Manobutt, Manobeach, Manowet, Manobikini, Manostrip, Manopajama, ManoseXy, Manoendearing....what's not to love?...
「Featured」Can your idol do this?…♪♪
Some of the most prominent idols of yesteryear went on to become accomplished musicians & songwriters which is something that for the most part, today’s idols are perhaps still striving to accomplish. Two of my favorites~♥~ that come to mind readily are Moritaka Chisato and Tanimura Yumi both of whom actually shed the idol tag quite early...
「Featured post」~Fuzzy memories…”SmapxSmap, the one where Kimutaku is Furuhata Ninzaburo”
If you know the series “Furuhata Ninzaburo (was a top rated show in Japan) and you’ve ever watched the drama series “Hitotsu yane no shita” this’ll be mega~funny…(^q^)! And Kimutaku is uncanny~* here…how he captures the acting tendencies of one Tamura Masakazu also a most popular and accomplished actor in Japan. Not only does Kimutaku vocalize to a tee Tamura~san’s voice and all of his speaking nuances from his odd pauses and elongated vowels but he also emulates his posture and idiosyncrasies like how he often taps at his forehead while in thought~….plus check out the hair!!!!!! as the hair itself is a character here =D!! In a nutshell the character Tamura~san plays is Japan’s answer to America’s “Columbo” character made famous by Peter Faulk and in this special SmapxSmap skit the premise for the murder/mystery is set in an endearing drama of the 90’s in “Hitotsu yane no shita” creating a most hilarious merging of shows into one...
Surely a lot of scrutiny would go into anyone naming whom they consider to be perhaps the greatest vocalist they’ve had the pleasure of listening to over years of being a music lover and most definitely it’s an absolutely subjective outcome for each individual’s taste. Not an easy task by any means but for me personally while there are so many seemingly countless accomplished vocalists from generations past till present one name keeps coming to mind each and every time I hear him sing♪♪…
「Featured post」～J-Pop artist Ishii♥Yuki in focus~ (aspirations~* of Amurochan & versatility in music♪)
By 1997 Amuro Namie's music career was reaching new peaks~* during her “can you celebrate?” period and while many perhaps dreamed to reach her level of talent and success, one aspiring artist sought and found true emulation in her style~ling...
「Featured post」~Ishii Tatsuya x Matsu Takako~♥
A magical marriage in music and stage presence took place on this night as legendary singer Ishii Tatsuya who’s best known for his larger than earth personality+ larger than (your group!) group Kome Kome Club + a larger than life voice to back all that up 200% and then some~!!!…took the stage accompanied by the most talented and beautiful Matsu Takako all on a most special engagement on Music Fair...
While Norikochan is deep in thought above thinking about her future……I thought I’d share a bit of her musical♪♪ career and early idol side. =)
Shiina Noriko began appearing in numerous idol publications including UTB and Weekly Young Magazine in the late 90′s leading up to her honor of being named Fuji Television’s “Visual Queen of the Year” in 2001. But unlike previous years which featured only a single winner, 2001 would present four idols being named to this popular title…….but I always felt that Norikochan *shined* the most of the four that were chosen that year and she would prove to be very worthy of the Visual Queen award as she ventured into additional modeling, t.v. dramas and yes~! music!!
One of the first J-Pop artist’ voices that I fell in love with belongs to Mochida Maki and there’s just something so aesthetically *pure* and *beautiful* in Mochida Maki’s voice….in fact I’ll go as far as to say it’s one of the most *pure* voices that I’ve encountered in J-Pop over the years and that holds true till this day~.
「Featured Post」~Fukuyamania~♥ celebrates over 20 years~ (Japanese icon, Fukuyama Masaharu in focus…) ＾ ＾
Fukuyama Masaharu♥ has long been one of Japan’s most beloved~* icons and constant figures as both a most accomplished musician and actor~…..his talents reach even further though as he writes, produces and has also charmed~* in the likes of radio and stage~.
I honestly haven’t been this moved and impressed by a solo artists’ release in ages and while Acchan has steadily and surely endeared herself to me there’s always that singular moment when you fully realize just how much and liken it to a coronation of one of your most favorite of idols~♥...
「Featured post」~AKBowling♥…from gutters to dishing the dirt on others and the dreaded batsu drink, what possibly could go wrong?
