2KSquad is an independent collective of dancers, musicians, singers and more who perform dance & music covers of Kpop and also original performances inspired by Asian pop music. They’ll be having their annual showcase at UQAM, tickets can be bought online or various locations in downtown Montreal. For details check out their facebook event page.
Isaac Hou is a street performer in Taiwan, check out the amazing feats he does with a Cyr wheel. It was filmed by Kuma Films, two brothers, Todd & Joe Robbins from Utah who like to travel and film amazing performers. They’ve been filming videos of different performers in Taiwan and have amassed a following both in Taiwan and the USA. They also helped Dawen film a music video there as well.
Recently received a link to this short film in the inbox…
“My name is Patrick Ng and I am an NYC based filmmaker an an avid follower of your blog.
My short film, REAL TALK, is being released today to the public on Vimeo and I would like to share it with you and your readership! The film is about how a friendship unravels between an Asian American teenager and his African American best friend. I made the film to shed light on the complexities of being an Asian American, which is a subject I think your readers will find very relevant.
Synopsis: Pax and Iggy are best friends, but their bond is broken when Pax discovers where Iggy’s loyalties truly lie.
The film was an official selection at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Asian Film Festival Dallas, and won multiple awards at the Asians on Film festival.”
I don’t follow tennis as much as I used to. I was familiar with Kei Nishikori but did not think he had the ability to beat the no.1 player Novak Djokovic but then again he has beaten Federer in the past. However, I wasn’t surprised that he did beat Canadian player, Milos Raonic, earlier in the tournament. I also didn’t know Nishikori is coached by well known Asian American tennis player and French Open champion, Michael Chang. Nishikori’s opponent on Monday afternoon (5pm EST) will be Marin Cilic who upset Roger Federer. I don’t think anybody predicted that neither Djokovic or Federer would be in the US Open final but it’s a nice bit of fresh air to be honest. Should be an interesting match. Nishikori has a winning record against Cilic but that doesn’t really mean much. Here are 9 things to know about Nishikori and here’s a prediction on who will win and another prediction here.
A fan-made trailer for a live-action Akira. It features Osric Chau, an Asian Canadian actor who has a recurring role on the TV show Supernatural and was also in films such as The Man with the Iron Fists and What Women Want (China remake). Osric Chau will be in Montreal for Comic Con on Sept 12-14.
The Light Shines Only There (2014)
Director : Mipo O
Screenwriter : Ryo Takada. D’après le roman de/Based on the novel by: Yasushi Sato
Cinematographer : Ryuto Kondo
Editor : Etsuko Kimura
Cast : Go Ayano, Chizuru Ikewaki, Masaki Suda, Kazuya Takahashi, Shohei Hino, Hiroko Isayama
Music : Takuto Tanaka
Set in the poorer areas of Hokodate, Hokkaido, the story is about a former coal miner, Tatsuo, who’s on an extended leave due to an accident, he meets a young man, Takuji, in a Pachinko parlor and ends up being introduced to his sister, Chinatsu. After a rough start, Tatsuo begins a romance with Chinatsu. However, her family and work is complicated and involves another jealous lover who is more affluent and wields a power over Takuji. Read the rest of this entry »
The Boar King (2014)
Director : Chen-Ti Kuo
Screenwriter : Chen-ti Kuo
Cinematographer : Bodo Zheng
Editor : Tse-wen Cheng
Cast : Yi-ching Lu, Chen-nan Tsai, Soda Voyu, l-ting Wu
Music : Cin-cin Lee
The film takes place in a southern village in the mountainous region of Taiwan in the aftermath of a typhoon (a real occurrence that happened in 2009). A father goes missing leaving his wife and daughter who believe him to be dead. Then they find out that invitations to a gathering have been received by other villagers in the father’s handwriting. There isn’t much of a story and what does happen is a very slow burn. We see the characters go through their daily routines. The mother tries to get the hot springs resort that they own working again and the daughter begins to experience a bit of romance. Read the rest of this entry »