding suturing skills. A lone wolf by nature, Tokiwa holds an ordinary position at a university hospital and is not interested

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[Entertainment News] Our Time Will Come leads 37th Hong Kong Film Awards nominations

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Nominations for the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards have been announced. Ann Hui's wartime drama Our Time Will Come leads with 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress for Zhou Xun, and Best Supporting Actress for Deanie Ip.

Sylvia Chang's relationship drama Love Education and Wilson Yip's crime thriller Paradox both received nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Director. Chang is also nominated for Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Herman Yau's Shock Wave and Wong Jing and James Kwan's Chasing the Dragon nab the remaining Best Film slots, while Yau and 29+1's playwright-turned-director Kearen Pang complete

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[Entertainment News] Park Hae Jin to star in Man to Man’s prequel Four Men

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Park Hae Jin, who portrayed a poker-faced bodyguard in the drama Man to Man, will star in the action thriller's prequel Four Men. Following her impressive Korean drama debut in The Good Wife, After School's Nana will join the mystery romcom in her first leading role as an upright detective with strong fighting skills. The pre-produced drama is created by My Love from the Star director Jang Tae Yoo and screenwriter Kim Je Young (Wonderful Nightmare).

Park Hae Jin will play four personas: brave Kang Il Hoon, instinctive Chen, calm Dong Jin and artistic Michael. The main protagonist Il Hoon is the illegitimate son of CEO Kang Do Hoon (Park Geun Hyung, Criminal

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[Editor’s Pick] Songs for nighttime loners

Sleepless nights may feel lonely, but they're the perfect time for introspection for people like AGA. Drawing from various genres like jazz, rock and hip-hop, the groovy musician's album Luna eloquently expresses the feeling of loneliness through stories of different lonely people and guides listeners to reconnect with their inner souls. The lead track 3AM (Track 1) creates a tranquil midnight with a very rich 90s R&B flavor. On top of a quiet piano melody fused with catchy drumbeats, the singer-songwriter sings about the internal conflict of a girl who struggles to break up with her lover. Rapper Ghost Style comforts the girl with his deep and gentle voice, which perfectly suits the smooth ... Read More

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[Editor’s Pick] Kassy’s sonic journey to healing

Kassy made herself known as a rapper through the reality show Unpretty Rapstar 3 in 2016. However, I would rather call her a "rapping vocalist" because singing is her primary focus. In her first mini-album I Want Love, the R&B singer retains her groovy style while introducing new genres to depict a healing journey after breaking up with a loved one. The main plug "I Want Love" (Track 1) starts the album with a dramatic string melody that expresses the intense heat of love. The ardent mood simmers down when cool synth beats join the song. Kassy's confident and frank rap about the yearning for a past love enriches the appealing blend of electronica and classical music with a bold hip-hop ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] Hana Yori Dango sequel to be adapted into live-action TV drama

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Hana Nochi Hare - Hanadan Next Season, the sequel to Kamio Yoko's ever popular manga Hana Yori Dango, will be adapted into a live-action TV drama by TBS. Rising stars Sugisaka Hana (Blade of the Immortal), Hirano Sho of Johnny's group King & Prince, and Nakagawa Taishi (ReLIFE) have been cast in the leading roles.

Serialized in Shonen Jump+ since November 2015, Hana Nochi Hare - Hanadan Next Season, or Boys Over Flowers Season 2, is Kamio Yoko's sequel to her representative work Hana Yori Sango, which has been adapted into hit TV dramas many times throughout Asia. The manga, which already spans eight volumes, tells a new story of youth

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