Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

Another Scandinavian nudist story

May 11, 2009

When it rains, it pours – another scandal related to Scandinavians going commando in the tropical climate of S.E. Asia.  First it was the Swede with his meatballs in Holland Village, now the Danish and their pastries in Johor.  From The New Paper:

PICTURES of men and women running naked through lush island greenery have sparked a furore in both Malaysia and Denmark.

They are screenshots from Robinson Ekspeditionen, the Danish version of popular reality programme Survivor.

The show involves a group of contestants who have to complete various mental and physical challenges to make it into the next round. It was broadcast on TV3 in Denmark.

News website reported that during the episode in question, which was shot on a Malaysian island, one of the challenges was for the contestants to race in the nude.


Merantau – the next Ong Bak

May 11, 2009

The trailer for a new Indonesian silat movie, Merantau – sure to achieve a cult following in the US and Europe.  It’s worth watching all the way to the end, for a pretty chase sequence amongst rooftops.

Durian tree murderer(s)???

March 25, 2009

From Newpaper: A white woman was found hanging from a 2m-tall durian tree in Selangor.  Sounds like a scene from a SAW movie:

The body was found at about 8am yesterday in an orchard near Serendah in Selangor.

The victim was in her 20s and is believed to be a foreigner. She was less than 1.5m tall and had fair skin and shoulder-length hair.

She was found in a white sports bra and dark-coloured panties.

Investigators could not immediately determine if she had been raped before her death.

Two wooden splinters, each about 5cm long, were found in her panties.

The body was in a kneeling position when it was found. The victim had marks on her neck and legs, and scratches on her right thigh. There were no other visible injuries.

Shinjuku Incident website is up!

February 26, 2009


The Shinjuku Incident, starring Jackie Chan in a non-Kungfu-sidekick role, finally has a website up and running!  Here’s a synopsis of the film, which IMHO, gives away too much of the plot:

The foreign migrant communities in Tokyo live shadowy lives. The Japanese neither acknowledge nor welcome them. They are shunned by the mainstream society, hounded by the yakuza, and go about their days under fear of being discovered and repatriated.

It is an alien world for Steelhead – an honest, hardworking tractor repairman. Steelhead had decided to take the perilous journey to Tokyo after he lost contact with his girlfriend, who had arrived in the city earlier.

Trying to exist in the underbelly of Tokyo long enough to find Xiu Xiu, Steelhead has come to realize the migrants had to stand united if they wanted to go about their lives without fear of oppression by not only the Japanese underworld but also gangs formed by foreigner.

In his search of a decent living, Steelhead unwittingly finds himself pit against the Japanese yakuza. Ironically, he also discovers that Xiu Xiu has adopted a Japanese identity and married Eguchi, an ambitious up and coming yakuza chief.

Steelhead wins the respect of his friends by establishing a base for them and forms an uneasy alliance with Eguchi. When he helps Eguchi dispose of a rival, he is given the control of Shinjuku’s night establishments. But, uninterested in living a gangster’s life, Steelhead finds a new love and takes the chance to start a tractor repair business outside Tokyo. However, his peace is shortlived when word gets to him that his former compatriots were now being used by Eguchi to front the yakuza’s drug business.

Steelhead feels responsible for this turn of events and feels obligated to bring Eguchi down. He also has to bear in mind that if he goes after Eguchi, he would be destroying the newfound life of the woman he once loved. In any case, can one simple migrant take on the yakuza alone?

Wall Street Fighter 4 video from Hong Kong

February 19, 2009

A funny video by an Asian American comedy sketch group based in HK called CBFresh, doing something really relevant (er financial crisis and the release of Street Fighter 4 – perhaps the two most important events in the news now?).

Interesting to see that someone is trying to bring a G4-style lifestyle program to Asia.  CBFresh website here.

Asia Media News

February 2, 2009

It just dawned upon me that the closure of quality media news outlets in Asia like VarietyAsia brings citizen journalism (e.g. this blog) to the forefront. Anyone know of any other good Asian media news websites? The only other one I know of is AsiaMedia, which I’m not too sure has their own full-time staff based in the region.

VarietyAsia shutters its doors

February 2, 2009

Received an email from the staff of VarietyAsia this morning announcing the indefinite suspension of their magazine.  They’re one of the more credible sources of media news updates in Asia, and closing the entire operation as part of cost-cutting measures seems to be really short-sighted.  JFK’s quote from his speech at the University of New Hampshire in 1960 is quite apt to describe the current situation:

In the Chinese language, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one representing danger, and one representing opportunity. The danger now is clear. But this crisis also presents an opportunity – not only for India but for all the West. But if these opportunities are lost now, they may never come again.