낭랑18세/Sweet 18 (2004) (Korean)

The concept of an arranged marriage is often difficult to accept, especially amongst less traditional adolescents today. Sweet 18 (Nang Rang 18 Seh) covers this very premise and the story begins when Kwon Hyuk-joon’s grandfather, the head of the traditional Kwon family agrees to an arranged marriage between his grandson (Lee Dong Gun) and Yoon Jung-sook (Han Ji Hye) when Yoon Jung-sook is born. 18 years later, the two families lose contact because soon after the contract is signed, Jung-sook’s family encounters financial issues and is forced to run away.

Meanwhile, Jung-sook has grown up to be a rebellious and strong-willed girl who just wants to live her life as she sees fit. With little aspirations, she is the direct foil of her achievement-bound counterpart, Hyuk-joon. When the two meet each other, they clash horribly; Jung-sook thinks her fiancee is nothing but boring, and Hyuk-joon believes Jung-sook to be nothing but an immature child. The rest of the series follows their life living together as a couple, and the obstacles they are faced with. When Hyuk-joon’s first love reappears and wants to claim Hyuk-joon for herself (despite the fact that he’s married), who will Hyuk-joon choose? His first love Ga-young, or immature spunky Jung-sook?

Source: KBS

AKA – Sweet 18 / Little Bride / 18 Year Old Bride
Broadcasted – 2004-01-19 to 2004-03-09
Genre – Romance, Comedy
Directed – Kim Myung Wook
Writers – Kim Eun Hee, Yun Eun Gyeong
Country – South Korea
Audio – Korean
Quality -High
Subtitles – English [.srt]
Episode Run Time – 1 Hour 5 Minutes
Total Episodes – 16
Status – Completed [16/16]
Links – wiki.d-addicts.com

Han Ji Hye as Yoon Jung-Sook
Lee Dong Gun as Kwon Hyuk-Joon
Lee Da Hae as Moon Ga-Young (Hyuk Joon’s ex-girlfriend)
Lee Joon as Jee Chul-Reum
Yoo Hye Jung as Kwon Sun-Ah (Hyuk Joon’s elder sister)
Lee Soon Jae as Hyuk-Joon’s grandfather
Kim Hae Sook as Jung-Sook’s mother
Jung Kyung Ho as Jung-Sook’s blind date


AvistaZ International Showcase Winner: Ghosts (UK) (2006)

Morecambe Bay, February 5th 2004, 23 lives, 23 lost souls…

When a young Chinese girl, Ai Qin, pays $25,000 to be smuggled into the UK so she can support her son and family in China, she becomes another one of 3 million migrant workers that have become the bedrock of the nation’s economy. Forced to live with eleven other Chinese people in a two bedroom house, they work in factories preparing food for British supermarkets.

Risking their lives for pennies, these unprotected workers end up cockling in Morcombe Bay at night to earn more money. And on February 5th, 2004 twenty-three of them drowned. Their families in China are still paying off their debts.

With an extraordinary debut performance from Ai Qin Lin in a film whose principal characters are played by formerly illegal Chinese immigrants, Ghosts offers a unique insight into the shadowy secret existences in the world that surrounds us and enriches our economy.

Cast: Ai Qin Lin, Zhan Yu , Zhe Wei , Man Qin Wei , Yong Aing Zhai, Devi Zhu, Shaun Gallagher
Directed: Nick Broomfield
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Runtime: 96 minutes
Also Known As: Gui lao, 鬼佬
Country: UK
Language: Mandarin/English
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0872202/

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Legend Of Sudsakorn (2006) (Thai)

Sudsakorn is a curious young man, raised in the ancient traditions of magic by his mystical grandfather. He never knew his farther. His mother, a beautiful mermaid is pained by his sadness , so sends him on a quest to find his father. Armed with his grandfather’s magical weaponry Sudsakorn sets off into the mysterious world of yore on his trusty steed, Ma Nin Mangkorn , a half dragon , half horse . What starts as a simple quest soon turns into an amazing adventure. Sudsakorn encounters a heinous and deadly creature, and must use his magical powers to defeat the foul beast, and continue his journey. The display of power doesn’t go unnoticed and Sudsakorn is persuaded to fight monsters and demons by the king of an ancient city. With his new found mission to protect the innocent . but can Sudsakorn ‘s power last , or will the forces of evil defeat him before he finds his father? Sudsakorn must fight to stay alive before be too falls victim the treachery of the ancient world.

Cast: Charlie Trairat // Sorachai Sang-aakaat \ Woravit Kaewphet // Suchao Pongwilai
Genre – Action // Adventure \ Fantasy
Run Time – 115 min
Country – Thailand
Audio – Thai
Subtitles – English [.srt]
IMDB Links – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926151/

Samurai Resurrection (2003) (Japan)

37,000 Peasants perished in the Shimbara Revolt: among them, the leader of that uprising, Shiro Amakusa. Amakusa is resurrected from hell bent on revenging the death of his fellow comrades by over throwing the Shoganate. Shiro resurrects an army of living dead swordsmen by “Makai Tensho” (Demonic transmigration). Only the Legendary Samurai Jubei Yagyu, stands in his way!

Cast: Yôsuke Kubozuka // Kumiko Aso \ Tetta Sugimoto // Tomoka Kurotani
Directed – Hideyuki Hirayama
Writers – Satoko Okudera // Futaro Yamada (novel)
Genre – Action // Adventure \ Fantasy // History \ Sci-Fi // War
Run Time – 105 min
Country – Japan
Audio – Japanese
Subtitles – English [.srt/.idx/.sub]
IMDB Links – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368855/

House of Fury (Hong Kong) 2005

Teddy Yu is a former secret agent turned chiropractor who thought he left his past behind. He teaches martial arts to his two kids. However, his past catches up to him as a rogue agent demands to know the whereabouts of an agent known as Dragon. Now, father and children must team up to stop the rogue agent and his goons.

Cast: Anthony Wong // Stephen Fung \ Charlene Choi // Gillian Chung
Directed – Stephen Fung
Genre – Action // Comedy
Run Time – 102 min
Country – Hong Kong
Audio – Cantonese // English
Subtitles – English [.srt]
IMDB Links – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435026/

Hatsukoi (2006) (Japan)

The 300 Million Yen Affair is one of the most well known unsolved crimes in Japan. The incident took place in the rainy morning of December 10, 1968 when the car that carried 300 million Yen was hijacked by a criminal wearing fake policeman outfit. Even though more than 100 evidences were left behind by the criminals, with 170,000 policemen against 110,000 suspects spending almost a billion yen in the investigation, nobody was arrested and the stolen money was never found. The investigation was officially closed for prescription in 1975.

初恋 (Hatsukoi) or First Love is the film based on an alleged autobiography of Misuzu Nakahara who claimed that she involved in the 300 Million Yen Affair when she was a high school student. Nobody knows the truth so the story in the film could be considered as fiction until further proof.

Cast: Aoi Miyazaki // Keisuke Koide \ Masaru Miyazaki // Rena Komine
Directed – Yukinari Hanawa
Genre – Crime // Drama \ Romance
Run Time – 114 min
Country – Japan
Audio – Japanese
Subtitles – English [.srt]
IMDB Links – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0809925/