Ryuichi Sakamoto x Michael Jackson

Given the cash-in nature of posthumously assembled albums, I’m a little surprised by the restraint in terms of celebrity guests featured on the tracklist for “Michael,” the new MJ album. Akon, 50-Cent and Lenny Kravitz, all of whom he had been working with before his death were not big surprises (Kanye West and Will.i.am, who […]

Michael Jackson and the invisible line

It’s been about a year and a half since Michael Jackson’s death and a little longer since I wrote a column about it for the Nichi Bei Times. (I’m putting it at the end of this post for anyone interested). In a matter of hours, MJ went from being one of the media’s favorite punching […]

By Thor’s hammer! It’s Asano Tadanobu

Deciding that no property of theirs is too silly for a feature film adaptation, Marvel Films set about work on an adaptation of Thor, a comic book about a Norse god/alien/superhero who comes to earth to become superfriends with Captain America and the Hulk or something. The teaser trailer wouldn’t be something I’d mention here […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: A Kung Fu Christmas and the Impact of A-Pop

Just found out that a “Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special” recently aired and will air again this Saturday Nov. 27. Fortunately, it looks like more than a quick cash-in. Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black reprise their roles and, according to the Onion A.V. Club (one of the very few sites whose reviews I almost always […]

Monument to a Nikkei Bakery, Goya Advocacy and the Other Senses

Conventional wisdom dictates that our senses — sight, sound, smell, taste and touch — have a hierarchy. Sight is at the top of the list, with sound running a close second. Today, the technology to capture sight and sound are readily available to the average consumer. These senses are widely considered the most important in […]

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