October 17, 2016

The Handmaiden 아가씨- 2016 South Korea

In a weeks time, Park Chan Wook, well known for his 2005 film OldBoy, will deliver his latest revenge film, The Handmaiden (아가씨) to US audiences.  Released earlier this year in South Korea, this film has been creating a stir. Not only is the film’s topics graphic and dark but it is also extremely different from what typically comes from Asian cinema. This film reached success at  the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Park Chan Wook was nominated for a Palme d’Or and the film was eligible for the Queer Palm Award.

Based off the 2002 historical crime novel, Fingersmith, written by Sarah Waters, Director Wook moved the setting from Victorian Era Britain to 1930s Korea under Japanese colonial ruling.  The story focuses on two con artists, Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung Woo) and a young pick pocketer, Sook Hee (Kim Tae Ri) who plot to steal the fortune of heiress, Lady Hideko (Kim Min Hee). However, if you have ever seen a Park Chan Wook film, you know that this is not the only story, and with any film, this plot is twisted and changed until you reach the end of the film with an expression of WTF on your face.  
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October 11, 2016

2016 Asian Horror films you MUST see! (Halloween Edition)

Happy (Almost) Halloween everyone! 
With this exciting and spooky holiday upon us, we have decided to compile a list of a few of the scary, the strange and the creepiest Asian horror films to have been released this year so far! Grab your friends and check out some of our haunted favorites below!

**The lists are not in order of popularity**
Plot descriptions from Asian Wiki & IMDB

1. The Handmaiden 아가씨 (Korea)

Director: Park Chan Wook 
Release Date: October 21, 2016
A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

2. The Wailing 곡성 (Korea)

Director: Na Hong Jin
Release Date: June 3, 2016

A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

3. Creepy クリーピー (Japan)

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Takakura  is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami , to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is the only surviving family member from the case.
Meanwhile, Takakura and his wife Yasuko recently moved into a new home. Their neighbor, Nishino, has a sick wife and a young teen daughter. One day, the daughter, Mio, jumps into Takakura's house and tells him that the man is not her father and she doesn't know him at all.
4. Train to Busan 부산행 (Korea)

Director: Yeong Song Ho
Release Date: June 18, 2016
A man, his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea.

5.Sadako Vs. Kayako 貞子vs伽椰子 (Japan)

Director: Koji Shiraishi
Release Date: June 18, 2016
After watching a cursed videotape, Natsumi has only two days before she will be killed by demonic entity Sadako. Her only hope is to pit Sadako against Kayako, a menacing spirit that inhabits a haunted house.

6. Phantom of the Theatre 魔宫魅影 (China/Hong Kong)

Director: Raymond Yip
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Killed in a fire 13 years earlier, vengeful spirits of a performance troupe seek new victims as the playhouse reopens.

Of course, this is not every film that is to be released, but we hope you found some films that have interested you and are excited to watch this Halloween season!

 Let us know in the comments below, which films you are most excited about and if there are any other scary films we might have missed!

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September 22, 2016

Is Lost in the Moonlight (달빛궁궐) a rip off of Spirited Away?!

Today, Light's Camera, Asia brings you a look into a new animation film from South Korea that has been getting some heat for potentially ripping off the beloved 2001 Studio Ghibli classic, Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し).

We give you, Lost in the Moonlight (달빛궁궐), a new Korean animation film that was released in theatres at the beginning of this month. 

August 17, 2016

Uncontrollably Fond 함부로 애틋하게 2016- Korea EP. 5 Review

"I just want to say, I like you, I love you"  Kim Woo Bin, Do you know
Uncontrollably Fond Ep 5

This episode solidified my feelings for this drama. I was on the fence the last episode but I finally made a decision. Want to know what I think? Is this drama worthy to binge watch? See below:


Episode 5 begins with the last scene of Episode 4 - Shin Joon asking No Eul to date him for 3 months and No Eul looking shocked. The producer tries to brush it off as Shin Joon is joking but Shin Joon says he isn’t. No Eul just stares before finally saying that she’d be crazy if she didn’t want to date him. That they can announce it on social media - I sense a lot of sarcasm here.shin Joon smiles and shakes his head.

Cut to No Eul with her face in a bowl and Ji Tae coming in. She says she caused trouble and will probably get fired. BEcause she treated what he said seriously as a joke. No Eul yells at the restaurant lady who hits her with a spoon. Ji Tae dabs her face which is covered in water. He tells her it’s for the best and to go back into investigative reporting, that he’ll help her find a job. To which No Eul says how as he is unemployed as well. She says it would be better to work for him and why can’t she fill the place of his wife.

August 9, 2016

Uncontrollably Fond 함부로 애틋하게 2016- Korea EP. 4 Review

Let’s say I’ll really die in three months and have a really passionate romance for those three months.


Episode 4 begins where we left off with Shin Joon looking for No Eul on the bridge. Apparently there was a couple taking pictures under the bridge and that is why she was leaning over. They are a movie star couple.

Shin Joon agrees to do the documentary.

Flashback to No Eu’s heart stopping. They get it beating again. The Doctor comes out and says she’s stable and is not going to die as Shin Joon begins to cry. Shin Joon is at his advisers office dropping out of school. He says if he were to become a prosecutor there would be no hope for this country.