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5 reasons why Netflix’s The Princess Switch is a mindlessly fun movie to watch

If you are subscribed to Netflix, then you might already know that The Princess Switch was released last Nov 16.

Directed by Mike Rohl, it is a Christmas romantic comedy starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio and Nick Sagar.

Hudgens plays both Stacy DeNovo, a Chicago baker and Lady Margaret Delacourt the Duchess of Montenaro. Margaret was also the future bride of Edward, the crown prince of fictional Kingdom of Belgravia.

Stacy and Margaret decide to switch places for a couple of days as the latter was hoping to live a normal non-duchess life before her arranged marriage to Edward.

With a predictable storyline, the movie opened to mixed reviews with a handful of bloopers here and there.

Nonetheless here at KajoMag, we have five reasons The Princess Switch is a mindless fun movie for you to watch this Christmas.

1.Watch it for Vanessa Hudgens’ cringey British accent

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Hudgens plays both Stacy DeNovo (left) and Lady Margaret Delacourt (right).

Hudgens playing the American Stacy DeNovo attempting to carry a British accent is funny to watch. However, Hudgens playing Lady Margaret Delacourt with what she means to be a native British accent was cringey. For this, you really have to watch The Princess Switch to experience the difference.

2.It features the world’s hottest sous chef

Nick Sagar playing Kevin Richards (Stacy’s best friend and sous chef) was one of, or maybe the best thing in the movie.

All I can say is there’s a scene featuring a shirtless Kevin and it was the only man-candy moment you need from a movie this Christmas.

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Yes, everything is fine. Credits: Screenshot from Netflix trailer.

3.A life-swapping movie is always fun to watch

17 again, The Parents’ Trap, Freaky Friday, 13 Going 30; a life-swapping movie is always fun to watch.
Furthermore, it is always interesting to watch any actor acting two different characters in one movie.

4.The Duchess’s closet is worth killing for

Obviously, Lady Margaret the duchess has a way better wardrobe than Stacy the baker. And the Duchess’ closet is on top of my Christmas wish list this year. From the heels Stacy wore during her visit to the orphanage and her maroon ball gown, every fashion item was definitely to die for.

5.A good movie to watch mindlessly while sipping on a drink this Christmas

Putting aside the nonsensical idea of learning to be somebody else in just few hours, The Princess Switch was actually a fun movie to watch. Hudgens, should consider acting in more rom-coms as she was hilarious in the movie.

If you are watching The Princess Switch this Christmas, grab a glass of wine, beer, brandy, whiskey or eggnog and expect a fairly tale movie with a fairly tale ending.

KajoPicks: 8 Exorcist-Related Movies To Watch This Halloween

You know Halloween is just around the corner when you start seeing scary Halloween makeup tutorials on Instagram.

But, if you are not the type to dress up and go out during Halloween, then staying at home and watching a movie is not a bad thing either. (You will get to see scary faces either way.)

For those who love the adrenaline rush (without having to get up from your comfy couch), here are some scary exorcist-related movies that are worth binge-watching this Halloween.

  1. The Conjuring Series

Apart from Lord of the Rings, The Conjuring series is one of my favourite movie installments.

The Conjuring series features power couple Ed and Lorraine Warren who were American paranormal investigators.

The exorcist-related movies (Conjuring 1 and Conjuring 2) are based on their real-life experience with the Perron family in Rhode Island in 1971 and the Hodgson family in England in 1977.

There are also talks about the making of the third Conjuring movie

The Conjuring Universe also has a spin-off movie; Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation.

  1. The Nun

The Nun came out in September 2018 and was one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

Taking place in Bucharest, Romania in 1952, The Nun explores the backstory of Valak, the demon that appeared in Lorraine Warren’s vision in Conjuring 2.

Since Conjuring 2 and Annabelle: Creation, many were left wondering about the nun as she/it had been making cameos in the Conjuring series.

Being part of the Conjuring universe, I feel that The Nun should have its own series because bonus for exorcising a demon in an abandoned monastery.

  1. The Exorcist

Several decades since its release in 1973, The Exorcist remains one of the scariest movies of all time due to a few factors.

Based on a novel of the same name, it was inspired on the real-life exorcism of a boy known by the pseudonym Roland Doe.

