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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Honestly, I've never seen a single episode of the current iteration of 'Hawaii Five-0' (there's only on McGarret), but this Friday's episode has to do with the internment camps in Hawaii. Could be interesting: http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2013/12/10/hawaii-five-0/#.UqdS_3TGVJ8.facebook
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

After seeing a number of episodes on ION TV, I've become hooked on the former TNT program Leverage.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Been watching the old David Carradine series "Kung Fu". It's kind of fun even though every episode is basically the same:

A) Caine arrives in town.

B) Caine tries to help local townspeople.

C) Caine runs afoul of town assholes.

D) Caine beats the shit out of town assholes.

E) Caine leaves town.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

gaijinmark wrote:
Been watching the old David Carradine series "Kung Fu". It's kind of fun even though every episode is basically the same:

A) Caine arrives in town.

B) Caine tries to help local townspeople.

C) Caine runs afoul of town assholes.

D) Caine beats the shit out of town assholes.

E) Caine leaves town.

rofl

LOL, I've been watching this on 2.2 as well... It caught me by surprise because I was watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. the day before. Victory! Peace!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

gaijinmark wrote:
Been watching the old David Carradine series "Kung Fu". It's kind of fun even though every episode is basically the same:

A) Caine arrives in town.

B) Caine tries to help local townspeople.

C) Caine runs afoul of town assholes.

D) Caine beats the shit out of town assholes.

E) Caine leaves town.


This is the exact plot template for all the Katsu Shintaro Zatoichi movies and TV episodes. Except Zatoichi doesn't beat up the bad guys; he kills 'em.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

shin2 wrote:
This is the exact plot template for all the Katsu Shintaro Zatoichi movies and TV episodes. Except Zatoichi doesn't beat up the bad guys; he kills 'em.

LOL, that's typical American TV show plotline... Less the killing. rofl
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Picked up the DVD boxed set of the Twilight Zone awhile back. (The original version from the '60s) Finally got around to watching them regularly, up to season 3 now.

One of my favorites is "A Game of Pool" with Jonathan Winters and Jack Klugman. Found out in the bonus features that the original ending called for Jack Klugman to lose the game. Jonathan Winters reads the script of the original ending. I think it would have been better with Klugman losing, I wonder why they changed it? Head Scratch
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I'm waiting for Fear the Walking Dead. I hope the spinoff is as good as the original.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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The first season of Burke's Law is out on DVD. I've managed to limit myself to one episode every other day.


Started going thru some of these again. One episode is about a murder in Chinatown. However, the two main "Chinese" characters are played by Miyoshi Umeki and James Shigeta.

Also, there's a scene with a "Chinese" dancer who has one line. The credits said she was played by Tura Satana (Tura Yamaguchi). That one really surprised me. A few years later Tura would find fame (if not fortune) as the star of one of Russ Meyer's "classics", "Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!".
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

They were having an "Adventures of Superman" binge this weekend. The old show from the '50s. I'll be having "Great Caeser's Ghost!!" and "Jeepers, Mr. Kent!" running thru my head for most of the rest of this week now. Doh!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Watching the Chinese drama, Nirvana in Fire. This was highly recommended. The production quality, atmosphere, acting are all really good but the story is so slow and some scenes are so long. There is not much balance too, it's all plotting and political maneuvering ...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

gaijinmark wrote:
The first season of Burke's Law is out on DVD. I've managed to limit myself to one episode every other day.

They had a marathon of that show a weekend or two ago on digital 2.2.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

This weekend they're showing a binge of the 1960's show "Lost In Space". Pretty cheesy by today's standards. Probably pretty cheesy even back then. The two real stars are Jonathan Harris as Dr. Smith and the Robot.

Turns out the Robot was designed by a Nisei, Robert Kinoshita. He passed away back in 2014, but had a pretty interesting career in Hollywood:http://www.rafu.com/2015/01/kinoshita-100-designer-of-robots/

Now I'm going to find myself checking the credits on old TV shows for his name. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Before Jackie Chan, there was Jacqui Chan. Although she goes by Jacqueline Chan now: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0150926/
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