Tokyo Cinemas – Q Ax Tue, 18 Jan 2022 03:11:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tokyo Cinemas – Q Ax 32 32 City Guide: Where to shop till you drop in Bangkok Tue, 18 Jan 2022 03:11:55 +0000

Bangkok is known worldwide for its markets, temples, street food, walking streets, tuk tuks and ladyboys, to name a few. But this bustling city also offers a dazzling array of shopping venues. From its countless colorful night markets delivering a bargain hunter’s dream to the glitz and glamor of high-end malls – which one is best for you? We understand that travelers can be dazed by the maze of shopping craze in Bangkok, with the sheer amount of options that seem to entice you to spend your baht on every corner.

This is where Pete comes in to save you from your consumer headaches and help you find the best value for your baht. He curated this list of the best shopping malls in Bangkok, for those who want to browse the best deals this bustling capital has to offer – complete with food courts, caffeinated drinks and air conditioning. And of course, lots of free WiFi.


Located along the Chaopraya River, you can take a water taxi across the river to Chinatown and enter the mall from the pier. This takes the cake for the best view and air-conditioned atmosphere. On the side of the pier, the viewpoint offers a breathtaking view of the river. For all you IG lovers, be prepared to spend some time taking photos by the pier with the palace-like glass and gold mall in the background. Besides the view, there are many luxury brand stores here, from Louis Vuitton to Guicci, Prada to Hermès, as well as fast fashion stores like H&M and UNIQLO. The mall’s wide selection of restaurants and cafes, coupled with its large cinema, are sure to satisfy foodies or movie buffs of all kinds.

Central Embassy

Central Embassy is the very definition of luxury shopping. It has a large collection of designer brands as well as fine dining and a classy cinema that other places can’t beat. If you want the best of the best, Central Embassy might just be your best bet. It is also relatively quiet, providing a more peaceful shopping experience. The top floor houses the luxurious VIP cinemas – where the cheapest “sofa” seat costs THB 1,500. It’s also recently been renovated into a hip coworking space called Open House, where you can rent an office by the hour or use the public space for the price of a cup of coffee – for all digital nomads. The mall is also connected to the neighboring mall, Central Chidlom, and can be reached by BTS station Ploen Chit or Chidlom respectively.


MBK is one of the most popular malls among tourists and travellers, and for good reason. There is something for everyone here. From countless boutiques selling counterfeit clothing brands to electronics stores where you can buy the latest phones, video games and accessories, with a food court, cinema and arcade, this is a warrior’s oasis of the weekend. Most stores are reasonably inexpensive. It’s important to walk around and bargain, as some stores may give you a better deal on the same product. Its central location in Siam makes it relatively easy to get to. We recommend getting off at Siam and walking around. For those who prefer to rest their feet, get off at the National Stadium BTS station.

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is located in the heart of Bangkok and is famous among the younger generation. It’s always busy, especially after school and working hours. There are countless stores where you can shop, from H&M and Uniqlo to high-end luxury brands like Chanel and Hermès. There’s an aquarium if you’re visiting with your kids and a cinema on the top floor to see the latest blockbuster. If you go out with your friends, the bowling alley is right next to the cinema. Within walking distance from Siam Paragon, there are two other malls called Siam Center and Siam Discovery. Think of Siam like Shibuya in Tokyo. There is everything you could wish for in a domain.

Fortune City

Don’t overlook the geeks and nerds. Fortune Town is the perfect place to get lost in the computer world. If you’re looking for a new computer or want to build your own, this is the place to go. There are also many hardware and software options. But it’s not just computers and laptops. If you love photography, Fortune has you covered too. If you are interested in technology, this is a unique opportunity. You can visit here by getting off at MRT Petchaburi station.

Platinum Fashion Mall

Platinum is a great place for women as it has everything on sale from dresses, casual clothes, bags and shoes. Everything on sale is affordable and cheap. Most stores sell in bulk, which makes you want to buy even more. Most stores sell the same clothes, but the price varies, so it’s important to shop around. Here is a bit far from the train station, and the nearest station is BTS Chidlom station, and you have to walk about 1 kilometer.

Terminal 21

Each floor is themed around a different city, each an international travel destination. The entire mall feels like an airport, with a unique urban vibe on each floor. The signs resemble flight arrival and departure boards, while the pretty ladies at the information desk wear flight attendant uniforms. The food court is well known and loved by travelers and office workers alike, with a wide selection of tasty and affordable dishes. And like any decent mall in Thailand, there’s a Starbucks on the first floor for those who want their signature caffeine or matcha latte, as well as a cinema on the top floor, which features the latest domestic films and Hollywood blockbusters. The stores here are not limited to luxury brands, but also include many local and boutique brands that cannot be found elsewhere, making it a great place to shop for gifts. Travelers looking to do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs or clothes in the capital can make a quick stop here, before taking the MRT one stop south to Phetchaburi Station, then on to the Airport Rail Link via Makkasan Station to enjoy a cheap, air-conditioned ride directly to Suvarnabhumi Airport.


