MAY 21, 2004 ISSUE
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  COVER STORY
Old Samurai Film with a Few New Tricks
Contemporary Japanese icon, Takeshi Kitano's almost conventional take on the longtime samurai classic, "Zatoichi," is more than a simple revenge tale; it's a remake that weaves the unique style of a modern filmmaker into the arena of a timepiece with light disregard.
So Much Drama, So Little Time!
Nobody wants drama in their life, but when it comes to Korean dramas, people just can't seem to get their fill.
Final Fantasy in Concert
The worlds of classical music and videogames collide for a breathtaking, one-night only performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.


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May 21, 2004

 

I N T E R V I E W
Interview with Chang-rae Lee
Author of "Native Speaker", "A Gesture Life" and his latest novel "Aloft," Chang-Rae Lee talks language, politics, good literature, and delves into the minds of his protagonists.
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M U S I C
 
Not "The Asian Rapper"
Japanese American rapper Lyrics Born proves he's not just the Asian guy of the Quannum tour but a bona fide stripping emcee.
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B O O K S
 
Somersault: A Scatological execution of an Eschatological Doctrine
The life of a religious cult - created, destroyed, reborn: Kenzaburo Oe's latest novel models a fictional Christian eschatological cult in relation to JapanŐs Buddhist cult with terrorist intentions, Aum Shinrikyo.
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F I L M
 
Spirits of Vietnamese Culture
Elements of fate, karma, and reincarnation come together to create a ghost story that is uniquely Vietnamese.
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C L I P S
 
May 21, 2004: News Bites
Harry Potter has a Scottish Chinese girlfriend, Victoria's Secret enrages Buddhists, first time director Liu Sen Dou sweeps Tribeca Film Festival, and more in this issue of News Bites.
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F O R E I G N
 
May 21, 2004: News From Abroad
MTV premieres a new action-comedy, Amuro Namie finishes her "So Crazy" tour, Sony's Anime channel goes to India, and a new Malaysian sit-com is launched. All this and more in this issue of News From Abroad!
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