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Love After Love director Ann Hui accepts criticism of film for its casting of Sandra Ma Sichun and adaptation of Eileen Chang story, says ‘It makes me think how I can improve’

The response to Love After Love, the first movie by Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui On-wah since she won a lifetime achievement award at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, has been harsh - unexpectedly so, according to the director. The film (released in mainland China in October) was scripted by Wang Anyi and adapted from mid-20th century Ch...

In The Assassin, martial arts movie starring Shu Qi, there’s no flying, or blood – Hou Hsiao-hsien’s take on wuxia has an air of realism to it

When Taiwanese art-house master Hou Hsiao-hsien decided to make a martial arts film, he decided to do it differently - his way. Hou is known for his slow and naturalistic explorations of Taiwanese identity in films such as the 1989 masterpiece A City of Sadness, and he brought much of this movie-making style to 2015's The Assassin. The film feature...

K-pop girl group Lovelyz disband, the latest ‘third generation’ act to split in 2021 because of seven-year limit on initial contracts under South Korean law

K-pop girl group Lovelyz announced their disbandment on Monday. The eight-member group have been active since 2014, and over the years have gained popularity for their sweet vocals and girlish charms, with hits like 2015's Ahh-Choo and 2016's Destiny. The act released their seventh EP, Unforgettable, in September 2020. All but one member, Baby Soul...

Squid Game warning issued by schools to parents after children as young as six years old act out scenes from Netflix smash hit

Schools and other authorities around the world are warning parents not to let their children watch the hyper-violent Korean drama series Squid Game. In Hong Kong, the English Schools Foundation, in a message on its mobile app, warned parents that Squid Game had become a topic of playground conversation and that the series included scenes of violenc...

K-drama Jirisan: Jun Ji-hyun’s mountaineering action drama, featuring Kingdom co-star Ju Ji-hoon, gets off on the wrong foot

Korean dramas have always had a tendency to be earnest. As the industry has matured, storytellers have injected a tongue-in-cheek sense of fun into shows, which can help temper this tendency. At the start of Jirisan, one of the most anticipated series of the year, we are presented with a very earnest video extolling the virtues of Jirisan, the tall...

IU finds success with new K-pop single Strawberry Moon, a sugary sweet hit with summery feels that’s an easy listening experience

June's full moon, known as the strawberry moon for its pinkish hue, is beloved by photographers and millennials. And while summer is over, Korean singer IU is still dreaming about the sweet pinkness of the strawberry moon in her latest single, which dropped on October 19. The breezy electropop-rock Strawberry Moon is the follow-up to the 28-year-ol...

K-drama midseason recap: Yumi’s Cells – charming, partly animated drama adds fresh twists to tired romcom tropes

This article contains spoilers. The premise of Yumi's Cells - young, love-starved office worker stumbling through awkward dates and romantic misunderstandings - isn't original. However, seeing the Inside Out-esque animated world within Yumi's head has allowed the show to turn stereotypical romcom beats into fresh and fun vignettes. When we first me...

K-pop stars making affairs of the heart public isn’t career-ending any more – look at HyunA and Dawn releasing an album together

On September 9, K-pop lovers HyunA and Dawn released their first album collaboration, 1+1=1, fronted by the single Ping Pong. The pair's romance taking centre stage in their musical output underscores a shift in the South Korean entertainment industry that has seen some performers ignore the taboo that romantic relationships are career-ending. The ...

K-drama midseason recap: Police University – romance fizzles as drama ploughs forward with improbable investigation

This article contains spoilers. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and that adage holds true for Yoo Dong-man (Cha Tae-hyun), the bulldog investigator who finds himself begrudgingly saddled with new recruits in his new post at Police University. The veteran detective needs a little time to adjust to his new surroundings, and it comes a...

D.P. review: Jung Hae In exposes the dark underbelly of South Korea's military

Director: Han Jun HeeWriter: Kim Bo TongCast: Jung Hae In, Shin Seung Ho, Go Kyung Pyo, Kim Sung Gyun, Son Seok KooLanguage: Korean with various subtitles Streaming on Netflix 3.5 out of 5 stars All South Korean men are required by their nation's law to serve 21 months of conscripted military service. Bullying, hazing, abuse of power, laxness and e...