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Food Fight! Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken vs Japanese Karaage vs Taiwanese Large Fried Chicken

As far as comparisons are concerned this isn’t really as fair as you would think. All three types of fried chicken present here are in different forms.

Korean fried chicken is served as whole pieces of chicken with the bone while karaage is boneless chicken fried pieces and the Taiwanese fried chicken here is a large fried cutlet with bone but flattened. I guess I could have even tossed in General Tao/Tso into this comparison but it’s too wide spread for me to pick a sort of definitive restaurant that specializes in it.

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Next Music From Tokyo vol. 14 tour

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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Suzuki Ryohei should portray Kazuma Kiryu in a Yakuza live action film

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.

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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 – live action movie review & anime comparison [Recommended]

koi_wa_ameagari_no_you_niAfter 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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Miyazaki beef at Park restaurant in Montreal

Antonio Park was the first (and probably still the only) Canada-based chef to get a Kobe beef license. However, it seems the menu at his restaurant, Park, has changed from offering Kobe beef to Miyazaki beef. What’s the difference? Both Kobe and Miyazaki beef are high-end, marbled Japanese beef, otherwise known as Wagyu. Each comes from different parts of Japan. Kobe is most famous to foreigners but apparently Miyazaki beef has won two Wagyu Olympics in a row and the Prime Minister’s award at the last three most recent Wagyu Olympics (but Kobe doesn’t participate in it).

Park is one of the most well known Japanese restaurants in Montreal. Antonio Park himself is not Japanese. He’s Korean and grew up in South America and trained as a sushi chef in Japan. He has a lot of different culinary influences. His restaurant is highly regarded and its prices reflect that pedigree. I didn’t get any sushi or sashimi which is something I’ll have to do the next time I go. The reason for this is because 2oz of Miyazaki beef costs $99 and that’s the appetizer. There is a main dish of 4oz Miyazaki beef which is $199. Granted, I read somewhere that Park makes pretty much no profit on Wagyu and he does this because he wants to educate eaters in Montreal about Wagyu. So these prices are not inflated or outrageous at least by Wagyu standards.

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Last Letter – film review [Recommended]

LastLetterLast Letter / 你好,之华 / Lit: Hello Zhihua (2018)
director & writer: Shunji Iwai
cast: Zhou Xun, Qin Hao, Zhang Zifeng, Deng Enxi , Bian Tianyang

Synopsis

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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RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival – Nov 8-18, 2018

There are some documentaries from China and Japan in this year’s edition of RIDM (Montreal International Documentary Festival). It has screenings from November 8-18, 2018 mainly at Cineplex odeon quartier latin, Cinema du parc and Cinematheque quebecoise.

There are several Japanese documentaries screening from Kazuhiro Soda (a director based in New York City). There’s one Danish documentary appropriately titled “Dreaming Murakami” about the Danish translator of Haruki Murakami’s books.

“A Little Wisdom” by Kang YuQi follows boys being raised in a monastery in Nepal. There is also “Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47 KM” by Zhang MengQi.

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Next Music From TOKYO vol 13 live show

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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