Summer Jaunts – Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2018

Attended from June 21-23, 2018

I know I’m LOOONNG overdue in writing this! Yes, I’ll get better….NEXT year!

Not many things brings an old woman getting closer to retirement joy than to attend a film festival that is highlighting one of her favorite Japanese actors! Nothing brings more joy than being so close but unlike some of her friends on Facebook and Twitter, too chicken to take that quick selfie with said actor; however, I still feel my drama and movie life is complete having been in the same room and breathing the same air with Takumi Saito!! Yes, yes! Without even flying across the waters, this encounter was a dream come true! Saito is definitely on the short list of Japanese male and even female actors combined that I would aspire to meet one day. It was a joy and an extreme pleasure to have done so. But it was a great trip from the beginning to end!! Here’s why…. Continue reading “Summer Jaunts – Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2018”

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Coming to the Americas! To a Theater Near You!! (September 2018)

The Great Battle
 Golden Job

I am been swamped and totally remiss in blogging lately. Between work and the many home improvement projects, I’ve really had no time to write or even think about writing. Once again, my queue continues to grow and I have no time. However, as a quick and dirty post, I want to take this time to mention some upcoming movies that will be in the theaters this month, September 2018 in both the U.S and Canada. Take a peek! Continue reading “Coming to the Americas! To a Theater Near You!! (September 2018)”

Four Japanese Dramas That You May Not Know About (2017-2018)

Shorter Japanese Dramas from
Fall 2017 & Winter 2018

The joy of watching Japanese dramas is the fact that they tend to cover and explore subject matters that are not the typical; the norm. The Japanese writers are particularly good at this and it shows with the the dramas that I have a pleasure to watch. As a drama watcher who doesn’t usually gravitate to the rom-com genre, I’m particularly excited to talk about these four dramas that came out during the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 season.
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Favorite Movies Watched for 2017…..so far

Movies and More Movies!

Movies are truly my passion! It was Asian movies that are responsible for grabbing my interest in drama watching.I was SOOOOO many movies each year. I wish I had the time to review all of them. Instead, let me give you a quick list of movies from 2017 hat I would recommend. MDL refers to MyDramalist website. Continue reading “Favorite Movies Watched for 2017…..so far”

K-Rap Nights in Washington, DC with BewhY, Mad Clown and San E (2018)

BewhY
Mad Clown & San E

WOW! 2 posts in the same month! I’m on a roll!! Korean rap hit the states with a vengeance last fall, 2017 and this Spring. Both concerts, I was fortunate to attend at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC. The theater is actually nice! My only complaint is when you reach a certain age, standing room only venues are NOT my favorites; however, one good thing that can help with the constant standing is if the music is right and the crowd is excited. Continue reading “K-Rap Nights in Washington, DC with BewhY, Mad Clown and San E (2018)”

Movie Monday – Battle of the Remakes ~ Golden Slumber (2010/2018)

Starring:
Japanese stars: Sakai Masato as Masaharu Aoyagi,Takeuchi Yuko as Haruko Higuchi, Aibu Saki as Koume Inoue, Ito Shiro as Hirakazu Aoyaki, Kagawa Teruyuki as Ichitaro Sasaki, Bengal as Shizuo Todoroki, and Hamada Gaku as Kill-O

Korean stars: Kang Dong Won as Gun Woo, Han Hyo Joo as Sun Yeong, Kim Sung Kyun as Geum Chul, Kim Eui Sung as Mr Min, Kim Dae Myung as Dong Gyu, and Jung Jae Sung as Jo Se Hyun

Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 139 min (2010)/109 min (2018)

Twinkies: 3 1/2 (2010)/4 (2018) stars Continue reading “Movie Monday – Battle of the Remakes ~ Golden Slumber (2010/2018)”

Movie Monday-Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead (2018)

Starring: Kim Myung Min as Detective K, Oh Dal Soo as Seo Pil, Kim Sang Beom as Chun Moo, Lee Min Ki as Heuk Do Po, Kim Ji Won as Wol-Young, and Jang Yool, and Park Geun-Hyung as Kim Shin

Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 120 min

Twinkies: 4 3/4 stars Continue reading “Movie Monday-Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead (2018)”

Drama Weekend with Gomen Aishiteru (2017)

Gomen Aishiteru
aka
I’m Sorry, I Love You

I love remakes when they honor the original story and is done well. No surprise here that the screenwriter, Taeko Asano (Love Generation, Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake, Last Friends) and Director, Ishii Yasuharu (Byakuyako, Kurosagi, Ouroboros) would put together a great rendition of one of my favorite super melodramas, the Korean drama, Sorry, I Love You. Continue reading “Drama Weekend with Gomen Aishiteru (2017)”

Movie Monday – Let’s Go JETS! (2017)

Starring: Hirose Suzu as Tomonaga Hikari, Nakajou Ayami as Tamaki Ayano, Amami Yuki as Saotome Kaoruko, Mackenyu as Yamashita Kosuke, Kentaro as Yashiro Hiroshi, and Yanagi Yurina as Reika Murakam

Rating: PG

Running Time: 121 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars Continue reading “Movie Monday – Let’s Go JETS! (2017)”

Movie Monday – This Is Not What I Expected (2017)

Starring: Kaneshiro Takeshi as Lu Jin, Zhou Dong Yu as Gu Sheng Nan, Sun Sean as Xiao Meng, Yang Tony as Cheng Zi Qian

Rating: PG-13, subject matter

Running Time: 106 min

Twinkies: 4 1/2 stars Continue reading “Movie Monday – This Is Not What I Expected (2017)”