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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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Next Music from Tokyo vol 13 tour – Oct 5-10, 2018

Next Music from Tokyo or should that be Next Music from Tokyo & Taiwan? Because for the first time in the tour’s history, it will be inviting a non-Japanese band. This band is from Taiwan but has toured in Japan so it would seem that some Japanese fans are aware of them. The other four bands come from Japan and not just Tokyo but other cities like Osaka. Two bands return from past volumes. There’s Otori making their second showing and Mass of the Fermenting Dregs making their third appearance, the first band to do so on the tour. But if you want to be picky this would be the second appearance of the reformed band, the original lineup was all female who broke up but then a few years ago the original bassist reformed the band with two male members. I had previously seen this band in Vol 8, which was the first NMFT show that I ever attended and I’ve  attended every show since then except vol 12. The other two bands are new to the tour and both are all female trios: UlulU and Paranoid Void.

It kicks off with two shows in Toronto on Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6. Then in Montreal on Sunday October 7 and ends in Vancouver on October 10. Tickets can be purchased online now.

More videos after the jump.

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Fantasia 2018 – Final Wave

Fantasia International Film Festival has just announced the remaining films and the full screening schedule is now posted on their website. The entries in East Asian cinema continue to be intriguing. This year’s festival runs from July 12 to August 2, 2018. Its screenings take place at Concordia University’s downtown campus.

Donnie Yen’s new movie Big Brother directed by Ka-Wai Kam (he worked on the Ip Man films with Yen) will have its world premiere at Fantasia. Yen produces, stars and is also the action director and collaborated with action choreographer Kenji Tanigaki whom he had worked with previously on movies such as Special ID and Dragon. Tanigaki was the action director on the Rurouni Kenshin films.

Another world premiere comes from Japan, The Travelling Cat Chronicles directed by  Koichiro Miki, it’s an novel adaptation starring Sota Fukushi, Mitsuki Takahata, Yuko Takeuchi, and Alice Hirose.

A couple more Japanese novel adaptations will have their North American premieres. Takashi Miikie’s Laplace’s Witch, a mystery adapted from a novel and starring Sho Sakurai, Suzu Hirose, and Sota Fukushi. Gakuryu Ishii’s Punk Samurai Slash Down starring Go Ayano, Shota Sometani, and Tadanobu Asano.

Room Laundering starring Jo Odagiri and Elaiza Ikeda in a quirky comedy by first time director Kenji Katagiri makes its North American premiere.

From Korea, comes the Microhabitat, a first feature by Jeon Go-woon.

From China, comes Da Hu Fa directed by Busifan, the rare animated film from the mainland that will be shown in 3D and looks to be a unique entry to the genre.

Back to Japan, we have more North American premieres. Kasane directed by Yuichi Sato (who also directed Poison Berry in My Brain) stars Kyoko Yoshine, Tao Tsuchiya and Tadanobu Asano in a films where two actresses swap faces. Tornado Girl is a romcom directed by Hitoshi One and starring Satoshi Tsumabuki and Kiko Mizuhara.

Bodied directed by Joseph Kahn is about a grad student who becomes battle rapper. Dumbfoundead is one of his first opponents.

More East Asian films and films from other countries are mentioned in the full press release which you can find on ScreenAnarchy.

Trailers after the jump.

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Fantasia 2018 – 2nd wave

Fantasia will present a 35mm print of the 1989 Hong Kong classic The Blonde Fury with star Cynthia Rothrock in attendance, who rose to stardom in the Hong Kong action scene of the 80s.

The world premiere of Satoshi Miki’s film Louder!: Can’t Hear What You’re Singin’, Wimp will take place at Fantasia. This musical comedy marks the return of the director from a five year film making hiatus.

The Canadian premiere of Searching stars John Cho in a film that uses a unique storytelling approach of computer screens and social media.

Southeast Asia is represented by two action films, the Vietnamese superhero click Loi Bao by Victor Vu from Vietnam (North American premiere) and the Filipino cops & drugs actioner Buybust by Erik Matti

Two more anime films were announced, the world premiere of the horror film, Aragne: Sign of Vermillion by Saku Sakamoto and the international premiere of Penguin Highway by Hiroyasu Ishida

The rare entry from China called People’s Republic of Desire by Hao Wu will have it’s Quebec premiere.

Other East Asian films include The Vanished by Lee Chang-Hee (North American premiere), Being Natural by Tadashi Nagayama, Amiko by Yoko Yamanaka, and One Cut of the Dead by Shunichiro Ueda.

See the full press release for all the other films.

Trailers after the jump

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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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TVA Sports speaks with Nachi Fujimoto of Les Canadiennes

What follows is my English translation of the TVA Sports article by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, published on November 11, 2017.

A Good Shot for Asian Hockey

The Japanese player of the Montreal Canadiennes, Nachi Fujimoto sees the arrival of two Chinese teams to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) as a good thing for Asian hockey.

“It’s good for Asian hockey that two Chinese teams play in the Canadian league. In women’s hockey, the two best teams are Canada and the USA,” said Fujimoto after her team’s defeat at the Bell Center on Saturday. “The best way to learn is to play against the best players on the planet.”

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