In addition to be based on real events, the special effects in the movie are still considered superb! They were engineered by makeup artist Dick Smith and his protégée Rick Baker.

If you have seen the movie, how chilling was that demonic voice coming out of Linda Blair’s mouth?

  1. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

I first saw Jennifer Carpenter in White Chicks, so her character in this movie was a 180-degree change.

Another film based on true events, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is loosely based on the story of Annelise Michel, who rejected medical treatment for her epilepsy towards the end of her life and relied solely on exorcism rites.

She underwent 67 exorcism sessions; one or two each week, lasting up to four hours, were performed over about ten months in 1975–1976 before she died from dehydration and malnutrition.

  1. The Rite

Another great exorcist-related movies to binge watch this Halloween is The Rite.

The movie follows Michael Kovak, who was about to take his vow to priesthood but decided to resign due to his lack to faith.

His superior was unable to accept his resignation and therefore he was sent to Rome to attend an exorcism class.

At Rome, he met Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins).

Despite his scepticism, it is interesting to see Michael insist on searching for the truth.

  1. The Priests (South Korea)

Exorcist related movies

The only Asian film on this list, The Priest is a South Korean movie released in 2015. It stars Kim Yoon-seok as Father Kim and Gang Dong-won as Deacon Choi.

Set in modern South Korea, it follows Father Kim and Deacon Choi exorcising a comatose female student who is possessed by a demon after a hit and run accident.

The Priest has a bit of a shamanism element in it, setting it apart from the rest of the movies in this list.

  1. Constantine

Constantine is one of the must watch exorcist-related movies if you are a big Keanu Reeves fan.

Based on DC’s comic series of the same name, Constantine received mixed reviews when it came out in 2005.

While some argue the plot is messy, this movie is still enjoyable to watch.

  1. The Possession

After watching this movie, you will start becoming extremely cautious of buying unfamiliar second-hand things.

The movie follows a young girl purchasing an antique box with Hebrew markings from a yard sale.

But unknown to her the box is actually a dybbuk box containing an evil spirit.

What makes this movie good (and also creepy) is that the dybbuk box actually existed.

The box was only sale on eBay for $1. It contained locks of hair, a couple of pennies, a wine cup, a slab of granite that had been engraved, and a dried flower.

After 50 bids, it was sold for almost $300.

According to the original buyer, Kevin Mannis, the box was purchased at the estate sale of a 103-year-old Holocaust survivor.

After coming to the United States, the holocaust survivor never opened the box and was terrified of it. After having the box in his possession, Kevin has h several bad lucks.

The box is currently on the hands of a university museum curator, Jason Haxton.

What we know about the sequel for Train to Busan so far

Train to Busan (2016) literally became a runaway success when it became the highest-grossing Korean film in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, earning a gross of USD93.1 million worldwide.

The South Korean zombie apocalypse thriller action starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok was applauded for providing a great social commentary on current Korean society.

Powerful people are disgustingly selfish; big corporate companies and government are responsible for a lot of death and destruction in the movie-world of Busan.

Now, a sequel to Train to Busan is on it way and here are five things we know about it so far:

1.The same director will return to direct the sequel

Yeon Sang-ho the director of Train to Busan is confirmed to direct the sequel. He also directed animation movie The King of Pigs (2011) and it went became the first Korean animated film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

2.It follows the events after the train have reached Busan

Yeon has confirmed that setting for the sequel will not be on a train but in a city instead (most probably in Busan). Many entertainment portals have speculated the plot will be centred around finding the source of the zombie virus. A wild speculation is the storyline will be based on the zombies’ perspective.

3.Few A-list Korean actors have been rumoured to star in it including Kang Dong-wan.

When the rumours of a sequel first spread, many fans voiced out their expectations of seeing Descendants of the Sun actor Song Joong-ki in the movie. Some fans even wanted to see Song Joong-ki and his wife Song Hye Kyo starring together in the movie. However, what we know so far is that Kang Dong-wan has been offered a role in Train to Busan 2.

