For those more superstitious than others, Friday the 13th, which is today, is considered one of the most unluckiest—and ominous—days. Black cats, broken mirrors, walking under a ladder, not sharing that specific post on Facebook… Can you think of a few more examples that’ll give you seven years of bad luck?
If you’re also intrigued by the idea of spooky things happening on Friday the 13th, then you should totally watch these 13 spine-chilling Asian movies, for a change. 😉
#1 Train To Busan
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There’s a good reason why Train to Busan is South Korea’s highest-grossing domestic film of all time. Trapped on a speeding train, a father and his estranged daughter must figure out a way to survive a zombie outbreak. It expertly blends the horror genre with compelling family drama, which doesn’t just elevate the stakes—it also (eventually) breaks your heart.
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This film follows a Catholic priest that volunteers for a medical experiment only to find himself stricken with vampirism, Thirst is nothing like any vampire film you’ve seen. It’s weird, tragic, and darkly funny.
#3 Ju-on: The Grudge
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The 2002 Japanese horror flick revolves around a tale of events that unfold after a homecare worker enters a house, which has been cursed by the vengeful feelings of a family that died there. A terrifying chain of events begin, passing through all those who set foot within its walls.
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The 1998 Japanese horror movie, which is more famous for its American version The Ring, is a true horror masterpiece. Directed by Hideo Nakata, the movie revolves around a reporter investigating a string of deaths linked to a haunted videotape. The unbearable sense of dread as the investigation unfold is likely to keep you up at night.
#5 A Tale Of Two Sisters
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Inspired by an old folktale, this psychological supernatural horror film is notable for being the first South Korean horror film screened in American theatres. The plot follows two sisters returning home from a stay at a mental institution. They find their father quite distant and their stepmother cruel and seemingly unbalanced. Their homecoming is further compounded by the presence of a ghost. It’s not the typical horror movie you’d expect—instead, it’s well-polished and deserves a watch.
#6 The Eye
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Blind from the age of two, 20-year-old Mann now has a chance to reclaim her sight thanks to recent breakthroughs in technology. At first elated to have her vision restored, Mann’s joy soon turns to paralysing fear when she begins to see mysterious dark figures that foreshadow sudden, shocking deaths. This Singaporean thriller will definitely give you goosebumps.
#7 Dark Water
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After winning a custody battle of her daughter, single mother Yoshimi moves into what she thinks is the perfect apartment with her daughter Ikuko. Not long after they’ve unpacked, strange things begin to disturb their new life. The conventional narrative follows Yoshimi’s increasingly desperate attempts to discover what force is haunting Ikuko.
#8 Into The Mirror
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An ex-police officer working as a security guard notices something strange at the department where he works in this 2003 South Korean horror. He’s drawn into the mystery of a series of murders linked to mirrors. Great cinematography creates an atmosphere that’s consistently creepy and tense.
#9 The Maid
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When a young Filipino woman arrives in Singapore to work as a maid, her naïve lack of superstition leaves her an open target for the supernatural forces. A box-office hit in its native Singapore, director Kelvin Tong’s homegrown tale of horror is at par with the best of the best of Asian films.
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The movie revolves around the sensational trial of Diana Dahlan, a woman suspected of murdering a businessman in a gruesome way. Loosely based on a true story, the film was a gripping story as the real case was talked about endlessly due to its supernatural elements and the suspect’s widely-speculated profession as a shaman. The fact that it took 12 years before they released the movie says something, too!
#11 Nang Nak
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This Thai supernatural movie was set in the 1860s, when a young villager Mak leaves his wife and child to fight in a war. When he returns, he finds the village is possessed by ghosts. Soon, local monks hire a Buddhist ghostbuster to thwart the supernatural scourge. This movie was screened at the 1999 Vancouver Film Festival, so it’s definitely worth your hour-and-a-half.
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This is an Indonesian movie much like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The 2009 film follows newlyweds and Astrid and three friends on a road trip to reconcile Adjie with his estranged younger sister Ladya. The trip is interrupted by the “helpless girl on the roadside” trope and the group soon finds itself in an isolated house in the woods.
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The 2012 Tamil movie about a pizza delivery boy and his encounters with the supernatural will give you some nice chills. With right toppings in the form of a taut script, eerie sound effects and nice background score, the movie manages to leave a mark.
Careful not to be spooked!
Yuna Urges Visitors to Stop Trespassing “Forevermore” Music Video Locations
Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna, has recently garnered a lot of praise for highlighting local Malaysian elements in a fresh, modern way through her music video for her single, Forevermore.
The opening scene, especially, caught the attention of her fans for sporting the nostalgic-inducing Proton Saga set against a rural petrol station in Perlis – something atypical of music videos today, which prefer to boast extravagant cars and luxuries.
