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Switch wo Osu Toki Starring Koide Keisuke and Mizusawa Erena

July 15, 2011

Mizusawa Erena has her first starring role in the upcoming movie, Switch wo Osu Toki. Does she sound unfamiliar? Well, some might know of her from TBS‘s drama adaption of the popular movie, Koizora. Koide Keisuke is also starring alongside Mizusawa. Let’s not forget who else is in it: Sano Kazuma, Atae Shinjiro from AAA, Taiga, Sakamoto Shogo, Kanno Rio, Fukushi Seiji, Suzuki Sawa, Ogura Hisahiro, Tanaka Tetsushi, and Nishimura Masahiko. Quite the list. The movie is to be released on September 17.

The story revolves around a government-sponsored project aimed at determining the causes of suicide. 10 young boys and girls are held in captivity and pushed to their limits, with the option of pressing a “switch” that would result in their own death. After 7 years, only 6 of them, including a girl named Masami (Mizusawa), have retained their will to live. However, a mysterious man named Minami (Koide) is newly assigned as one of the observers on the project, and he becomes another obstacle in their battle to survive.

Switch wo Osu Toki is based on the novel of the same title by Yamada Yusuke. The novel had an drama adaption starring Narumiya Hiroki. It also had astage play that starring Nagayama Takashi.

{Source: TokyoGraph}

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New In Town: Brave Girls

April 13, 2011

Brave Brothers is a former composer and producer for YG Entertainment and has worked with many artists including Big Bang, U-KISS, Sistar, After School, and Som Dam Bi. After leaving YG Entertainment, he created his own label, BRAVE SOUND ENTERTAINMENT. Brave Brothers has been working on his girl group, Brave Girls, since last year. This month, Brave Girls debuted. The group consists of 5 members: Seo Ah, Yoo Jin, Eun Jung, Yeh Jin and Hye Ran. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Fly with Standing Egg

April 13, 2011

Korean indie band, Standing Egg, released their latest single, “Fly”. They are a band that I stumbled upon in February with their release of Have You Ever Fallen In Love with Ra.D” (사랑에 빠져본 적 있나요). I’ve been hooked since, so if you’re looking for indie music with a soft and acoustic sound definitely check them out!

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Welcome Aboard, MyDramaList.com!

April 8, 2011

Now, I heard about this due to an announcement that DarkUmagon had made on DramaCrazy.

His friend has launched a site, MyDramaList.com, a while ago. Users are able to have a list of all dramas and movies ranging from Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Now as the title of the site hints, you can create lists for dramas and movies. There are 5 lists that you can put each drama or movie in: currently watching, completed, plan to watch, on-hold, and dropped. I admit, I actually do this on my Microsoft Word, but now, there’s no need for it now!

Wait, the site doesn’t end there. You can also write your reviews for these dramas and movies. The reviews can be in-depth, but must not include any spoilers, and even provides categories to rate the movie and/or drama: story (overall plot), acting/cast, music, rewatchable value, and overall. The scale ranges from 1 – 10, 1 being the lowest rating and 10 the highest. Before submitting your review, you must tell how many episodes you have watched for each drama. Finally, the users can choose if the review was helpful or not. Here is an example, I submitted for the fantastic Orange Days (click for better view):

Adding actors, actresses, movies, and dramas is created by users who are registered on the site. It goes through administration after it’s submitted. So far, I added a page for Kanno Miho and have just submitted one of my favorite Japanese movies, Swing Girls. There is also a feature that I love, a recommendation list for dramas or movies which is also added by users.

There is a forum section as well to discuss with other users, you can add users as friends, and visit their profiles to see their drama and movie stats. You can see the movies and dramas you both are watching or have watched. Let’s not forget, you can leave comments on each other pages.

MyDramaList is a fantastic way to interact with other Asian drama and movie lovers! I hope it grows as time goes by because this site has great potential! So check out the site and spread the word!

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It’s the Good Life

April 6, 2011

Asssshhh! This promotion picture is tugging at my heartstrings! It’s simplistic and poignant. Sorimachi Takahashi, famous for his lead role in Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO, which I STILL haven’t watched! Gah!) and the boy add to the emotion of the picture as well. The picture is used for the upcoming drama called Good Life ~Arigato, Papa. Sayonara~ which will premiere on April 19.

