movie: THE THIEVES

Give me anything with Lee Jung-jae and I’d be a captive audience. So the mere fact that he’s in THE THIEVES, I’m in. Throw in Jun Ji-hyun, I’m sold. THE THIEVES is often billed as the Asian version of OCEAN’S ELEVEN. But really, it is a gross misrepresentation. It’s a Korean version with Hong Kong…

movie: SUDDENLY IT’S MAGIC

I love films whose main ambition is just to entertain and nothing more. And that is what SUDDENLY IT’S MAGIC is all about, a Philippine production that casts Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer in the male lead. I seldom watch films from my native Philippines not because I don’t like to but because there are few…

movie: TRAIL OF THE PANDA

TRAIL OF THE PANDA, which came out in 2009, is a treat for those who love the black and white furry creatures. Shot in Sichuan province, amidst the snowy and lush mountains that are the natural habitat of the giant pandas, the film combines both fact and fiction. The result is a very heartwarming story…

NEW WORLD: Korea’s version of HK’s INFERNAL AFFAIRS

It was really just a matter of time that South Korea will make its version of the highly successful and modern Hong Kong classic INFERNAL AFFAIRS. Did I hear someone say… oh no, not again?! Well, if the Americans and the Japanese can do their own film and drama versions, why not the Koreans? It’s…

movie: BEAR IT

As the title suggests, BEAR IT has something to do with teddy bears, but in a childlike, innocent way unlike the raunchy TED. The film is about Peter, a tour guide for bears, and the characters that he meets. And in case you’re wondering if there is ever a teddy bear tour out there, in…

drama: KING OF DRAMAS

The last two episodes of KING OF DRAMAS remind me why I. Hate. Korean. Dramas. They just cancelled off all the goodwill that was built in the series so far. Almost. The only saving grace was this guy. Why the drama turned out this way may be because of the two-episode extension, although I have…

remember F4? they’ll be back for CNY

So the “big brothers” of Asian boybands will be back for a special Lunar New Year performance to be aired on Jiangsu Satellite TV that reportedly paid them 6 million yuan or roughly US$952,000, or nearly US$1 million. News of an F4 reunion usually crop up especially around the LNY period that it’s become a…

Arashi’s FIGHT SONG is ‘very deep’

So said Ken Mogi, Japan’s famed brain scientist. And when someone, who studies qualia says so, it must mean something. Yatta, baka boys! The lyrics to FIGHT SONG was written by Arashi themselves and music by Nino. Click HERE for the Romaji, Kanji and English lyrics. My favorite lines would be: 時には泣いていいよ 弱いとこ見せても大丈夫 でもそこで腐るな! まだやれる…