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Right. Its kind of sad, mainly because as you said, its all or nothing.
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You could take the path of 王貞治 (the home run king). That is, become a legend, so that both countries will gladly claim you as their own. emoticon

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You could take the path of 王貞治 (the home run king). That is, become a legend, so that both countries will gladly claim you as their own. emoticon
Hehe, a rare but lucky case, ccwf.
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class blockquote Japanese Star Filmmaker Fed Up With Korean Wave

Japanese filmmaker Shinji Aoyama, recently in Korea to attend the Seoul Independent Film Festival, has unusually strong opinions about the Korean Wave. Aoyama visited Korea on Dec. 9 to participate in the Shinji Aoyama Specials, one of events of the Seoul Independent Film Festival, where he opened up in an interview with CineSeoul about his discomfort with the Korean pop culture fad that is sweeping Japan.

“I really want to say this,” the director said, clearly exasperated. “To me, Japanese women who flock to see Yonsama (Korean actor Bae Yong-joon) are repulsive. When I see something so repulsive, whoever they are carrying on about, it makes me feel profoundly sick.”

The director was accompanied by his wife who, as it happens, is an admired performer in Japan. Maho Toyota, too, would like a little less of the Korean fare. “As an actress, I feel like the presence of Korean actors on Japanese television is excessive,” she said. “It would be good if all stars could perform freely on the Asian scene regardless of their nationalities. It’s a pity that the current tide is leaning too much toward one particular phenomenon.”

She said she was concerned how long it will last. “I hope this leads to the development of a unified scene where Asian people can exchange their cultures and share them, I hope that Koreans will feel the same way.”

Aoyama’s remarks carry weight given his reputation as an intellectual; indeed, a significant proportion of Japanese people feel the same way.

One of the leading filmmakers in his home country, Aoyama’s work “Eureka” was honored at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. He has developed his unique style in works like “Lakeside Murder Case,” “Helpless” and “Desert Moon”, striking a cord with his realistic depiction of emotional desolation in the country and the violence inherent in human beings.

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Sour grapes, anyone?

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That's actually a very interesting article. It seems Aoyama is jealous of the Korean Wave. Even I, who don't watch any Korean dramas and just watch Japanese dramas, think this way. He could have worded things more politely, maybe saying, "Its nice to see the Korean Wave in Japan and other areas of Asia, but it would be even better to see united Asian entertainment all over Asia." Let's hope he really meant this, unless instead of Asian people he meant Japanese people, which could be seen as a racist remark.
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I'm not surprised that someone whose claim to fame is the "realistic depiction of emotional desolation ... and the violence inherent in human beings" is "sickened" by seeing women react to celebrity heartthrobs. (Hmmm, I wonder if all those Japanese K-fans might not find his direction in life even more sickening!)

At any rate, I find it quite interesting that the Korean Wave is being criticized by film makers in Japan and China (this guy isn't the first I've read). However, the criticisms (so far) have not been regarding the quality of the Korean film making and productions; rather, resenting and wanting to stop the Korean influence within their own countries and wanting the public to financially support homegrown films/dramas, rather than "outsider" products.

The Korean Wave wouldn't exist if South Korea weren't producing superior films and dramas that people everywhere are thoroughly enjoying. It seems like it just might be a pill a smidge too bitter for some of these critics to swallow, seeing Korea (that Asian step-child) not only leaving them behind in the dust but having stolen the hearts of their women! Aja aja, fighting!

(If the traditional Japanese male culture doesn't get with it soon, they'll lose more than their women's hearts, as already evidenced in the birthrate decline and the increase of Japanese women marrying "foreigners.")
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Right. This is similar to the competition between US and Japanese cars in the 1980s. Americans were encouraged to buy "native" cars rather than "foreign" products. I even remember seeing a cartoon in a Japanese history book I was reading about this.
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class blockquote nchristi wrote: class blockquote Japanese Star Filmmaker Fed Up With Korean Wave

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“I really want to say this,” the director said, clearly exasperated. “To me, Japanese women who flock to see Yonsama (Korean actor Bae Yong-joon) are repulsive. When I see something so repulsive, whoever they are carrying on about, it makes me feel profoundly sick.”
I saw a store in Taiwan today called, I think, the “Face Shop”, which seemed to carry mostly BYJ goods. I've also seen multiple Korean TV series while channel surfing about half an hour ago (one is Dae Jang Geum and one I don't recognize), and many Korean series are available for sale at local video stores. (However, I opted to buy a DVD of Inuyasha in Japanese+Chinese instead.)

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Hehe, where in Taiwan are you now? Taipei?

I guess the Korean Wave is doing well in Taiwan as wel.
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The press releases on our front page includes an announcement about the new availability of English translations of poll Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean polls.

The most fascinating is a trio of polls on Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean attitudes towards one another, towards the introduction of entertainment from the other countries, on the Yasukuni shrine, on North Korea, and many other issues. Note especially how those under twenty are much more friendly towards other cultures and how older folks are more nationalistic.

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