Posts Tagged ‘hong kong’

Shinjuku Incident website is up!

February 26, 2009

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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.

More on HK

May 8, 2008

I noticed a much higher incidence of the stereotypical old-white-man-with-young-asian-girl type of interracial couples in Hong Kong than in Singapore.  Well HK was a dependent territory of the UK until 1997, so it’s not surprising that this vestige of colonialism exists even today.  It’s just really funny in a sad way, and actually vindicating, to see these couples sitting silently over dinner, picking at the food on their plates rather than bothering with dinner conversation.

HK vs. NY

May 6, 2008

I just returned from a short trip to Hong Kong with the girlfriend, and I had a rather in-depth discussion about the investment banking analyst’s lifestyle in Hong Kong with a couple of friends who work in bulge brackets there. I think it’s interesting to compare and contrast the NY analyst lifestyle with that of the HK analyst. Here are some quick points off the top of my head that might surprise the NY analyst:

  • The professional circle (banking/consulting/expat) is very small, so everyone knows about everything, e.g. if two people hook up at Prive on Saturday, everyone will know about it by Monday
  • Karaoke is the default social activity
  • Very little “culture” in the commercial sense – no MoMA, no Met, no indie concerts
  • Crazier hours, but more $
  • Less supervision from senior bankers in their work since there is less public information available to check the analysts’ numbers
  • All correspondence is in Mandarin. Not limited to emails, since a lot of senior Chinese managers do not have Blackberries and thus rely on SMSes
  • Bankers are kings in HK. They get first dibs on everything, from tables at Prive to tables in dimsum restaurants