What’s better than idol♥ bowling? Getting idols to dish the dirt on one another in pressure moments while they bowl and to think these select 24 girls thought they were just going plain bowling and it’s quite surprising how many reveal this to be their very first time throwing that oversized gumball with three holes down a slippery lane in search of pins...
「Featured Post」三浦理恵子…an “anime” J-Pop voice for the ages.
I’ve been in a sort of an anime* mood recently and so I thought I’d feature an older Vox post here @ WordPress and in terms of a J~pop idol♥ who better to exemplify an “anime” voice than CoCo’s Miura♥Rieko ＾ ＾。
「Featured post」~「TGIF!」Idol♥’s unzipped on way back Fridays~ presents Qlair (Volume 29)
Qlair, a wonderful part of the legendary Otomejuku idol phenomenon and a great testament to Momusu & H!P’s longevity can be really further appreciated when you examine other idol groups which boomed from the late 80′s into the mid 90′s, many of which held tenures lasting no more than 5 years and often times far shorter than that. What the numbers don’t share though is the high quality of the music produced in these sometimes brief J-Pop careers and Qlair is a great example of just that...
「Featured post」~Fuzzy memories…”SmapxSmap, the one where Tsuyoshi is Spiderman Oh and there’s SpiderGoro too…(^q^)!”
Simply one of the funniest superhero spoofs…(^q^)! And this clip you honestly don’t need to understand a word of Japanese to enjoy it!
「Featured Post」~If Takamina♥ were a Powerpuff Girl she’d be Blossom♥~
It’s funny how the very initial aesthetics are obvious when it comes to accessorizing as a single cute~♥ hair bow atop is a constant and a fashion statement must!! Mmm but when you really dig a bit “deeper”….Blossom and Takamina….Takamina and Blossom….Blossom and Takamina….Takamina and Blossom…..and soon you can’t tell the two apart or you just feel a bit zany like I do at times :P.
「Featured Post」~Oshima♥Yuko Tokyo ~> L.A.
And what’s so different about “Kimi wa, boku no mono” is that it isn’t shot in your typical “idol” way and what I mean by that is that it’s not chaptered into camera seducing♥ segments but rather “Kimi, wa boku no mono” is presented very much like a documentary instead and it’s very warm and candidly~revealing of how production goes on a day~to~day basis~....
Ever ponder what life would be like residing beside Mayuyu♥ post~idol♥ dating into her late 30’s?…or just how often you’ll be “surprised~*” to see omelet rice upon your dining table day or night? Well, wonder no longer as the always experience packed singles presented by the incomparable AKB team have produced a debut single very much worthy of the one~and~only cutest resident nezumi~♥!! You see her voice has always been as preciously adorable as *~animemaki~*...
「featured post」~Beauty & the Ham♥
The stage set up and atmosphere is most intimate and free of any frills or distractions making the music and C~ute’s duo up front and center and while I’ve longed for in the past to see much more musicianship amongst idols as the extra presence of instruments coupled with these all too often hidden talents we know so many of our favorite idols possess, when taken to stage adds an immeasurable dimension to their presence and I believe that to their appeal as well. The presence of a live band versus a recording, then too makes these real~live events even more enjoyable both musically and visually as the nuances of musical improvisation and re~arrangements to familiar songs gives the audience entirely new moods and twists to the set lists breathing an endless possibility for both your eyes and ears. Here the underlying musical theme of sweet~folk~pop takes the reigns on this set list which includes...
「Featured post」～Favorite Final Fantasy themes…
I have to start with Final Fantasy VIII. It’s has by far my favorite FF theme song with “Eyes on Me.” Not necessarily the best of the series game wise but I sure really did ♥ it playing for hours into days into weeks. ^ ^ The storyline was no doubt engaging and the characters really grew on you in time in such a real way but it’s this theme song “Eyes on Me” which wins me over unanimously. I had actually never heard Faye Wong sing before playing this game but...
While I think most everyone has either seen or worn seifuku♥ wouldn’t it be cute and sexy* to be able to witness the variations in style and the dressing and undressing of a most adorable idol~♥ as if you were her mirror on the wall~? Um…for educational purposes only of course :P!
「Featured Post」~13 years after…Princess Princess still Japan’s greatest female band~.
