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(no subject) [Aug. 9th, 2005|11:33 pm]
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[mood |boredbored]
[music |Spitz - runaruna]

I saw Tony Takitani tonight, the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's short story of the same title. It's really beautifully rendered--it has a very Murakami-esque feel to it. The first half or so is really cool in the cinematography, as the camera continuously moves right, using large objects in the foreground to block the view as it moves from scene to scene, like reading pages from a book. It's a bit difficult to describe what the movie's about, since it's sort of plotless, like all other Murakami things tend to be. But of course there's a man who pines for a woman. Her name, oddly enough, is not a colour. And no mention of Greece. Perhaps only because it was originally a short story, haha. But Tony Takitani is a loner, until he meets this woman who just consumes his heart. Her fatal flaw, which is perfectly Murakami-weird, is that she loves to buy designer clothes. So eventually Tony says something to her about the amount she spends, and she tries to curb her expenses. There's an accident, however, and Tony's left alone again. So he puts an ad in the paper asking for women who are his wife's size. It's a bizarre story concept; but then again, so is pretty much everything Murakami writes.

Really, though, Jun Ichikawa did a great job with that detached, dreamy quality. And the bookish feeling was emphasized by having a narrator and again with the page turning camera work. Yet the characters still gained depth through their small comments and dialogues. I really enjoyed it.
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updates at TMWR.. [Feb. 25th, 2005|05:15 pm]
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Hello! We have had several updates at TMWR recently, all in a wide musical genre. Go check it out and enjoy.

The asian music:

L'arc en Ciel
Ayumi Hamasaki

Hiphop/R&B/House: A MUST CHECK OUT!

Josh One
R.A. The Rugged Man

And of course we cannot forget the webradio, the current playlist is a J-rock party.
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Analife [Feb. 5th, 2005|08:30 pm]
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This movie has been creating massive hype for a few weeks now. Just in case people missed out, here's the link the official english site. Watch the trailer and read the bios!

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daremo shiranai [Feb. 5th, 2005|04:41 pm]
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[mood |busy]
[music |FAKE? - Eternal Satellites]

Saw this the other night on it's only night in NYC. It's mindblowing.

Nobody Knows is, simply, a genius movie. Absolutely perfect. The characters are compelling and enchanting. The kid who played Akira, Yagira Yuya, won best actor at the Canne Film Festival, and it's simple to see why. Akira is a delicate balance between trying to be an adult and remaining a child, and even when he's playing the role of the guardian for his 3 younger siblings, there's a vulnerability that shows through--the desire to go to school and be a normal junior high schooler. The story itself, of 4 children all born of different fathers abandoned by their mother and left to fend for themselves, is fascinating and provocative. A 12 year old bearing the weight of his mother's many actions and its results. Himself, Kyoko, Shigure and Yuki as those results. It's simply a tale of 4 children learning how to live in the real world, and nothing more. But the manner in which Koreeda tells it is the same as spinning gold from straw. Instead of filling the film with overtones of depression and dispair at their dilemma, he creates something fantastic within the children--the hope that their mother will return, and beyond that, their bonds with one another. Everything is handled with a childlike innocence or ignorance. Shigure and Yuki ever seem to completely absorb the gravity of their situation, always bouncing back, somehow, impossibly hopeful. Their mother even, has that quality in herself. So much of the film is understated; long shots of a stain on the floor, filled with muted silence manages to say volumes about Kyoko's relationship with her mother. Or Akira, with his hand on a large pink suitcase, rubbing it almost soothingly. It's the small little details that are the most important aspects.

It's a hauntingly beautiful story and film, and if you get a chance, see it. There's really nothing like it. Will open wide later this month or in March.
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2005|03:54 pm]
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words of a genius (eye yamataka):

"to me, the venue where i perform is extremely important to me. and how i perform is definitely influenced by where i am placed. its definitely different for me to perform in, say, shinjuku in tokyo or near mount fuji in the forest. its a completely different context. what i believe is that theres already music where i go, so its more like performing WITH that environment. instead of just performing your music, you perform with where you are and what environment youre placed in. what feels the best for me is when my own music, my own viration, becomes at harmony with the environment that im in. its not necessarily that way all the time -- i have to perform wherever i have to perform. but when its most right for me is when my feeling and my vibration is connected to the environment that im placed in."

taken from interview in the jan/feb 2005 issue of TOKION
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video update! [Jan. 7th, 2005|03:28 am]
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[mood |annoyedmigraine]

mr.wendell updated on TMWR

With two videos, one from Koda Kumi and a Japanese salsa group called Orchestra De La Luz.
The clip is from the show Happy X'mas Show. The second video is a KPOP vid. Further descriptions at TMWR.
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Fantasy Update! [Dec. 14th, 2004|11:28 am]
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[mood |hyperhyper]
[music |Heartsdales - Fantasy]

We have an update at TMWR & Team Tomodachi, with the latest single from Heartsdales - Fantasy. Also included for your viewing pleasure is the video for Fantasy.
This is for those of you who have not gotten the single or video from bittorrent already. ^_^!~
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enka update at TMWR &TEAM TOMODACHI [Dec. 10th, 2004|04:15 am]
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[mood |calmcalm]
[music |enka!]