Although not a mall per se, this well-developed riverside shopping district offers the colorful assortment and open-air allure of night markets with the safety and sanitation of mall, not to mention its exquisite selection of restaurants. But both places are beaten in terms of views. Located next to the Chao Praya River, you can ride a Ferris wheel overlooking the Bangkok skyline at night. Just a 10-minute walk from Saphan Taksin BTS station, it’s open from 5 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Once the sight of an international trading port, you can now sail, (no pun intended) visit the shops and buy gifts as souvenirs. There are two shows: a Thai puppet show and the Calypso cabaret (aka ladyboy show). ASIATIQUE is one of the main places to watch the city’s fireworks display along the river during the annual New Year celebration.

What is your point of view ?

So there you have it, our list of the best malls for style and selection, fun and entertainment, location and cuisine. When it comes to shopping, Bangkok has you covered. Whatever your price preference, everyone can find something to their liking in this city of material pleasure. As far as we know, all malls in the city are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, except on holidays and special occasions. Of course, there are many other places to shop in Bangkok, but these are our favorites. What are yours? Is there another mall or special shopping spot that is not on our list? Or do you have an exceptional shopping experience that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below and contribute to the ThaigerTalk travel community!

To note: A previous version of this article appeared in the “Bang for Your Baht” category. We’ve moved it to the “City Guide” category to better represent the content.

COVID: Beijing reports first local case of Omicron | News on the coronavirus pandemic Sat, 15 Jan 2022 16:42:27 +0000

The first locally transmitted case of Omicron was detected in China’s capital, Beijing, officials said, weeks before the Winter Olympics were to be held.

State television reported on Saturday that the new COVID infection had been identified as the Omicron strain.

Lab tests revealed “Omicron variant-specific mutations” in the person, Pang Xinghuo, an official with the city’s disease control authority, told a press briefing.

The announcement comes a day after the southern city of Zhuhai imposed travel restrictions on residents as a mass testing campaign uncovered seven infections.

Millions of people across the country have been ordered to stay at home in recent weeks, with dozens of domestic flights canceled and factories closed, as the country tries to control a series of small coronavirus outbreaks, including several. of the Omicron variant, ahead of the Olympics, which are due to begin on February 4.

Despite these restrictive measures, Jules Boykoff, professor and chair of the Department of Politics and Government at the University of the Pacific, warned that it will be difficult to contain the spread of Omicron among athletes.

“A lockdown should probably help contain [the spread of the virus] to some extent but we have seen similar measures around the Tokyo Olympics which just happened a few months ago and yet even with those over 800 cases have arisen inside the se -called Olympic bubble,” Boykoff said.

“Because of the transmissibility [of Omicron] we have serious issues on our hands regarding the Beijing Olympics,” he added.

A locally transmitted case of Omicron has been discovered in the capital’s Haidian district, home to many tech company headquarters, a city official Pang told a news conference, a rare violation of Beijing’s tightly guarded COVID-19 defenses.

Authorities are testing other occupants of the patient’s residential compound and office building and have restricted access to 17 locations linked to the infected person, Pang said.

Beijing has long banned people from certain parts of the country who have reported cases, while requiring all arrivals to provide recent COVID-19 test reports. Residents have also been urged in recent weeks not to leave town for the upcoming Spring Festival holiday.

On Friday, the coastal city of Zhuhai, which borders Macau’s gambling hub, said Omicron was detected in one mildly ill patient and six asymptomatic patients.

Zhuhai officials have asked residents to avoid leaving the city “unless necessary”, with those leaving required to show negative COVID test results within the previous 24 hours.

The city on Friday launched mass testing for its population of 2.4 million after a COVID case was detected in nearby Zhongshan earlier in the week.

Businesses such as beauty salons, card rooms, gyms and cinemas were ordered to close on Thursday, with authorities announcing the suspension of public bus routes in parts of the city.

China has kept COVID-19 cases relatively low throughout the pandemic thanks to its zero-tolerance strategy of immediately ordering mass testing and strict lockdowns when infections are detected.

Tougher lockdowns have been imposed on smaller Chinese cities where millions have been ordered to stay home and get tested, while economic hubs such as Shanghai and Beijing have locked down and tested only specific neighborhoods in more targeted efforts.

But the fast-spreading Omicron variant has been testing that strategy in recent weeks, popping up in the port city of Tianjin near Beijing before spreading to the central city of Anyang.

National Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng told reporters on Saturday that the country faces a “double challenge” from the Delta and Omicron strains of the virus.

He warned that regions that had not yet experienced outbreaks “must not relax” their prevention measures and “strengthen risk auditing”.