For the most accomplished of bands a thorough excursion through their bodies of work is necessary to fully understand & appreciate their accomplishments….for theirs’ is a tapestry on which rare greatness has gone full circle...
「Featured Post」~Matsu Takako Concert Tour 2010 "Time for music"….
Matsu Takako recently released~* a special edition concert DVD set for her “Time for music” 2010 tour and this two disc set includes 19 awesome performances with some very familiar faces as her tour band accompanies her onstage with Shibata Toshibumi on keyboard, Sahashi Yoshiyuki on guitar, Yamamoto Takuo on sax, Kawauchi Keishi on bass, Ogasawara Takumi on drums & the lovely~♥ Matsu Takako performing on keyboards and of course as the lead vocalist~! Wonderfully jazzy arrangements are heard throughout the concert which mainly features the touring~album “Time for music” however there are also quite a few nostalgic j~pop gems too from Matsu Takako’s past release catalog even going back to her very debut single “Ashita, haru ga kitara” which is performed in an amazing new light with a much jazzed up arrangement...
「Featured post」~The Ayaya connection…Tanimura Yumi in focus.
Dating back to 1988, Tanimura Yumi has amassed quite a music collection over the years and even as far back as the early nineties she was already active in writing her own lyrics and music on select tracks. I was so happy to see Ayaya get a chance to showcase her vocals on a Tanimura Yumi composition…well not one but two actually...
「Featured Post」“RED CLIFF I & II” (Highly recommended viewing)
~Every scene..a single brush stroke upon the canvas.
Films to savor, for film making of this beauty and depth and scale don’t grace us very often..and the fates truly lie in ways of the wind.
I couldn’t recommend two films any more than the John Woo directed epics “Red Clliff” and “Red Cliff II” and if grading on a ☆ scale these films receive 10 out of 10☆’ｓ。
「Featured Post」~Zard Forever~
Every now and then we’re graced with something so unique and special in music♪♪～, artists that move us with their melodies…relate to us with their lyrics and capture us with their hearts~. Sakai Izumi debuted as the lead vocalist for the group Zard in 1991 and for over a decade and a half her powerful vocals would resonate beautifully over 45 single releases and 20 albums (including compilations & tributes)…..she’s truly an artist that has left us too soon~...
「Featured Post」~Fukakyon♥…model, actress, idol, pop star~~> 「EXOTIQUE」
Now @ 28 Fukada Kyoko has reached iconic heights as an idol who’s captivated and entertained in the vast opportunistic world of Japanese media where it’s most common for a talent to explore everything from modeling to television to movies and beyond~. Fukakyon♥ was born on November 2nd, 1982 and has remained with a single management agency (HORIPRO) since her early teens when she first began appearing regularly as either a cover~girl or featured girl in numerous idol magazine publications, then most notably with her early Bomb magazine appearances. Her acting career also began early in her mid teens and although Fukakyon is primarily known as a drama/t.v. actress having appeared in an impressive number of dramas which now total over 40 to date she also has a modest but noteworthy movie resume which includes standout performances first, in the dark realism of an idol’s world brought to screen in the 2002 film “Doll’s which mixes dark short stories and the 2004 cinematic~masterpiece “Shimotsuma Monogatari”...
「Featured post」Kuninaka Ryoko～♥…from Okinawa with love.
This post is dedicated in the loving memory of my Grandmother♥.
I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time now…as my grandmother on my father’s side was pure Okinawan so this post holds a special meaning for me personally…I hope you enjoy it. ^-^ The lovely Kuninaka Ryoko (Kuninaka Ryouko) was born in Okinawa in June of 1979 and the first time that I saw her was...
「featured post」“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.”–平野綾♥
Every now and then you come across an artist and individual so amazingly talented and endearing that you do the inevitable…..for me that means going on an instant shopping spree!…(^q^)..where I purchase as many releases as I can find in one swoop~! A seiyuu’s craft is dependant on her/his ability to project emotions, character and just about any nuance imaginable through their vocals as their onscreen personas are brought to life in ways that only a select few born with such *magical* pipes can achieve and excel with~*. I first heard Hirano Aya’s singing voice...
