Japan. I had been there a few times and communicated with a few friends there on occasion, but I’d not ever tried doing an interview without sitting in front of the interviewee which made my request for an interview with Hyoe a little bit of a challenge. The time difference aside, the real challenge was battling both of our ever juggling schedules. I even installed the famed SKYPE on my machine with the hopes that we’d somehow coordinate a video chat. Grr. No..between my computer refusing to cooperate and the time (or lack thereof!), it wasn’t meant to be. Screw it..I went old school..and it turns out to have worked like a charm. I actually learned a great deal about Hyoe in our email “sit down”…
MTV Asia Awards are being held in Malaysia this year on August 2 with host Jared Leto. No particularly famous in fact I don’t really remember him from anything but Requiem for a Dream. Any who, all nominations were chosen by a panel of judges who chose the nominee based on their music. The winner will be decided through online voting which closes on July 25th.
I love cosplayers although I think most of them are crazy for spending so much money on the outfits. I guess it pays in the end though. One of my favorite cosplayers is a Filipino girl named Alodia. She doesn’t look Filipino though mainly because of her pale skin. Every time I look at her I think “why couldn’t my best friend (armybratkat aka Kat Nufable) be this hot?”
Today is really a big day for Ningin. We launched our first microsite and our own video streaming technology!
The microsite, as mention in this previous press release, is for the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Film Shootout. We’ll basically be handling their entire online presence providing complete blog coverage of the event, interviews with the participating teams, and of course video streaming of all film submission from this year and previous years. You’ll also find complete list of rules, instructions, prizes, and info on the judges.
So far, we have streaming videos available from last year’s top 10 short films and we’ll be adding the rest during the new few weeks. High-definition video streaming will follow in the next few days.
The Shootout officially begins next Friday, 6/20 at 8pm. If you’re in the NYC area, the launch party starts at 6pm at White Rabbit Lounge (145 East Houston Street, New York). David Hou, president of AAFilmLab, will be there as well as Ningin blogger Alvin Lin and future Ningin blogger James Chou. It’s entirely possible that I’ll be there also, so come if you can.
While surfing Youtube, I “StumbledUpon” this video. I hope it’s some kind of joke or she’s European but this woman literally undresses on a Hong Kong subway.
At first she’s only wear a long trench coat with nothing but red lingerie underneath and starts by doing her makeup. Don’t ask me why, they just see it as something you should do in private. And while I begin to watch this, I’m thinking “wow, Hong Kong trains are 10 times smoother/better than New York’s”.
But anyways she then dramatically pulls off her coat and everyone turns their head. Good thing she’s hot otherwise I would have turned off the video. However she starts shaving her legs. I was hoping she would nick herself but again Hong Kong trains rock. Afterwards she get dressed in her uniform and again everyone but she sits and gets off like nothing happened.
He wanted a B movie, and he got it.
I’m a fan of M. Night Shyamalan, not one of his vocal detractors. He’s got a cache in Hollywood that transcends the “hyphen” of being an Indian-born American, and I’m loving that hard-earned respect. But I didn’t know what to make of the press surrounding his new film, “The Happening.” Night himself said he wanted to make a B movie, and told his cast and crew to treat it as such. Forget about making something that speaks—that’s so 1999. After seeing it tonight, I can say with confidence he did what he set out to do. But why?
I blogged a month and half ago about the long time Hong Kong showbiz couple Tony Leung and Carina Lau admitting to the press that they are getting hitched this year. Well it seems the big day is getting close since the press has released their wedding details this week. According to the HK papers, here are some of the expenses of their planned wedding:
America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC) Season two premieres next Thursday on June 19th at 10pm. So don’t miss it or forget to vote. I’m rooting for So Real.
If you haven’t been keeping up with last season’s winner, Jabbawockeez, chances are you’ve missed a few of their performances. Most recently they’ve performed on the Live Audition for season two. It was good but not as impressive as what I’ve seen them do. They’ve also appeared in Adam Chu Dance Crew’s second video in the “biggest online dance battle” on Youtube. Again they didn’t do much but I was psyched to see them. However their commercial for Season two was really impressive. Even though it was short, it was still amazing. It could be a commercial for the Iphone.
Here’s this week’s music roundup. So far it’s two weeks running!
For those of you who missed the first week, I plan to do a weekly music roundup (like the title says) of music videos I watch throughout the week. The ones I pick are good and bad and they’re all videos that stood out to me.
Youtube’s “biggest online dance battle in the history of man kind” just got bigger. M&M Cru (Miley Cyrus and Mandy Jiroux) just posted their response to ACDC video (Adam Sevani and John M. Chu) on June 10th. It wasn’t quite up to par but it was a good laugh and cliff hanger that’s going to drive me crazy.
