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She’s More Than A Kung Fu Ghost

6 Apr

Poster

Nameless Studios

Some movies aren’t meant to be deep, and there’ll always be works made to showcase what newcomers to the entertainment industry can do. Jennifer Linch is one of those talents whose first short film project The Dream, won Best Newcomer at the World Film Awards in June 2015, and she’s been hard at work with co-writing, directing and producing her feature length debut, Kung Fu Ghost.

Her goal with this film is to provide a diddy that weaves in her love for the martial arts genre ala Jackie Chan and romance in the same vein as Chinese Ghost Story (but minus the horror). She admires those early films of this talent, and while Vietnamese herself, ethnicities don’t matter in an art that teaches virtue and how to defend yourself. She learned Kaju Kenbo, Kosho Ryo, kickboxing, Taekwondo, and Karate when growing up and we can see that blend of styles (and introducing ninjas into the narrative) in her movie.

Kung Fu Ghost is filled with all that, and more. We see ghosts (of course), history, and folklore also worked into the narrative about a spoiled Vietnamese young lady coming to America to learn about her past instead of back home.

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Is It a Bungle in the Jungle with The Lost City?

31 Mar

TheLostCityPoster.jpgPlaying in Theatres
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Aaron and Adam Nee certainly have a solid vision when it comes to delivering high adventure comedy in The Lost City. The Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe led film is just one of many new experiments to find a team up to equal if not rival what Netflix’s Red Notice conveniently reignited the spark on–a twisted romance and high stakes adventure-drama. The first two have a schtick going, and although Radcliffe seems like the odd man out, he knows how to have fun with it and he surprised me as being an effective rogue.

In this tale, Loretta Sage (Bullock) is a lost soul. She’s never been the same ever since her husband died. This author hides behind her fiction to get by, but she’s suffering from more than just clinical depression. She thinks she can get past her problems by penning Harlequin adventure romance novels and what we see is that it’s making her feel worse. There are little details not said to flesh out her state of mind. We eventually learn she hates writing these tales. But when she gets tossed into the situation as found in the books, I can’t help but wonder if she experienced any of it at all back when she was with her husband who’s a globe trotting adventurer.

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I Don’t Like Monday is Ready with Lotsa Feelgood Feelings with ‘Sora No Aosa Ni Miserarete’

13 Mar

Asia Spotlight: Japan's I Don't Like Mondays. on their artistic growth

Following the theme music, ‘Paint’ for the current season of hit anime series One Piece, Japanese four-piece rock band I Don’t Like Mondays. released a brand-new single ‘Sora no Aosa ni Miserarete’ on YouTube for fans to enjoy. This coming-of-age love song is a perfect way to kick off March break (in certain parts of the world), and it’s centered on the kinetic rock sound it inherits from their track used in the cartoon.

It poetically spotlights an innocent young man’s pure heart among the arrival of spring and the budding seeds of love. Another highlight is a chanted choral section in the middle that symbolizes the band’s hope that the day will come soon when the live music industry recovers to full health, and we can all sing together once more. 

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Biding Time for a Continuation After the Tribulation of the Green Snake

1 Feb

White Snake 2: The Tribulation of Green Snake“ reveals new poster Xiaoqing  faces emotional test | Luju BarAvailable on Netflix
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Not everyone will be aware Light Chaser Animation StudiosWhite Snake has a sequel. It went from Chinese theatres straight to American streaming in 2021 and that’s a shame. In Green Snake, as re-titled by Netflix, the time spent to focus on Tang Xiaoxi searching for her sister in a post-apocalyptic world would’ve looked just as fantastic on the big screen.

And for home video collectors, the wait for a physical release is long; this service doesn’t like to offer it whereas in China, it’s possible to find, and perhaps bereft of a subtitle track.

White Snake 2: The Tribulation of the Green Snake is a good enough tale to recommend viewing during Chinese New Year. Technically, this product wasn’t made with this celebration in mind. It’s more of a winter story because we’re dealing with depression and loss.

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[Fantasia 2021] When All You Need is Love, Life & Goldfish

21 Aug

Sukutte goran (2021) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
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Love, Life and Goldfish (すくってごらん) is one of those rare Japanese musicals where it’s tough not to smile at the end. The tunes are catchy, and I’d buy the soundtrack. I’ll have to watch it again when it hits other festivals (or arrives on home video) to affirm one minor detail which stuck out near the end—namely, was that fan featuring the shape of Jingoro the cat from Kimagure Orange Road (KOR)? 

Makoto Kashiba (Matsuya Onoe) used to work at a prestigious bank in Tokyo, but due to some weird mistake, he gets sent out to work at this firm’s operation in a small town. He can’t deal, much less cope. He had a bright future as an accountant … or not. It seems he was never pleased with his life even when he thought he was going places with his firm. I’m fairly sure he tried to speak his mind, and it was frowned upon, hence his transfer and personality change. 

One night while getting to know this new township, he meets Yoshino Ikoma (Kanako Momota). She runs an arcade of sorts. One game involves participants catching as many goldfish as possible in a set amount of time. Its significance is not just about the fact there’s plenty of fish in the sea but also, why should he catch one? In this film’s case, why fall in love with this particular girl? The answer is simple: he was smitten. She’s very much like Hikaru Hiyama.

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