「Featured Post」~Ichikawa♥Yui defines “J-Pop.” ^-^
In a musical era where AkiP has brought attention and overwhelming success back to purely~styled J~pop compositions and an approach as well as a product which resonates all that reflects upon Japan’s uniqueness…a purity which over the years has been blurred by outside influences of hip~hop…r&b…euro~pop..and Ameri~pop to name just a few~. Ichikawa Yui in hindsight may have been just a few years too early as she ventured from model/actress into music, too early for the old~school resurgence which is topping the Japanese music charts of today~ and in a lot of ways I think she’s been one of J~pop’s much more underappreciated artists of the millenium~.
「Featured post」～Ueto Aya「スマイル♥プロジェクト」
Born of Okinawan decent, Ueto Aya’s very first sparked~* interest in the entertainment industry at age 13 as she gained recognition in her very first beauty contest entry~…however much like Fukakyon, Ayachan’s time spent in the idol♥world was brief and was only explored early in her career~. A springboard into numerous successful endeavors~* which have flourished to this day…however before venturing any further I thought it’d be appropriate to first “meet” one of Japan’s most endeared and successful talents~o(*´∀｀)o゛♥...
「Featured post」~Smap X Smap 3/24/08-”The one with Ikewaki Chizuru, Tanaka Rena and lots of cheese.” =)
It’s so amazing to watch Kimutaku, Shingo, Goro, and Tsuyoshi (aka “rice eye”…well that’s what my mom calls him because she can never remember his name… :P ) cook up delicious and amazing gourmet meals!!! I mean they really can cook!!! And not just simple dishes but rather...
~Lovin’ SCANDAL, and the girls can rock!!!
Getting my very first taste of what could be Japan’s currently most aggressive all girl band! Four Osaka high school students with a garage~band aura? That was enough to pull me in and now after a little over one week of listening, “Temptation Box” is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums and where to begin?..there’s so much to say!
「Featured post」~Guest feature: AKB48 @ Anime Expo 2010 & Mano Erina @ Club Nokia, my LA experience
In preparation for my very first trip to LA and with the one mission in mind of acquiring autographs from AKB48 and Mano Erina that and of course attending a great concert and film event!, surely I needed to have some sort of memorabilia, photos or just something for them to sign, so....
「Featured post」Tanimura Yumi ♥ continues…
For a somewhat more informative and structured post on Tanimura Yumi see latter posts (also "featured" below)….as today is all about performances and visuals~♥. Tanimura Yumi’s vocals are so immaculate and she makes it look so effortless in concert…..Yumi~chan really embodies all that is possible for any idol who aspires to a much more involved career, one that will leave a lasting impression for years to come. As noted previously Tanimura Yumi’s career went from pure “idol” to songwriter/lyric composer really early in her career and she’s so accomplished on the piano making her concerts appear at times more like recitals in a sense. Her vocal control and range is breathtaking also as will be seen in the following live clips but her pvs are so cute as well~! ^ ^...
「Featured post」~The Hangover III
Fun fact about Japanese watermelons or “suika” are that they’re much more round than their counterpart American ones so you know what that means right??….they’re great for bowling of course and remember if they drift towards the left they’re not quite ready to eat however if they barrow towards the gutter on the right side then they’re perfectly~* ready to dig into っo(*´∀｀)o! Sorry I just totally made that ↑↑ up just now (._.;)…anyway...
Okamoto Mayo, a most accomplished musician/ singer who’s been active since the mid 90’s debuted with a most distinguished achievement as her debut single “Tomorrow” topped the Oricon Charts at #1…released on May 10th, 1995 it was also a tie~in theme song to the drama series “Second Chance.” Her discography over the years includes 20 singles and 16 original albums in addition to compilations and numerous visual releases from pvs to live concerts. With a most recognizable style and a vocal prowess capable of the sweetest of highs with a range and nuance projected through heartfelt emotions and touch with outstanding control it’s still not her most impressive ingredient stemming from her now long reaching resume in music~...
「Featured post」Takoyaki, rockin’ the Queen of Hearts~♥ & the “true” origin of SCANDAL…
SCANDAL, I think still the coolest and most impressive~musician oriented all female Japanese rock band since Princess Princess and I love that this album isn’t single~dominated as there are so many new songs here!! Love the entire album top to bottom but I particularly have a soft spot for “Bright” and “HARUKAZE”…♥!...
「Featured post」仲間由紀恵~ A beautiful collage of life…♥!
