Monthly Archives: March 2013

Shanghai Filming Locations: Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Once I’d booked the trip to Shanghai a couple of months back I started to take a much closer look at movies filmed in Shanghai and was quite surprised to find that very few films were actually shot in the … Continue reading

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Shanghai Filming Locations: Mission Impossible III (2006)

The third instalment in the ‘Mission: Impossible‘ film series takes place in Germany, Italy, The USA and of course China where scenes were filmed in Shanghai and Xitang. The latter is a beautiful sight in itself and one worthy of … Continue reading

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Shanghai 2013 Pt II: Eating And Sightseeing

Shanghai is said to be home to the best and most authentic xialongbao (dumplings) and the number one place to sample such a delicacy has to be Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant in the Yuyuan Bazaar area which has been around … Continue reading

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Shanghai 2013 Pt I: Meeting Up With My Mate Michael

It may be one of the shortest, easiest places to fly to from Tokyo but I had never visited Shanghai until this last weekend when I spent three nights across the pond in China’s most modern city. I don’t really … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – Tokyo Raiders (2000)

If you were to ask me who my favourite Chinese actor is then I’d probably have to say Tony Leung. Don’t read too much into that though as its only because he has appeared in nearly all of the (very small … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Jougan-ji a.k.a. The ‘Lost In Translation’ Temple

When I first compiled the filming locations for ‘Lost In Translation‘ (2003) four years ago (and subsequently updated them in 2011) there was already much written about the Park Hyatt Hotel, Shibuya crossing and the karaoke room which Bob (Bill … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Tama Dobutsukoen Zoo

Having been on my list of places to visit for about seven years I finally made it to Tama Dobutsukoen zoo last Sunday. I have to admit that I did make it to the entrance gates back in 2010 when … Continue reading

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Sandstorm In Tokyo And A Lot Of Kafunsho (Pollen)

Almost two years to the day of the big earthquake there was a sandstorm in Tokyo earlier this afternoon which I witnessed first hand from the inside of the Keio line train around the Fuchu area of west Tokyo. With … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Fate Of Ahsoka

The fifth (and final?) season of ‘Star Wars The Clone Wars‘ came to a dramatic and deeply moving conclusion last weekend when, after years and years of speculation, the fate of heroine Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein) was finally … Continue reading

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Moving Out 2013

After nearly 4.5 years living in north Tokyo the opportunity has come up to move onwards and indeed outwards. When I was pretty much forced to move out of my shared place in Ikebukuro in late 2008 I decided to … Continue reading

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