Biden forms task force, faces criticism over surge: virus update Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:12:47 +0000

Beijing reported the first case of the omicron variant in the city just three weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics. The strain was also found in Shanghai.

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner opposes the offer of new subsidies for Covid-19 measures, he told Welt am Sonntag.

India has extended a ban on campaign rallies, with five states due to go to the polls from February 10. New cases in Indonesia hit a three-month high.

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Indonesia Cases Hit 3-Month High (9 a.m. NY)

Indonesia reported 1,054 new infections on Saturday, the most since Oct. 13, on the spread of the omicron variant. More than 4.2 million people in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy have tested positive for the coronavirus, government data shows.

President Joko Widodo has decided to provide free booster shots, as well as restricting government officials and their families from traveling abroad, in a bid to slow the rate of infection.

India extends ban on campaign rallies (9 a.m. NY)

India has extended a ban on campaign rallies until January 22 as new infections soar. Five Indian states will go to the polls from February 10.

The country reported 268,833 new infections on Saturday. At the height of the outbreak last year, daily cases had passed the 400,000 mark.

US Vaccine Push Weakens (8:30 a.m. NY)

The number of new people receiving the Covid-19 vaccine is at one of the lowest points since the rollout began, according to a review of the latest US government data.

Beijing Reports Omicron Case 3 Weeks Before Winter Olympics (7:46 a.m. NY)

Beijing reported the first case of the omicron variant in the city, adding pressure on authorities less than three weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics.

Cases of Omicron were confirmed earlier in Shanghai and Guangdong province.

German Finance Minister Rejects New Financial Support (5:32 a.m. NY)

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner opposes the offer of new financial aid for Covid-19 measures, Welt am Sonntag reports.

“We have become accustomed to high state payments during the pandemic. This phase must end,” he told the newspaper in an interview. Lindner also said he was against paying a vaccination “premium” to people still reluctant to get vaccinated.

Germany reported a record seven-day incidence rate of 497 per 100,000 in the 24 hours to Saturday, according to the country’s public health authority, RKI.

RKI had earlier reported a drop in new Covid cases.

UK Government Set to Abandon England’s ‘Plan B’ (5 a.m. NY)

The UK government is set to lift some virus restrictions in England from January 26, the Telegraph reports. The move, which could be announced this week, could include an end to Covid passports and advice on working from home, the newspaper said, without giving details. Some rules regarding the use of face masks will likely remain in place.

Hong Kong Reports Five New Cases Amid Stricter Rules (4:54 p.m. HK)

Hong Kong has reported five new cases of the coronavirus, including four of the omicron variant, as the city enters its second week of heightened social distancing rules.

Two of the newly infected people were linked to locally known clusters and three were imported cases, the Center for Health Protection said Saturday. An aircraft cleaning staff member was one of 10 preliminary positive cases reported, he said.

Hong Kong plans to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11 from next week with the vaccine from Sinovac Biotech Co., Civil Service Chief Patrick Nip told local radio, RTHK reported earlier. The city plans to extend the BioNTech SE jab offer in February after the Lunar New Year, RTHK said.

Uganda Destroys Expired Virus Injections (4:43 p.m. HK)

Uganda will destroy more than 400,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines after they expire following low usage in the northern region of the country, the Saturday Monitor newspaper reported.

The vaccines were mainly manufactured by Moderna Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc, the Kampala-based newspaper reported, citing Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng.

Tokyo Covid Cases Top 4,000 Again (4:24 p.m. HK)

Tokyo reported 4,561 cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, topping 4,000 for a second day as the highly contagious omicron variant spread across Japan.

It is the highest number of cases since August 26, when the capital was in a virus emergency. The seven-day case average rose to 2,427 from 502 a week ago, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The recent outbreak prompted the Japanese capital to raise its Covid alert to the second-highest level of four levels this week. Japan has also placed three other areas under near-emergency, allowing local authorities to impose restrictions on businesses like bars and restaurants. Japan is seeing few Covid-related deaths, although hospital admissions are increasing.

Philippines Adds 39,004 New Infections (4:02 p.m. HK)

The Philippines added 39,004 new cases, fueling fears of a return to stricter movement restrictions.

The new cases brought the total number of infections in the country to 3.17 million. There were 43 additional deaths, according to data released on Saturday.

Dogs Can Detect Long Covid in Humans (1:26 p.m. HK)

Dogs are able to detect infection in some long-lasting Covid patients, suggesting that a simple, non-invasive test may be possible to detect the presence of the virus, according to a study conducted in France.

The study showed that dogs can detect volatile organic compounds for up to a year and a half after the initial phase of Covid-19, the researchers said in the preprint published on The study has not been peer reviewed.

Australian Regulator Reviewing Potential Use of Novavax (12:47 p.m. HK)

Australia’s pharmaceutical regulator is evaluating the vaccine from Novavax Inc., with a decision on whether to approve it for use there likely within the next 10 days, Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters.

