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Next Music From Tokyo Vol 12 lineup announced!

Steven Tanaka recently updated the NMFT website with the lineup for volume 12 of his excellent Japanese indie & underground music tour. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will have shows. The Montreal show will take place in a different venue due to the closure of La Divan Orange. It’ll be at La Sala Rossa on May 21, 2018. That’s Victory day.

This year’s lineup features mostly returning bands. From volume 10: The Taupe, Yubisaki Nohaku and Bakyun the Everyday return. From volume 11: Koutei Camera Girl Drei return. Yubisaki Nohaku was my favorite from v 10 and Koutei Camera Girl Drei had one of the best performances in v 11.

Group_Inou have performed at a previous NMFT show and Steven thinks very highly of them. Group inou consists of two members, a rapper and DJ/composer. Their music is electronica. Only Imai (DJ/composer) is coming so it seems the performance will be purely instrumental without any rapping. Imai does perform as a solo artist.

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TVA Sports speaks with Nachi Fujimoto of Les Canadiennes

What follows is my English translation of the TVA Sports article by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, published on November 11, 2017.

A Good Shot for Asian Hockey

The Japanese player of the Montreal Canadiennes, Nachi Fujimoto sees the arrival of two Chinese teams to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) as a good thing for Asian hockey.

“It’s good for Asian hockey that two Chinese teams play in the Canadian league. In women’s hockey, the two best teams are Canada and the USA,” said Fujimoto after her team’s defeat at the Bell Center on Saturday. “The best way to learn is to play against the best players on the planet.”

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Posted in Documentary, Film Festivals, Film Screenings, Trailers, Video

RIDM 2017 Documentary festival Nov 9-19, 2017

RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de montréal) is Montreal’s documentary festival that runs from November 9-19, 2017 at various venues. There are documentaries from all over the world. There are some East Asian documentaries from China, Singapore and Thailand at this year’s edition. There are at least a couple of documentaries with Montreal connections.

Montreal-based film production company GreenGround has a feature at the festival with two screenings, one with English subtitles (Nov 16) and one with French subtitles (Nov 12). It is called Taming the Horse, directed by Gu Tao. The director visits an old childhood friend in China who has become embittered by his life.

Antoine, directed by Laura Bari is a documentary from 2008 about a blind child name Antoine who lives in Montreal.

 

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KunLun Red Star and Vanke Rays – Two Chinese teams join the CWHL

Not one but two women’s teams from China, Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays will be making their debut in the CWHL this season (2017-2018). They both play out of Shenzhen. KunLun Red Star is also the name of the Chinese men’s team who are part of the KHL. Vanke Rays are part of the Chinese ice hockey league. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out considering that China is not known for producing many hockey players, male or female. Apparently each team consists of approximately half Native Chinese players and half non-Chinese (mostly Canadian or American) players.

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Nachi Fujimoto returns to Les Canadiennes

The Canadiennes of the CWHL initially drafted Nachi Fujimoto, the Japanese defender from Sapporo, Hokkaido, before the 2016 season but then traded her to Boston. Before this season in 2017, the Canadiennes traded for her so now she is back in Montreal, which I believe makes her the first Japanese player on the team.

Nachi has an older sister who played as a goalie in the NWHL last season and has been the goalie for the Japanese national team.

Posted in Festival du nouveau cinéma, Film Festivals, Reviews

Bangkok Nites @ Nouveau Cinema 2017

bangkoknitesBangkok Nites (2016)
Director: Katsuya Tomita
Screenplay: Toranosuke Aizawa
Cast: Subenja Pongkorn

Review: Starting off with the main character, Luck (Subenja Pongkorn), a Thai prostitute looking outside a hotel room, we follow her and a Japanese man named Ozawa through the world of sex tourism in Thailand and the various Japanese men who come for the services. The film looks at how richer people from Japan exploit poorer ones in Thailand. It also explores if a real relationship can grow between a prostitute and a former client and the definition of “paradise.”

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Un Printemps d’ailleurs / A Touch of Spring @ Nouveau Cinema 2017

printempsdailleursUn Printemps d’ailleurs / A Touch of Spring (2017)
Director & Screenplay: He XiaoDan
Cast: Yan WenSi

Review: The story starts with Li Fang (Yan WenSi) who has a violent breakup with her husband in Montreal over her desire to have a baby. While her husband looks for a lawyer to organize the divorce proceedings, she decides to return to her hometown of Dazu in ChongQing (municipality), China to visit her grandfather. She struggles to reconcile her family’s idea of success with her own.

With regards to the story, it’s straight-forward and simple. It’s more of a character study or a bit of a philosophical exploration. Of course, there’s a bit of a clash between traditional Chinese values and more western ones that Fang has adopted but it’s not really the focus and simply comes out naturally as events occur. In another event, what seems like a cultural clash ends up not being the case due to the secrecy surrounding a young girl that she meets at her family reunion. The pacing is rather relaxed so it can feel a tad slow but it’s mostly fine and allows one to ponder the significance of certain events or piece together information from hints given. Buddhism is often mentioned including the idea that life is suffering. Fang wonders what the secret is to a happy marriage to which her grandfather replies with a very unromantic but perhaps sage response.

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