4.The cast of Train to Busan will not return
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Gong Yoo is confirmed not returning to act in Train to Busan’s sequel. Credits: IMDB

Sadly, the director confirmed that the original cast of Train to Busan will not return to act in the sequel. The only survivors of the first movie are Seong-kyeong (Jung Yu-mi) and Su-an (Kim Su-an) while the rest are dead or turned into zombies. Although many fans wanted Gong Yoo to come back as a zombie.

5.The name of the sequel

The sequel is under the working title Bando which means ‘Peninsula’ in Korean. This implies that we will see the virus spreading all over the Korean peninsular. Filming for Bando is expected to start early 2019.

10 inspirational Eminem songs to pump up your day

It doesn’t matter if you love him or not, Eminem is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the music industry.

Rolling Stone magazine listed him as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, even calling him the King of Hip Hop.

In 2018, Eminem is back making headlines again.

He dropped an album unlike any other artist in this age of constant news streams: There was not even a single word about it, no teaser on social media, no snippets anywhere, no promotional activities and not even an announcement of the release date.

Although it was a surprise album, Kamikaze, skyrocketed to number one on the US iTunes sales chart on Aug 31, the day it was released.

The rapper, who is known as a lyrical genius, once again proved his mastery with words and rhymes through Kamikaze.

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Eminem, or his real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III. Credits: Eminem’s Youtube page.

Speaking of lyrics, here are 10 songs with inspirational lyrics from Eminem to motivate you from your slump:

1.Lose Yourself (2002)

We cannot talk about any of Eminem’s songs without talking about “Lose Yourself”. Music critics praised it as the rapper’s best work to date. Eminem wrote it for the 2002 movie 8 Mile. The song went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003. It was the first hip hop song to win this award.

Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip

2. ‘Till I Collapse (2002)

If you listen to this song closely, the song uses the “stomp-stomp-clap” beats in Queen’s “We Will Rock You” (1977). The song featured the late Nate Dogg singing the hook.

‘Cause sometimes you just fell tired, you feel weak
And when you feel weak you feel like you want to just give up
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you want to just fall flat on your face and collapse

3. Beautiful (2009)

Eminem is known to sample songs from other artists in his tracks. In “Beautiful”, he samples Queen + Paul Rodgers’s “Reaching Out” at the beginning and end of this song.

But don’t let ‘em say you ain’t beautiful
They can all get f****d, just stay true to you
Don’t let ‘em say you ain’t beautiful
They can all get f****d, just stay true to you

4. Phenomenal (2015)

This song is from soundtrack album for Southpaw, a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal. From the lyrics to its beats, the track is indeed phenomenal.

I am phenomenal
However long that it takes
I’ll go to whatever lengths
It’s gonna make me a monster though
I am phenomenal
But I never say, oh, it’s impossible
‘Cause I’m gonna be phenomenal

5. The Way I Am (2000)

“The Way I Am” presents the darker side of Eminem. He directed the lyrics toward record executives who pressured him and fans who invaded his privacy, telling them he is the way he is.

So if you need to scream at people who would not leave you alone, sing this song chorus instead.

And I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am

6.Not Afraid (2010)

This track takes more of a positive tone in which Eminem raps about getting clean from drugs and staying away from violence. Rolling Stone ranked it as one of the best 100 songs in 2010.

I’mma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly
And all those who look down on me, I’m tearin’ down your balcony

7. Guts over Fear (2014)

“Guts over Fear” is the second time Eminem collaborated with Australian singer Sia after “Beautiful Pain”(2013). Again, the rapper in his all honesty sharing his struggles as an artist through this song.

Guts over fear (The Time is here)
Guts over fear (I shall not tear)
For all the times I let you push around
And let you keep me down
(Now I got) Guts over fear, guts over fear

8. Kings Never Die (2015)

When you are on top of your game, many people would try to bring you down. In this song, Eminem hits out on those who wanting him to retire from the music scene. It also marks Eminem and Gwen Stefani’s first collaboration.

Stop for no one, I don’t know but I’ve been told an obstacle that
Blocks your road, knock it over, time to go for that pot of gold

9. Survival (2013)

Apart from movies, Eminem’s songs has also been featured in games. Survival was released to promote the game Call of Duty: Ghosts. It features Liz Rodrigues of The New Royales singing the chorus of the song.

