Ming Ming (Hong Kong) 2007

Ming Ming

Acclaimed Mainland actress Zhou Xun (Best Actress winner for Perhaps Love) takes up two roles in MV director Susie Au’s debut feature Ming Ming, which also stars Hong Kong heartthrob Daniel Wu, Taiwanese rising actor Tony Yang (Formula 17), and singer Jeff Chang. With a dizzying avant garde style that distinguishes this piece from other Hong Kong genre films, Ming Ming offers a uniquely stunning visual experience that bears some resemblance to anime, the French New Wave, and even Wong Kar Wai movies.

Zhou Xun is charismatic enough to deliver her two roles dynamically. She is the cool Ming Ming who is good at martial arts, and also the girlish and sassy Nana. Ming Ming falls in love with D (Daniel Wu) and steals $5 million from mob boss Cat (Jeff Chang) so they can go to Harbin together. She hands off the money to Tu (Tony Yang), who mistakenly grabs the hand of Ming Ming-lookalike Nana. Orange-haired Nana, it turns out, is also in love with D. When D disappears to Shanghai, the three of them follow in search.

Cast: Xun Zhou, Daniel Wu, Tony Yang, Xin-zhe Zhang, Bo-yuan Chan, Kristy Yang
Directed: Susie Au
Genre: Action / Mystery / Romance
Runtime: 105 min
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese / Mandarin
Subtitles: English / Chinese
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0885505/

100 Days With Mr. Arrogant (Korean) 2004

100 Days With Mr. Arrogant

IMDB Summary: Ha-yeong is dumped by her boyfriend on the 100th day of their relationship, an important milestone for every couple. Hyeong-jun is a wealthy and handsome man who melts women wherever he goes, but is not interested in dating. One day, as the later is driving his luxury car, the two will meet. Disgruntled by her recent rejection, Ha-yeong kicks a soda can out of frustration, which finds its way onto Hyeong-jun’s head. Startled by the impact, he loses control of his car and scratches it against a wall. When Ha-yeong is unable to pay for the damages, he persuades her to repay him by signing a contract that binds her to his service for 100 days. What happens next is strictly by the (silly) book and inevitably, they both start having feelings for one another.

Genre: Romance / Comedy
Starring: Kim Jae-Won, Ha Ji-Won, Kim Tae-Hyeon
Director: Shin Dong-Yeop(b)
Runtime: 95mins
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395677/
AsianDB: http://www.asiandb.com/browse/movie_detail.pfm?code=5566

Tears for You (Japanese) 2006

Tears for You

8-year old Yotaro gains a 3-year old step-sister, Kaoru, when his mother marries a jazz musician who plays in a club in Naha, Okinawa where they live. Before long Kaoru’s father deserts them, and not long afterward Yota’s mother becomes terminally ill. Her dying wish is for him to watch out for Kaoru at his grandmother’s place on a small island off the coast of Okinawa. He fulfills her wish and becomes very protective of his younger sister who calls him “nee-nee.” Thirteen years later Kaoru returns to Naha and comes to live with him as she starts high school. Yota works hard making deliveries of vegetables from an open-air market by day, and in a restaurant (he is a licensed chef) by night to save money to fulfill his dream of having his own restaurant. He also assumes the role of pushing for Kaoru’s entrance to a university. This allows less time for his beautiful girlfriend Keiko, the daughter of a doctor and a medical student at Ryukyu University. It seems that Yota’s dreams start to come together when Mr. Kameoka sells him a place for a restaurant. Yota works hard constructing the place, but just as he is to open, the real owner appears. Being swindled, Yota is left with a large outstanding loan. Keiko’s father’s plans do not include a working class son-in-law as he explains when he offers to pay Yota’s debt. Although he refuses, Yota concludes he is not best for Keiko’s future. Years later he continues to overwork even after the debt is paid and Kaoru starts university study. With her feelings of love for Yota growing deeper, they mutually decide to live apart.

