Metropolis Issue 899

June 17, 2011
Met Vids

The Rock Chicks (and three blue dudes) got their revenge at the Tohoku fundraiser with attitude

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Star Struck

Keanu Reeves and a Japanese cast reinvent the 47 Ronin saga

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Q & A

Director, Afrodita hair salon

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Gemini

Mars moves into your Sign on Monday. Geminis like to keep active and with Mars you’re dancing faster. You have energy to finish projects, surge forward with self-improvement, contact those who need you, and read, travel or cook. Mercury in Gemini enhances your natural sparkle. Venus makes you beautiful. A romance heats up.

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Features

Metropolis does the rounds of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia International Competition, happening this week

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Horoscope

Mars transits to your solar eighth house of secrets Monday. Mysteries are fun, but you don’t like them running amuck. Not to worry, Mars soon combines with Venus. This placement can bring gifts, a love affair, or money. Jupiter increases your chance of meeting a partner, or enjoying more time with the one you have.

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Horoscope

Whether you’re a man or a woman, your nurturing qualities are admired this week. Ceres, goddess of grain and finance, is in Pisces, protecting your choices. Stepping up to the plate, you find new ways to make life comfortable. Mars moves to your area of home base, which you take charge of by storm. Romance ...

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Horoscope

Virgos, you may breathe a collective sigh of relief. A run of luck shows up to boost you to the next level. Ceres opposite your Sign brings stability through an important relationship. Pluto powerfully transforms it, while Neptune adds imagination to bring beauty to all things romantic.

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Aquarius

As Mars moves to your house of romance Monday, you burn brightly in the love department. With this kind of placement, you’re likely to take a chance, move faster, or plan a trip. If you’re in a relationship, you may raise the stakes. When a loved one is in the Aquarian Zone, they tingle with ...

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Body & Soul

Japan’s balloon twisting culture is rising fast

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In Other News

Popular singer Kii Kitano recently modeled the latest wedding dress from internationally renowned bridal fashion designer Yumi Katsura. She took the opportunity to tell the media that when it is her turn to marry, “I’ll be the one who pushes things forward. I don’t mind proposing to a guy”… Actresses Meisa Kuroki and Mikako Tabe ...

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Cancer

Cancers want to take care of everyone, even when time is scrunched. Mercury in your Sign insists you speak up. The Sun and Venus illuminate dusty dreams. Mars’ movement on Monday helps you deal with the pros and cons. If you wait to see how things play out, you can still strengthen your position. Let ...

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Horoscope

Finances strengthen, taking an upturn from your efforts. Mars enters this sector of your chart on Monday. This translates to energy, focus, drive and courage. Venus combines with the Sun, making comfortable connections. Friends come forward, offering support. Romance is likely, especially if you let yourself stand out in the crowd.

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Horoscope

Just a suggestion, but since energy is never wasted, why not focus on what you can do right here, right now. Every choice you make leads to another adventure. Your dreams and wishes haven’t dissolved on you. In fact, they are just about to begin. Be careful, a Gemini may fill your life with gifts!

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Horoscope

What Libran doesn’t love beauty, peace and serenity? If this is not your current scenario, the old worn stuff must go. Bit by bit, shocks and surprises reveal deeper dreams. The world is your oyster—you just need to make your plans. Romance is hot and heavy. Ready for an adventure?

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The Small Print

This week's required reading

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Capricorn

Capricorns are likable because you talk sense. No nonsense, just what works. When Mars moves into your solar sixth house on Monday, you can take action in health and work matters. Career choices move forward. Mercury opens up communications. The better listener you are, the more your partner can hear you.

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Aries

Jupiter in your solar second house helps you expand your financial foundation. Taking risks is not recommended. Opening to new ideas pays off. With Uranus in Aries, you’re on a roller-coaster ride. Wherever you start from, it’s a spiritual awakening. Love is hot and inspirational.

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Horoscope

Neptune in your solar eighth house enhances creative solutions. Mercury may ask you to keep a secret. The Sun in your friendship sector brings alive your sense of self. Travel is highlighted. You may hear from old friends who are looking forward to spending time with you. Love balances out.