It ain’t over ‘til I say it’s over, enough when I say enough
Throw me to them wolves and close the gate up on me
Afraid of what’ll happen to them wolves
When the thought of being thrown into an alligator pit, I salivated it

10. No Love (2010)

“No Love” was one of Eminem’s single from his seventh album. Featuring fellow rapper Lil Wayne, the song samples Haddaway’s classic “What is Love”.

‘Til I’m toppling from the top I’m not going to stop, I’m standing on my Monopoly board
That means I’m on top of my game and it don’t stop, ‘til my hip don’t hop anymore
When you’re so good that you can’t say it ‘cause it ain’t even cool for you to sound cocky anymore

10 Japanese high school romance anime you must watch

Most famous shoujo manga or anime (aimed at a teenage female audience) circle around high school romance.

And when comes to Japanese high school romance manga, the most famous one is perhaps Boys Over Flowers or Hana Yori Dango.

It has been adapted into television dramas in five countries including Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and China.

But if you are looking for more high school romance animes to watch, here are 10 of our suggestions:

1.Maid Sama!

10 Japanese high school romance anime you must watch

Also know as Kaicho wa Meido-sama, the anime tells the story of Misaki Ayuzawa. She is the first female student council president in a male turned co-ed high school.

She seems to be this tough, alpha female, boy-hating girl but secretly she works part time at a maid cafe.

Then, the school’s most popular boy Takumi Usui discovers her secret, and that is when the story get interesting.

What makes Maid Sama! an interesting high school romance anime to watch is the female lead is not your typical damsel in distress type.

2.Say “I Love You”

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This is one of those high school romance animes where a popular guy falls in love with the not popular girl.

Here the unpopular girl is Mei Tachibana, a quiet girl who does not have any friends.

The guy is Yamato Kurosawa, the school’s popular dude who jas allegedly kissed every girl in school. The story follows the ups and downs in their romantic relationship in high school.

3.Wolf Girl and Black Prince

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Honestly, Wolf Girl and Black Prince is romantically disturbing. Erika Shinohara is the girl who cries wolf and one of the lies she tells is that she is dating a guy whom she randomly picks out on the street.

As it turns out, the guy she picks is one of the most popular boys in school. The guy, Kyoya Sata, agrees to pretend to be her boyfriend but in return Erika has to become his ‘pet’.

So this is a high school romance anime about how far this fake relationship would go.

4. Kimi ni Todoke

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If you look like the ghost from The Ring in high school, chances are high that you get ostracised. For Sawako Kuronuma in Kimi ni Todoke, rumours start to spread and the whole school believe she can see ghosts.

Thankfully, things slowly got better when she makes friends with the school popular boy Shota Kazehaya.

5. Ao Haru Ride

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Ao Haru Ride or Blue Spring Ride revolves around Futaba Yoshioka, a high school student who has an inferiority complex. The series follows Futaba reuniting with her middle school crush Kou Tanaka who abruptly moved away to Nagasaki .
It is a story of push-pull high school romantic relationship with some friendship drama thrown in.

6. Toradora

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Ryuji Takasu has a crush on Minori Kushieda, Taiga Aisaka’s friend. Meanwhile, Taiga Aisaka has a crush on Yusaku Kitamura, Ryuji’s friend. Over the course of this anime, Ryuji and Taiga try to help each other with their respective crushes. After spending so much time plotting their plans together, love starts to blossom between them instead.

7. Special A

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High school can be a very competitive environment to be in. In anime adaptation of Special A, it really shows how competitive it can get. The series is mainly about the long-time rivalry between Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takishima in grades, sports and any kind of competitions. Secretly and interestingly, unbeknown to Hikari, Kei has feelings for her.

8. My Little Monster

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The plot focuses on Shizuku Mizutani, a studious girl while the boy who sits next to her in class – Haru Yoshida – is seemingly a violent and uncontrollable person but actually is kind and gentle. My Little Monster is about the duo learning how to care about each other and people around them.

9. Itazura na Kiss

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When Kotoko Aihara, a high school senior confesses her affections for Naoki Irie, what she gets is harsh rejection. Thinking that she can move on, things get awkward after Kotoko lost her home due to earthquake. This is when she needs to stay temporarily at her dad’s friend home, which happens to be Naoki’s home.