However, this attention came as a double-edged sword for the owner of the petrol station who recently received a wave of unbecoming visitors climbing over the gate for a picture opportunity of the popularized petrol station.
According to a report by Astro Awani, the owner of the petrol station tweeted Yuna for her help to urge the public to stay behind the gate if they want to take a picture as she fears that others might also trespass onto her property.
Yuna, of course, immediately responded by spreading the word, urging everyone to be mindful of the business owners while visiting the Forevermore locations in Perlis.
Hey everyone visiting Forevermore locations in Perlis-including this petrol station, please respect the business owners and dont climb over their gate🙏🏽 be nice pls, dont trespass..lets all be respectful. Peace & love!! https://t.co/kLCQpMrvGd— Yuna Zarai (@yunamusic) June 8, 2019
As cool as it is to get pictures of these locations for the ‘gram, it is definitely uncool to trespass onto others’ private property and disrupt their peace.
Let’s be responsible visitors, people!
This is What the Jalur Gemilang Looks Like as an Anime Character!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is about a year away, and while we are definitely excited for this global event, someone has just taken this excitement to the next level.
In anticipation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, World Flags put together a website to showcase the artwork of country flags personified as anime characters clad in outfits ready for battle. That’s a total of 180 anime characters inspired by flags from across the world coming together for some serious Avengers Assemble vibes!
According to the statement on the website, the objective of this project is to educate the public on each of the different countries while showcasing traditional Japanese clothes in conjunction with the global event that will take center stage in Japan. Each country gets a dedicated page of the artwork with accompanying bite-sized information about the country.
Here’s what the Jalur Gemilang looks like as a badass samurai!
And here are some of our ASEAN neighbours’ flags as anime personae.
We just love how art & creativity can bring the world together, literally!
Now, can someone make this a full anime series, please?
10 Raya Advertisements That Will Put You On An Emotional Raya-coaster
Ramadan is coming to its end and Raya is now just around the corner. In Malaysia, that means it’s time for the festive period ads! We have watched all of them (for reals!) and have shortlisted the best of the best for you. Some of them will pull on your heartstrings, others will have you bursting with laughter. But, we assure you, all of them will make you excited for raya.
1. Tenaga Nasional Berhad
This one perfectly represents how chaotic raya can get when you have a big extended family, but that’s the best type of raya, isn’t it?
2. Malaysia Airlines
Sejuknya hati tengok this video. It’s a sweet reminder that no matter how far away from home you go, or for how long you’re away, family will always be there to welcome you back like nothing has changed.
3. RHB Group
Last year, the story of a Malay school teacher who did her very best to connect with and help a shy Chinese student went viral on Twitter. Meet Cikgu Orked, and her student Yip Kah Shzen. Their story teaches us that putting aside our differences and celebrating things we have in common is what brings us closer together. And isn’t that what Hari Raya is all about?
4. MR. DIY
An ode to a Malaysian classic, P. Ramlee’s ‘Labu Labi’, this advertisement tells the tale of a stingy Haji Bakhul who wants to organize a special open house for his VVVVIP guests, and teaches you that it isn’t how much you spend during Hari Raya that’s important, but instead, the intention behind your actions.
At first, it seems like Lazada is encouraging people to embrace the culture of spending money during the Raya festivities in this comical short film that includes an aunty rapping like Cardi B. But then, they surprise you with a beautiful message.
Inspired by a true story, this video takes us on a little walk down memory lane. Do you remember what raya was like when you were a kid? And isn’t it sad how as we get older, we tend to spend less and less time with our grandparents? However, even if our grandparents may have left us now, the lessons they taught us still live on within us.
Petronas is out here making people cry again this year. Their raya advertisement will also make you miss your mum a whole lot.
8. Tune Talk
Local actresses and sisters Sharifah Shahirah and Sharifah Sakinah are hilarious in this fourth wall breaking short story that teaches us that the recipe for a perfect raya just needs a dash of affection and a spoonful of harmony, and a whole lotta love.
Sure, people aren’t perfect. And family can sometimes hurt us. But no matter what, they will always want the best for you. An added message to this video is that even if we aren’t related by blood, that doesn’t mean we aren’t one family.
Watsons’ Raya video kept us highly entertained with their comedic dance moves, LOL-exchanges, and of course, the sweet Hari Raya message after.
We hope you have your duit raya, baju raya and raya food ready for the big day! Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating!
You NEED To Watch TNB’s Adorable Video Reminding People To Save Energy!
