Posts Tagged ‘Japanese pop’

Best! Commercial! Ever!

The original BAMF

A friend and fellow Matsuda Shota afficionado sent me these pictures as a gentle slap in the head for neglecting MS for all the pretty, young (and sometimes talentless) boys of Kpop. My bad. Why did I ever neglect him again??

Here he is modeling jewelry for a current issue of Vogue Hommes Japan. There were some shots that had a little, er, too much butt, but the rest is all good:

I LOVE the second shot. (And no, I will not watch Liar Game 2.)

Song of the day

Pretty quintessential summer pop song for me:

Namie AmuroHIDE & SEEK

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Oh Namie. You’re not a really great vocalist, but you’re fierce as hell and beauuuuutiful to boot.

Late Spring

Late Spring is a movie made in 1949 by Ozu Yasujiro, depicting the relationship between a widowed father and her daughter. From the Criterion Collection overview,

Late Spring focuses on the dilemma faced by a young woman who lives with her widowed father. She refuses several marriage offers, preferring to keep her father company rather than assume the duties of a housewife and mother. Determined that she will wed, he lets her think that he plans to remarry.

I vowed to dislike this movie, but after watching and rewatching a thousand scenes for an assignment, I’ve learned to love the film’s aesthetics. I just want to pet Ozu and his adorable OCD-tendencies, as illustrated by the freakishly symmetrical shots in so many of the movie’s scenes.

One story, a bajillion versions

I’m Hana Yori Dango’ed OUT, people.

In the last two weeks, I’ve watched most of Meteor Garden and re-skimmed Hana Yori Dango. I’m not gonna lie — I’m doing studious, intricate prepping for Kkot Boda Namja. After this post, I’m gonna go watch me episode 1 of Kkot Boda Namja. ;)

Phew, where to start?

I tried to come up with a reason why this particular story of one girl and four boys is so damn popular as there continues to be yet another version of it made. And at the end of the day, I think the biggest reason is that a majority of the largely female audience of the HYD story likes the idea of a girl being a boys’ world — where she is not only an active participant in it, but where she’s the center of it. The idea of one normal girl being chosen from a bunch of girls who already have the appropriate “credentials” to satisfy rich, good-looking boys is a tried-and-true fairytale plotline; HYD is a modern spin of it.

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