This is the second Next Music from Tokyo show I’ve attended. This time I specifically took time off work so I could stay up late for it. That’s how great I thought the last show was. Now, of course, it’s all different bands this time but having looked up their youtube videos, they all sounded pretty good. I also got ear plugs which I forgot to bring, of course. Here are my thoughts on the show.
Second Jen is a sitcom on City TV about two young adult women who decide to move out and share an apartment together to prove to their immigrant parents that they can be independent. One is Chinese Canadian (Samantha Wan as Jen) and the other is Filipino Canadian (Amanda Joy as Mo). They star in the show and also write the episodes. The title describes the show nicely in a couple of ways, the first is pretty obvious as it sounds like “second generation” but the two lead characters both share the same name in “Jennifer” but one goes by the nickname of “Mo.” They are joined by two male characters, (Al Mukadam as Lewis & Munro Chambers as Nate), who are their neighbors. You can actually watch episodes online now which are part of a digital sneak peak.
Some articles about the show:
Second Jen breaks sitcom ground with two Asian women in lead roles – The Star
Rogers unveils digital-first TV show called Second Jen – Mobile Syrup
Second-gen Fil-Canadian gets ready for prime time TV – Inquirer.net
Update Oct 18: Trailer!
Kim’s Convenience is a new comedy that will appear on CBC TV (and online). The first episode debuts Tuesday Oct 4 @ 9pm EST! It’s based off the hit stage play of the same name by Ins Choi, who also produces the TV show version and stars some of the same actors. It looks very promising.
Update Oct 3: Apparently the premiere has been delayed by a week to Oct 11 due to Blue Jays baseball.
Check out some short videos below!
The Lockpicker is directed by Asian Canadian, Randall Okita, and will be screening at le festival du nouveau cinema on Oct 8 and Oct 10! I don’t know anything about this film or the director but the trailer is pretty eerie. Screenanarchy wrote about it. Check out the trailer!
Le festival du nouveau cinema just released its schedule. In regards to East Asia, Japan is well represented with many features, a couple from China (one is listed under Hong Kong) and a couple from South Korea. In Southeat Asia, there are a few from the Philippines and Cambodia and Thailand each have one film.
Here are a few of my personal picks but be sure to check out the full lineup.
Monstress is a creator-owned comic book series by Marjorie Liu (writer) and Sana Takeda (artist). They had collaborated before on Marvel comics such as X-23. Having not regularly bought floppies since the late 90s, I had only been following comics sporadically while buying the odd TPB or graphic novel once in a while. I was only vaguely aware of Marjorie Liu and didn’t know Sana Takeda at all. When I first heard the premise for Monstress I was intrigued but what really convinced me to buy the floppies instead of wait for the TPB was Takeda’s art. It was really stunning and intricate. The first 6 issues are available as a TPB right now and Monstress #7 comes out next month. What follows are my thoughts, maybe not so much a review. There will be some minor spoilers.
A vlog featuring an interracial couple and their blasian kids. Just an excuse to post a video of kids fooling around.
CCIFF (Canada China International Film Festival) is a new festival that aims to nurture and promote cooperation between the film industries of China and Canada. It’s first edition will be in Montreal from September 16-19, 2016. There will be various panels aimed at film professionals and also film screenings for the public.
The schedule has been recently released. It is $10 per movie ticket, which can be purchased on their Eventbrite webpage. Screenings will take place in Concordia University’s Hall building and Visual Arts building.
Here are trailers form some of the films that will be screening.