“K-Town” promises to do for Asian Americans what “The Jersey Shore” does for… um… Jersey Americans? My head hurts.
Anyway, this sizzle reel is more like a sizzle preview since it hardly really shows anything except girl-on-girl grinding (awesome!) and some man junk (awesome!). Typically, a sizzle reel includes highlights from a show to give networks a taste of what you’re trying to sell. There’s probably a longer cut of this around somewhere.
It’s funny, I can totally see Lance hanging out with a group of people just like that. And I’m certain he’d love a show like this. As for me, I’m seriously glad I don’t have cable. I have no desire to ever watch “The Jersey Shore” and an Asian American version of it doesn’t really appeal to me. But I can’t say I wouldn’t be tempted to leave it on in the background if I happened to land on it while channel surfing.
Still no word on a network or air date for “K-Town.” Will you tune in when it premiers?
You guys, this made me cry. In fact, I’m tearing up as I write this because I’m either such a nerd or such a wimp. But there be tears welling up.
The actors who portray Tokusatsu heroes like Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and Super Sentai Rangers are all very aware of their place in Japanese pop culture. Many of them still enjoy their roles and have fond memories of the shows they were associated with. Children and adults on the street recognize them as their characters.
When the tsunami hit, Teruaki Ogawa who portrayed NinjaRed on Kakuranger started a twitter account to send out inspirational messages to the people of Japan as NinjaRed. Word soon spread throughout the Tokusatsu actor community and many have joined to help spread words of hope as their characters. Ultramen, Kamen Riders, Rangers, and other toku heroes have all sent out tweets to encourage the Japanese to keep fighting. Over-Time has a compilation of translations for English speakers.
The one message that really started the tears rolling for me was from Hiroya Fujimiya who portrayed Ultraman Agul, pictured up top, in Ultraman Gaia:
You’ve all done well up until now! Things may be difficult even from now but only you can help the people who are around you. You have a power that even we cannot match! That is the finishing attack known as a smile! Even if it’s hard now, someday you will be able to save people too!
The finishing attack known as a smile!
So freaking epic!
I mean, I’m way too old to be a Japanese school kid and I was totally inspired by those words. They probably will mean more if you’re familiar with the series the character is from, but all of the messages on that account are full of awesomeness.
If you hadn’t heard, Warner Bros is producing a live action Akira movie. Actually, this has been in the works for years. When we first heard rumors, they were going to change the setting from Neo Tokyo to Neo Manhattan. No word on who they were planning on casting as Tetsuo Shima or Shotaro Kaneda.
This past week, we’ve learned that Warner Bros has a short list of actors they want to portray our favorite name shouters. Unfortunately, you won’t find an Asian name. While I’ve personally started to call this movie Steve, Prince Gomolvilas has an even better suggestion for how to handle the news about the whitewashing of Akira.
I don’t know if its just an awesome coincidence that Hideaki Akaiwa and the Kamen Rider 1 statue are both in Ishinomaki, but it seems like this is a town for heroes. Akaiwa was at work when the tsunami hit. He ran home to find his entire neighborhood flooded. With no regard for his own safety, Akaiwa grabbed some scuba gear, dove in, swam to his house, and pulled his wife out just before the water swallowed her up. A few days later, he repeated the feat to save his mother.
What makes Akaiwa a true hero in every sense of the word is that he is still going. Not willing to wait for authorities to rescue the town, once he had saved his family he continued on his quest to find and save survivors. He rides out every day on a shitty little bicycle to search for signs of life in the devastation.
No fear. No pain. Kamen Rider Akaiwa, we salute you!
This is a statue of Ichigo, Kamen Rider One, standing tall among the devastation in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi which was hit by the tsunami. Ishinomaki is home to the Ishinomori Shotaro Museum. Various statues commemorating some of Ishinomori’s greatest creations welcome you along your journey to the museum.
I guess it’s a little childish of me, but seeing Kamen Rider still standing is a testament to the indomitable will of the Japanese people. Even through the darkest of times, they’ll Rider Kick and Punch their way through to better days.
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