Dominic Mah is a writer, director, rock musical aficionado, and ex-professional gambler. He can be found on the internets as dommah, paranormalstatus.com, and @ThorHulkCritic. His personal heroes are Stan Lee, Bruce Lee, Annabel Lee and Barbara Lee.
The villain in Marvel’s latest Iron Man film is the Mandarin, a character who fought Iron Man about 600 times in the original comics, and has always been totally Chinese. That is, until Sir Ben Kingsley was cast to play him in Iron Man 3. Now that the movie’s arrived, we can throw out speculation and see what they did. Here’s a short primer to the original comic-book Mandarin to arm you with nerdy talking points for comparison:
The Mandarin is a ridiculously powerful half-Chinese man. He owns ten alien rings, each with a devastating alien power, which he wears on all ten fingers all the time, because you never know on any given day if you’re going to need the Mento-Intensifier Ring or the Vortex Beam Ring (or the Matter Rearranger Ring, which one imagines is super-useful for the lactose-intolerant). Like Will Smith’s son, he is a master of karate, and presumably some Chinese martial arts as well. He does grand, Genghis Khan-scale evil mastermind type things. He has his own giant robot named Ultimo. In one particularly great X-Men storyline, the Mandarin captured Psylocke (a telepathic British lady, up to that point the prissiest of the X-Persons), and literally turned her Japanese, so that she could become his sidekick ninja assassin. She’s still Japanese, too. Apparently people just liked her better that way. Read more...
As if North Korea wasn’t problematic enough, it is apparently now home to some of the greatest supervillains.
German artist Aslan Malik has taken Korean won notes and reimagined them to feature some of Batman’s greatest foes (along with one Superman supervillain) to create his The Injustice League of North Korea series. Check them out here:
I’m not a fan of Hello Kitty and I’m not even particularly a fan of the rock band KISS (though I enjoy some of their songs), but even I think the idea of a TV show mashing up the two is the most awesome idea to ever exist in the history of humanity.
I have no idea what pink anarchy is, but the fact that we live in a world where four butt ugly dudes who became famous by wearing make-up and creating music that was allegedly inspired by Satan while bedding hundredsthousands millions of groupies can eventually headline a kids’ show featuring an animated character popular with 8-year-old girls—well, that’s a wonderful thing. Read more...
I don’t know how old these photos are or how long this has been happening, but this photostream of Japanese kids doing anime power-up poses is awesome! Need to see more of these. Way better than the Harlem Shake.
AKB48 is the biggest J-Pop girl group ever. They’re supposed to be cute and innocent, but really, they are just a symbol of Japan’s infantile perversion for young girls. Wait, that’s true everywhere in the world. Revision: Japan is ichiban when it comes to pervertedness. Case-in-point: This commercial featuring the aforementioned J-pop girl group. And this is the same group that splashed headlines a few weeks ago when one of their members, Minami Minegishi, shaved her head and tearfully apologized and pleaded for the world’s forgiveness because she was caught (ON CAMERA), leaving a guy’s apartment late at night.
Further proof that you can get cooler stuff in Asia:
If you live in Singapore, you can purchase the limited edition Hello Kitty Chili Crab cup o’ noodles. Between now and March 10, you can buy this item for $2.50 at pop-up shops during the Hello, Shibuya Tokyo Fashion & Culture Mix Show.
Now, I normally wouldn’t give a shit about Hello Kitty, but there’s something about a mash-up of Hello Kitty and chili crab cup o’ noodles that intrigues me. That is all. Read more...
So for a science project, a group of 7th graders decided to send Hello Kitty into space. I can relate to this because my 7th grade science project also involved a kitty. In my case, I tried to mate a cat with a rabbit. Unfortunately, I met with failure; unlike these kids. Check it out:
Artist Andrew Michael Golden has a special treat for fans of Japan’s Studio Ghibli films a.k.a. the home of Hayao Miyazaki—the creative force behind animated classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Golden has created a series of photorealistic images of some of the characters from Miyazaki’s animated world. You can check them all out here and get a sampling below.
OMG, I’ve watched this YouTube video all weekend. It’s a compilation of interstitials starring a talking bean that gives out mundane bits of trivia to people who are about to enjoy their moment. Mameshiba was created by Korean Japanese national Kim Sukwon, a copywriter, who came up with this weirdly brilliant characters of talking beans with dog faces. Mameshiba, the word, is actually a Japanese pun, with mame meaning bean in Japanese, and Mameshiba as a toy version of the Shiba Inu. Read more...
It’s strange to admit that I have watched every James Bond movie including the 1967 Casino Royale and the Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again. Maybe because my first James Bond movie was The Spy Who Loved Me, I think Roger Moore is still the most fabulous Bond. His James Bond is charming, funny, sexy and universal. Watching the Roger Moore Bond movies made a 6-year-old boy feel totally fabulous!
In a previous blog, I talked about how opening title sequences are de rigueur for James Bond movies. You cannot have a James Bond movie without a cool opening title sequence. The opening title sequences in Moore’s Bond movies are probably the most fabulous in my opinion. Read more...
The Like a Waking Nightmare tumblr site has screenshots from a Chinese bootleg version of the summer hit The Avengers and let’s just say the subtitles leave a lot to be desired. Check out a sampling below and click onto the site above if you want to check out the rest.