For those of you living under a rock, America’s Best Dance Crew only premiered for the first time in February 2008. As expected, the show was a great hit and lasted 7 episodes plus a live audition episode. However, the sixth episode (before the series finale) had the biggest upset I’ve ever seen (bigger than the NY Giants winning the Super Bowl): Kaba Modern and Jabbawockeez voted as the bottom two. Hoc and I concluded that it was probably because the Asian vote was split but come on, Status Quo better than Kaba Modern?
Not only did their routine get a negative feedback, it wasn’t even that good…actually none of their routines were that good. I honestly liked Iconic or Live in Color better than them. But anyways Jabbawockeez won and that’s all that mattered. I would have raised hell if it were any other way.
For those of you who want to hide their emotions or your face all together, Koreans at Hongik University have developed something just for you.
A project known as the “Mask of Emotion” lets you display LED emoticons on a ridiculous head gear. You can choose which emotion you display but the default expression is none at all. The mask was designed to display emotions that could be use in every day conversation.
This actually looks like something Bai Ling would wear in addition to a skimpy outfit. Or maybe we can have a rave. ^.^
What would you do with a Chinese actress like Zhang Ziyi who failed to break into Hollywood because of her poor command of English? According to the smart brains of Hollywood, you would cast her in a non-English speaking role in a romantic comedy titled “Lost For Words”. The plot goes something like this—a British film star falls for a Chinese interpreter on a movie set, only to realize later that he actually loves the film’s director (to be played by Zhang Ziyi), not the interpreter. Unfortunately, he can only express his feelings for her through the interpreter. Wow, what an original plot! I am sure the Hollywood writers have thought long and hard to come up with a corny storyline like this. The producers are apparently in talks with Hugh Grant to play the role of the British actor. I think they should cast crazy ass Bai Ling as the interpreter. That would make the movie a whole lot more interesting! She will be so utterly incomprehensible that we will need captions to understand what the interpreter is saying in the movie.
The I Love Korea Dream Concert 2008 took place on June 7th 2008 as a way to promote Korean patriotism. Lol! I love Korea, and I miss it dearly but right now I’m so glad I’m in New York.
The Dream Concert is a popular concert where all the big Korean artists get together to perform. Well pre-concert there’s been an ongoing war online, yes I mean war, between various fan clubs specifically Cassieopeia (DBSK), ELF (Super Junior), Wonderfuls (Wonder Girls), Girl’s Generation or So Nyuh Shi dae (SNSD) fan club and Triple S (SS501). This mainly started after Girl’s Generation member Tiffany had some controversy with the other bands (DBSK). Some say she’s an attention whore and disrespects her oppas (seniors). So as this little feud is going on, fan clubs Cassie, Elf and Triple S form an alliance against SNSD. So it’s on now and SNSD decides to fight back. So the Dream concert rolls around and people get hurt, literally.
A 25 year old man named Tomohiro Kato killed 7 people in the Akihabara shopping district yesterday in Tokyo Japan. He drove a rented 2 ton truck into pedestrian at 70kph hitting 3 people. He stopped his truck and headed back to the victims while stabbing 3 people on the way in addition to a police officer that attempted to apprehend him. He then ran into the crows and stabbed more people injuring 10 and killing a total of 7. Witnesses say he looked like he was enjoying himself. He was later apprehended in an alley and stopped after police threatened to shoot him down. The reason he stated was:
I came to Akihabara to kill. Anyone would have been fine (I don’t care who I killed). I was tired of life.
Went to see Kung Fu Panda last Friday. It was hilarious and I enjoyed it a lot. It’s a movie that both adults and kids will enjoy. There were infants and kids at the 10pm showing I attended and I had to wonder how responsible their parents were. Aren’t they supposed to be in bed by now!? Some kids even talked through the entire movie and I just wished their parents would ask them to shut the hell up keep their noise down. Anyway, this movie is to be released in Asia later this month and Korean pop sensation Rain has recorded the soundtrack for it. The song for the movie was no other than the cliche ”Kung Fu Fighting” song originally recorded by Carl Douglas.
Square Enix usually produces some great games, mainly JRPGs, and every one of them that I’ve played I’ve enjoyed. So when I heard they made a DS game, I nearly shat myself. And then when I heard it was also created by the same people as Kingdom Hearts, I became even more excited.
The World Ends With You is about an emo kid in Shibuya who likes being a loner. Somehow he dies and to get another chance at life, he has to play the “Reapers Game” which lasts for seven days with a certain task for each day.
Okay for all you Apple iphone lovers, here’s an 8 FOOT long multi-touch display wall. That’s taller than me (I’m 5’1 mind you).
The creator, Jefferson Han, first displayed his godlike touch screen at the Technology Entertainment Design Conference in Monterey, California in 2007. A few months later it’s a video and a hit on Youtube. He founded his company Perceptive Pixel to develop his invention which is now distributed to the military. He’s an engineer with a background in graphics and decided one day that there should just be something this awesome. He wanted to take advantage of the multi-touch technology and actually make it multi-touch (more than one) while be able to give you better graphics.