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Warrior – Season 1 – review [Recommended]

Warrior (2019)
10 episodes (approx. 45 mins each)
Creator: Jonathan Troppe
Cast: Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Dianne Doan, Joe Taslim, Kieran Bew, Joanna Vanderham, Hoon Lee

Synopsis

Based on an old pitch by Bruce Lee, it’s set in 1870s San Fransisco’s Chinatown during the Tong Wars. Chinese immigrants are hated by the Caucasian majority including the police and by the Irish who are unemployed due to the cheaper wages given to Chinese workers. The main character, Ah Sahm, comes to this city, literally fresh off the boat, to find someone but ends up being entangled in the Chinese triads.

Review

This is an entertaining show with some sharply written characters. Each with their own views and agenda with no shortage of conflict. Ally or enemy, it can change depending on the day. The first four episodes do a good job of introducing all the major characters. Episode 5 is like a filler or break episode as it is pretty self contained but then for the rest of the episodes it continues the main story.

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Kim’s Convenience – Season 3, Episodes 1-2

I’m pretty late with this but then again we had to go through all of 2018 without Kim’s Convenience but I guess the shift of the season premiere to January must have some benefits. Although season 4 has been greenlit with Simu Liu’s recent casting as Marvel’s Shang Chi, one does wonders if this will complicate plans for a potential season 5. But in any case, here are reviews for the first two episodes of season 3.

New Appa-liance

The opening is pretty funny. No gain without pain for Janet although what a sadistic thing for Appa to do. Speaking of Janet, her makeup seems different this season. The main plot of this episode is the search for a new dishwashing machine and the way Umma reminds Appa is pretty creative.

Janet is tries to stand out by changing her name after her teacher can’t find her website because of all the other Janet Kim’s crowding the search results. Umma tells Janet why she gave her that name.

We also see Jung dealing with the consequences of the season 2 finale and attempting to get his old job back. Cue the always enjoyable Shannon – Jung awkward interaction.

Best exchange is between Janet and Umma:
“Can you please call before coming over?”
“No.”

Most jokes from the side characters aren’t good but the main cast have some good ones. The ending to the dishwashing machine plot is funny although I’m surprised nobody mentions all the money spent.

On to episode 2…

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Posted in *Recommended, Music, Next Music From TOKYO

Next Music From Tokyo vol 12 concert, May 21 @ La Sala Rossa

Volume 12 of the Next Music From Tokyo tour is coming soon to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver this coming May. 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 on Victoria day.

All but one of the bands in this volume have performed in previous volumes. From volume 10: The Taupe, Yubisaki Nohaku and Bakyun the Everyday. From volume 11: Koutei Camera Girl Drei. Yubisaki Nohaku was my favorite from v10 and Koutei Camera Girl Drei had one of the most exciting and energetic performances in v11.

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CBC’s Canada Reads 2018 winner: ‘Forgiveness’ Mark Sakamoto

forgiveness-by-mark-sakamotoForgiveness: A Gift From My Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto won the 2018 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. It’s autobiographical and documents experiences of the author’s Japanese grandparents in Canada during WWII.

This will be on my “to read” list.

Some links with more info about the book:
CBC
Globe and Mail
National Post

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Posted in *Recommended, Sports, Travel, Video, Vlog

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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