Like countless others have done so before and since, Nakama Yukie’s rise to becoming one of Japan’s most celebrated actresses/celebrities passed through the gates of idol career, gravure model as well as a venture into a music career…the latter being my initial focus here...
「Featured Post」~Vivian Hsu~♥ 「Beautiful Day」！！！
~Simply gorgeous♥, and it’s so much of what you’d envision of a production circled around one of Taiwan’s most popular, *sexiest* and successful models also turned actress and singer～ ＾ ＾。
「Featured post」 ~Are you a vaginatarian?
So a couple of days ago my best and closest girl friend~ Couscous who’s admittedly cute~♥ and yummy♥ beyond words announces to me out “out~of~the~blue”….’I think you’re a vaginatarian.’ What exactly is a vaginatarian?...
「Featured post」～And now for a heart to heart with the producers of HM@… <3
With HM@ ratings down and the all new “Berikyuu” show on the horizon bringing the promise of something great, I’ve been trying to think of a few ways in which HM@ could improve their show! :P Starting with…
「Featured post」~The Masters, well sort of…it’s Yuukorin♥ vs. Airiin♥ (*≧▽≦)♪
Well Augusta is upon us again…..and yet I know not much about golf technique and I once “scored” a 35 on that ugh!!! volcano~like miniature golf hole….I mean seriously who invented that thing?? (ノロ≦。)！！！
「Featured post」~Amuro Namie♥
Back on May 14, 2000 Amuro Namie performed for the very first time in the U.S. and it occurred right here in Hawaii! With substantial financial backing and 2 years of planning this monumental concert took place at Oahu’s famous landmark, the Waikiki Shell....
「Featured Post」36 reasons why I ♥ Dragon Half (￣▽￣)
Sooo what to do in the whee early morning hours??? Watch Dragon Half!
This is so much one of my most favorite animes ever!! I can’t even begin to tell you how much it continues to crack me up no matter how many times I’ve watched it! XD
「Featured Post」~Talkin’ smac!~ 3 easy steps to acquiring your very own free custom idol♥gear…(^q^)!
Feeling tired (_´Д｀)ノ。。of your same old wardrobe? Want to feel the euphoria~* of custom idol♥gear? ………(゜∀゜)………。 …but low on cash$? Well now there’s a way~ to get a~hold of rare concert merchandise.. ..and its free!!!! っo(*´∀｀)o! …
「Featured post」~Sena & Minami♥
There’s a great possibility that you’ve watched this one too! And there are those special dramas which further draw and endear themselves to the viewer and a few weeks ago I found myself again reliving the drama “Long Vacation” as I’ve watched it quite a few times since its broadcast =) and it’s most wonderful that till this day it hasn’t fallen ill to that sense of ‘dated’ or stuck in an era as great love/ relationship stories can be truly timeless,…when of course the storytelling and development of characters is at a premium in writing and talents respectfully...
「Featured Post」~27 reasons why I ♥ Hana yori dango…
1. The opening credits reflects so much of the show’s personality and is one of the cutest ever!! One of J-Pop’s finest, Arashi presents you the main theme song…here hit play while I ramble for a little while…
「Featured post」~必死剣鳥刺し (Highly recommended viewing)
“Sword of Desperation” (“Hisshiken torisashi”) portrays the life of Sanzaemon Kanemi (Toyokawa Etsushi), a highly skilled swordsman appointed as chief protector to his lord...
「Featured post」“20 Dreams”…Kamei Eri DVD.
In a span of approximately 55 minutes Kamei treats us to some of her inner most thoughts while on location in scenic Okinawa. Whenever I see any footage or photos of Okinawa it just has such a warm and small town feel to their community and their architecture is always so amazing to see~! Unlike any of its predecessors, in large “20 Dreams” is a personal recollection which delves into a much more intimate look into an idol’s aspirations, hopes and dreams as the title suggests and where other previous releases may have only scratched the surface, Kamei’s narrative throughout covers anything from simple aspects such as hair color, dream bedroom & home design and fellow members to much deeper thoughts of family memories, specific childhood events, and future speculation. And throughout it’s all delivered with cute sincerity and more than any other member in Momusu, Kamei possesses the uncanny ability to incorporate the most adorable random and honest laughter that I’ve ever seen...
