[Rerun] Takeshi Kaneshiro’s Not Down With Hollywood’s Typecasting of Asian Actors

This makes me respect the 37-year-old (very) popular Japanese actor even more. I always knew he was smart, but this interview confirms his savvy when considering entering the Hollywood American market. He has no interest in it because he has no interest in being typecast into the same parts or “characters” as he states in the interview below. If you’ve seen any of his movies, you know that all of his characters are strong and masculine. Why should he come to Hollywood and be cast in a desexualized, nerdy or token role?

This echoes one of the previous posts about Rick Yune and why there should be no reason why he can’t be successful in Hollywood.

Jake Shimabukuro Never Fails To Amaze

34-year-old Japanese-American ukelele genius Jake Shimabukuro just released a new album entitled “PeaceLoveUkelele” and I thought I’d share the following video clip with all of you. He’s an amazing musician but most of all I admire the positive messages that he promotes through his music.

American mainstream music nowadays is (in my opinion) the most uninspiring music in human history. True, I’ve only been on the Earth for less than 30 years, but even back in the day when blues music (the basis for all American standard music) was in its infancy, fragile and struggling with its identity, it at least represented the despairing plight of an oppressed people. Today’s pop music seems to represent nothing, or rather, nothing of value. For numerous decades, it was going a good way for a while, but something happened on the way to heaven, and I think it’s lost that spark of creativity, passion and sincerity that made it so unique in the world. I have my own theories on why this has happened, but that’s for another discussion on a completely different blog.

Anyway, its incredibly refreshing for a musician like Jake to come along and showcase his musicianship. And to that I say: thank you Jake!! 🙂

“Kimi Wa Petto”: A Japanese Drama That Black Women Can Relate To

A must-see!

Its been several years since I’ve seen this drama, but the storyline has stayed with me and is just as fresh in my mind as when I finished watching it.

Kimi Wa Petto (You Are My Pet), is the story of a successful young Japanese businesswoman, named Sumire, who is beautiful on the surface, but lonely and emotionally detached on the inside. The only thing that brings a smile to her face is the memory of her childhood pet, a shaggy dog named Momo. But one day, she comes home to something she doesn’t expect—a sick young man at her doorstep who is in need of food, water and shelter. The man ends up living with Sumire even after he becomes well, under the condition that he provides her with unconditional love and adoration when she comes home from work (much like her childhood pet). Sumire soon learns through her budding relationship with her new boy pet “Momo”, that she is not an island. A must-see!
I think black women can relate to Sumire because a lot of us have spent the better parts of our lives trying to better ourselves, whether that be through higher education or moving up the corporate ladder. Any successful black woman will tell you that in order to make it in this world, the womanly instinct you are born with, whether that be caring or nurturing, must be stifled. Afterall, it is a man’s world (even today). Sumire’s character is of particular note because she is in a culture that is known to oppress women who wish to reach beyond gender roles that demand being a woman synonymous with being a housewife.

On top of all of that, Jun Matsumoto plays “Momo”, and I just adore him. I’ve also heard that a Korean adaptation is in the works, which I’d love to see. You can watch Kimi Wa Petto here(many thanks to http://www.mysoju.com!!). As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. And don’t forget to subscribe!

Yosuke-senpai Surfaces in Ollie Magazine

Yosuke Kubozuka graces the cover the August 2010 issue of Ollie Magazine

Finally, I found him (sorry about the tiny cover image, but I couldn’t find anything larger)! I have got to get a subscription to this magazine. If for only checking out the men featured in it’s pages as they be lookin’ fine! Anyway, I have been searching for Yosuke Kubozuka (my favorite Japanese actor) on the internet like crazy for the latest and greatest news on his whereabouts and projects, and finally I came across Ollie Magazine. Ollie Magazine is a Japanese men’s fashion and style journal that also tackles cultural and social topics of the day. It appears to me to be a “GQ in training” of sorts and I’m not mad at it. Reading the Japanese kana and kanji might be a problem, but really, I wouldn’t necessarily be purchasing it particularly for the articles.

Yosuke senpai has graced the cover more than a few times, and is a regular contributor to the magazine’s content. That’s enough for me to take an interest. He seems to be the type that shuns the media spotlight and chooses his art mediums very carefully. “Ollie” seems to be one of those mediums. He’s so weird/artsy/bionic and I adore him for it! He intrigues me. What can I say. By the way, does anyone know if he’s still married? Just wondering.

Shawty, what yo name is?

Yosuke Kubozuka: Eccentric is Sexy

Yosuke Kubozuka: A different kind of sexy

The first time I saw Yosuke (pronounced “yoh-skay”) Kubozuka was on “Strawberry On the Shortcake”, a Japanese tv drama. Takizawa Hideaki was the lead actor, but Yosuke stole the show. His character was clever, confident and weird all at the same time. I took a mental note to watch all the rest of his dramas/movies, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. He’s not hugely popular, and he’s not usually most womens’ first choice. When my Japanese girl friends asked me who my favourite Japanese actor is and I told them Yosuke Kubozuka, they had to first remember who he is, and then disagree that he had any appeal at all. They think he’s weird, and they think I’m even weirder for liking him. He’s not your normal actor pretty boy, but he’s got an eccentric quality to him that I find interesting.

Have any of you heard of him or have you seen any of his movies? What are your thoughts on him? Well, no matter the case, he gets a special spot on “Black Women Love Bi, and All Asian Men”.