Category Archives: Asian movies

“Random 11” – My bro-in-law’s upcoming movie…

is. going. to. kick. a@@!!!!!!!

I just know it!!!! Why?? Because I saw the trailer and it is gorgeously shot with tons of glorious noir mood — a sort of manga kind that is literally impossible for me to resist!!!

Also I got to read the script and I finished it one sitting because it was a page turner.

This is why I’ve been spamming it on all my feeds!

Here are pics I stole from their webby and their FB page:

(Movie Stills)

(BTS)

(the director looking most – er – undirectorly!^^)

I would have made this post promoting his movie just on the strength of him being family but I’m happy I don’t have to! Random 11 is stylish, intriguing and I already have a girl crush on the lead actress, Haruka Abe!

I think there’s something at once cool and cute about her. I can totally see her playing a freakily young, mildly autistic genius detective and I have thise feeling she’ll be one to watch for in the future.

See the first trailer here.

Check out the 2nd trailer as was featured on Twitch!

http://ictv-tf-ec.indieclicktv.com/player/embed/97b1fda2ca43d6c29eaf63ed1ec347c6/4d8ebcfc0246e/31/0/defaultPlayer-player.swf

If you like what you see, he’s still in production and you can support with as low as a dollar here (though more would be cool too!^^)

And you can keep track of it all on the FB page and on the official website!

So proud! ^_________^

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I don’t get it.

Is it really that weird???

That I’m a Nigerian woman that loves Korean Pop Music???

Or K and J Doramas and the entire culture that comes with it?

I ask because of the reaction I keep getting when people see me watching my music vids or my shows. I actually never really think of it as strange till I see their expressions when I try to explain to them what I’m doing. It’s like this careful blank look you give someone when you are surprised by the realization that they might be mildly disturbed (see weird, obsessed fanatic).

I mean sure, I am passionately involved with the genre now; as in just about every vid on my ipod is korean and my screensaver is a vast slideshow exhibition of Jang Keun Suk (with the occasional BB, 2ne1, CNBlue and DBSK members). But I’m a passionate follower type and that’s how I show my colors! No one looks at Manchester United fans like their crazy when they do the exact same thing!!!

credit: http://www.theotaku.com/wallpapers/view/169742/jang_keun_suk

My Sukkie!!!: The second most beautiful man in the world (after my fiance^^)

Is it because I’m Nigerian? From West Africa? Should people from Nigeria or Africa only watch and listen too a prescribed set of things? Am I outside of our safe stuff to be into zone?

Would it help if I said that just as I’ve been taking in Western media content my whole life I’ve also been consuming eastern media content in one form or another for most of my life? That before I let myself get into Kpop, one of my favourite genres of music was anime soundtracks?

Is it because they’re talking and singing in a different language? Don’t we do the same thing here? Is non-english pop or hiphop only real or okay or acknowledgeable if it’s in our own languages? Does that even make sense???

If I can recognize hotness in people who are black, does it mean I may not recognize it in others who aren’t? And if I do, is that a cause for concern? If my admiration rests on artists who also share the condition of not being black and part of my appreciation is physical is this, because I’m black and West African and Nigerian, a sign of oncoming dementia? A symptom of an ignorant or badly brought up girl?

Is one really not supposed to like an artist even if they’re really good because they use a different word to say “hello,” or because they just don’t look enough like you?

If I think he’s hot…

…does it mean I can’t think he’s hot???

I actually, seriously don’t get this!

Sorry to rant but it really dampens my enjoyment of these things a little bit when people act like it’s soooooo odd and weird. Why do they jump to the conclusion that I’m weird for liking something that they have no idea about? Shouldn’t they be the weird ones? Why is it that on encountering something they don’t understand, rather than curiousity, their reaction is judgement?

This year I discovered K-Pop and it’s all I listen to because it de-stresses me, gives me great joy and is better than my former habit of junk food in bed. Last year I was listening solely to alt. rock. At one point I was only listening to anime and gaming music. I have no idea what I will be listening to next year but I do know that I will probably listen to it passionately and almost exclusively because that is how I deal with the things I love.

Thank god for the internet and being able to reach across the globe if that’s what it takes to find like minded people.

But I have to say, it would be really nice to find one person in Nigeria who doesn’t think it’s weird to love KPop cos  they love it too.

ps. I’m only half as pissed as I sound. I’m telling myself it’s like the anime/manga scene around here. Less and less people these days look at you like you’re crazy when they see you watching cartoons with people speaking japanese and there is actually quite a big community to indulge one’s enthusiasm in the genre with thanks to the overwhelming popularity of franchises like Naruto and Bleach.
So, there’s nothing like that for Asian Pop or Doramas. Maybe I’m just early to the party is all.

