Invisible Waves (Thai) 2006

Synopsis / Plot

Following 2003’s dreamy Last Life in the Universe, acclaimed Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang teams up with Asano Tadanobu again for the pan-Asian neo-noir Invisible Waves. Under the artful lens of cinematographer Christopher Doyle (best known for his work with Wong Kar Wai), Invisible Waves drips with atmosphere as the film travels from Hong Kong and Macau to Thailand. Moody, violent, and beautiful, Invisible Waves takes a quirky, introspective journey towards the root of guilt. In addition to go-to actor Asano Tadanobu, the international cast includes Korean actress Gang Hye Jung (Old Boy), Hong Kong veterans Eric Tsang and Maria Cordero, and Japanese actor Mitsuishi Ken.

Japanese chef Kyoji (Asano Tadanobu) works in a Macau restaurant run by Thai gangsters. On orders from his boss, he kills his lover – who also happens to be the boss’s wife. Forced to flee, he jumps on a ship heading to Phuket, Thailand. On the ship, Kyoji meets a motley line-up of strange characters, including a young mother (Gang Hye Jung), a monk (Eric Tsang), an all-knowing matron (Maria Cordero), and an odd hitman (Mitsuishi Ken) who was sent to kill him but instead accompanies him on a bizarre trip through Thailand. Soon even his boss shows up to square old debts. Kyoji’s greatest obstacle, however, is his own mind as he comes to terms with his actions.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Writers: Prabda Yoon
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Tadanobu Asano, Eric Tsang, Hye-jeong Kang
Running Time: 1hr59min
Language: Thai/Japanese/Korean/English
Subtitles: English/Chinese Sub/Idx
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Ah Long Pte Ltd (Singapore) 2008

Synopsis / Plot

“Ah Long Pte Ltd” is a light-hearted black comedy about the triad world and the money-lending business. Following the retirement of her triad leader (Richard Low), a young lady, Li Hua (Fann Wong), tries to restructure her money-lending triad into a professional and ‘loving’ triad that stands against the use of violence. She also suffers a nagging mother and gets involved in a romance with Mr Fang (Mark Lee), an effeminate dance instructor cum image stylist.

Director: Jack Neo
Writers: Jack Neo
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Cast: ann Wong, Mark Lee
Running Time: 108 mins
Country: Singapore
Language: Chinese (with sprinklings of other dialects)
Subtitles: Chinese, english Hard sub
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Protege (Hong Kong) 2007 BLURAY

Synopsis / Plot

Special agent Nick (Daniel Wu) is deep undercover in the heart of Asia’s lucrative crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players in the game, “Banker” (Andy Lau). In the eight years he has been infiltrating the underworld industry, Nick has amassed enough evidence to indict Banker, but has been ordered to remain undercover and expose the identity of the man behind Banker in order to bring down the entire organisation. However, as Nick becomes more trusted and embroiled with Banker’s crime family, he finds himself corrupted by the easy money and his new found power. Unable to separate himself from his undercover persona, he immerses himself into his role as a crime figure. In the seedy underbelly of mob culture, where redemption comes at a price and the borders of justice, loyalties and truth are constantly changing, Nick grapples with dangerous choices and finds himself flirting with more than the devil. Protégé is a suspense-filled exploration of the complex relationships and loyalties within the multilayered, international crime syndicates of today.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Writers: Tung-Shing Yee, Man Hong Lung
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo , Jingchu Zhang, Anita Yuen
Running Time: 1:48:50
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Hungarian, Spanish
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Cheeries (Chinese) 2007


Miao Pu, the leading actress of “Crossing Over,” plays a mentally-disabled mother. A Japanese and Chinese collaboration of tears and emotions that portrays the interaction between a mother and her daughter. Film crews include Osame Maruike for filming and Fumio Yasuda for music.

Director: Zhang Jiabei
Executive Producer: Ren Zhonglun / Wang Tianyun / Shi Ke /
Mato Obata / Tomio Harasawa
Producer: Mi Zi / Yumiko Miwa, Screenplay by: Bao Shi,
Director of Photography: Osame Maruike, Production Designer: Lou Zhongguo,
Editor: Chen Xiaohong, Music by: Fumio Yasuda

Ripper ………..: PMCG-SYCB
Video Codec ……: XviD
Release Date …..: 05/13/2008
Theater Date …..: 05/09/2008
DVD Runtime ……: 01:41:20
Video Quality ….: 829 kb/s
Resolution …….: 608×336
Audio Bitrate ….: 128 kbps
Audio Codec ……: MP3 (VBR)
Framerate ……..: 25 (PAL)
Language ………: Chinese
Subtitles ……..: English (subbed)
Category …….: Drama

The Ghost and Master Boh (Thai) 2008

Synopsis / Plot

Master Boh lies to the people that he can communicate with spirits and randomly predicts the numbers for everyone who wants to win the lottery. His tricky job dissatisfies a powerful man Au, so it causes Master Boh’s life in a danger. Meanwhile, a girl named Wan is murdered by Au, she returns as a vengeful ghost waiting for the revenge. Then, Master Boh and Wan team up to defeat the same guy.

AKA: The Ghost and Master Boh
Year: 2008
Directed: Worapoj Pothineth
Genre: Comedy/Horror
Runtime: 93 mins
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English
Cast: Kom Chuanchuen, Kotee Aramboy, Jaturong Mokjok, Somcheng 3 Cha

The Forbidden Kingdom (Chinese/English) 2008

An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

While hunting down bootleg kung-fu DVDs in a Chinatown pawnshop, Jason makes an extraordinary discovery that sends him hurtling back in time to ancient China. There, Jason is charged with a monumental task: he must free the fabled warrior the Monkey King, who has been imprisoned by the evil Jade Warlord. Jason is joined in his quest by wise kung fu master Lu Yan and a band of misfit warriors including Silent Monk. But only by learning the true precepts of kung fu can Jason hope to succeed – and find a way to get back home.

Based on the Chinese legend of the monkey king, an American teen discovers the king’s legendary stick weapon in a pawn shop. He is transported back in time to ancient China, where he joins a crew of warriors fighting to free the imprisoned king.

Also Known As: King of Kung Fu, Untitled (Revolution Studios/Jackie Chan/Jet Li action film)
Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.
Release Date: April 18th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for sequences of martial arts action and some violence.
Filming Locations: China
Produced in: United States
Language: English | Mandarin
Director: Rob Minkoff
Casts: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Liu Yifei, Li Bingbing, Collin Chou