Survival Style 5

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430651

Japanese black comedy from 2004 starring Tadanobu Asano. I watched this movie because I liked the soundtrack so much. With expectations based on the music I was a little disappointed, even though I was prepared to see something comepletely mindless. The film also stars Vinnie Jones (Lock Stock.., Snatch, X-men). Director is Gen Sekiguchi, it’s his only movie so far.

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Utada: Ultra Blue

asiafan Post in Japan, Music, Pop
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Utada Hikaru‘s 4th album has just been released in June. Featuring previous hit single songs it’s a nice, long-avaited pop/dance album.

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Heavensdust: Higher Than Heaven, Louder Than God

asiafan Post in Japan, Metal, Music, Rock
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http://www.heavensdust.com/

I came across HeavensDust‘s music by chance and I fell for it at once, the band is mixing Japanese traditional music with doom metal. A little dark but beautiful music. They have 3 albums released already, and we can find a video on their website and listen to songs too. Their bassist is a girl (just expecting her baby), the keyboardist is also female, the others are guys, and the songs have English lyrics. Anyone’s fond of the music style of bands like Paradise Lost, Korn and having an interest in Japanese (music) will like them. It’s also worth cheking out the official site, if only for the nice pictures

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Hypnotized

asiafan Post in Drama, Korea
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419730

This is an amazing movie, the kind that reminds us that cinema is not only a background entertainment for eating popcorn but a (complex) form of Art. It has unique, beautiful visuals (won best cinematography prize at MIFF), and captivating soundtrack that perfectly suits the pictures, mood and story. The aching but beautiful, thrilling and sometimes erotic atmosphere itself makes it worthy to watch, but this time there’s something even more valuable underneath the artistic surface: the story.

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