>COLD FISH: Directed by Sion Sono (Love Exposure/ Suicide Club)

2 Apr

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The latest feature from cult Japanese writer-director Sion Sono (Love Exposure), Cold Fish is “yet another step in Sion Sono’s rise as one of Japan’s most consistently bold and intriguing film makers… [and] stands as one of the most powerful, punishing works to come out of Japan this year” (Twitch).

Inspired by and loosely based on the real-life exploits of serial killer couple Gen Sekine and his ex-wife Hiroko Kazama (the perpetrators of Tokyo’s notorious 1993 “Saitama serial murders of dog lovers” killings), the film is a psychotic cavalcade of sex, violence and comedy that has been hailed by Variety for its “gleeful humour and dare-you-to-watch aesthetic”.

Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop. His second wife, Taeko, does not get along with his daughter, Mitsuko, and this worries him. One day Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store. There they meet a friendly man named Murata, who helps to settle things between Mitsuko and the store manager. Since Murata also runs a tropical fishshop, Shamoto establishes a bond with him and they become friends; Mitsuko even begins working for Murata and living at his house. What Shamoto doesn’t know, however, is that Murata hides many dark secrets behind his friendly face. He sells cheap fish to his customers for high prices with his artful lies. If anyone detects his fraud or refuses to go along with his moneymaking schemes, they’re murdered and their bodies disposed of by Murata and his wife in grisly ways………

Shamoto is taken in by Murata’s tactics, and by the time he realizes that Murata is insane, and a serial killer who has made over fifty people disappear, he is powerless to do anything about it. But now Mitsuko is a hostage at Murata’s home and Shamoto himself has become the killer’s unwilling accomplice. Cruel murders gradually cripple his mind and finally the ordinary man is driven to the edge of the abyss.

Not for the squeamish or those easily offended by graphic images of sex and violence, Cold Fish is a compelling, slowburn thriller, peppered throughout with unexpected twists and surprises and, to quote Variety, “the last reel’s a doozy.”

COLD FISH  is released by Third Window Films  at selected cinemas nationwide on 8th April 2011.

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>Discover Korean Food #52: Dr. Sook-Ja Yoon’s "Domimyeon, Stuffed Sea-bream Casserole with Vegetables"

1 Apr

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Domimyeon is a casserole made of fried sea bream fillets, vegetables, and potato starch noodles in boiling broth. This dish is served and eaten while it is simmering. Domimyeon is unique in taste, luxurious-looking, and easy to eat since it uses boneless fish fillets.
[Ingredients & Quantity]
500 g (small 1 body) sea-bream : 0.8 g (1/5 tsp) salt, 0.1 g ground white pepper 
10 g (2 ea) brown oak mushrooms, 1 g stone mushrooms, 2 g Jew’s ear mushrooms 
20 g (1 ea) red pepper, 40 g potato starch noodles, 20 g crown daisy 
3.5 g (1 tsp) pine nuts, 8 g (4 ea) gingko, 10 g (2 ea) walnut 
15 g watercress, 180 g (3 ea) egg, 21 g (3 tbsp) wheat flour, 26 g (2 tbsp) edible oil 
800 g (4 cups ) broth, 9 g (½  tbsp) clear soy sauce, 4 g (1 tsp) salt 

60 g beef (top round, sirloin)

* Broth : 150 g beef(brisket, shank), 1.2 kg (6 cups) water 
* Dumpling : 20 g minced beef, 10 g tofu

* Seasoning sauce① : 3 g (½ tsp) clear soy sauce, 1 g (¼ tsp) sesame oil

* Seasoning sauce② : 6 g (1 tsp) clear soy sauce, 4.5 g (1 tsp) minced green onion, 2.8 g (½ tsp) minced garlic, 0.1 g ground black pepper, 1 g (¼ tsp) sesame oil 
* Seasoning sauce③ : 2 g (⅓ tsp) soy sauce, 2.3 g (½ tsp) minced green onion, 1.8 g (¼ tsp) minced garlic 0.1 g ground black pepper, 2 g (½ tsp) sesame oil