10.We Were There

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In the manga version of We Were There, the story follows Motoharu Yano and Nanami Takahashi from their high school lives to their adulthood.

Sadly, the anime did not adapt the whole series. Prepare your tissues as this is one of those tear-jerker animes about the main characters struggling with love and grief.

KajoPicks: 10 South Korean horror movies you must watch

South Korean horror movies might not have the same reputation as Thai horror flicks but they do have horrifying, fear-eliciting movies to offer.

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A Tale of Two Sisters.

If you are looking for South Korean horror movies to watch, KajoMag suggests these 10 picks:

1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Inspired by Korean folktale Janghwa Hongryeon jeon, A Tale of Two Sisters is an award-winning twisted psychological horror drama.

The folktale is similar to Cinderella except that there are two Cinderellas and the stepmother is even more evil.

In this modern remake, the movie follows a mental hospit patient who comes home to her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house.

2. The Wailing (2016)

Commercially successful, The Wailing follows the story of a police officer named  Jong-goo who investigates a mysterious disease in a rural village.

Now comes the question, is it a disease or something more paranormal?

3. Thirst (2009)

Basically, this is a vampire movie but with an illicit love story thrown into it. It tells the story of a priest, in love with his friend’s wife and turning into a vampire all thanks to a failed medical experiment.

4. Epitaph (2007)

There should be a ground rule against people falling falling in love with corpses.
Nonetheless, that is what happens in the movie Epitaph whereby a doctor fell in love with the body of his deceased fiancee.

5. Whispering Corridors (1998)

The first of the Whispering Corridors film series, the movie follows the haunting and deaths in an all-girl high school.
The film spurs four more sequels but none of them share the same plots and characters. They just use an all-female high school as background because female ghosts always seem to be scarier than their male counterparts.

6.Arang (2006)

Veteran detective So-young (Song Yoon-ah) has to solve a murder case and at the same time is haunted in her dreams by a girl who has been dead 10 years.

Are these two cases related? This is a mixture of horror and thriller laced with rape and revenge stories.

7.The Red Shoes (2005)

The first lesson from this Korean horror is never ever pick up something that doesn’t belong to you.

When Sun-jae (Kim Hye-soo) brings back a pair of bright pink high heels from the subway, that is when all hell breaks lose.

8. Death Bell (2008)

How far would you go to avenge your daughter’s death? Would you go as far as killing her teacher and classmates? Besides people dropping dead one by one, the movie also highlights the competitiveness in the Korean education system to enroll for college.

9. Hansel and Gretel (2007)

This Korean horror flick is an adaptation of the classic Hansel and Gretel but with many twisted plots.

In this version of the famous tale, Hansel is a murderous kid who has a dark past and a hell of a temper.

10. The Cat (2011)

If you think fluffy, cute kitties cannot star in horror movies, this Korean horror movie will prove you wrong.

Park Min-young stars as So-yeon, a pet groomer who starts to see a ghostly young girl with cat-like eyes.

If you can’t stand cats dying in a movie, The Cat is certainly not for you.

KajoPicks: 18 Bollywood romance movies you must watch

Bollywood romance movies are popular for their main leads breaking into lip-syncing and dancing every now and then.

For Malaysians who have grown up watching Bollywood movies on national TV, their captivating plots, dramatic acting and humour transcend cultural boundaries and always leave us wanting more.

Here are 18 Bollywood romance movies you must watch at least once in your life:

1.Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

This list would not be complete without Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. It is one of the highest-grossing Bollywood movies in India and abroad.

The plot circles around the love triangle story of Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), Anjali (Kajol) and Tina (Rani Mukerji).
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai marks Karan Johar’s directorial debut who later directed, produced and wrote many Bollywood blockbusters.

Watch the trailer here.

2. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

When Naina (Preity Zinta) falls in love with her terminally-ill neighbour Aman (Shah Rukh Khan), Aman tries to get her friend Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) to fall for her instead.

Karan Johar wrote this movie and co-produced it with his father, Yash. It was the last film Yash was involved with before his death in 2004.

Watch the trailer here.

3. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Here is another movie produced by a father-son pair. Aditya Chopra directed and co-wrote this film while his father Yash produced it.

The story follows Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol) who fall in love during a vacation through Europe.