Momo Watch: Will Han Ye Seul be Sukkie’s Owner?

credit as tagged. Shared via Dramabeans.

According to Dramabeans she’s been offered the role and shown interest but is yet to formally accept it.

Will she make a good  Iwaya Sumire?

Credit: Excerpt from Manga              Credit: Image found @ Korean Video Girl Blogspot

Since I’ve never seen her in anything I really can’t guess but I’ll have to say she really looks the part!! If she’s as tall as she looks in her pics and they put her in heels, they might even be able to address the height issue (Iwaya is supposed to be taller than Momo). Plus it seems she is also a fluent English speaker just as Iwaya is in the manga (Need to confirm this).

I only hope she and Sukkie have the right chemistry to make this film the hit the dorama was in Japan.

Credit: MangasAddict @ Crunchroll

Shooting starts in June!

I have no idea how I’m going to be able to wait till I can see this movie!!!

Waaaaahhhhh!!!! Need more Sukkie Work Now!!!!!!!!!!

Random Sukkie image just because ^____^

credit as tagged. Shared via Eels Usa Facebook Page

My Sukkielicious Momo!!!^^

credit: I don’t now anymore! Soompie? Pls dont be mad at me!! T T

Well it’s everywhere now but I’m still going to say it here because dammit I’m an Eel (though unofficial as of yet) and it’s my job!

It’s finally been announced officially that my Sukkie will be Momo in Korean Movie version of J-Drama, “Kimi Wa Petto.” I am, as I was before, all rainbows, ponies and swallows about this!!!^^

Here are the reasons why I know he is absolutely going to nail this role:

1. His amazing level of commitment to every role he takes

2. His performance in “Going Crazy Waiting” where he plays a youth in a relationship with an older woman with charm and conviction.

3. Sukkie charming the socks of the the noonas and ahjummas on Ideal Type World Cup when he shows them how he does aegyo (cute expression) via texting (ahh – that bit totally got me too! Lolol!!!)

credit: my screen cap.

and finally

4. Hullo??? Look at him!!!!!!

credit: once again, I’m sorryyyyyyyy!!! T T

I will admit it, I was a little nervous about the ballet thing. Sukkie is a trooper and he looks cute as hell when he’s doing routines to sexy back or mimicking abracadabra – but he’s no ballerina! But I hear he’s already in training so I’ve decided to put my faith in him. I’m sure he’ll stun us as usual in the end!!!

So excited to see a new Jang Keun Suk! This one with ballet muscles!!! Waaaaaahhhh!!! I wish they’d start filming already!!!

The source of this news for me was Dramabeans.

And now for your enjoyment! Cute bedroom moment from Going crazy waiting! This could have been his audition for Kimi Wa Petto!!!

Just Sukkielicious!

I <3 Asian Cinema 4: The Glory that is "Devdas"

I have NO idea where I got this image! Sorry if it’s yours! =_=;

Aha!!!

Just when you least expect it, my I heart Asian Cinema Series reappears like the Spanish Inquisition!!! This post is the fourth in the series and for those of you seeing it for the first time, other movies I have covered are: Hard Boiled, Infernal Affairs and Chung King Express.

This particular edition is about the Indian movie called Devdas.

If you’ve ever felt that typical Bollywood is too trifling and not to be considered in discussions about Cinema then see Devdas and be pleasantly surprised.

The story: In colonial times, Devdas is the cherished only son of a rich and highly placed family. He lets a cruel father and a snobbish mother deter him from going after the only woman he has ever loved, the daughter of the the less socially acceptable family next door Paro, with heart breaking consequences.

This grand romance based on classical Indian Literature is one of the lushest things I’ve ever seen on screen. It is an exquisite film that gives anything Rodgers and Hammerstein ever did a run for their money. Naturally it stars the ridiculously charismatic Shahrukh Khan as the dashing lead who later breaks our hearts and Aishwarya Rai is heart stopping gorgeously (I’m talking, Duh-yam!!!) as his neighbour “Paro”, truly worthy of her Miss Universe crown.

It would not have been easy for any actress to hold her own as a romantic other against shining Rai, not unless she was the extremely talented and beautiful Madhuri Dixit who plays the courtesan “Chandramukhi” who falls in love with the ill fated Devdas.

With those three shining stars in the lead, it’s no wonder that this film is a diamond.

I really can’t gush enough about all the good points of Devdas. Every line is poetic (probably because of the story’s basis on very old literature) and every interaction between the stories main players is just exquisite and unforgettable (I love the scene where Devdas strikes Paro with the pearls. You’ll have to watch to find out why ^^). The music and choreography is some of the best I’ve seen in any film period and I truly believe that this film ought to be considered a great, classic.

