VS Arashi’s fashion icon

I obviously love watching Arashi’s TV shows; it’s as if I am watching five bums who were given a job to look baka on television, and hey, it’s fun. Others have a kinder description on watching Arashi shows: it’s like eavesdropping on a bunch of friends while they do their thing on TV. But of…

and the award goes to…

(this post is dedicated to mehmeh) So another award-giving season is over in Taiwan (though there is still the Golden Horse next month) and what of the results? I am happy that Bolin Chen won best actor. He deserves it. His role as Daren Ge in In Time With You was the more difficult one.…

drama: INFERNAL AFFAIRS (Japanese version)

The trouble with remakes is they will always be second rate to the original, especially if the original made such an impression. No matter if you are Leonardo di Caprio or Hidetoshi Nishijima. Who? exactly. It was no surprise that another country will remake Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s 2002 hit (it’s been 10 years!).…

Psy-chotic coverage

Who’s tired of all these stories about Korean rapper Psy? Oh, it’s only me? My my, as they say on Downton Abbey. I handle a Korean newspaper at work and every day, I have to read the contents of that paper and see if there are interesting stories for our news service. Since Psy became…

selling the drama: king & queen of Instagram

(This is part of a series on how companies or individuals “sell the drama”) Not really a blind item but this couple’s relationship has been reported to be on the rocks lately. The dude is from a famous all-male group that paved the way for Taiwanese stars to break into the region more than a…

drama: GOING MY HOME, TOKYO AIRPORT, PERFECT BLUE

This drama season in Japan is very crowded with lots of interesting dramas. There’s Perfect Blue with Takimoto¬†Miori (who was in Hungry!) co-starring this time with a dog; Osozaki no Himawari with Ikuta Toma and a bunch of sunflowers; Going My Home with the ever reliable Abe Hiroshi; Kekkon Shinai about singles in their 30s…

movie: BREAD OF HAPPINESS

A couple owns a cafe and inn in Hokkaido, set against the rolling hills and a lake to the side. The place is called Cafe Mani and there is an ongoing story loop about the moon. The story is narrated by a childlike voice and I thought at first that it’s the moon. But it’s…

Arashi’s POPCORN airplane

Dear all so-called “STARS” and “IDOLS”, You ain’t a star nor an idol until you have your face on a plane, your country’s flag carrier at that. Like this. And performing to SROs? Does not count unless it is PAID, not free concerts. Don’t even get me started on capacity. Unless it’s Kokuritsu or bigger,…