RayBang (2001) (Korea)


A group of three completely different friends share a very common reality. They have no money. As they scrounge through life their worries compile as they talk of fleeing to Vietnam, robbing old ladies or even selling their own bodies. All because driving a Taxi in Seoul during the 90′s just doesn’t quite pay the bills.

If you are interested in understanding Korean society through movies, “Ray-bang” is the perfect film. Director Chang Hyun-soo is very good at organizing the whole thing to produce a slice-of-life film. In particular, the characters are so realistic that the audience will feel as if they may bump into one of those actors in the street. The title “Ray-bang” is the mispronunciation of “Ray-Ban,” the famous sunglasses that were originally developed for pilots in 1937. Here the sunglasses signify a shield that an individual uses to defend himself or herself against the world.

Cast: Kim Hae-gon, Choe Hae-rak
Directed: Jang Hyeon-su
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Runtime: 93 Minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English Hardsubbed
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330807/

The Wig (2005) (Korea)

Journey once more into the world of Asian horror with The Wig, a terrifying supernatural horror picture from filmmaker Won Sin Yeon! In his feature length directorial debut, Won crafts a gruesome tale centering on two sisters and the demonic wig that comes between them. Each sister, it seems, has suffered a terrible trauma: Chi Hyon (Yoo Seon, from The Uninvited) can no longer speak due to a terrible car accident that damaged her vocal chords, while her younger sibling Su Hyon (Chae Min Seo, from Champion and Aegis) has been diagnosed with cancer with little chance for recovery. For most of their lives, the two young women have nurtured a loving sisterly relationship, one that has only grown stronger in the face of adversity, that is – until one fateful day.

When Su Hyon loses her hair due to chemotherapy treatment, Chi Hyon decides to give her younger sister a beautiful wig to help her regain her confidence. Immediately, Su Hyon begins to change in ways her elder sister never expected. While the wig rejuvenates her body and spirit, it also begins to take over her mind, as Su Hyun starts to transform into an entirely different sort of woman. Clearly, this is no ordinary hairpiece. Soon enough, sibling rivalry erupts as the two compete for the love of Chi Hyon’s boyfriend, a complicated love triangle that climaxes in surprising ways. The wig seems to feed on the memories of its possessor, but why? What secrets does it hold? Find out the horrifying truth in The Wig, first-time director Won Sin Yeon’s terrifying foray into Asian horror!

Cast: Min-seo Chae, Hyon-Jin Sa, Seon Yu
Directed: Shin-yeon Won
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Also Known As: Gabal
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475590/

Chermin (2007) (Malaysia)

Chermin Poster

The once beautiful Nasrin, whose face is ruined in a tragic car accident, learns of an antique mirror. The mirror is not an ordinary mirror. Spirits trapped inside makes the mirror able to reflect whatever Nasrin wants to see. As she becomes obsessed by the mirror in her quest to regain her lost beauty, she becomes entangled in the spirits’ desire for blood and vengeance. After all, nothing in life, not even a beautiful reflection, is free…

Cast: Deanna Yusoff, Natasha Hudson, Khatijah Tan, Farid Kamil – Yusof
Directed: Zarina Abdullah
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 1:40:00
Also Known As: Mirror
Country: Malaysia
Language: Malay
Subtitles: English Hardsubbed
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1018697

Fatal Contact (Hong Kong) 2006


A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world.

Cast: Wu Jing, Ronald Cheng Chung-Kei, Miki Yeung Oi-Gan, Theresa Fu Wing, Eddie Cheung Siu-Fai, Lam Suet, Kris Gu Yu, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Timmy Hung Tin-Ming, Andy On Chi-Kit, Johnny Chen (Lu Sze-Ming), Xing Yu, Marco Lok Lik-Wai, Tats Lau Yi-Tat, Hui Siu-Hung
Directed: Dennis Law Sau-Yiu
Genre: Action
Runtime: 1:46
Also Known As: Underground Fist
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0813549/

Tigress of King River (2002) (Thailand)

Tigress of King River

Set in early King Rama V era, former British soldier Peter Bain is busted for trying to sell defective firearms to influential Chinese merchant Yang. Forced to hunt wild game with these firearms along with Yang’s men, Bain links up with ex-monk Wan and Karen-American hunter Julia, who he meets on the way to the jungle. The group sets off to hunt an elephant, said to be protected by a ghostly tigress that can transform itself into a woman. The tigress is supposedly possessed by the revengeful spirit of Nian, a woman who was tortured and killed in the King River Battle almost a century earlier. As Wan learns more about the tigress myth, he tries to release Nian’s spirit, but Yang’s men want to destroy Nian and get the elephant. With greed, resentment, and karma from past lives encircling the group, violence is surely around the corner.

Cast: Panu Suwanno, Prangthong Changdham, Sunisa Brown
Directed: Bhandit Rittakol
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English
IMDB: n/a

달콤한스파이/Sweet Spy (2005) (Korean)

Nam Sang-mi plays widowed police officer Lee Sun-ae who finds herself suddenly immersed into international espionage by Han Yoo-il (Dennis Oh), an undercover agent. Lee Joo-hyun plays Kang-Jun, who’s recently transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department. He opens an old case involving Sun-ae’s past that leads him to an entanglement between the current political/economic powers and their secrets. One of them, oddly enough, being Han Yoo-il. Who is this man? Why is he here?

Broadcasted – 07-Nov-2005 to 10-Jan-2006
Genre – Police Comedy
Directed – Go Dong Sun
Screenwriter – Kim Ki Ho // Lee Sun Mi
Country – Korea
Audio – Korean
Quality -DVD rip
Subtitles – English [hardsub]
Episode Run Time – 1 Hour 5 Minutes
Total Episodes – 20
Status – Incomplete [10/20]
Links – wiki.d-addicts.com

Nam Sang Mi as Lee Sun-ae
Lee Joo Hyun as Kang Jun
Dennis Oh as Han Yoo-il
Yoo Sun as Park Eun-joo