We’ve all read numerous tips on how to save energy, from turning off the lights when you leave a room to looking for the ENERGY STAR logos when shopping for new appliances. The reason why we see similar energy-saving tips over and over again is due to the fact that it really is that simple to save energy and live a more eco-friendly (and cheap) life!
So, why don’t we apply the tips? Sometimes, it’s out of convenience, sometimes, it’s comfort. Sometimes, you just wanna manjakan yourself. Kan?
Well, maybe this catchy, adorable and fun video by TNB might inspire you to be more consistent when it comes to saving energy in your home. We know it definitely inspired us.
Can someone please tell us who wrote the lyrics to this song?! EWAH EWAH!
Local Actor’s Line of Baju Melayu Is Flying Off The Racks Due To Superman Design
The superhero trend has not died down guys. Last week, we saw Infinity Stones baju melayu buttons and now it appears that you can take your superhero Raya cosplay to even greater heights with the help of local actor Erry Putra.
After going viral last year for his baju melayu design collection that was mocked for looking like breastfeeding apparel for new mothers, the man is back with a whole new idea and it seems that people are loving it.
Baju Melayu for breastfeeding fathers 🤰🏼 pic.twitter.com/oOoyZzOmnd— PU Azlin 🕌 (@AzlilAdzif) May 25, 2018
Erry is jumping on the superhero bandwagon this time around with man of steel inspired baju melayu. The cekak musang baju melayu may appear traditional looking from the front, however from the side and back you’ll see that it actually features a detachable cape!
And the cape isn’t just for show OK! It can also be used as a makeshift prayer mat. Form AND function, people! Guys in this baju are gonna be like “Girl, I ain’t a player, I’m a prayer!”
You might find the whole thing amusing, but Erry is raking in the cash yo. According to his Instagram, each baju costs between RM149 to RM169 and they’re selling like hotcakes!
BRB while we check some of these out for our father. Abah’s gonna look hella cute this Raya!
This Msian-Made Film About An OCD Mother-Daughter Cat Obsessed Duo Will Be Screened At Cannes!
A Malaysian made film titled Million Loves In Me will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Friday!
Since it’s release in May last year, Million Loves In Me has been reaping in a ton of winnings including Best Foreign Language Feature Film at Fusion International Film Festivals in Valencia, Spain and Best Screenplay at 2019 Gold Movie Awards in London earlier this year.
According to Malay Mail, the producer of the film, John Y, said that the Hong Kong – Malaysian collab has won 13 picture awards to date!
Based on a real criminal case that took place in Hong Kong, The Sampson Yuen-directed film centres around the story of a 45-year-old woman named Katy and her mother, who gets charged in court for hoarding animals in their apartment. Both anak beranak suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the charge unveils their abnormal yet somehow super rich, lives.
According to an interview by Golden Globe Awards, John Y, who not only produced the film but also wrote the script, was actually Katy’s lawyer who represented her in the 2002 court case IRL. Besides producing, writing the script, and acting as Katy’s lawyer, John Y plays Katy in the film too. Talk about multi-talented!
Meanwhile, Hong Kong actress Lo Koon-Lan takes on the role of Katy’s mother and Malaysian actress Ruby Yap plays a supporting role in the film.
BTW, Ruby Yap’s acting in this film won her the Best Supporting Actress in a Foreign Language Film award at the North Europe International Film Festival in February.
Level Up Your Raya #OOTD This Year With Infinity Stone Baju Melayu Buttons
It’s been a little over two weeks since Avengers: Endgame, and frankly, we are tired of reading and writing anything more about the film. However, no matter how much we try to be in denial, the truth of the matter is: the Endgame craze has not died out. Like at all.
In fact, the Avengers: Endgame buzz might last a little longer. Right through Ramadan and into the Hari Raya festivities, cause the latest fashion craze is Infinity Stones baju melayu buttons. For reals.
Butang baju melayu Thanos Infinity Stones.— falihinjasmi (@FLjasmy) May 8, 2019
Silap petik jari, hilang duit raya. pic.twitter.com/mBVJ82yYv4
This raya, you can be like Thanos and collect all the five Infinity Stones and wear them on your baju melayu.
Not feeling the whole Infinity Stones thing? The shop also has Captain America, Spiderman and Iron Man buttons.
If you’re more of a DC fan, they also have Superman and Batman buttons too.
Interested? They cost about RM30 a set and you can purchase the buttons at this Facebook page. Don’t take our word for the quality though yeah, #kamitakjual.
8 M’sians Kena Halau From The Cinema After Kantoi They Were Recording Avengers: Endgame
Due to wanting to spoil Avengers: Endgame for others so bad, eight Malaysians kena halau out of the cinema hall after they were caught recording scenes of the film by officers from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).