The decision comes as authorities are stepping up vaccinations for teenagers and urging people aged 16 and over to get vaccinated to ease pressure on the country’s health system.

New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, recorded 48,768 new Covid-19 infections and 20 related deaths on Saturday. Victoria, which hosts the Australian Open tennis tournament in its capital Melbourne, has recorded 25,526 new infections and 23 deaths. Authorities expect infections to peak later this month or early February.

Biden team appeals Texas block on health workers’ tenure (9:37 a.m. HK)

The Biden administration is appealing a federal court block on the mandate to vaccinate health workers in Texas, the only state that doesn’t have to comply with the rule after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it could move forward in the rest of the country.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday filed a notice of appeal of a preliminary injunction granted Dec. 15 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. HHS also requested a stay of the injunction pending its appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

Deadline set for healthcare workers in 24 states (8:02 a.m. HK)

Medical facilities in two dozen states affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Biden administration’s Covid vaccination mandate for health care workers have until March 15 to have their employees fully vaccinated, according to published guidelines. Friday.

Injunctions had prevented the mandate from taking effect in those states, prompting many facilities to suspend efforts to implement the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirement. The High Court lifted these injunctions on Thursday.

Friday’s guidelines affect more than 10 million workers in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities who receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. That’s a later date than allotted to healthcare facilities in 25 states that weren’t involved in the litigation that reached the Supreme Court. They have until January 27 to receive their first doses and until February 28 to be fully vaccinated.

Australia Says Djokovic Poses Public Risk (7:42 a.m. HK)

Tennis star Novak Djokovic’s entry permit to Australia has been canceled because his presence risks heightening anti-vaccination sentiment and creating a risk to public order, according to court documents.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has banned the world’s No. 1 tennis player, despite saying Djokovic entered with a valid medical exemption to get vaccinated and himself posed negligible risk to the health.

Its continued presence “could lead to increased anti-vaccination sentiment being generated in the Australian community, potentially leading to increased civil unrest,” Hawke said in the filing.

GE Shuts Down, Honeywell Maintains Vaccine Policy (7:02 a.m. HK)

General Electric Co. is suspending implementation of the Biden administration’s vaccine or test mandate for large employers, while another industrial heavyweight, Honeywell International Inc., will stick to its policy.

The Boston-based maker of jet engines, wind turbines and medical scanners confirmed its decision Friday via email. GE is the first major company to end its policy after the Supreme Court blocked the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s efforts to boost Covid-19 vaccinations.

Still, the court ruling had no effect on a workplace vaccination mandate at Honeywell, the Charlotte, Arizona-based maker of automation equipment and aircraft parts said Friday via email. North Carolina.

Local GOP lawmaker wants registry of domestic violence offenders Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:12:27 +0000
House Representative Brad Klippert (Republicans in the State House)

Largely based on his decades of law enforcement work, an 8th District House representative introduced a bill that would create a national registry of domestic violence offenders.


Brad Kilppert, who, along with Matt Boehnke, is the 8th Member of Parliament for the Kennewick, Richland and South Benton County District House of Representatives, worked for decades as an assistant for the County Sheriff’s Department of Benton.

It was for this reason that he introduced a bill, HB 1678, which would create a state registry for perpetrators of domestic violence.


The register, according to the text of the bill, would apply to “serious” DV violators, and would include name, age, address and other relevant information, and would be maintained by the Patrol of the Washington State. It would be accessible to the public.

It would also provide a much faster method of finding out if a suspect or offender has committed serious DV incidents in the past. For example, an officer responding to an incident could easily access the name and information about the suspect.

A similar bill was introduced a few years ago in the Legislature called “Tina’s Law” after a woman who was beaten to death by her boyfriend who later turned out to have extensive experience in DV. This bill was not put to a vote, but Klippert hopes this time around it will be different.

The legislature began its 2022 session on Monday of this week.

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New Movies in Filipino Theaters – Manila Bulletin Sat, 08 Jan 2022 05:22:00 +0000

Universal Pictures International has unveiled its film offerings that will hit theaters in the first quarter of the year.

“House of Gucci,” directed by Ridley Scott, stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek and Jack Huston. The film is inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind Italian fashion house Gucci that spanned three decades of love, betrayal, decay, revenge and ultimately murder. The film explores what a name means, what it is worth and how far a family will go to control it. “House of Gucci” will open in theaters on January 19.

(Clockwise from top left) “House of Gucci”, “F9”, “Marry Me” and “Sing 2” (Universal Pictures International)

“F9” is a special limited-release pledge for car and speed enthusiasts and will screen in select theaters on January 26th. “F9” is the ninth chapter in the “Fast & Furious” saga, which has spanned two decades and has earned more than $ 5 billion worldwide. This time, this threat will force Dom to face the sins of his past if he is to save those he loves most. His team unites to stop an earth-shattering plot led by the most talented assassin and high performance pilot they’ve ever met: a man who also happens to be Dom’s abandoned brother, Jakob (John Cena, the next year “The Suicide Squad”). The action takes place all over the world, from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the bustling streets of Tbilisi.