Watch the trailer here.

4. Veer-Zaara (2004)

The subject of cross-boundary love between India and Pakistan has been a popular theme for many Bollywood movies.

However, the most memorable of the bunch is Veer-Zaara in which Veer (Shah Rukh Khan) is an Indian Air Force pilot who falls in love with Zaara, a Pakistani woman from Lahore.

Watch the trailer here.

5. Hum Tum (2004)

Not all Bollywood romance movies are about forbidden and unrequited love.

Starring Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mekerji, Hum Tum follows the encounters of the two leads over several years and various meetings until they eventually fall in love.

Watch the trailer here.

6. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Loosely based on Maitreyi Devi’s Bengali novel Na Hanyate, the movie is another Bollywood cliched love triangle story.

The movie starred Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai.

Watch the trailer here.

7. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)

Who wouldn’t want to compete for the love and attention of King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan onscreen or off-screen?

Understandably in this movie, two dancers played by Madhuri Dixit and Karishma Kapoor were both in love with Rahul played by Khan.

Watch the trailer here.

8. Mohabbatein (2000)

If it is a movie starring King of Bollywood (Shah Rukh Khan) and Shahenshah of Bollywood (Amitabh Bachchan), then you have to watch it.

Mohhabbatein follows the story of a headmaster (Bachchan) who enforces a strict rule of no romance among his students. Then, comes a music teacher (Khan) who is a strong believer of the power of love.

Watch the trailer here.

9. Devdas (2002)

Set in the early 1900s, Devdas was one of the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced.

It follows the story of Devdas (Shah Rukh Khan) who is in love with his childhood sweetheart Paro (Aishwarya Rai) despite his family’s objection.

Watch the trailer here. 

10. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)

This movie is famous for its tag-line “It’s All About Loving Your Parents.” And the parents who acted in this film are real life husband and wife, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan.

In the story, Amitabh plays a successful businessman who is against his adopted son’s marriage with a poor girl.

Watch the trailer here.

11. Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008)

Jai (Imran Khan) and Aditi (Genelia D’Souza) are two best friends with completely different personalities. Their families and friends believe they are meant for each other but they disagree.

Watch the trailer here.

12. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Directed by Yash Chopra, this film stars Shah Rukh Khan as Samar, a bomb disposal expert, who has a whirlwind romance with Meera (Katrina Kaif).

This is Chopra’s final film before his death in 2012.

Watch the trailer here.

13. Om Shanti Om (2007)

A fictional love story wouldn’t be fun without some reincarnation going on. This story follows Om (Shah Rukh Khan) a junior artist in the 70s who died trying to rescue his love and was then reincarnated as a superstar in the 2000s to avenge his love.

Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri Khan produced this film.

Watch the trailer here.

14. Kaho Naa Pyaa’r Hai (2000)

Would you fall in love with your deceased boyfriend’s doppelganger? Apparently in Kaho Naa Pyaa’r Hai, it is possible to do that.

Ameesha Patel in her first acting role as Sonia falls in love with a guy who looks exactly like her dead boyfriend played by Hrithik Roshan.

Watch the trailer here.

15. Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002)

Raj (Hrithik Roshan), Pooja (Rani Mekherjee) and Tina (Kareena Kapoor) are three childhood friends. And in true Bollywood fashion, Raj is attracted to Tina while Pooja is attracted to Raj. Who will he choose in the end?

Watch the trailer here.

16. Myaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998)

Myaar To Hona Hi Tha is a remake of the 1995 Hollywood film French Kiss starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline.

It stars real life married couple (who were still dating when this movie was filmed) Ajay Devgn and Kajol.

Watch the trailer here.

17. Jab We Met (2007)

Here is another film starring then real life dating couple, Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.

Jab We Met is about Geet (Kareena) who bumps into Aditya (Shahid) on an overnight train to Delhi and somehow gets left stranded in the middle of nowhere.

The couple reportedly broke up in 2007 during the shooting of this film.

Watch the trailer here.

18. Lootera (2013)

Inspired by O.Henry’s short story The Last Leaf, Lootera is a period romance directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.

It stars Ranveer Singh as Varun, a young archaeologist who is in love with a landowner’s daughter Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha).

Watch the trailer here.