I want to share my best musical number in the whole movie. Truth be said every number was amazing but this one was perfect plotwise, musically, choreographicaly, costumewise and cinematographically. This scene features Chandramukhi the courtesan who has just won a bet against the man with the “evil” moustache that Devdas would show up at her place that night. If she had lost the bet she would have had to  wear the golden ankle bells (provided by him) that she is shown tapping at the start of the number and give herself to evil moustache man. The song is called Maar Dala.

enjoy!

I’ve seen this film countless times and I never get tired of her twirling in her green dress or the look in her eye when she dismisses moustachio! Watch it with subs for added beauty!

UPDATE: Gaaah!!! couldn’t resist adding this too cos you’ve got to see the chemistry between Khan and Rai in it! The set up: Paro’s Mom sings at what she imagines is her daughter’s engagement feast while Devdas and Paro cavort by a stream at night in a dance that mirrors the story in the song. The song is about an old story of a seduction between two gods (i forget the ones).

*sigh* enjoy!

Dorama Love #^_______^#

Are there Nigerians out there that like K and J doramas as much as I do?

For the uninitiated, Kdorama or Jdorama are simply slang terms for certain sorts of TV dramas that come out of Japan and Korea.

The Dorama is a very wide genre encompassing everything from serious to somewhat bizarre or perverted but the type I’m referring to tends to follow certain patterns: melodramatic, mushy romance or silly, comical, romantic comedies. Characteristic features include, high school life, swaggering pretty boys, clutzy but cute or spunky heroines, bullying, love triangles, jealousy, fights, possessiveness, emo posing, angsty brooding, heart breaking misunderstandings, dramatic confessions, bitter sweet endings and syrupy sweet j or k pop sound tracks.

Of course there are variations. Some of them feature older, working types and therefore slightly more mature stories but the end product is the same. Something to massage your heart strings. They are literally shoujo mangas (japanese comics aimed at girls) on TV. Quite a few of them are based on mangas or manhwas (the Korean equivalent).

I have recently discovered that those shows are like crack to me! I mean it’s a good thing we don’t have an Asian TV channel in Nigeria cos I don’t think I would be able to leave the house!

Why do I love them so much? They are predictable, manipulative, derivative, saccharine, frequently unhealthy…but I could say the same about chocolate and I love that too.

The truth is that a good J or K dorama gives me the warm fuzzies. You know that feeling that you get when you realize that you’re smiling despite yourself? Even when you’re alone? They also make me tear up despite myself and make me laugh despite myself.

I love when the school idol (usually a pretty boy, tough guy that all the girls, including myself, squeal at and all the boys fear, see bishounen) cracks his icy cool armour and falls hard for the (insert predominant quality – shy, quirky, spunky, clutzy, average) girl and starts to indirectly woo her. I love it when competition rises in the form of another pretty boy tough guy that’s a foil to his type. If our main guy is rowdy, this guy is a cool customer, if our main guy is chill, this guy is wild and happy go lucky. Like a mugen and jin (samurai champloo) situation.

I love that the shows never try to be clever. They are what they are and are unashamedly so. I love the online communities of soft hearted fan girls that spring up around and as a result of these shows.

Doramas remind me that there is a place and a time for everything. Sometimes you want something deep and thought provoking. Sometimes you want something that challenges your imagination. Sometimes, you just want something thats fun, can only described in squeals and awwws and gives you warm fuzzies.

I guess that’s why I’m addicted to doramas and I wish other Nigerians or West Africans would be interested in them too because that would influence the supply around here! Right now, it’s not worth it to my DVD supplier to get them 😦

Will do my best to post about some of the dramas I have been enjoying so you can check them out too. Mean while, some good places to start introducing yourself to the genre include here and here.

UPDATE: On further exploration, other really good sites for getting into all sorts of doramas are Soompi and Dramabeans. These guys give really exhaustive reports and very satisfying breakdowns on shows and pop culture in general.

I heart Asian Cinema 3: Chung King Express

Thought I should start the year off with a continuation of my AZN film series! If you remember, it’s about Asian films for newbies, movies to get into the genre with. The third entry is actually a film that beat out Godfather as my all time bestest movie:

Chung King Express

A whimsical sort of existentialist HK romance by the god of film making Wong Kar Wai, this is the one that made me (and countless other auteur wannabes no doubt) want to be a film maker.

It’s made up of two intermingling stories about paths crossing and loneliness. A cop and and a beautiful illegal immigrant traffiker take up the first half and a traffic warden and a girl that works in a fast food place (Chung King Express) but dreams of moving to California take up the second.

You don’t need to know about all the awards it swept at Cannes or how its DP Christopher Doyle is the bEST cinematographer in the world or even just how cute Faye Wong is in this film. All you need to know is that this is a beautiful, unforgettable drama that will make you love the song, California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas.

It also has Tony Leung in one of the roles that made me literally fall in love with him.

*sigh. A must see for any true film buff.