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Festival du Nouveau Cinema – Oct 9-20, 2019

Another edition of Nouveau cinema is fast approaching and runs from October 9-20, 2019 in various cinemas such as Cinema du Parc, Cinematheque quebecoise, Cinema du musee, and Cineplex quartier latin. A listing of screenings of notable East Asian films will be followed by trailers.

Quebec based director Ky Nam Le Duc will have the world premier of his movie, “Canada”,  and he along with the cast will be in attendance for a Q&A.

Nouveau cinema also has augmented reality or virtual reality works and one intriguing one is “East of the Rockies”, an interactive narrative written by author Joy Kogawa.

There will be three screenings Chinese movie “So Long, My Son” directed by Wang XiaoShuai, an award winning director who is part of the sixth generation of Chinese directors.

Fans of old school martial arts will certainly want to see the restorations of two films by legendary wuxia director King Hu that will be screening, “The Fate of Lee Khan” (1973) and “Raining in the Mountain” (1979). The latter is a North American premiere of a brand new restored version.

Japan as usual has many entries in this festival such as the world premiere of “Videophobia” directed by Daisuke Miyazaki whom along with actress Tomona Hirota will be in attendance. “Diner” is directed by Mika Ninagawa stars Tatsuya Fujiwara and Tina Tamashiro. “They Say Nothing Stays the Same” is the first film by well known actor Jo Odagiri and makes its North American premiere. “To the Ends of the Earth” is directed by award winning Kiyoshi Kurosawa and stars Atsuko Maeda. “37 Seconds” is the first film directed by Hikari.

There are also two animated features from Japan. “Pom Poko” is a lesser known Ghibli classic directed by Isao Takahata. “Children of the Sea” is a recent movie directed by Ayumu Watanabe.

Update Oct 10: A surprise announcement was just made and “Parasite” directed by Bong Joon Ho will have a screening.

Trailers below:

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Otakuthon – August 16-18, 2019

Otakuthon is Montreal’s #1 anime convention featuring live shows as well as autograph and photo sessions with anime/manga guests from North American and Japan. In addition there are viewing rooms, areas to watch & play video games, cosplay contests, anime/manga vendors and much more.

One of the artists who will perform a show is the legendary guitarist, Miyavi, who also had a memorable role in the live action film, Bleach.

It will take place from Friday to Sunday, August 16-18 at Palais des Congres.

Posted in Food, Reviews

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 what really defines it is the sauce moreso than the fried aspect of it. I’m pretty much sticking to comparisons of fried chicken that isn’t sauced. I’ve never seen a sauce-less General Tao. I also completely forgot to consider torikatsu (panko breaded chicken) although that often also has sauce on it too.

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Posted in Music, Next Music From TOKYO, Video

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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BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul – concert movie review

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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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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