KajoPicks: 5 South Korean Variety Shows you must watch

South Korean variety shows are like drugs, once you have a taste of them you can never get enough.

They are fun, entertaining and amusing to watch. Some of them are so funny that they can leave you rolling on the floor laughing while there are some that come with tearjerker moments.

With so many choices out there, we narrowed them down to 5 South Korean variety shows you must watch:

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South Korean variety show, Running Man. Credits: SBS.
1. Running Man

Running Man is perhaps the number one variety show in South Korea right now after Infinite Challenge ended on Mar 31 this year.

The show is about members taking part in a series of missions to become the winner at the end of the race.

For the past eight years, the show welcomed numerous notable guests including action star Jackie Chan, French soccer player Patrice Evra, and more recently Hollywood actors Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg.

2. Knowing Brothers (Ask Us Anything)

In the Korean entertainment industry, the hierarchy of sunbae-hoobae (senior-junior) is very strict.

However, this show throws strict seniority rules out of the window where the casts and guests are allowed to speak banmal (informal language) with each other regardless of age.

Unlike most Korean variety shows, Knowing Brothers joke about what most consider as sensitive topics in the industry such as smoking, divorce and bankruptcy.

3. 2 Days 1 Night

The motto of this show is “Real Wild Road Variety”, where it recommends various places of interests in South Korea viewers can visit.

The cast has been changed numerous times since its first inception in 2007 but their chemistry still manages to bring laughter for the viewers.

The latest line-up for 2 Days 1 Night are Kim Jong-min, Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Joon-ho, Defconn, Jung Joon-young and Yoon Shi-yoon.

4. Master in the House

Just like 2 Days 1 Night, the cast will spend two days and one night with ‘Masters’ of various fields.

While looking for this Master, they will play a series of games to decide who sleep in the Master’s bedroom.

The show stars Korean variety show veterans and singer Lee Seung-gi, Lee Sang-yoon, Yang Se-hyung and Yook Sung-jae.

5.Law of the Jungle

Law of the Jungle is a much less annoying version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Every episode features celebrities sent to survive in remote locations around the world.

In each location, they have to hunt, prepare meals and make shelter for the group.

KajoPicks: 10 Japanese horror anime you must watch

There is something about Japanese horror stories that make them one of the scariest, most eerie tales in the South East Asian region.

Even if it is an anime, not a live-action story, the Japanese horror genre still manages to transcend cultural borders and language barriers to give its audience a good scare.

Here KajoMag’s top 10 Japanese horror anime you must watch:

1.Another

This anime is based on Japanese horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji which was published in 2009.

The plot is about a boy named Kouichi Sakakibara who transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. There, he finds himself fascinated with a girl name Mei Misaki who is being ignored by the whole class.

What makes this anime iconic among fans is not just how killing the suspense is but its legendary death-by-umbrella scene.

SPOILER ALERT
One of the characters, Yukari, accidentally trips and tumbles down the school stairs while carrying an umbrella.
As her umbrella drops, it pops open as she falls face first towards the umbrella’s sharp end and is gruesomely skewered through the neck.

Nobody will look at an umbrella the same again after watching this anime.

2.Death Parade

Do you know where you go after you die? How about a bar?

In the universe of this Japanese horror anime, humans either head to the eternal void or are reincarnated after death.
However if there are any doubts, the souls arrive at the Quindecim bar instead without any memories of having died. There, Decim the bartender will challenge them to a Death Game.

It is not as horrifying as the other anime on this list but each episode has a different twisted, distorted storyline.

3.Hell Girl

This anime is so iconic that its soundtracks are widely used as a horror theme song in various shows including South Korean variety show like Running Man.

Ai Enma, the main character offers an interesting service. Basically, she is the chauffeur for highway to hell. She carries out grudges on behalf of the clients by sending the person the clients hate to hell.

Putting aside her scary job, Ai is full of wisdom as she comes with smartest quotes throughout this anime like“When one person is cursed, two graves are dug” and “The real hell is inside the person.”

Hermost memorable quote is what she says every time she sends somebody to hell.

“O pitiful shadow bound in darkness,
Looking down upon people, and causing them pain.
A soul drowned in sinful karma,
Want to try dying this once?”

