Implications of Anti-Japan fury in China – Wallace & Kempton English Talk

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012

Implications of Anti-Japan fury in China – Wallace & Kempton English Talk


NAB 2012 – Newsight Japan Glasses-Free 3D TV President & CEO Kiyoto Kanda interview

Monday, 30 April, 2012

Newsight Japan's President & CEO Kiyoto Kanda - NAB 2012 interview

At NAB Show 2012, I had the pleasure to meet Newsight Japan‘s President & CEO Kiyoto Kanda. I was at Sony’s NAB Show booth checking out Sony’s latest prototype not-for-sale Glasses-Free 3D TV to see for myself the pros and cons. And then Kiyoto came up and we started talking. Kiyoto mentioned that his company is also working on Glasses-Free 3D TV. While I have not seen what Newsight Japan‘s Glasses-Free 3D TV actually look like (and the look and image quality is one of the most important thing), Kiyoto seems to be quite knowledgable and I like his talking of applying a Glasses-Free 3D filter on top of a traditional LCD/LED set and partnering with Chinese TV manufacturers. Here is my video interview with Kiyoto at NAB Show 2012.


Asahi Weekly interview with award-winning doc filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda about “Peace”

Sunday, 17 July, 2011

Have a read of an insightful Asahi Weekly interview with award-winning doc filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda about “Peace” where he talked about how he views even his own film “Peace” in a different light, in terms of before and after the March 11 disaster.

Soda tweets here.


Calgary Go Club – 2011 CGA Open Tournament report – Go is easy to learn and fun to play (takes time to master)

Sunday, 3 July, 2011

Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011 - Pix 07

I played Go (a board game) almost every day for four of my high school years and often skipping lunch to play! The rules of Go are easy to learn and the game is enjoyable even for young kids (some as young as 6 years old can pick it up quickly). Despite Go‘s seeming simplicity, I think Go takes longer (or is harder) to master than Chess (more on this later). Yesterday (July 2nd), I had the pleasure to visit the Calgary Go Club in Chinatown and attended part of the 2011 CGA Open Go Tournament.

Have a watch of the following highlight video. You will also find a series of interviews I conducted with Calgary Go Club Chair Vincent, a Go instructor (Cathy Li), two advanced Go players (Ryan and Jing Yang), and father of the 10 years old advanced Go player Wanshan Gu (Qiang Gu).

Note: If and when I receive the official results of the CGA Open 2011 from Calgary Go Club Chair Vincent as promised, I will post it here.

Update: I searched and found the CGA Open 2011 results on the Calgary Go Club home page so I’m reposting the results (unofficially here),
2011-07-05
The results are in for the 2011 Canadian Open Go Tournament:

Division (!) First Place (2) Second Place
Group A (1) Jing Yang (2) Ryan Li
Group B (1) Zu Bai (2) Shan Lu
Group C (1)Miki Ishikawa (2) Tony Adria

Irene Sha and Bill Lin won the pairs tournament.

2011 Calgary Go Club – 2011 CGA Open Highlight

Interview with Vincent Van der Ploeg (Chair of Calgary Go Club)

Interview with Cathy Li (Go instructor)

(note: Here are some info I Googled and found about Cathy (Chen Shuo) Li 李晨硕 online. I don’t know if it is accurate or not.)

Interview with Ryan (an advanced Go player) (Update: Group A Division, Second Place)

Interview with Jing Yang (an advanced Go player) (Update: Group A Division, First Place)

Interview with Qiang Gu (dad of advanced Go player Wanshan) (English subtitles to be added soon)

Complexity/difficulty of Go compare to chess

In 1997, the chess computer Deep Blue won a six-game match against world champion Garry Kasparov. As far as I know, Computer Go is still very far from able to win against even mid-level professionals and let alone Go champions. Have a read of the Wikipedia “Computer Go” page as it is pretty informative.

Some photos from the 2011 CGA Open

Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011 - Pix 01

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200 years old Soy sauce company symbolises Japan’s determination after the tsunami

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

A highly recommended Guardian story with short video documentary about the 200 years old Yagisawa Shoten , “Soy sauce company symbolises Japan’s determination after the tsunami – Michihiro Kono has taken over a company destroyed by the disaster, and is determined to reopen its doors”

“In less tumultuous times, Michihiro Kono could have expected a seamless transition as the new head of the soy sauce company he took over from his father at the start of the month. But in post-tsunami Japan, Kono is the president of a company that, by any conventional measure, no longer exists. Read the rest of this entry »


PEACE won Best Documentary Award at the Hong Kong Int. Film Fest

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Peace - Pix 01 - cats_confrontation

PEACE has just won Best Documentary Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Congrats to the wonderful documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda!

Here are the HKIFF Jury’s comment:

Peace is a quiet film with an unusual power to move. By following the ordinary lives of people and cats, the camera leads the audience to discover the concept of peace in its most fundamental sense, not as a state of negotiated, reluctant coexistence, but as an idea that lies at the core of our humanity. The film reveals the sublime through the mundane.

I was touched by what Soda wrote on Facebook,

What I said at the Award Ceremony: I’m from Japan. I’ve been so overwhelmed by the tragedy my country is experiencing that I almost cancelled the trip to Hong Kong. But I’m a filmmaker. It’s my job to make movies and to show them to people. So I changed my mind to come here. I’m now confident that I made a right decision. I’ll continue to make movies.

Here is a film trailer

The film has won audience award at Tokyo Filmex and screened at MoMa. You can see my film review and interview with Soda.

Personal note: Since watching Soda’s films for the first time and interviewing him over the years for a few times, Soda has been a true inspiring documentary filmmaker for me. I try to find my own path in documentary filmmaking and it is nice to be inspired by filmmakers like Soda.


PEACE @ HKIFF March 28 & 31 (w Filmmaker Soda Q&A)

Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Peace - Pix 01 - cats_confrontation

The wonderful documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda is screening his award winning new documentary PEACE at the 2011 The 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 28th and March 31st and doing Q&As afterward! Check out the film if you have time. Highly recommended.

Here is a film trailer

The film has won audience award at Tokyo Filmex and screened at MoMa. You can see my film review and interview with Soda.

Film synopsis (emphasis added)

What is peace? What is coexistence? And what are the bases for them?

PEACE is a visual-essay-like observational documentary, which contemplates these questions by observing the daily lives of people and cats in Okayama city, Japan, where life and death, acceptance and rejection are intermingled.

Three people and stray cats are the main characters. Read the rest of this entry »


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