This film is a treasure. Technically it shouldn’t be here, as it was made in Thailand and directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaraung (okay, I’ll stop making fun of my friends who get confused by Japanese names). But as a collaboration with bad-boy Japanese director Takashi Miike, it features superstar Tadanobu Asano
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Believe it or not, it’s fairly common for film companies to buy scripts and ideas from foreign movies. A prime example of this phenomena is the United States and its obsession with remaking Japanese horror films. The three films that will be analyzed in this post will be The Ring, The Grudge, and One Missed Call. More »
Japan goes through a lot of cell phones. Seeing how everyone over the age of 8 has at least one cell phone, I can make a complete off the top of my head statistic that there are over 100 million cell phones being used in Japan right now. Most of them will be thrown away and replaced every two years. That’s a lot of trash. More »
Dia is a 19 year old newcomer on the Kpop scene. She has really been compared to Park Bom of 2NE1 because of her looks and her singing abilities. I do agree that they look alike a little bit. Dia’s voice is amazing for only being 19 though. Dia hasn’t been getting much love lately. One thing I don’t like about Kpop is that the greatest singers can end up being unappreciated. Anyway, check out Dia’s awesome music video, and show her some love! More »
From Girlybubble: Sofia of SouZouCreations is a Canadian living with her Japanese husband in Fukuoka, Japan. She sells an array of accessories on her Etsy store. The products range from earrings, pendants, and tie tacks, although the most notable accessory she carries in her store is her floating rings. There is nothing that says kawaii or Japanese more than detailed miniatures. The creativity and imagination of Sofia’s floating rings are both a unique and bold fashion statement. More »
From Rekuru: Vivid and wild, Sukiyaki Western Django will dazzle your eyes, make you laugh, and might even make you cry. Takeshi Miike’s 2007 stunning spaghetti western features an all-star cast of Hideaki Ito, Koichi Sato, Kaori Momoi, and even Quentin Tarantino. This portrayal of western and samurai traditions come together in a fast-paced “wild east” action tale to wow your senses. More »
From Rekuru: A sweet fantasy tale of a young boy conquering the odds despite his own fear and aided by a band of eccentric misfit “monsters” of Japanese folklore is the idea behind 2005’s “The Great Yokai War.” The child is named the “Kirin Rider” at a local festival and is subsequently obliged to fulfill the rural legend of leading the Yokai (demon) battle. Although director Takeshi Miike departs from his usual bloody flicks for adults in favor of a family-friendly fable, he never sheds his knack for the overstated, nor his love of high-action fight scenes.
After braving-up enough to embark on the quest, the boy encounters numerous bizarre, frightening, and fantastical Yokai (demons) who turn out to be friendly aides in helping him conquer this harrowing journey. The first Yokai he meets is a little animal named Sunekosuri, who is easily one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and definitely goes on the list of “movie creatures I wish were real and were my pets.”
The costuming for the Yokai is amazing to the point of believable, which is enough reason to watch this movie on a rainy day. The “bad guys” are animated machine monsters led by a fiercely-trained girl in white. The CGI on these creatures leaves a little be desired but the creativity of their design is unmatched. More »
Episode three of Durarara was just plain awesome. When someone falcon punches another guy out of his clothes, you know that it’s something special. The scene where the bartender guy shows up was definitely one of the highlights of this episode. And it just got better with someone jumping off a building to catch a thrown vending machine. Hopefully this does well enough to warrant a second season of Baccano. More »
Tak Sakaguchi has long been a martial arts force to reckon with on the big screen. Now he has taken a seat behind the camera for his first directorial piece, Sakigake!! Otokojuku (Be A Man! Samurai School). As an actor, Sakaguchi is perhaps best known for his roles in the cult classics “Versus” and “Death Trance,” both of which are non-stop action buffets. As a director, he has kept the may elements of over-the-top martial arts movies but coupled it nicely with a healthy dose of comedy and social commentary in his directorial debut. Based on an Akira Miyashita manga serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1985-1991, BAM!SS stars veteran actors Akaji Maro and Shun Sugata. If you like action, humor, blood, and lots of shouting, then “Be A Man! Samurai School” is definitely for you! More »
From Rekuru: Rekuru’s Japanese Cinema Royale Special is still going strong and today, we look at the Playstation 2 title Onimusha 3: Demon Siege which not only stars japanese heart-throb Takeshi Kaneshiro but hit-man with a heart Jean Reno as well. As always, a trailer will follow the review for your viewing pleasure. More »
Rain (Bi) used his magic stick to win another battle. He can breathe a huge sigh of relief, from battling his exhausting allegations of concert cancellations in the past 4 years. Rain has been freed of nearly $4 MILLON US dollars, once thought owed to Click! Entertainment, and to be used to help MBLAQ succeed. More »
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Jinra sent me Jeff and Erin’s EPIC Wedding Trailer video of this couple’s amazing wedding save the date a couple of days ago, and then it was unfortunately set to private before I could feature it. They recently decided that it had already been spread, so they gave up trying to hide it. It was a good thing they did! I have to say that this is the single most awesome thing ever! This couple is so adorable, and I loved it! I can’t even describe it. Check it out!!!!!!!! More »