「Featured Post」“Um, so a bikini model walks into a bar full of zombies…
…..and the bartender says: “is it *cold* in here or are you just happy to see me?”…(^q^)
Harugon, Nacchan, Rabutan, Ayarin & Mayuyu continue to be the cutest~* of units!…and I’m just listening to their 6th single I know so late XD! While I so adore Mayuyu’s vocals and we’ve had plenty till now with her solo songs~♥, but the more I hear Rabutan’s voice the more she’s beginning to become my favorite vocal in the group =)……and while watching the making of she just sounded so anime~like saying “gyu♥!” each time, like the cutest cutest cutest character you can imagine っo(*´∀｀)o！！
「Featured Post」~AKB48’s 「Beginner」、record breaking, innovative…thought provoking and there’s even a bit of chicken♥ from Heaven~*.
Firstly, I wasn’t ever sure if I would see the day in which SPEED’s all time record sales for an all girl group would be broken and not by a slim margin by any means as AKB48 has eclipsed this record (reaching in excess of 826,000 copies sold) which has stood for I think…over a decade now?..and if there were any single which was worthy of such an achievement surely “Beginner” is deservingly so~. At the top of the Oricon this past week, AKB48 has also eclipsed omg!!! even Arashi’s~♥ used to be leading single’s sales plateau for the year for a single release :O and from the outside one may wonder why this single in particular?..and why now?
「Featured post」”so close”….highly recommended viewing if you love your girl♥power extra spicy~!
Do you crave more girl♥power in your life?
Or do you *secretly*….or maybe not so *secretly* ♥ watching very attractive actresses kick some serious butt on screen?!!
Have you grown tired of watching girls bake madeleines in the kitchen all day while the men get to drive the car?
Hmm…if you answered yes to any of the questions above then “so close” may be just for you~. (￣▽￣)
「Featured post」～Japan’s “Renai” gaming revolution (1/6 スケール 向坂環 水着 ver.)
In collaboration with Aquaplus, Dream Tech has created a beautiful 1/6 scale pvc statue of Kousaka Tamaki who is one of several featured characters in the popular Japanese “renai” (aka dating simulation) game “To Heart 2.” This series has gone from Playstation2 to pc and has since become an anime and manga series in Japan...
「Featured post」~48 reasons why I ♥ Crayon Shinchan
At the very beginning of each and every episode the Nohara’s look so peaceful with no worries =). And then Shinnosuke awakens...
「Featured post」~Sea Breeze～～♥
Uminii’s newest visual release~* arrived and having gone from seeing her much earlier photographs from “Ao no corridor” initially to now “Umikaze”, she’s matured so much in so little time and she’s simply breAthtaking in this release...
「Featured post」~100% body/ 0% silicone
While looking @ my bottle of shampoo a few days ago it got me thinking about the full~bodied model/idol♥…(yup I’m weird that way =P) and how it’s nice to see measurements and not have to ask the question possibly coined by L.A.~ians many moons ago: ‘do u think those R real (・c_・;)？？？
Without a doubt, Zhang Zhiyi is so hawt I can't stand it! 🙂
Awwww no *love* for Shu♥Qi? (人∀`*)! Hmm….I did absolutely love "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"…."The Warrior"…"House of Flying Daggers"…."Memoirs of a Geisha"…"Legend of the Black Scorpion"…..a~h I know I'm forgetting more films with Zhang Ziyi! ＾ ＾ This movie is really entertaining though…I hope you can watch it someday~. =)
"so close" is really *exciting* to watch…..it's a nice mixture of amazing action with enough storyline and even *emotional* feelings all put into one~. I hope you can watch it too one day. ＾ ＾
Hi MB!Wow you've just reviewed one of my all time action movies!Shu Qui & Zhao Wei Absolutely gorgeous in this film!!By the way Shu Qui over Zhang Ziyi anyday! its the eyes baby, the eyes!..lole
Hi E!Ahhhhh it's so great to know someone who's watched this film too! ＼(^o^)／☆ So true as it was filmed so amazing and *beautifully*!!….Shu Qi & Zhao Wei were so gorgeous too for sure! Hmmm…..now that you mention it she does have rather *seductive* eyes ………(゜∀゜)………。Thank you so much for breaking the tie if you did vote~. ＾ ＾
I can't believe you, MB. Another thing we have in common. I LOVE So Close! It was one of the first few Asian DVD releases I bought when I made the leap from Hollywood to The East. I show it to almost everyone who comes by apt for fun, well the first action scene with the Carpenter's song anyway. I became a die-hard Shu Qi fan.