“Sing 2” hits theaters on February 2nd. The animated Illumination franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his star cast prepare to launch their most dazzling extravaganza scene yet … all in the glittering capital of the world’s entertainment. There’s only one problem: They must first persuade the world’s loneliest rock star, played by world music icon Bono, in his animated debut, to join them. . Buster (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) made the New Moon Theater a local hit, but Buster has his eyes set on a bigger prize: launch a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.

An unlikely romance about two different people searching for something real in a world where value is based on likes and followers, “Marry Me” is a modern love story about celebrity, marriage, and media. social. Filled with original songs from Jennifer Lopez and global Latin music star Maluma (who debuts in a feature film), “Marry Me” features Lopez with musical superstar Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert, a music teacher. mathematics – complete strangers who agree to marry and then get to know each other. Gilbert is dragged to the concert by his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman) and her best friend (Sarah Silverman). When Kat (Lopez) learns seconds before the ceremony that Bastian (Maluma) cheated on her, her life turns to the left as she crumbles on stage, questioning love, truth and loyalty. .

In the tradition of classic MGM films that celebrate romance lyrically and visually, award-winning director Joe Wright orchestrates a talented cast of actors performing the epic big-screen love story “Cyrano”, which will take place in theaters February 23. This daring new adaptation, scripted by Erica Schmidt and filmed in stunning Italian locations, reinvents the timeless story of wit, courage and love. The sheet music and songs are by Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, and Matt Berninger and Carin Besser. In the title role, Peter Dinklage (winner of an Emmy Award for “Game of Thrones”) appropriates the iconic character.

In one day through the streets of Los Angeles, three lives will change forever in “Ambulance”. In this thriller from director-producer Michael Bay, decorated veteran Will Sharp (Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, pleads for help to the one person he knows he shouldn’t – his adopted brother Danny (Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offered him a score: the biggest bank robbery in Los Angeles history: $ 32 million. With his wife’s survival at stake, Will can’t say no. But when their getaway turns sour, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with an injured cop clinging to life and EMT ace Cam Thompson (Eiza González) on board. In a high-speed chase that never stops, Will and Danny must escape a massive city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try. another not to kill each other, while performing the craziest escape LA has ever seen. . Ambulance is coming to theaters soon on March 30.



Best of LGBTQ LA Readers’ Choice Award 2022 finalists vote Thu, 06 Jan 2022 02:04:26 +0000

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented annually by Visual Communications (VC), announced this week as the first series of films to be screened as part of the 37th annual Festival, which will be a hybrid event taking place virtually and in person at select Los Angeles area theaters from September 23 through October 2, 2021.

The Festival will open on Thursday September 23 at the Aratani Theater of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles with the Los Angeles premiere of MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST by Ann Kaneko, a poetic look at the unexpected alliance formed by Native Americans, Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII, and environmentalists to defend their lands and waters from Los Angeles.

“Visual Communications looks forward to sharing the stories that intersect and converge movements such as MANZANAR, DIVERTED,” said Francis Cullado, Executive Director of Visual Communications. “From emerging filmmakers to established filmmakers, the Festival continues to celebrate artists who have an impact on our communities. “

Following the opening night, LAAPFF will present new works as part of Centerpiece Weekend at the Aratani Theater and Regal LA LIVE. Highlights included the Los Angeles premieres of: AMERICANISH by Iman Zawahry, the first Muslim American romantic comedy directed by a Muslim American filmmaker; the comedy-drama DEFINITION PLEASE by Sujata Day, in which she also stars; Christopher Makoto Yogi’s Sundance hit, I WAS A SIMPLE MAN, with Constance Wu; Dante Basco’s first film, THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS; and Tribeca’s long-awaited Suzanne Kai fun, LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES, about legendary Rolling Stone editor and writer Ben Fong-Torres.

LAAPFF is a proud Oscar®-eligible film festival for the Short Film Awards. The winner (s) of the Film Festival’s Golden Reel Award for Narrative Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short / Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®.

This Festival is the only one in the world to have obtained this qualification. Highlights of the short film lineup included world premieres of: CHASING CLOUDS by Candace Ho, a narrative short about a Taiwanese American forced to face the harsh reality of her mother’s dementia; NIGHT & DAY by Paolo Bitanga, a short documentary from the Philippines about a mother’s house that comes alive once a year when her many children return for the holidays; and FANA’GUYAN by Dakota Camacho, a dance short that explores the end of violence and healing through incarnation, intimacy and ancestral creativity. FANA’GUYAN will be screened as part of Pacific Cinewaves, a programming that represents LAAPFF’s commitment to amplify the indigenous Hawaiian and Pacific Island communities of Hawai’i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guåhan (Guam), Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Samoa and throughout the Pacific region.

