HeavensDust: To All the Things I’ve Lost

asiafan Posted in Japan, Music, Rock

heavensdust6.jpg 1. What’s Left For Us
2. The Real Thing
3. Sick
4. Ruin
5. Cry and Fall
6. Beyond Hope
7. Moment of Silence
[playtime: 29’27”]

After two years of silence – which I spent listening to the previous albums released by the band – HeavenDust is back with a nice bonus album. They’re working on a new album as well, one that will have Shin singing, because they have no female singer anymore. The next album will have the usual heavy rock music they do, mixed with traditional Japanese music and traditional instruments. This bonus album is somewhat different, it’s more relaxed, mellow, it’s kind of like a solo album from Shin, who wrote all the songs. It’s quite dark too.

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Black Belt

asiafan Posted in Action, Japan

Kuro Obi (2007), Japan
trailer, making ofmovieblog

The movie tagline: “Real Fight, Real Karate, Real Japan” just says it all. Nothing to add, and my review is only a variation of the same statement. I waited so much to see this. There is no English subtitled edition yet, but finally they released the DVD in German (with original audio too, check Amazon), so I watched it. The movie lived up to my expections, which were based on the trailer and the fact that the main “actors” are real karate masters of 1st, 5th and 6th dan.

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Ballistic Kiss OST

asiafan Posted in Hong Kong, Japan, Music, Soundtrack

bkissost yukienishimura.jpg

I just found a real rarity, that I didn’t even know it existed. I think movie soundtracks are less likely to get released in Hong Kong compared to Korea or Japan, many of them never get on a CD. That’s why I was surprised to see that a movie from the 90’s, the only one that Donnie Yen directed had its soundtrack released (in Japan). The Ballistic Kiss OST was available for a short time, now it’s OOP but sometimes can be found on ebay. The composer of this 1998 action movie was Yukie Nishimura. She (now 40) is a Japanese pianist and has many of her own albums out in Japan. She was also the producer of this soundtrack CD, and besides being the composer she plays the piano tracks. There are 11 instrumental songs on the album, mostly classical, symphonic music, with piano being the solo instrument in most of them. These nice melodies are important part of the movie, giving it a special, romantic mood. Sometimes the songs are a little dark and sad (like The Theme of Cat), but it just makes Donnie Yen look more cool and passionate on screen. I think piano tracks are more unique on this album while “usual” soundtrack pieces are average. I like the drifting melodies of The Chase and the angelic (sic!) sounds of Angel (Music Box Version) the most.

Gackt: Redemption

asiafan Posted in Japan, Music


Gackt’s 23rd single, Redemption was released in January. The two songs on it are from the PS2 game, Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus. Tracklist:

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Susumu Yokota: Sakura

asiafan Posted in Electronic, Japan, Music

The Wire Magazine’s electronica album of the year 2000. Susumu Yokota is one of Japan’s biggest house/techno DJs, but this album is more about the soft, ambient tunes. More »

Ayumi: Blue Bird

asiafan Posted in Japan, Music, Pop

Ayumi Hamasaki’s 40th single was released this week. The album titled Blue Bird contains 3 songs and 6 tracks together with remixes… More »