Ballistic Kiss OST

asiafan Post in Hong Kong, Japan, Music, Soundtrack
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I just found a real rarity, that I didn’t even know it existed. I think movie soundtracks are less likely to get released in Hong Kong compared to Korea or Japan, many of them never get on a CD. That’s why I was surprised to see that a movie from the 90’s, the only one that Donnie Yen directed had its soundtrack released (in Japan). The Ballistic Kiss OST was available for a short time, now it’s OOP but sometimes can be found on ebay. The composer of this 1998 action movie was Yukie Nishimura. She (now 40) is a Japanese pianist and has many of her own albums out in Japan. She was also the producer of this soundtrack CD, and besides being the composer she plays the piano tracks. There are 11 instrumental songs on the album, mostly classical, symphonic music, with piano being the solo instrument in most of them. These nice melodies are important part of the movie, giving it a special, romantic mood. Sometimes the songs are a little dark and sad (like The Theme of Cat), but it just makes Donnie Yen look more cool and passionate on screen. I think piano tracks are more unique on this album while “usual” soundtrack pieces are average. I like the drifting melodies of The Chase and the angelic (sic!) sounds of Angel (Music Box Version) the most.

Gackt: Redemption

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Gackt’s 23rd single, Redemption was released in January. The two songs on it are from the PS2 game, Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus. Tracklist:

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Susumu Yokota: Sakura

asiafan Post in Electronic, Japan, Music
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The Wire Magazine’s electronica album of the year 2000. Susumu Yokota is one of Japan’s biggest house/techno DJs, but this album is more about the soft, ambient tunes. More »

Typhoon

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475750/

Typhoon aka Taepung (2005) is a Korean action drama. Another big budget film from the end of last year, which is not as good as much it costed but still a decent movie. As many times before, it is about a North-Korean terrorist, who’s chased on sea and in many countries. The story seems to be simple but the characters and the action scenes make it a good movie that’s worth watching.

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Romance

asiafan Post in Drama, Korea, Movie, Romance
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0778020/

Korean drama, romance – 2006. Yoon-hee is harrassed by her rich husband, and one day decides to kill herself, but then she’s saved by a similarly unfortunate policeman. As the movie title suggests, they develop a romantic relationship which leads to further complications…

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Ayumi: Blue Bird

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Ayumi Hamasaki’s 40th single was released this week. The album titled Blue Bird contains 3 songs and 6 tracks together with remixes… More »