Padan muka, terus tak dapat tengok the film sampai habis.
According to a report by Astro Awani who spoke to KPDNHEP Chief Enforcement Officer Azeem Nazuri, 10 officers were dispatched to monitor 21 cinema halls from 7pm to 12am yesterday in an effort to clamp down on piracy. The officers reminded viewers in the hall before the start of each film about the repercussions of recording films in movie theatres.
“The operation was carried out with the cooperation of the film industry to educate and remind the public to avoid making any unauthorized recordings or streamings on social media.
The public need to understand that copyright laws need to be respected and protected.”
Clearly, the eight offenders took no heed on the warnings and based on the report, all eight culprits were found to have recorded and photographed scenes from the film using their smartphones.
Luckily for them, the officers let them off with just a warning after instructing them to erase all recordings and photos on their phones before they were released.
However, future offenders may not be as lucky cause according to the act, those found guilty could be fined up to RM100,000 and/or face up to 5 years jail time.
The authorities will reportedly be conducting more checks periodically at cinemas in popular shopping malls nationwide.
If you see anyone illegally recording at cinemas, you can tip off the ministry by calling their hotline at 1800-88-6800. Or, if you shy shy, you can WhatsApp the ministry too, at 019-2794317. Dah maju dah, ada WhatsApp!
Marvel Fan Rushed To Hospital After Watching Avengers: Endgame
A 21-year-old university student in Zhejiang, China was rushed to the hospital after watching Avengers: Endgame on Wednesday (24 Apr).
According to sn.people, the student and her friends went for the first screening of the film at the cinema together. After watching a particularly heartbreaking scene (no spoilers, though!), she starting crying and couldn’t stop.
After exiting the cinema hall at the end of the movie, the woman started having chest pains and struggled to breathe. Her limbs started feeling numb and she experienced muscle spasms, including having her fists tightly clenched.
When her friends noticed her strange condition, they called an ambulance and rushed her to the hospital. The doctor who treated her said that after listening to her friend’s explanation of events, they figured she was probably hyperventilating.
“I saw her gasping for air, and based on her friends’ description, we figured she must’ve cried too much which resulted in hyperventilation. We then immediately put on an oxygen mask for her and tried to calm her down so her symptoms would go away.”
According to Healthline and Medlineplus, hyperventilation is a condition where you start to breathe very fast which causes you to exhale more than you inhale. It can arise from emotional causes such as during a panic attack, or it can be due to a medical problem.
After treatment, the student was allowed to return home the same day.
Woah! The plot-twists must’ve really affected her, huh? If you’ve already watched the film and have a good idea which scene might’ve caused her hyperventilation, don’t post any spoilers in the comments ok!
Local Actress Diana Danielle Clears Up The Rumours Over Her LHDN Tax Hutang Issue
Local actress Diana Danielle has posted on her social media platforms explaining her side of the story over her tax owed to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).
Harian Metro reported that the wife of local actor Datuk Farid Kamil said that the IRB have been unreasonable with their claims which have resulted in a travel ban and that she said she dah malas nak layan them now.
“I have been patient enough and compromising with them, but their methods are very pushy. I won’t entertain this further,”
Several reports circulated online suggesting that the actress was refusing to sort out RM350,000 of tax she owed to IRB. The reports mentioned that Diana had previously complained about the issue on Instagram on how she was not allowed to leave the county over RM350,000 of tax that IRB claimed she owed them from previous years.
Replying to recent tweets, Diana has been clarifying that she has in fact paid IRB for outstanding taxes when they informed her that she was RM350,000 in arrears. After handing in documents, IRB found that the actual amount owed was only RM30,000
Dude, I PAID my taxes after they simply said I have to pay 350k, we gave all our documents and finally they realized i only owed them 30k! By that time I already paid 150k and should be refunded for paying more than I should! This is not about avoidance. They stil owe ME— Diana Danielle (@ImDianaDanielle) April 26, 2019
However, the actress said that despite this realization, IRB still barred her from leaving the country.
They still owe me a hefty amount, and the fact that i’d cleared off all outstanding, we also have been in touch with them regularly and then SUDDENLY they blacklisted me without any warning! Is it because they want more money? Well…. pay back mine first then ask for more la— Diana Danielle (@ImDianaDanielle) April 26, 2019
So understand the situation first then talk. U think i didnt try to solve the issue? They make it seem like its never ending and like to surprise u by blacklisting u and then ask for a lump sum payment.— Diana Danielle (@ImDianaDanielle) April 26, 2019
Diana has also reached out to Malay Mail who reported the story to get their facts on the matter correct.
We hope everything gets cleared out soon, Diana! Till then, keep on being your awesome self, okay!
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