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I kid, I kid. Please forgive the use of the pun but the manga is noteworthy. Dead A manga review by Say0chan

Utsubora

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Here is a film that challenges the viewer to question gay and straight culture while enveloping the feelings of first love as told by a young boy in the Philippines. Auraeus Solito directed this 2005 light-hearted drama which quickly became a contender in film festivals worldwide, becoming the official Philippine entry for Best Foreign Film in the 79th Academy Awards. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll question your own childhood and wonder about what defines gender: Society or You.

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Don't get the wrong idea

Don’t get the wrong idea…

D-don’t you dare read this post. I just wrote some stuff that doesn’t concern you. I mean, it isn’t like this stuff about Severa is good or something… Spoiler Alerts ahead

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The Raid: Redemption (directed by Gareth Evans, 2011) is a testosterone-filled movie about a rookie police officer whose squad infiltrates a thirty-story building where the target is a terrorist of a crime lord. The 101-minute film is loaded with brilliant martial arts choreography that will surely give South East Asia notice among the better part of the Asian-martial art spectrum. Despite the epic fight scenes and sharp placement of the camera, the plot leaves something to be desired. Have no fear however, if you aren’t worried about how congruent the plot is, the martial arts and concept of brotherhood shown works hand in hand to create an environment that will satisfy even the most staunch critic. Remember that the star of the film is the jaw-dropping action, never mind an intricate plot. I want to be entertained with fists, not words!

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The 2006 Thai horror film Dorm (original title Dek Hor) is a movie that is out of this world. Unfortunately it isn’t a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-type of movie with space but the kind with another world for the dear departed. Not feeling the horror genre? Dorm has more than that, with a coming-of-age, feel good movie with dramatic horror intricately woven to create a story about a boy who finds the true meaning of caring for a friend instead of thinking of only himself. Ghost stories? Boarding-school education? Getting caught with naughty magazines? What’s a new kid supposed to do to fit in?

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A film scene analysis by Say0chan

Greetings all, just thought I’d drop by a give a gem if you wish to read through. This is but a short analysis on a particular scene that I liked in the Italian movie Nuovomondo (released as The Golden Door in 2006 to North America).

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Mini-(Over)Analysis Post by Say0chan

Cheers! I’ll be posting quick reads for you guys on thoughts and (over)analysis that would be too small for a post. With more research, I could expand these “minis” into a full-size post. Keep on the lookout, if I do make a post that has been derived from these “minis”, I’ll be sure to put the “mini” post link with the full post. Check it out now!

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Author post by Say0chan

The Japanese author Haruki Murakami came to do a talk at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on April 10, 2012. Several professors that I studied under, former and current, came to this huge event along with hundreds of students and fans.

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Book review and analysis post by Say0chan

Disclaimer: This post may allude to spoilers towards the bottom of the article. I will let you know when it will be spoiler time. :) Thank you for reading.

Banana Yoshimoto’s widely acclaimed debut novel “Kitchen” has had over 60 printings in Japan since the book’s release in 1988. Proclaimed to be shadowed by her father, Takaaki Yoshimoto, she created her pen name “Banana Yoshimoto”. “Kitchen” is a tender story involving family and food. Check out my musing.

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Window shopping post by Say0chan

Recently I went shopping for new comics to read at my local comic book store. I definitely recommend reading Garth Ennis’ superhero parody series “The Boys”, Willingham and Buckingham’s fairy tale cornucopia “Fables”, and a throwback to a Japanese food manga called “Oishinbo” by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki. While perusing, I found one of the sexiest, most beautiful Poison Ivy figurines I have ever laid my eyes on.

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