Wednesday, June 30, 2021

{Review} 山河令 (Word of Honor)

Original Title: 山河令
Also Known As: Word of Honor
Director Cheng Zhichao, Ma Huaqian, Li Hongyu
Distributor: Youku
Released: Feburary 22, 2021
Genre: Drama/Fantasy/Costume/Action
Language: Mandarin
Country: China
My Rating: 9/10
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Zhou Zi Shu, the disillusioned leader of a royal praetorian secret service, takes drastic measures to leave his former life behind and wanders the pugilist world. He unexpectedly gets involved in a conspiracy after he steps in to save a young boy. He also meets the mysterious Wen Ke Xing, who is on a quest to avenge his parents’ deaths. They become bosom friends through a series of adventures involving a legendary treasure that is rumored to give its owner ultimate power over the pugilist world.
~~ Adapted from the novel "Faraway Wanderers" (天涯客) by Priest.

{Review} 어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다 (Doom at your Service)

Original Title: 어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다
Also Known As: Doom At Your Service
Director Kwon Young-Il
Distributor: tvN
Released: May 10, 2021
Genre: Drama/Supernatural/Romance
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: VIKI
Tak Dong Kyung has been working hard ever since her parents passed away. Her life seemed more stable after working as a web novel editor for 6 years, but then she gets diagnosed with a brain cancer. She blames her unlucky life and wishes to curse everything to disappear, which unintentionally calls Myeol Mang, who is the doom itself and is neither human nor god, to appear. He says that he can grant her wishes. As her last hope, she makes a contract with Myeol Mang for a hundred days to live how she wants, risking her everything.
사라지는 모든 것들의 이유가 되는 존재 ‘멸망’과 사라지지 않기 위해 목숨을 건 계약을 한 인간 ‘동경’의 아슬아슬한 목숨담보 판타지 로맨스

Friday, June 25, 2021

{Review} 性の劇薬 (Sei no Gekiyaku)

Original Title: 性の劇薬
Also Known As: Sexual Drug/Sex and Drugs
Director Jojo Hideo
Distributor: Boys Fan/Future comics (??)
Released: Febuary 14, 2020
Genre: Mature/Drama/Trigger: S/A
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
My Rating: 2/10
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After attempting to commit suicide, elite office worker Katsuragi Makoto wakes up bound in an unfamiliar face. There he meets his captor, Yoda Ryoji, who forces a horrible life of sexual assault and confinement training on Makoto. The two start bonding and each begins to recall the tragic past that led them to this deranged situation.

「俺のせいで、すべてが無くなった…」 完璧な人生から転落したエリートサラリーマンの桂木は、絶望のさなか酔った勢いで飛び降り自殺をはかる。 「捨てるなら…その命、俺に寄こせ!」 突然現れた謎の男・余田に助けられるのだが、それは恐ろしい監禁調教生活のはじまりだった…
~~ Adapted from the manga with the same title by Mizuta Yuki.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

{Review} The Wind

Original Title: The Wind
Director Emma Tammi
Distributor: Soapbox Films, Divide/Conquer, Mind Hive Films
Released: April 5, 2019
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Historical
Language: English
Country: USA
My Rating: 1/10
Add To: Netflix
A supernatural thriller set in the Western frontier of the late 1800s, The Wind stars Caitlin Gerard (INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY) as a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land.

Monday, June 14, 2021

{Review} 恐怖新聞 (Terror Newspaper)