The basis for the drama is the novel “Kashikogi” by author Cho Chang-in, which has sold 2 million copies in Korea since its publication in 2000. It has already been adapted as a television drama and a stage play in that country. On February 4, Shogakukan is publishing the book in Japan under the title “Good Life.” Sorimachi plays the part of Daichi Sawamoto, a newspaper reporter who has always prioritized his work over his family. When his wife suddenly leaves him, he finally notices the love he has been receiving from his son. Just as he decides to answer back, it is discovered that his son has leukemia. Igawa plays Sawamoto’s wife, Eikura plays a pediatrics specialist, and Ihara plays a doctor. – Tokyograph

Gee! This drama is calling for me and yes I will watch you, show! No fansub group(s) have offered to provide subtitles for the show yet, but I mean, it’s Sorimachi Takahashi for goodness’s sakes! And comin’, look at that picture!

{ SOURCE: Good Life Official Site }

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A Month Later…

April 5, 2011

So… Where have I been for the last month? I’ve been busy with life, mainly homework as usually. Luckily, I am on my spring break this week! Since I am in a land of laziness at home (aside with working out on the Kinect), I’ve been spending much of my days watching Korean dramas. I started watching 49 Days and FINALLY have gotten around to Secret Garden. That took me about an eternity. Heh.

The main reason I didn’t start watching Secret Garden is because the plot seemed to move slow for me especially watching those first two episodes. I’ve notice with Korean dramas I tend to have a dilemma with ’em. They start too slooooow. I normally last within the first episode, but once I hit the second or third I lose interest. If the show is lucky, someone will recommend me to give it a second shot or I’ll garner interest in it… again. I’m currently doing this to City Hall (curse me!). I can watch Japanese drama and stick with ’em because they get to the point more quickly than Korean dramas. Well, at least for me.

I was very surprised to see that 49 Days was able to snatch my attention within the first episode and I wanted to watch the next one! A miracle, indeed. I am on episode 2 and I would have gotten further but I was watching Secret Garden! :3

I know. I know. JIN! The review should be up by the end of the week at the latest. And oh my goodness, JIN 2 premieres on April 17! Gosh, I am so pumped! After that ending… Sheesh. Fortunately, the amazing team, Heiwa Fansubs, that provided subs for the first season will continue to do subs for the second. A bonus!

For my future projects, reviews for dramas will be slow and I’ll try to do more reviews on music if I can.

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Artist Discovery: Rie fu (リエ フゥ)

February 19, 2011

Well, I am featuring this gem of talent as my current header. Some may know her because her songs have been used for anime series such as Bleach, Gundam SEED DESTINY, and Darker Than Black -Kuro no Keiyaki-. I first heard of Rie fu when I heard “Life Is Like A Boat” from Bleach. I became an instant fan after hearing that song, though I haven’t been listening to her past albums. I’ve only taken a listen to Tobira Album and URBAN ROMANTIC.

In Tokyo, Japan Rie fu was born on January 11, 1985. Her stage name is actually abbreviated from her full name Rie Funakoshi From 1992 to 1995, Rie Fu lived in Maryland, United States with her family. In Maryland, she began playing the piano and gaining her music inspiration from artist such as Sheryl Crow and The Carpenters.

She learned how to play the guitar while in high school and began writing and recording songs. She later sent a demo tape to the record company Sony and they signed her to their Palm Beach label. Rie released her first single on March 21, 2004 titled Rie who!? while she was attending a university in London. Later that year, her song “Life Is Like A Boat” was chosen as the first ending theme for Bleach, garnering her widespread recognition. Rie fu graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design of the University of the Arts London in fine art. She often designs her own album and single booklets and even features her artwork.

Rie fu is known for her soft pop and bilingual songs, as she is fluent in English and Japanese, such as “Until I Say” and “Life Is Like A Boat”. Though, most of her songs are sung in Japanese with some verses in English. She also has some songs entirely in English and has made given some of her Japanese songs a few English versions.

Rie fu has launched a new era on February 16, 2011 with her newest single, For You. Rie hasn’t released any new material since her last album at Rie sessions back in March of 2010. Check out “For You” PV below: