Next Music From Tokyo vol. 14 will have shows in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. As always, the lineup is filled with diverse music from five very different groups from the indie/underground Japanese music scene. The Montreal show is on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Le Petit campus. Trailer below.
Check out videos from each of the bands below.
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I’m surprised I never heard of Domics, a Filipino-Canadian creator. He makes some great animated videos on his youtube channel.
It just so happens that some of my favorite Kpop girl group songs also have equally great and distinctive dances. The sad thing is most of these groups have disbanded and some of them never achieved the popularity they perhaps deserved.
After School – Because of You (2009)
Girl’s Day – Expectation (2013)
Spica.S – Give Your Love (2014)
Fiestar – You’re Pitiful (2015)
EXID – I Love You (2018)
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Kazuma Kiryu is the main protagonist of the Yakuza / Ryu ga Gotoku video game series. Although there has already been a Yakuza live action movie made, I wish a new live action movie would be made starring Suzuki Ryohei. He possesses all the essential characteristics such as a commanding voice and chiseled physique to portray Kiryu. In fact, after watching him in My Love Story! I feel like the main character he plays, Gouda Takeo, could very well be a teenage version of Kiryu in some wacky alternate universe. Takeo does good deeds like helping out strangers just like Kiryu in side missions. Both look intimidating with their deep voices and mean looking faces that scare the people they help. They both have a strong set of morals. They both have a bromance (at least in Yakuza 0). Suzuki totally embodies each character he plays with tons of charisma and would make for a great Kiryu. Other films that show Suzuki’s impressive physique, athleticism, comedy chops and fighting prowess are Hentai Kamen and Tokyo Tribe.
Also I hope to see Kiryu as a fighter in Virtua Fighter 6 (if Sega ever bothers to make it).
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After the Rain / 恋は雨上がりのように / Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (2018)
Director: Akira Nagai
Writer: Jun Mayuzuki (manga), Riko Sakaguchi
Cast: Nana Komatsu, Yo Oizumi
On a flight back home, I was surprised to see Japanese films available and this one was at the top of the list since it was in alphabetical order. I had never heard of the movie but recognized the two main actors so decided to watch it.
The story centers around a 17 year old high school girl, Akira (Nana Komatsu), who has a crush on her 45 year old manager, Kondo (Yo Oizumi), of the restaurant where she works. But what initially looks like a cringey wish fulfillment setup is actually more about two individuals who have both lost their passions and how they end up helping each other rediscover them. The original source material is a manga and an anime adaptation already exists. I ended up watching the anime later which made for an interesting comparison.
Normally my reviews are spoiler free but this one will have some mild spoilers since I’ll be comparing it to the anime.
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BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul is a concert movie that had limited theatrical releases. The screening I went to was sold out, which should not have surprised me. But luckily, I still managed to get a last minute ticket. Although I don’t follow k-pop much, especially boy bands, I was vaguely aware that BTS was one of the more popular boy bands.
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Last Letter / 你好，之华 / Lit: Hello Zhihua (2018)
director & writer: Shunji Iwai
cast: Zhou Xun, Qin Hao, Zhang Zifeng, Deng Enxi , Bian Tianyang
A married woman’s older sister passes away leaving behind two children. At the sister’s house she finds an invitation to her middle school reunion. The woman decides to go to tell her sister’s old classmates the bad news but ends up being mistaken as her sister. At the reunion she notices a man whom she had a crush on as a teenager. He approaches her, also assuming that she is her sister, and they exchange contact info. She begins writing letters to him under her sister’s name.
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I missed the last volume in May due to personal reasons (and certainly regretted it) so I was looking forward to this one even more with its stellar lineup. It also reminded me of the first NMFT show (vol 8 in May 2016) that I ever saw since Mass of the Fermenting Dregs were returning. Another thing it shared in common was that there were no idol acts. Vol 9-12 all had idol acts.
After the unfortunate closing of long time venue Divan Orange, vol 12 was held at La Sala Rossa which I’ve never been to so I’m not sure what the vibe and surroundings were like there. Vol 13 changed venues again to Le Ministere. I like this venue. It’s small and intimate, easy to get too and is actually fairly close to Divan Orange’s old location. There’s wasn’t as much space for the merch tables and no fussball table but I think it’s a good replacement. Sound was good as far as I could tell.
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