“It is an honor to work in this landscape and to witness the rise of storytellers from communities in the islands of Asia and the Pacific,” said Eseel Borlasa, programmer and director of operations for the visual communications festival. “Each year, the Festival is proud to share these diverse perspectives, and we continually hope to bring understanding and develop empathy and solidarity among our audiences. This collective storytelling work with the impact of the audience helps put values ​​into action. LAAPFF believes in this work and we are proud to be a part of the process.

Visual Communications is proud to continue its partnership with HBO for the fifth annual HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a short film competition that features cinematic storytellers of Asian and Pacific Island heritage.

The finalists were selected from hundreds of nominations and were judged by a distinguished panel of HBO executives, industry leaders and fellow APA filmmakers. The three winning films illustrate the theme of this year’s competition: “Take the initiative”. LITTLE SKY by Jess X. Snow, NEH by Jesse Gi and UNMOTHERED by Urvashi Pathania will premiere at LAAPFF on September 25 and on HBO Max on September 27.

This year, the Festival will also continue to host C3, a space for creators to converge and celebrate creative communities. These are virtual and in-person panels and conversations.

Founded in 1983, LAAPFF is the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and the premier showcase for the best and brightest in Asia-Pacific cinema. It was recently named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine.

For more than three decades, LAAPFF has presented more than 5,000 talented films from Asia and the Pacific Islands, and continues to expand its commitment to train new talent and promote the development of the people of Asia and the Pacific. both behind and in front of the camera. The Festival is proud to be a qualifying festival for the Oscars® in the Oscar category for Best Short Film, whether live or animated.

LAAPFF will announce its full lineup on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. General public ticketing will be available from Monday, September 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM PT.

For more information on the program, please visit

the fourth jab gives five times more antibodies, according to an Israeli study; US sets world record of 1 million daily cases Tue, 04 Jan 2022 09:46:00 +0000

Police in Germany reported sporadic violence during protests against the country’s pandemic restrictions, with one protester in the eastern city of Lichtenstein biting an officer and another attempting to steal a service weapon.

Tens of thousands of people in total took to the streets of dozens of German cities for weekly marches that organizers called “walks” in an attempt to circumvent restrictions on public gatherings. Counter-protests also took place in cities like Rostock and Trier, the dpa news agency reported.

Most of the rallies have been peaceful, although many are breaking social distancing rules, prompting officers to intervene.

Police in the state of Saxony, eastern Saxony, said the incident occurred Monday evening in Lichtenstein, about 20 km (12 miles) west of Chemnitz, when officers attempted to pull around 60 rowdy people off a march to verify their identity. Several of the protesters attacked the police and sprayed them with chemical irritants.

“One person attempted to seize an officer’s service weapon and another police officer was bitten by a rally participant,” Saxony police said in a statement.

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Participants in a protest against the coronavirus measures pass through Greifswald, Germany on Monday evening. Photograph: Stefan Sauer / AP

In Bautzen, further east, some participants in a march of 600 people tried to break a police cordon. Officers responded with pepper spray and batons. In Magdeburg, capital of neighboring Saxony-Anhalt, protesters threw bottles and fireworks at police. No police were injured, police said.

The protests took place ahead of a Tuesday meeting of the German Pandemic Expert Group, which is expected to submit further recommendations to the government on how to respond to the outbreak. A meeting of state and federal leaders is scheduled for Friday.

[Corona ni Makeruna] Drinks and dietetic foods become “food of the year” Wed, 29 Dec 2021 23:42:51 +0000


Innovators in Japan develop new technologies to fight coronavirus


This year’s keywords chosen by food companies picked their keywords of the year in December, and they are:

[non] alcohol-flavored drinks to dine at a restaurant, and oatmeal rice to eat there.

Choices reflect lifestyle, as COVID-19 has kept many people at home again in 2021, as they did in 2020 when the most popular words were “Take away gastronomy” and “Hot plate rice”.

As close as possible to the taste of alcohol

The “food of the year” generally reflects the consumption choices that have received the most attention during the year, reflecting societal trends. According to the Tokyo-based Gurunavi Research Institute Inc, which has been conducting surveys of the food industry since 2014, this was the first time that drinks came out on top.

Until recently, “alcohol-flavored drinks” had the image of an abstruse drink, or a drink that could be safely consumed during working hours. But that has all changed in the past year, as COVID-19 restrictions impacted establishments serving alcohol-based beverages during the pandemic. Consumers have adapted by switching to the flavor of alcohol without the buzz, making these drinks more popular than real spirits.

