Another Thai commercial that will make you cry

Man, I swear that Thai commercials are the new K-dramas. They’re short and sweet but packed with tons of heartfelt, heart-tugging stories that will squish your insides and make you do the ol’ waterworks on the eyes. This latest commercial from Thai Life Insurance is definitely up there with the one about the good samaritan who does good deeds, and the other one about the young beggar who becomes a doctor and saves the life of the street merchant who gave him a break years ago.

I particularly like this commercial, entitled “Street Concert,” because it’s simpler and isn’t necessarily a tear-jerker, but it’s definitely feel good for sure. And to think these commercials sell life insurance! Well played, Thais. Well played.

The Best Japanese Star Wars GIF So Far.

I am sure this is old, but I found this particularly funny today. You can see the original video, which was a promo for a Japanese cell phone company.

The Japanese definitely know how to spoof STAR WARS. And Offender Phil just recently blogged about the use of Darth Vader in Japan to hawk some English proficiency books. I wonder how that campaign went.

Around the Horn: Is Colorblind Casting OK in the Comics Movie Universe?

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In our weekly check-in lunch last Tuesday, some of the Offenders started talking geek speak, with everyone generally excited that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is doing well and that it is a solid film. But then, the conversation took a turn when the discussion of future Marvel films came up, specifically the new FANTASTIC FOUR reboot, with the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch. Some individuals thought the casting of an African American actor for a, “historically” Caucasian looking character portrayed in the pages of Marvel comics. An individual felt that the Human Torch is so iconic and him being blonde and blue-eyed was inherent in the character and that’s just the way it is. Another individual agreed and said it was simply stunt casting to have Jordan be the Human Torch and also the brother of Sue Storm, played by the obviously Caucasian Kate Mara. The argument soon escalated with defenders of the casting saying it doesn’t matter on skin color, just as long as the actor chosen has the inherent characteristics of Johnny Storm (i.e. cocky, free spirited, from New York and American), then what does it matter? Before long, other iconic characters were brought up, like James Bond. There’s been talk of Idris Elba possibly portraying 007 in future movies. Does it matter?

DRUNK HISTORY Retelling of Daniel Inouye and the 442nd

GUARDIANSDRUNK HISTORY, currently on Comedy Central, has a brilliant but simple concept — Drunk comedians retelling a historical event. Most of it is accurate, some of it is not. And man, some of these guys are so drunk, they’ll have to take some puking breaks to get a tad sober to finish their tale. Reenactments are filmed to accompany the drunk retelling and usually, the results are pure hilarity.

It’s cool that DRUNK HISTORY is doing a Hawaii episode, with one of the stories about the late Senator and WWII hero Daniel K. Inouye and his experiences serving in the 442nd regiment, the most celebrated regiment in US military history. Steve Yeun of THE WALKING DEAD, portrays a young Inouye and James Hong plays his dad.

Satoshi Kon – Editing for Space & Time by Tony Zhou

Bay area-based editor Tony Zhou produces some amazing and very informative short videos showcasing the editing prowess and style of master filmmakers around the world. I like his videos because they’re succinct, has strong examples, and his elucidates ideas very well. I personally like his video on Edgar Wright’s visual comedy style and his series on Steven Spielberg’s many famous “oners”.

Zhou knows his stuff. Case-in-point, the video above, highlighting the transcendent editing of the late and great animator Satoshi Kon. His works are some of the most seminal and amazing milestones of Japanese anime, including PERFECT BLUE, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS, TOKYO GODFATHERS and PAPRIKA. Although his output was not abundant, Kon’s work influenced the likes of Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan (PAPRIKA in particular, is a major inspiration of INCEPTION).

Star-Lord was co-created by Filipino-Chinese comic book artist Steve Gan

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GUARDIANSAs GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY rakes in $94 million in its opening weekend, garnering the third best opening of 2014 and the best August opening ever, most comic fans are pretty happy with this adaptation of what many critics are calling Marvel’s answer to STAR WARS.

However, in our final YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown, we all generally enjoyed the film but lamented that the film did not cast any Asian actors in the film, and hey, everyone knows that Asians make the best alien species, because frankly, some white people think we’re aliens already (we were once called “celestials” in the 19th century). But to our surprise, we were informed that WWE wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer) is, in fact, half Filipino! Well, tying into the Filipino connection, the co-creator of Star-Lord aka Peter Quill is none other than Filipino naturalized citizen of Chinese descent, Steve Gan, who co-created the character with writer Steve Englehart. The character first appeared in the January 1976 issue of MARVEL PREVIEW #4. Check out a page from that issue:

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

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GUARDIANSSelect Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this final edition of our summer-long SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN, we review the latest contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — LUCY!

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Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this edition, we review Luc Besson’s latest female-driven actioner LUCY. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

If you have a midlife crisis, go buy a sports car, not do this to your hair

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So this happened in Taiwan. A middle-aged man made waves when he entered a salon and came out with this hairdo — A right-angled flat top to make him look younger. But instead, his new ‘do looks like a piece of black spray painted styrofoam or something out of Minecraft.

PAY-Man-with-lego-hair (1)When Wu Lei, 54, from Taiwan, was quizzed about the hairdo by a Chinese reporter, he said he had wanted to impress a 23-year-old woman who he had tried to chat up but who had rejected his advances. She seemingly continue to reject him. She said: “My friends call him blockhead, I can imagine he might have found someone as he had a good and respectable job as a medical laboratory scientist at the National Taiwan University Hospital. But he should act his age.”

Daytripping Vietnamese Hipsters


The power of the internet and globalization is so powerful and influential that countries like Vietnam have there own brand of hipsters. I really dig this short film called THE DAY DREAMERS chronicling a simple gathering of what looks like Vietnam’s brand of aimless youth, hanging out, riding their fixed gear bikes and then, tripping out as they see something truly fantastical right out of a Haruki Murakami novel. You can see the influences of other Asian cultures, especially Shibuya street-wear and Japanese indie rock. All in all, pretty fun and would be great to see other youth subcultures from other countries around the world.

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — SNOWPIERCER!

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Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this edition, we review Korean helmer BONG Joonho’s SNOWPIERCER (currently out in theatres and on VOD now). BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

Japanese Schoolgirl Ninjas are real!

The best thing you’ll see online all week. This amazing POV video of two Japanese schoolgirls involved in an epic chase around their school and town, is death defying, dizzying, and one of the most badass things I’ve seen in a long time. Going the “found footage” route by just using a GoPro, this awesome action chase scene is the production of Bijin Tokei, which is a modeling agency, best known for their digital clock where cute photos of Japanese girls cycle every minute (the girls pose as if they’re holding a clock that displays the time).