4.Blood+

Blood+ is a dark and sad but full of action. The story focuses on Saya Otonashi who seems to be just an ordinary girl living with her adoptive family.

One night, she is attacked by a mysterious creature called Chiropteran. One thing leads to another and Saya realises she has a special power to defeat these creatures.

5.Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt is one of those Japanese horror anime that I wouldn’t recommend to watch at night. Watch it during the day when everything is lit and you won’t be looking over your shoulder.

It is based on a light novel series written by Fuyumi Ono. The story follows the adventures of Shibuya Psychic Research as they investigate mysterious events all over Japan.

Some of these ‘ghostly’ occurrences have horrifying, scary background stories while there are some which are sad and heartbreaking.

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Ghost Hunt’s official poster.
6.Ousama Game

Also known as King’s Game The Animation, this is a twisted horror story based in a Japanese high school. A class of 32 people receive a message on their phones from a person only known as the “King.”

The message has orders that the students must obey or they die.

It has a sick, contorted storyline which plays on humans’ instinct to survive.

7.Corpse Party: Tortured Soul

This four-episode anime is a sequel to the Corpse Party: Missing Footage OVA (original video animation).

The story starts with a group of students gathered at their high school at night to say goodbye to a friend. They perform a ritual to make sure they are friends forever using doll-like charms.

The ritual leads them to being stuck in another dimension with scary ghosts from the past.

8.Yami Shibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

If a masked stranger showed up in a playground to tell ghost stories, would you let your children listen to him?

Every week at 5pm, an old man in a yellow mask shows up at a children’s playground and tells ghost stories based on Japanese myths and urban legends.

It is inspired by kamishibai, a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling that was popular during the Depression of the 1930s.

9.Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror

This Japanese horror anime has three parts: Yotsuya Kaidan, Tenshu Monogatari and Bake Neko.

Yotsuya Kaidan is perhaps the most famous Japanese ghost story about a husband who betrays his wife to marry a rich man’s daughter. The wife’s spirit comes back from the dead to curse those who involved with her death.

Tenshu Monogatari is the story of forbidden love between a god and a human while Bake Neko is about a man who is a medicine seller and hunts mononoke (demons).

10.Tokyo Ghoul

Based on best-selling horror manga by Sui Ishida, the plot follows Ken Kaneki who is living a secret life as a half-ghoul, half-human.

The ghouls in this universe are vicious creatures who can blend in with humans so that they can prey on them as food.

PHOTOS: Music and more during the Rainforest World Music Festival

This year, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) made its 21st appearance at the Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching Malaysia.

A one-of-a-kind festival, RWMF succeeded in bringing world musicians from different part of the globe to rock at the foot of Mount Santubong.

On top of the world-class music, there are plenty of activities to participate from the afternoon mini sessions to its craft bazaar.

The Rainforest World Music Festival will be coming back in 2019 from July 12 till 14. Meanwhile, here are some photos taken on the second day of RWMF 2018.

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A batik crafter showing his skills at the Rainforest World Craft Bazaar.
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Some of the batik works displayed at the Malay House.
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Danison Manium (centre) launched his first sape album on the second day of Rainforest World Music Festival 2018. Also present during the launching were Sarawak Cultural Village’s composer and music arranger Narawi Rashidi (left) and sape maestro Jerry Kamit (second right).
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A display of pretty accessories from local entrepreneur Candy Gems Chic.
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Festival goers hanging out at Damai Central.
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Two instructors from Level Up Fitness showing how to get down at Dewan Lagenda.
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Festival goers participated in RWMF Wellness and Lifestyle activity.
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U.S. Air Force Band of Pacific Asia performing in front of Orang Ulu Longhouse.
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A girl drummer from 24 DRUMS SMK Arang Road, Kuching.
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Slobodan Trkulja (left) and Raghu Dixit (right) belting it out on the second night of RWMF 2018. According to Dixit’s Instagram, he decided to have Trkulja from Balkanopolis (Serbia) joining him on stage only an hour before the performance. The result was one of the best vocal performances RWMF had seen in years.
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The Raghu Dixit’s bassist rocking it on stage.
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Oyme, an ethno band from The Republic Mordovia, Russia.
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Ezra Tekola from At Adau.