Japanese brewing companies have helped fuel the trend by competing to launch new “light alcohol” beers with an alcohol content of less than 1%. These were followed by the appearance of other non-alcoholic drinks with hints of Japanese sake or wine flavors, and a fancy non-alcoholic cocktail dubbed “Mocktail”, which has become a popular drink in the world. bars and restaurants.

Like Gurunavi Research Institute points out, “Alcohol-flavored drinks saved the restaurant industry. They are likely to stay here and will be added as a new alternative for those who love alcohol as well as those who don’t want to drink.

The evolution of beverage manufacturing has helped fuel the trend. The methods have become more sophisticated, making it possible to produce a taste more similar to that of alcohol.

Instead of rice and wheat

Homemade dishes using healthy ingredients like oatmeal instead of rice are popular (photo provided by Cookpad).

Cookpad Inc. (Nishi-ku, Yokohama), Japan’s largest recipe sharing service, selected “rice with oatmeal” for its “Food Trend Award 2021”.

Oatmeal is made by beating and processing oats to make them easier to cook. They are made into porridge, a standard breakfast in Europe and the United States. The Japanese have just discovered it and it is becoming popular as more and more people use it as a substitute for rice and flour.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people became more health conscious, low-carb oatmeal high in dietary fiber and minerals became popular. According to Cookpad, the number of people looking for oatmeal recipes has increased 9.4 times over the past two years.

Interest in healthy foods appears to have increased further in 2021, as more people searched for combination keywords such as “Rice”, “fried rice”, and “Rice balls”. There has also been a greater interest in menus with Risotto, okonomiyaki, and omurice or rice with omelet.

The most eaten onion

In a survey by Kyoto-based Takii & Co., Ltd., which produces a wide variety of vegetable and fruit seeds, “onions” ranked number one for the third year in a row.

“Golden Week, from April 29 to May 5, covers many Japanese holidays and coincides with declarations of states of emergency in Tokyo and Osaka. It also coincides with the spring onion season, ”said Naoki Kirino, company spokesperson.

“A lot of people enjoy them at home in a salad,” Kirino said, explaining, “I think a lot of people have rediscovered its flavor.”

Cabbage came in second. Onions and cabbage had the same result in the “vegetables to buy even if they are expensive” category.

“These two vegetables can be stored easily and are very versatile. I think they became particularly popular this year because people were shopping less often. And this habit continued, even after the lifting of the state of emergency for COVID-19. “

(Read it Sankei Shimbun article in japanese on this link.)

Author: Satomi Sakaki

5 Most Promising Japanese Film Releases Coming In 2022 Tue, 28 Dec 2021 02:46:30 +0000

From anime box office hits to Golden Globe nominees, 2021 has obviously been a big year for Japanese theaters. But there’s no slowing down for 2022. A handful of films coming up next year have been unveiled, and among them are some must-see monster productions – you’ll see what we mean in a minute.

A gripping documentary on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, due to premiere in Japan in the coming months, is a kaiju comedy and a new anime from Makoto Shinkai, to name a few. Mark those release dates in your calendar now.

Suzume no Tojimari

Revered host Makoto Shinkai has faithfully released a feature film every three years since his 2013 masterpiece “Garden of Words.” This was followed by “Your Name” in 2016 and “Weathering with You” in 2019. Despite production schedules being pushed back everywhere due to the Covid-19 compilations, Shinkai is on track to release a new animated film in 2022 entitled ‘Suzume no Tojimari’.

The story follows a 17-year-old teenager in Kyushu called Suzume, who comes across a mysterious time traveler looking for a particular door. While the film has yet to release a trailer, the poster, which features a familiar image of the blue sky characteristic of Makoto Shinkai, promises that it will be another jaw-dropping visual treat for the crowd.

Coming in fall 2022.

Dai Kaiju no Ato Shimatsu

We all know the classic kaiju film formula, where a colossal monster terrorizes a city until it is finally defeated by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (“Godzilla”) or an equally evil superhero like Ultraman. But what happens after the monster tips over and is dead? Who cleans up the mess? This is what this larger than life comedy seeks to answer.

Directed by Satoshi Miki, the film stars Ryosuke Yamda, Tao Tsuchiya and Gaku Hamada, who are part of an unconventional specialist. Fall clearing team kaiju streets of the city after the superheroes are done with them. Do you think your job is difficult? You should see what this lot has to put up with.

Premiere on February 4, 2022.

Hell dogs in the bamboo house

Up next by director Masato Harada (‘The Last Samurai’) is a hybrid film that is both a live adaptation of a manga as well as a modern remake of the 1955 American film noir ‘House of Bamboo’.

The film stars Junichi Okada as former policeman Shogo Kanetaka who turned his back on the justice system after a series of tragic events. Kanetaka decides the only way to win is to infiltrate the yakuza and embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse in his quest for revenge.

Coming in fall 2022.