[Preparation]
1. Remove the scales, fins and internal organs of the sea-bream and rinse (450 g). Slice fillet from both    sides of the fish and cut it into 4 cm-wide and 5 cm-long (170 g). Sprinkle salt and ground white pepper, let it sit for 10 min. pad dry with cotton cloths. 
2. Clean blood of the beef for broth with cotton cloths (145 g). Clean blood of top round with cotton cloths (50 g), and shred it at intervals of 0.3 cm-wide, season with seasoning sauce②.
3. Clean blood of the minced beef with cotton cloths (17 g). Wrap the tofu with dry cotton cloths, squeeze water out (9 g) and mash. Season the mixture of minced beef and tofu with seasoning sauce③, shape dumplings into 1.5 cm-diameter (4 g). 
4. Soak the mushrooms in water for 1 hour, remove the stems of brown oak mushrooms and wipe water with cotton cloths, cut it into 2 cm-wide and 4~5 cm-long (20 g). Wash the stone mushrooms by rubbing, wipe water with cotton cloths (2 g), chop it finely and mix it with egg white. Trim the Jew’s ear mushrooms and  separate it sheet by sheet (24 g).
5. Trim & wash the crown daisy (15 g). Halve the red pepper lengthwise and cut it into 2 cm-wide and 4~5 cm-long (10 g). Soak the potato starch noodles in water for 1 hour (85 g).  
6. Remove tops of the pine nuts and wipe the nuts with dry cotton cloths. Soak the walnuts in warm water and skin.  Stir-fry the gingko and skin.
7. Panfry egg for garnish. Panfry the stone mushrooms and watercress with coatings of wheat flour liquid and beaten egg, cut them into same size of brown oak mushrooms. 
[Recipe]
1. Put water and beef in the pot and heat it up for 7 min. on high heat. When it boils, reduce the heat to medium and simmer it for 30 min.  Strain the broth through cotton cloths (800 g). Take out the beef, slice it into 2 cm-wide, 1.5 cm-long and 0.3 cm-thick, season it with 40 g of seasoning sauce①.
2. Coat the beef dumplings with wheat flour and beaten egg, panfry for about 3 min. on medium heat.
3. Coat the slices of sea-bream with wheat flour and beaten egg. Preheat the frying pan and oil, panfry it on medium heat for 2 min. and for another 2 min. after turn over (185 g).
4. Place the boiled and sliced beef, seasoned beef and potato starch noodles in the simmering pot, and put the sea-bream’s head & bones on it. Then place the fried sea-bream, egg garnish, vegetables and nuts around the pot. Add broth and boil it for 4 min. on high heat. When it boils, season with diluted clear soy sauce and salt. Bring it to a boil and finally put the crown daisy on top. 
[Tips]
* The head and bone of sea-bream may be used after slight steaming before adding to the pot.

>Scattering Rhythms: Korean traditional music and Jazz Concert

31 Mar

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‘Scattering Rhythms: Korean traditional music and Jazz’ is the creative collaboration of Korean traditional music by three prominent musicians from three countries: a taegŭm master Hyelim Kim (Korea), the eminent jazz drummer Simon Barker (Australia), and a janggu player & professor at SOAS, Keith Howard (UK). The concert features traditional repertories and improvisatory pieces inspired by Korean traditional music and jazz. It explores the musical elements of two cultures to illuminate novel possibilities in musical treasures.

Date: 11 Apr 2011 19:00

Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Multi-purpose hall
Fee: Free Admission
RSVP: info@kccuk.org.uk or 020-7004-2600

>Japan Relief Night in London

30 Mar

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The event will be covered by the media (OK Magazine and Japanese Presses) to raise awareness that Japan still needs help. Mica Paris is attending the event as a special guest, who is a legendary soul singer and TV fashion presenter.
The ticket price is £5,000 (max. 10 people per table) which includes amazing 3 course meal, whiskey, vodka, brandy and wine. The tables will be placed in front of the performers, so you will have great views.
Alternatively,  the tickets for the price of £2,000 per table which only offers 3 course meal and wine are also available.