At TMWR & TEAM TOMODACHII did an enka update. If you have never heard any enka this update has a few selections that will not torment you too much. =p If you donot its ok too but I reccomend listening to a few of the songs as they have a way of suddenly creeping on you and you find you like it. ^^ I uploaded albums and will upload a few videos and albums next enka update.
The following can be found:

Misora Hibari - Tokusen Shuu Disc1&2

Mizumori Kaori - zenkyoku shuu tottorisakyuu

Nagayama Youko - Jonkara

Sayuri Ishikawa enka songs

Tagawa Toshimi - tokusen shuu CD2

Please comment if you download and let me know what you thought of the albums. ^_^!~
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for the leecher in you [Nov. 23rd, 2004|06:47 pm]
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[mood |quixoticquixotic]
[music |Heartsdales - Fantasy PV]

Posted on themishi and first post on Sonic Splendor. ^^!~

I went on a mini uploading spree the past few days and I will continue to upload throughout the week maybe.
Must See Feel free to browse around in the main directory and sub directories. I am not sure if there is anything here, you are welcome to leech to your hearts content.

some comments on vids at ongaku
M-flo Loves Yoshika - Let Go
I was rather impressed with Verbal's r&b style singing and then his immediate flow into his rap voice. It was like hearing two different people. Verbal's singing reminded me of Ryohei Yamamoto. GG said Yoshika reminds him of Utada. I did not feel this song at first but I really liked hearing this song live. It was nice!

Koda Kumi gets more risque with every video. Damn woman probably gave the guys who watch this video a need for some serious personal alone time. I did not watch the whole thing the first time around and the second time GG and I were like whoooah... Now I see why its Aznguy new favorite vid.

Heartsdales - Fantasy vid was awesome... the song totally reminds me of a mix of OPP and another song I cannot quite put my finger on. They tend to use lyrics from back in the day at first I think of as a bit cheesy but they have a way with making me like it more and more. I think its because I miss that style of r&b with hiphop that is not as dominant as it was. "You down with fantasy, yea you know me.. " This song rocks. I love the way they blend rapping with Rum's r&b singing. Rum's singing voice and rapping voice still trip me how different she can sound. I love this song... the more I listen the more hooked I get. Oh and the two guys with Jewels and Rum I think are from the Body Rock vid...
Ok Mishi loves the vid!

Noodles - Hush Bell is awesome song. I instantly became addicted and liked the vid even more. It may seem plain by most video standards but it seemed to show more than what is obvious. If you like GO!GO!7188 you definetly might like Noodles.

In the Mango Black Tea folder.. I uploaded a noodles album and the Arizona radio station interview with Utada. Browse around and have fun. =p Oh and be a nice person and tell me what you watched or listened to.

Mishi chu out!~
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(no subject) [Oct. 7th, 2004|09:09 am]
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[music |ACIDMAN - Suisha]

Some more info on THE BACK HORN, specifically the new single Cobalt Blue and the new DVD...

9th Single 『コバルトブルー』

THE BACK HORN is credited for the music for all 3 tracks. Suganami Eijun wrote the lyrics for tracks 1 and 3, コバルトブルー and カラビンカ. Matsuda Shinji wrote the lyrics for track 2, 白い日記帳.

Live DVD 『爆音夢花火』

■映画『アカルイミライ』主題歌「未来」、映画『CASSHERN』挿入歌「レクイエム」、ZETT CFソング「花びら」他、ベスト盤的選曲!!

[poorly attempted translation, probably wrong]
■It opens up with a short film, 「爆音夢芝居」, directed by Suganami Eijun.
■Includes the songs Mirai from the movie Bright Future, Requiem from Casshern and Hanabira from the ZETT commercials.
■Reversible DVD jacket
■Comes with lyrics to all of the songs

The first press gifts details have been released. The limited edition, first press of 『コバルトブルー』 comes with a video of a live performance of 甦る陽 and the first press of the DVD, 『爆音夢花火』, apparently comes with a "ghost hankerchief", whatever that is, and apparently a postcard.

Also, the SPECIAL 『コバルトブルー』 promo site will be going online 10/8.

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