Original Title: 恐怖新聞
Also Known As: Terror Newspaper
Director Hideo Nakata, Daiji Hattori, Masanori Inoue
Distributor: Fuji TV / Tokai TV
Released: August 29, 2020
Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Supernatural
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
My Rating: 9/10
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Onoda Shizuru is a university student in Kyoto. As soon as she starts living out her long cherished desire, the strange horror newspapers begin to arrive. At first, she believes them to be a prank but the stories in the newspapers begin happening one after the other. Murders, accidents, abuse, natural disasters, injustice... these newspapers predict all sorts of tragedies. What is the truth behind them?
70年代にオカルトブームの火付け役となった、つのだじろう「恐怖新聞」を原作に、オトナの土ドラ史上、最も恐いドラマが、今、幕を開ける。 主人公・小野田詩弦は、京都市内の大学に通う女子大生。 念願の一人暮らしを始めた彼女の元に、様々な不幸を予言する恐怖新聞が届くようになる。 最初はイタズラだと思っていた詩弦だが、次々と新聞に書かれた通りの事件が起こり、信じるように…。前途洋々の大学生活が、死と隣り合わせの悪夢へと一変していく。 1日読むごとに100日ずつ寿命が縮まる恐怖新聞に翻弄され、追いつめられる詩弦。しかし、はじめは恐れるだけだった詩弦だが、やがて呪われた未来を変えるために運命に抗い始める。 その中で明らかになる、恐怖新聞に秘められた驚愕の“真実”とは…。 次々と身に降りかかる不条理な恐怖の中で、自身が存在することへの不安と向き合う事になる詩弦を演じるのは、98年生まれの”奇跡の世代”の中で、演技力No.1の呼び声が高い白石聖。 詩弦と恋に落ちるバイト先の先輩・松田勇介を演じるのは、佐藤大樹。 恋人を守ろうとして悪夢に巻き込まれていく青年に、LDH注目の若手俳優が挑む。 そして、詩弦の母親・歌子を演じるのは、名女優・黒木瞳。 娘思いの優しい母親だが…意味深な存在感を醸し出す、物語を予期せぬ方向へ導くキーパーソンを怪演する。 演出を手掛けるのは、“元祖・ルール系ホラー映画”『リング』で世界中を震撼させた中田秀夫。 見たら1週間後に必ず死ぬ呪いのビデオで見る者を凍り付かせたホラー界の巨匠が、今回は“読んだら死ぬ”新たなルール系ホラーを世に放つ。 そして、シリーズ構成を担当するのは、小説家・乙一。 最近では、脚本・監督を手がけた映画「シライサン」がスマッシュヒット。猟奇的なホラー作品から感動作まで幅広く手掛ける乙一が、誰も見たことがないような恐怖世界を作り上げる。 オトナの土ドラシリーズ29作目にして、初のホラー。描かれるのは、極限の恐怖。 あなたの元に恐怖新聞が届くのは、今夜かもしれない…
~~ Based on Tsunoda Jirou's classic horror manga "Kyoufu Shinbun", serialized in Weekly Shounen Champion.

Friday, June 11, 2021

{Review} 대박부동산 (Sell Your Haunted House)

Original Title: 대박부동산
Also Known As: Sell Your Haunted House / Daebak Real Estate
Director Park Jin-Suk
Distributor: KBS2
Released: April 14, 2021
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Thriller
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 5/10
Add To: VIKI
Hong Ji-A (Jang Na-Ra) is an exorcist, who runs Daebak Real Estate. She gets rid of evil spirits from real estate properties and then sells them. Oh In-Bum (Jung Yong-Hwa) is a swindler. He often uses ghosts in his schemes to make money. Hong Ji-A and Oh In-Bum work together to disclose a secret about the death of Hong Ji-A’s mother, who died 20 years ago.
부동산 중개업자인 퇴마사가 퇴마 전문 사기꾼과 한 팀이 되어 흉가가 된 부동산에서 원귀나 지박령을 퇴치하고 기구한 사연들을 풀어주는 생활밀착형 퇴마 드라마

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

{Review} 다크홀 (Dark Hole)

Original Title: 다크홀
Also Known As: Dark Hole
Director Kim Bong-Joo
Distributor: OCN / tvN
Released: April 30, 2021
Genre: Thriller/Action/Mystery
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea
My Rating: 7/10
Add To: VIKI
Lee Hwa-Sun (Kim Ok-Vin) is a detective at the regional investigation unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. She receives a phone call from the person who murdered her husband. Lee Hwa-Sun then travels to Muji City. There, people inhale a mysterious dark smoke and turn into monsters. The residents in Muji City become terrified. Lee Hwa-Sun struggles to save people there and she also chases after her husband's murderer. Meanwhile, Yoo Tae-Han (Lee Joon-Hyuk) has lived in Muji City all of his life. He once worked as a detective, but he had to quit because of a case. He now works as a wrecker driver. His still has his strong of justice, while he is also easy going and a joker. Yoo Tae-Han now faces his city falling into chaos because of the dark smoke that causes people to turn into monsters. He joins Lee Hwa-Sun to save people in Muji City.
싱크홀에서 나온 검은 연기를 마신 변종인간들, 그 사이에서 살아남은 자들의 처절한 생존기

Thursday, June 3, 2021

{Review} 陈情令之生魂 (Untamed: Living Dead)

Original Title: 陈情令之生魂
Also Known As: The Untamed: The Living Dead
Director Qiu Zhong Wei
Distributor: iQiyi
Released: November 7, 2019
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Historical
Language: Mandarin
Country: China
My Rating: 10/10
Add To: VIKI | iQiyi
Near Qishan Mountain, there is a little town called Fu Feng, which is nicknamed the "City That Never Turns Dark". There, lies a legend of the "Lit Lamp Murderer". Wen Ning arrives at Fu Feng, and he realizes the abnormality of the town; the whole town is filled only with the weak and sick; and is very run down. When the night arrives, Wen Ning purposefully lit up a lamp to attract ghost shadows. Just as he was about to capture them, a ray of blue sword light appears and the black shadow disappears. Wen Ning looks up, and sees his famillar friend, Lan Sizhui. Wen Ning and Lan Sizhui decides to work together and solve the mystery and capture the culprit behind the mysterious incidents.
~~This movie is a spinoff of the series “The Untamed.” Adapted from the novel "Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation" (魔道祖师) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (墨香铜臭).
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