Naomi kawase
Photo: Naomi Kawase © 2016 Photographed by Leslie Kee, Courtesy of the IOC

Tokyo Olympics 2020

In the summer of 2021, Japan hosted one of the most important and yet the most controversial sporting events in history. Next summer, director Naomi Kawase will release the official documentary “Tokyo 2020 Olympics”, which chronicles the amazing sporting moments that took place behind closed doors. The film will also reveal the obstacles faced by athletes and event organizers leading up to the Games.

The documentary will bring sports fans closer to the Tokyo Games, which took place without spectators. It is also an opportunity to learn more about the involvement and history of Japan in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with filmed images of the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Coming in June 2022.

Shin Ultraman 2022

After its initial 2021 release was delayed, Hideaki Anno’s “Shin Ultraman” is now slated for release in May 2022. Anno, who is also the creator of the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” franchise, expressed the great sense of responsibility that he felt while directing the film because he has been a fan of Ultraman since he was a child. He promised fans that he would do justice to the latest installment. Expect awesome, never-before-seen special effects kaiju battles – this one is worth the wait any longer.

Premiere on May 13, 2022.

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Netflix Recommendations: Six Movies To Watch During The Christmas Holidays Sat, 25 Dec 2021 17:07:36 +0000

Looking for something to watch on Netflix during the Christmas holidays? We have what you need.

If the festive TV schedule doesn’t do a thing for you, we’ve rounded up some recommendations of some of the best movies on Netflix right now.

Whether you’re looking for a light move for the family or an overlooked art-house gem from 2021, we hope there will be something here to suit your particular taste and mood …

The iron giant

How about a family movie classic to start with? The iron giant – based on the book Iron man by Ted Hughes – was a commercial flop when it was released in 1999, but the story of a boy who discovers a friendly giant alien robot has become one of the most beloved and respected American animated films of recent years. decades. Director Brad Bird went on to make other classics like Ratatouille and The Incredibles, but for many, his glorious debut feature still hits the hardest.


It’s hard to keep up with the seemingly endless onslaught of superhero movies – but it’s definitely one of the good ones. Shazam might not be a household name like Batman or Spider-Man, but the movie is definitely one of the best comic book movies of recent years. He’s about a 14-year-old boy who has the power (by an ancient wizard, naturally) to transform into an adult superhero. The film skillfully captured the tone and energy of many classic ’80s family films, and the extended foster family at the center of the story is a welcome change from the usual protagonists of superhero films.

A sequel isn’t due until June 2023, but given that this movie is set over Christmas, it’s a great time to check it out.

Tokyo Sponsors

If you’re looking for a party watch that’s a little different, Netflix recently added Tokyo Sponsors – a lovely Japanese animated film from 2003. Directed by the late great anime director Satoshi Kon, the film follows three homeless people in Tokyo who discover an abandoned newborn baby on Christmas Eve. The film has a darker side than most American animated films and therefore might be more suitable for teens and adults. However, there is a heartwarming and surprising movie here for those who want to try their luck in a quite different Christmas movie.

Little woman

Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed adaptation Little woman hit theaters over the Christmas break in 2019, and it’s just been added to Netflix’s catalog. It’s a great opportunity to revisit the movie – or even watch it for the first time if you haven’t already. It’s a film bursting with charm and energy, bringing iconic stories and characters to life. He has brilliant performances from Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and her star Eliza Scanlen.

The power of the dog

Netflix tends to hold onto its big Oscar favorites until the end of the year, and this time around, it’s hoping that the long-awaited new Jane Campion film will go the distance when awards season rolls around. But that shouldn’t be seen as just Oscar bait – it’s quite more rewarding and unusual work. Set in rural 1920s Montana, but shot in a beautifully desolate part of New Zealand, Dog power is the slow-burning story of a woman named Rose (Kirsten Dunst) tormented by the cruel brother of her new husband, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch). This film takes a long time to reveal what’s going on in the minds of all of its characters. But the payoffs are well worth it. The cast is universally excellent, including a stunning Kodi Smit-McPhee as Rose’s effeminate and goofy son Peter – a teenage boy who forms an extremely unlikely bond with his mother’s tormentor.

Quo Vadis, Aïda?

The Christmas holidays are also a great opportunity to catch up with some of this year’s critical favorites or overlooked gems. Bosnian war movie Quo Vadis, Aïda? is such a movie worthy of anyone. Set in 1995 near the town of Srebrenica (site of a horrific massacre of thousands of Bosnian men and boys), Jasna Đuričić plays Aida – a teacher recruited as a translator in a then UN “safe zone”. that the Serbian troops approach. She desperately tries to secure passage out of the area for her husband and sons, but becomes more and more desperate as she continues to face obstacles. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s a powerful and devastating tale of one of the most appalling atrocities of the ’90s. Raw and intense, this is one of the very best movies of 2021.

Main image: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog. Image: Kirsty Griffin / courtesy Netflix