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TokiYuYu vlogging PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018

Tokiyuyu is Canadian (she went to high school & university in Quebec) according to her youtube profile but moved from the US to Japan. She mostly blogs about her life in Japan but here I’ve posted her videos about her recent visit to PyeongChang to watch the Olympics.

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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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Next Music From TOKYO Vol 11 live show – A double dose of awesomeness

In what I believe is a first, two shows were scheduled instead of one for the Montreal stop of the Next Music From Tokyo tour. The Sunday one was initially the only one planned and ended up having a decent sized crowd. But some of the bands wanted to do a Monday show too, which predictably ended up with a small crowd (the rain certainly didn’t help) and featured less bands than the Sunday show since a couple of them didn’t want to do 4 shows in 4 nights (Toronto shows were on Friday & Saturday). Naturally you would think that you wouldn’t be missing anything by skipping the Monday show. If you skipped the show based on that thought well let me say that you were totally wrong and you should repent for your sins. In fact, the Monday show ended up being more exciting and memorable than the Sunday one (which was still great). What the small crowd lacked in size, they made up for with ferocious loudness and a willingness to let go all inhibition while dancing, jumping and even moshing at one point.

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Posted in *Recommended, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Reviews

Meditation Park @ Nouveau cinema 2017 [Recommended]

Meditation Park (2017)
Director & Screenplay: Mina Shum
Cast: Cheng PeiPei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma

Review: The story focuses on a grandmother named Maria (Cheng PeiPei) who’s seemingly good life is turned upside-down when she discovers her husband’s (Tzi Ma) infidelity after celebrating his 65th birthday. Further tension arises when her adult daughter (Sandra Oh) comes for a visit to pass on a wedding invitation to Maria. It’s from the son whom her husband disowned in the past.

The acting performances are amazing. This combined with the nuanced writing and efficient editing allow the story to move at a good pace that doesn’t feel too slow, which is often a problem with some dramas. Each character has their flaws and even seemingly negative characters are given dimension that gives some explanation for their actions, whether it be the neighbor who “steals turns” and undercuts his price for his backyard parking or the mistress and Maria’s husband.

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Kim’s Convenience – Season 2, Episodes 1-2

Although I was late in watching episode 1, I actually got a chance to see episode 2 at a preview screening which was cool. I also got to briefly meet most of the rest of the cast during CBC Montreal’s culture day when they dropped by in Montreal as part of their promo tour for season 2.


Janet’s Roommate

Janet plans to move out with her roommates but things don’t go as planned while Kimchee encourages Jung to make a move on Shannon even though she’s “with” Alejandro (first seen during the season 1 finale). I do admit to being uninterested in the apartment plot at times but it’s definitely relateable. Gerald actually has some funny lines here. The opening is quite amusing between Appa and Mr. Mehta as they discuss a particular euphemism and a meme.

Jung’s attempts to tell Shannon about his feelings lead to some funny moments but it seemed a bit off or at least too sudden for Jung to be so eager to do so. Then again maybe that’s the persuasive power of Kimchee. Overall, this was a solid episode that should gain some new fans. Old fans will appreciate getting reacquainted with the Kim’s, like meeting an old friend that you haven’t seen for a long time. Now for episode 2…

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