Monthly Archives: April 2007

More than words…

So I’m chatting with an old work comrade (from Japan) and I inquire if she’s heard of a couple movie titles I’m looking for online. She jokingly asked if they were Korean titles and I came back saying that the only Korean stuff I watch is “Korean … Continue reading

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この胸いっぱいの愛を

Kono Mune Ippai no Ai wo (A Heartful of Love, 2005) Ito Hideaki, Mimura, Katsuji RyoDir. Shiota Akihiko A time travel picture that in the end, for me, wasn’t really about being out of time as much as about second chances. In this latest “time slip… Continue reading

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Mrs. Robinson

Rachel Robinson, wife of the late Jackie Robinson, was in the broadcast booth for last Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game on ESPN. I was really struck by how wonderfully articulate and down to earth she seems, in addition to looking superb for someone i… Continue reading

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Food!

OK you know on some dramas, they portray these salarymen dudes who eat plain soba for lunch. I mean, they go to the local soba joint, order a heap of soba on a tray and dipping sauce. And that’s IT: no tempura, no side of tonkatsu… No wonder the… Continue reading

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七人の侍

“Seven Samurai” was re-released on DVD by the “Criterion Collection” label last year. I have an old laserdisc copy but the laser rot sparklies have gotten to be pretty annoying. I have the original DVD release but read that the new version was cle… Continue reading

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J-pop karaoke favorites

The list, ever growing, old and new. Not EVERY song ever performed but just the first ones that come to mind… Fukuyama Masaharu: Melody, Hello, Sakurazaka, Message, All My LovingMr.Children: Tomorrow Never Knows, Dakishimetai, SignKomekome Club:… Continue reading

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I never knew that there was a PV for one of my ALL-time favorite karaoke tunes, “Ai wa Katsu” by KAN. Kinda over the top but that’s aight. Carry on, carry out… And how’s this kickin’ live version: Continue reading

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