It's not action but two films that a most highly highly recommend whether your a fan or not are Millenium Mambo and Three Times. Both directed by fellow Taiwanese master filmaker Hou Hsiou-Hsien.
The first segement of Three Times (there are three different films all connected by the same actors, Shu Qi and Chang Chen, all set in different times, hence the title) takes place in the 60's and may be the most romantic film I have ever seen. It is perfect. The last shot kills me everytime. Shu Qi won best actress at The Golden Horse Awarrds in 2005 for it.And Millenium Mambo's opening sequence is a thing of great beauty and resonance as well. The whole film is wonderful.
I wish you lived closer, MB. Or maybe I wish I lived in Hawaii. Yeah, that's more like it. Lol. You get my drift.
Ohayo Ichiban Kawaii MB=)
Yes I totally agree…the director of "So Close" definitely put the "Smooth, Slick, and Sexy" back into the Hong Kong Action Movie!! Love the story line too..It was totally heartbreaking when "Sue" (Zhao Wei) was about to bury her camcorder with "Lynn" (Shu Qi) at the gravesite..total sadness and regret for "Sue" after finding the video apology from her sister…C'mon, what other action movie has "Close to You" by the Carpenters playing in the background while the SEXY Shu Qi is running bustin caps? Besides, what else is sexier than the combination of beautiful women & guns?….lol
Off subject…I finally picked up "AYA_CHAN'S" Happy Magic ~ Smile Album=)
I totally love the way she sings on her Ballads…her vocal skills improves with every new release…she's come a long way in my opinion=)…just to prove my point, find a ballad from one of her first 2 albums ,then play track on Happy Magic 09.Bokura no Mirai e. I'd like to hear your thoughts MB=)
Ok TTYS MB!
I was wandering the aisles in Walmart one day and there it was in their oriental movies section! (*´∀｀*) I so much rather see Shu Qi in this role rather than being stuffed into a trunk…("The Transporter")..although her role in that movie was really *cute*! So funny!! we both do the exact same thing…I also try to share this movie as much as possible and so far everyone's reaction has been positive so that's really great! ＼(^o^)／☆Thank you so much for the recommendations…okay I've written them both down and I'll search Amazon for them as I think they should have them as they seem to have just about everything I've searched for. =) I simply *melt* for great dramas and (;´□｀)!…both wonderful emotions when watching really touching films~. A~h! she won an award too?!! Sugoi! I must watch must watch! Hawaii is really *beautiful*…I think you'd like it here! o(*´∀｀)o゛
I love how the movie really balanced a storyline of heartfelt emotions along with such dramatic action sequences…..somehow I think it's quite difficult to accomplish sometimes in a true sense. =) The camcorder footage was so moving to and how it was incorporated into the story especially after that most sad scene….I so agree. I always love when the Carpenters come on during the movie…that *beautiful* voice coupling with what's taking place on screen creates such a surreal feeling~. Awwww…girls & guns…XDI'm so *happy* that you have Ueto Aya's new album!! ＼(^o^)／☆ Ugh! I'm sooo way behind on posting up music releases and I was meaning to post her new album awhile ago…I've been so delinquent here recently! (;´□｀) I feel the same way….Ayachan's vocals have grown so much and her new album really accentuates her ability and there are so many songs on this album that I love so much!! ＾ ＾
This is my favorites movie…i always watching this..because i like the character of the sister…hopefully they have another movie with both of her..
Love this movie too! Shu Qi and Zhao Wei were so great together and I felt they shared a good on screen chemistry playing sisters. Zhao Wei is really outstanding in Red Cliff I & II…..definitely watch this movie if you haven’t yet. Another favorite movie starring Shu Qi would have to be the comedy “If you are the one”…this movie is so well written and funny! Both so talented and beautiful actresses, would be great to see them act together again.
Shu Qi one of my favorites as you know” ^^ I love all the actress in So Close!! Can’t beat it for beauty and careers bigger in the future !! Zhao Wei. Was even in the live action Chinese version of Mulan!! Nice post!! ❤
I still re~watch this movie from time to time, really wish it were available on Bluray though =/. Great cast, beautiful cast for sure!….thanks Mikey =D.