Archives For May 2010

I am all over Ip Man at the moment. So really, there’s no better way to kick of the New York Asian Film Festival than with the American premiere of Ip Man 2, which its pure kick-ass and feeling for martial arts. Sammo Hung will also be there, so that’s pretty kick-ass too.

But the biggest news is that Tetsuya Nakashima’s latest film Kokuhaku (Confessions), which will open in Japan on June 5th, will be the Centerpiece presentation. According to Subway Cinema News, Kokuhaku has left dumbfounded at the market screening in Cannes. Must be the LSD on Nakashima’s film-making.

Can’t effing wait for it now.

via Nippon Cinema.

Last night was the Whedon episode, featuring Neil Patrick Harris.
Can I just say I love NPH even more?

Glee didn’t quite feel like Glee with Whedon directing. Maybe it was because the episode wasn’t really over-the-top like other times, but it wasn’t overly sappy, either. Whedon’s style seems to just flow… or maybe it was the storyline.

Anyway… did you miss the irony of this one scene?

Bryan Ryan: Sue, you’re an impressive woman. I can’t tell you how much you turn me on right now. You ever heard of the term “anger sex”.

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The Hollywood Reporter has a piece on how Voltage Pictures is uniting with the US Copyright Group to sue individuals that have downloaded movies via BitTorrent, one of those films? The Hurt Locker…

The war against movie piracy is getting downright explosive. The producers of the Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker” are preparing a massive lawsuit against thousands of individuals who pirated the film online. The case could be filed as soon as Wednesday.

Voltage Pictures, the banner behind the best picture winner, has signed up with the U.S. Copyright Group, the Washington D.C.-based venture that, as first reported in March, has begun a litigation campaign targeting tens of thousands of BitTorrent users.

We have heard this before when the music industry try to do it, right?

On this blog, we keep on bringing “distribution” up, because we keep on watching and listening to stuff we can’t get locally. How on earth would I be a Yu Aoi fan if I hadn’t download All About Lily Chou Chou illegally? Same goes for Shunji Iwai, and Salyu…

How could I have ended up owning all the studio albums by the Dixie Chicks, if I hadn’t downloaded Without You from Napster more than a decade ago?

And yes, I may not buy as much as I used to when I was a teenager, but that’s only because I buy pricier items and I’m more exigent with what I want. Dude, I just made a $50USD pre-order from Japan… for ONE ITEM. Without counting the 9 films I just bought from a second-hand store. Sucks to be you, but really…

How do you want me to feel happy spending my dollars in a product sponsored by someone I don’t like? As good as the product can be, I’m not letting my money get into your pockets that easily. And that producer from The Hurt Locker is just making it easier to feel less guilty over not paying for his film.

Hi Nicholas, please feel free to leave your house open every time you go out and please tell your family to do so, please invite people in the streets to come in and take things from you, not to make money out of it by reselling it but just to use it for themselves and help themselves. If you think it’s normal they take my work for free, I’m sure you will give away all your furniture and possessions and your family will do the same. I can also send you my bank account information since apparently you work for free and your family too so since you have so much money you should give it away… I actually like to pay my employees, my family, my bank for their work and like to get paid for my work. I’m glad you’re a moron who believes stealing is right. I hope your family and your kids end up in jail one day for stealing so maybe they can be taught the difference. Until then, keep being stupid, you’re doing that very well. And please do not download, rent, or pay for my movies, I actually like smart and more important HONEST people to watch my films.

via Cinematical.

Once again, I take the time to highlight the fact that you may not be losing your money to the people who download the most, because it is very likely they are the ones that buy the most DVDs, albums, or pay for a digital copy when it is finally available. However, you are losing money if the people are watching your film from the pirated copy that someone has sold them.

As much as you’d like to fit your car-lending to a stranger metaphor , it isn’t quite like that. Toyota can’t tell whether me or not I can lend my car to my cousin, or that I can’t borrow his Nissan for a spin. Sadly, Social media has established that you do not need to be close to call someone a “friend”. Hence, all people borrowing and lending from each other online wouldn’t really be just “people in the street”, but just friends doing what friends have done since they have been able to copy stuff from one source to the other.

As a person working with design and art, I do understand the concerns. I don’t mind if people save one of my photographs in their hard disks or print them, however, I would mind if someone took my photograph, uploaded it somewhere else and said that they’re selling photographs.

Anyway, I leave you with the reasons Why Peter Serafinowicz Steals Movies… Even One He’s In.

Julz reporting with these hot photos of TOP.
and I had a vision of him with my favorite Mori Girl.

Okay, I wish she looked less like a little gnome,
and hotter in par with TOP here, but oh well~

Photographs by Jang-hyeon Hong (홍장현)

Seriously, K-Pop fans… you’d look a whole lot less creepy if you decided to post photography credits. They were right there on the Vogue website! I hope I romanized the photographer’s name correctly.

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I’m Jin-young

May 19, 2010 — 7 Comments

Last Sunday I was browsing channels with my dad, when I stopped on i-Sat. The scene? Two little girls holding hands, and one that looked very curious. She thought to herself, “Men and women get married to then get divorced. Maybe because women can’t get married to other women, they can’t get divorced!” – or something along those lines. Thing is I burst out laughing at that thought.

After the short, I waited for the credits to see if I could get the name of the short. Sadly, i-Sat didn’t subtitled the credits, so I was left hanging, only knowing what the short was about. I had some failed attempts at searching for it, but once I sat on my own computer, I ended up contacting HanCinema, as well as i-Sat — HanCinema replied (with no answer, coz I had no info) in like 10min. while I am still waiting to here anything from i-Sat.

Anyway, because I’m so good at what I do. I found the short. And I also found the way to watch it from the beginning. Yes, I’m that good. LOL

Anyway, the film starts with little Jin-young-ah (“ah” Korean suffix for pet-names), and how she is bored with “kids” her age. She just wants to grow up already. She tells the brief story of how she came to be, and how she ended up living with her now-single mom. You see, her mom still goes to university, and one day when Jin-young-ah is watching tv, her mom tells her she’s having a friend over.

Introducing the “friend”, and it’s a girl.

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