Venue: The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT
Date: Friday 8th of April
Time: 7-8pm (Drinks reception), 8pm (Dinner & Charity auction)
Ticket: http://www.eventelephant.com/japanreliefnight
Dress: Black Tie
For more information: please email: info@japanreliefnight.info or you can call: Anna (07784 428888), Nichola (07909 555927)

AUCTUION
1. Signed T-shirts of Man. U players:
Gary Lineker
Wayne Rooney
Fernando Torres
David Hay

2. 1 week holiday in Dubai (5 star hotel)
PERFORMANCE
Talay Riley – Signed to sony with over 2.5 million views on Youtube. No1 hit with chipmunk ‘Look for me’.
Jeremy Lynch – Semi final contestant on Britains Got Talent football freestyler, with a difference.
Suzie Kennedy (host of the event) – Worlds most famous lookalike and tribute artist to Marilyn Monroe… GOOGLE HER!
Suzie has performed for and in the presence of many leading celebrities including Madonna, Kate Moss, Simon Cowell and Personal Happy Birthday tributes include Sir Richard Branson, Frankie Dettori, John Frieda and Eva Longoria.

>Shugo Tokumaru w/ Full Band

29 Mar

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Shugo Tokumaru began recording his sweet and eccentric lo-fi indie pop songs – songs that nod to artists like Plamo, Lullatone, and PWRFL Power – in the early 2000s. He recorded a ten-track demo CD-R, Fragment, in 2003. The album was never officially released, but it did manage to grab the attention of the U.S. label Music Related, which released Tokumaru’s second full-length, Night Piece, in 2004. Tokumaru went on to release a couple more albums over the course of the next few years; L.S.T. followed in 2005 and Exit was released in Japan in 2007. The latter was re-released on the U.S. label Almost Gold in 2008. For 2010’s Port Entropy, Tokumaru adopted a slightly more polished, but still playful, approach.
Date: 6 April 2011, 8pm

Venue: Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street,London E8 3DL 
Admission: £8.5 adv / £10 on the door

Tel: 020 7923 1231 
Email: info@cafeoto.co.uk
Webhttp://www.cafeoto.co.uk/shugo-tokumaru.shtm
Organiser: Cafe OTO

>Asiana/UNICEF to send Relief Funds to Japan

28 Mar

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Asiana Airlines (President: Young-Doo Yoon), in an effort to aid the restoration and aid the children from the earthquake struck areas in Japan, will be hosting the ‘Change of Love’ campaign inside the cabins of all Asiana’s domestic and international flights.
This campaign conducted by Asiana Airlines and UNICEF has been a part of UNICEF ‘Change of Love’ campaign in which the relief funds raised urgently this time will be delivered by UNICEF Korea to UNICEF Japan.
Asiana Airlines and UNICEF for this campaign have jointly produced special fund envelopes that has the wording < Japan Urgent Relief> imprinted on the envelopes. Asiana plans to announce ‘that all the funds will be used for Japan Urgent Relief’ through the in-flight announcements to inform the passengers of the campaign………

Asiana Airlines have shown continuous support in the aid of Japan’s recovery by previously sending cabin blankets, bottled waters, instant noodles and sixty million Yen (8.4 hundred million KRW) in donations along with messages including condolences and fast recovery messages to Japan through in-flight announcements.
Meanwhile Asiana Airlines along with UNICEF have been conducting the Unicef’s ‘Change of Love Campaign’ inside the cabins by collecting changes leftover from passengers traveling abroad that has been aiding children from around the world. In 2010, 6.2 hundred million KRW funds were collected and the total accumulated funds are 5.5 billion KRW.

>Call for Korean Artists Association in the UK

27 Mar

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Korean Artists Association
UK was formed to promote cultural exchange between the Republic of Korea and the UK, and to further the interests and activities of Korean artists working in the UK. This year the association celebrates its 15th anniversary, and it is looking for talented new members to participate in forthcoming events that are being planned.

Disciplines: All discipline of Visual Arts (painting, installation, design, photography etc) and Performing Arts.

Eligibility: Professional Korean Artists who have been resident in UK for more than two years. Korean students aged over 18 who are currently studying ‘Art’ in the UK.

Guest members: Non-Koreans who are interested in Korean culture are welcome as guest members.

Contact Email: jooheui@gmail.com

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