Archives For March 2009

Forgive my ignorance, but why is this a Meme? LOL I don’t get why call them Meme. xD

Julz didn’t tag me, but I’m doing this anyway~~

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Choose ONE band/artist and put your iPod or other music player on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the NEXT button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it sounds.

Picked band/artist: Faye Wong ‘coz I felt I needed an artist with a fair amount of songs… and now that I think about it, I also could have picked Shiina Ringo. BALLS.

1. Are you male or female? 迷魂記 – Vertigo
(though English name doesn’t seem correct)

2. Describe yourself: 蝴蝶 – Butterfly
(awww, metamorphosis? xD)

3. How do you feel about yourself? 浮躁 (Fu Zao) – Impatience
(hahahahaha, now imagine myself with other people. No wonder!!)

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend: 小題大做 (Xiao Ti Da Zuo) – Making a Fuss
(I still think it might be the wrong translation)

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation: 掃興 (Sao Xing) – Disappointed (hahahaha)

6. Describe your current location: 嗶一聲之後 – After the Tone (*beep* I’m not here hahaha)

7. Describe where you want to be: 人間 (Ren Jian) – Mortal World
(why????)

8. Your best friend: 精彩 – Spectacular
(oh, geez… they get the bust in self-esteem? And I get all the depressing ones~ LOL)

9. Your favorite color: 夜妝 – Concealed Night
(ok, you lost me there. Sounds like that SJP ‘barely mint’ color description. GAY!)

10. You know that: 悶 (Men) – Bored
(I’m bored?? xD)

11. What’s the weather like? 無常 (Wu Chang) – Sporadic
(Gosh! Talk about precise. First hot like humid hell, then fresh.)

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called? 空城 – Empty City
(hahahaha, my own version of I Am Legend??? BALLS.)

13. What is life to you? 你喜歡不如我喜歡 (Ni Xi Huan Bu Ru Wo Xi Huan) – You Don’t Love as Much as Me
(WTF, man. That’s sad. Damn it! Love as much as me!!)

14. What is the best advice you have to give? 想像 (Xiang Xiang) – Imagine
(sounds a little bit like me… or John Lennon)

15. If you could change your name what would you change it to? 如果你是假的 (Ru Guo Ni Shi Jia De) – If You Were False
(changing your name is false!! LOL’ or… I will have a very long name apparently)

I was nutz over the poster I saw a while ago, coz it was oh so pretty. And now! Ooh la~~~~ Trailer!!!

Time to Test HMV Japan~

March 22, 2009 — 4 Comments

So much for my economy~~~ I went to YesAsia to check if they listed Yu’s new PB – almost had a heart attack with the price tag. Portugirl took way~~~ LESS time to get listed in YesAsia than Juri’s Ao Akua. It’s like instant! But COME ON! $45USD? !!???? Just for it? And I don’t even get free-shipping. So I just signed up to HMV Japan, because they are listing  Portugirl at almost half the price… + shipping, is costing around the same price YesAsia’s book. And Amazon JP’s listing it at $30USD + $30ish shipping here~~

Hooray for HMV’s international business plan. Now, don’t go all YesAsia on me and suddenly change your country zoning to charge me more… and don’t go all Amazon JP on me and suddenly charge 30 bucks for it.

Will report on how f ast, and how nice HMV is~~ Will YesAsia lose my business? And I do a lot of business, considering I’m broke but I keep on clicking. *tsk tsk*

Of course that’s rotation. LOL’ The story is that remote, I need. You have no idea how many photos were of me touching the floor or about to jump because I couldn’t calculate when I should jump.

Comments are welcomed here. I’ve got another one that turned out very Kpop, but that one I’m ashamed to show it off online… or with people that I don’t know. Hahahaha.

Tetsuya Nakashima’s latest film, PAKO to Maho no Ehon is one horrorific Japanese film – and you should see it for it. Nakashima has become quickly in one of my favorite Japanese directors (alongside Shunji Iwai, who is, by the way, a total different approach to filmmaking) and Memories of Matsuko is my favorite Japanese film to date.

Nakashima is quickly turning into my Japanese sort of Tim-Burtonesque filmmaker stylist, in the way he uses rich visual enhancements to his storytelling – thanks to his background in CMs, and just found out and remembered watching this – He combines amazing color treatment, art direction, cinematography and mashes it all up with anything he can… be it a bit of violence, grandeur musical numbers, and animation.

PAKO to Maho no Ehon - Paco and the Magical Picture Book

In the end, it isn’t much of a surprise when you begin watching Paco and the Magical Book and find yourself in a very Disney-nesque world (the film starts with a Lion-King-esque chant, literally) – after all, this is supposed to be aimed at a younger audience. However, don’t ever fool yourself thinking that this will dumb down anything that Tetsuya wants to show… which includes a punk-goth-tatooed-blond nurse (Anna Tsuchiya), a psychologically-insane-ex-child-star-bum (Satoshi Tsumabuki), a raging-drag-queen whom a lot of people are referring to as ‘gay’ (Jun Kunimura), and a blood-sucking-neck-biting-vampiresque nurse (Eiko Koike). And don’t forget the grumpy old man who doesn’t back down when hitting the kid (Koji Yakusho)… well, I actually laughed at that bit. Does that make me an asshole??

Yes, the film is nuts, but it’s worth watching. For international audience, it might not be recommended to watch with their kids, unless they are willing to read subtitles… because films like this should be enjoy in its original language. I still think is not as brilliant as Matsuko, but I will have to see it once more with proper subtitles to form a strong opinion. And man! Those CGI animated sequences… and the whole thing, like I said~~ dramatic comedy meets Disney on LSD. I think that’s the perfect description for Nakashima’s style.

I’ll leave you with some links,