Cast: Satoshi Tsumabuki (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Directed: Nobuhiro Doi (Be with you – Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu)
Genre: Drama / Romance
Runtime: 118 minutes
Also Known As: Nada Sou Sou
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

My Girl and I (Korean) 2005

My Girl and I

“My Girl and I” features the well-known plot of an ill-fated couple. Su-ho (Cha Tae-hyeon) is a plain high school boy, and Su-eun (Song Hye-kyo) is a bright and beautiful girl in the same school. For some unknown reason, Su-eun has a crush on the boy, and for equally mysterious reasons she rescues Su-ho in the sea (though he doesn’t know who actually saved him). In the process, Su-eun loses her pager. When she discloses the relationship with Su-ho at school, despite envy and disbelief from other classmates, she asks Su-ho to buy her a pager so that they can communicate with each other through voice messages – a secret communication channel since So-eun’s parents are quite strict. The way the couple develops affection is bearable, helped by images of a beautiful seaside village and equally enchanting coastlines. Supporting characters like Su-ho’s grandfather (Lee Soon-jae) jazz up the otherwise too simplified storyline.

Cast: Cha Tae-hyun, Song Hye-kyo, Kim Hae-suk, Moon Jung-Hee, Park Hyo-joon, Lee Soon-jae
Directed: Jeon Yun-su
Genre: Romance
Runtime:South Korea:95 min
Also Known As: Parang-juuibo
Country:South Korea
Subtitles:Eng Subs
Release Date:22 December 2005
Website: http://www.paranglove.co.kr/

Never to Lose (Korean) 2005

Never to lose

“Never to Lose” concerns the men of Homicide Unit 3, who are in dire straits at the moment. While unit 3’s cops are full of ambition and talent, they never seem to crack a case. The team is comprised of Detective Koh, a 15 year veteran, Detective Kim (Min-jun Kim), a rookie eager to make a name for himself, Detective Koh, a married man who spends more time on the job than with his wife, and Detective Ryung ( Sang-mi Nam ), who can’t get taken seriously by her peers because she’s a woman. While at a party with his girlfriend, Kim happens upon information about a drug deal that could get the team the respect they’ve been looking for. But what the team gets into turns out to be not just a big drug bust, but a case that makes Homicide unit 3 the target of the largest drug lord in Korea .

IMDb Link……: http://www.asiandb.com/browse/movie_detail.pfm?code=5906


Genre…………: Action, Crime
Distributor……: Lotte Cinema
Year………….: 2005
Country……….: Korea
Director………: Son Hee-Chang

Lovely Rivals (Korean) 2004

Lovely Rivals

Summary from YesAsia.com

It’s a battle for love between bitter rivals: a primary school teacher…and her twelve year-old student? From Jang Kyu Sung, director of the hit comedy My Teacher, Mr. Kim, comes Lovely Rivals, a hilarious and bittersweet comedy about an unlikely love triangle. Yeom Jung Ah (co-star of A Tale of Two Sisters, and winner of the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Award at the Dae-Jong Film Festival) is Yoe Mi-Ok, a lazy elementary school teacher who longs for a bigger and better teaching job. Thanks to her fiery and sometimes mean personality, Mi-Ok is unpopular with everyone in school. For herself, she couldn’t care less – that is, until she meets the handsome new teacher (Lee Jee Hoon) and instantly falls in love!

Mi-Ok pretends to be kind and sweet to win his heart, but romantic competition arrives in a surprisingly pint-sized package: Ko Mi-Nam (Lee Se Young), one of Mi-Ok’s students, and a romantic rival to be reckoned with! A recent transfer from another school, Mi-Nam is precocious both physically and mentally, and is determined to expose Mi-Ok’s true personality for all to see! The two “women” engage in an escalating war, but beneath their battles there are lessons to be learned. Can Mi-Ok rediscover what it truly means to be a teacher? With a top cast, winning characters, and heartfelt laughs, Lovely Rivals is a surprising and genuinely crowd-pleasing comedy that’s sure to entertain!

County………South Korea