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Mediabox

Sound-off about us or anything you like

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The Last Word

Mother’s milk gushes in the streets of Japan

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Advertorial

Choose from a dream team of architects to build your ideal home

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Global Village

The local NGO works to save the king of the ocean

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Restaurant Reviews

Fresh air and grilled food on the banks of the Tamagawa

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Bar Reviews

Cinematic sipping for the movie-minded

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Keeping Tabs

Preconceptions that Japanese wines are too sweet, light and generally inferior to their international cousins might be altered on visiting Jip Wine Bar & Wine Shop (2-7-1 Shinjuku; http://jipwine.com), where more than 200 rare wines from Hokkaido to Kyushu are sold. A former wine wholesaler opened Jip after noticing the lack of any wine bars ...

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Keeping Tabs

To feel as though you’re having cocktails on the bottom of the sea, head down to Ueno Suizokukan (3F Plaza U Bldg, 4-8-6 Ueno) or Ikebukuro Suizokukan (6F Ikebukuro YS Stage Bldg, 1-39-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro; http://meturl.com/kt897). Claiming to be the largest aquarium-equipped izakaya in Japan, this new venue is celebrating its grand opening with a two-hour ...

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Keeping Tabs

Grab a two-hour nomihodai for just ¥880 at the first Tokyo branch of Nagoya’s popular izakaya chain Oosu Nichome Sakaba, which recently opened in west Ikebukuro (B1F Kishino Bldg, 2-14-1 Ikebukuro; http://meturl.com/oosu2). Keep in mind that their generous drinking plan can be extended for ¥500 every additional hour. While you’re gulping down their selection of ...

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Word of Mouth

Ocean Harvest Cocomo (2F Kamakura Courthouse, 2-8-8 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa; http://oceanharvest-cocomo.com), is an oyster bar and restaurant with a superb location for the summer season. Relax on the sofa or at the counter, where you can ponder the panoramic view of the Yuigahama beach while tasting their homemade, oven-fresh “milk of the sea” pizza (¥1,570). ...

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Word of Mouth

Ganbare Nippon Baniku Dojo Bakuro (1F Takeshima Bldg, 3-4-8 Kanda; http://meturl.com/bakurou)—no relation to the charity of the same name—is a restaurant specialized in sakura-niku; a culinary term for baniku, or horse meat. Must-tries include the glorious five-type basashi or horse meat sashimi (¥1,680), first-rate marbled basashi (¥880) and heart sashimi ¥550. There are also various ...

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Word of Mouth

Blueberry roughy, mirror dory and mahi-mahi are just a few unusual fish varieties—or zako—you won’t find at Tsukiji. Instead, head straight for Zako Mania (1/B1F Jyugobankan Bldg, 15-5 Ekimae-Honcho, Kawasaki; http://meturl.com/zakomania), open last April. Signature dishes include assorted sashimi, (¥1,890 per 3-4 servings), grilled mola mola offal (¥480) and steamed clams (¥680). Salmon roe fanatics ...

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Books

Shigeru Mizuki's "smashed jewel" finally makes it into English

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Music

The Cuban belter and Japanese tribute band stage a Bee Gees-approved quake benefit

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Agenda

A perennial favorite of Japan, Swiss-born painter Paul Klee (1879-1940) is the subject of a new large-scale exhibition. The focus this time is on the artist’s creative process. Variously described as an Expressionist, Cubist and Surrealist, Klee developed unique methods—and was fastidious about categorizing and recording the process of how each work was made. “Art ...

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Clubbing

One of the year’s best electronica discs was ten years in the making

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CDs & DVDs

Big Dogz

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Agenda

Soul diva Marlena Shaw and players on her historic 1974 album Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? reprise a 2009 reunion tour of Japan. The record was a seminal work of “feminist funk” and set Shaw’s mellow, smoky voice amid a cool background of soul-jazz provided by bassist Chuck Rainey, guitarist David T. Walker, keyboardist Larry ...

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Agenda

London track maker Perc slides into town bearing a new musical missive in the form of his debut long player, Wicker & Steel. The purveyor of blistering beats says the album combines his ardor for vintage British horror films like The Wicker Man with the “steel” of the Birmingham and Berlin techno scenes. Perc’s industrial-grade ...

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Agenda

Pop metal act Man With A Mission should really be called Wolves With A Mission—they are notorious for performing in wolf masks. The band celebrates its self-titled major label debut release with a “one man” gig next month at storied Shibuya live house Eggman. Combining the rap metal of Linkin Park with the heavy grunge ...

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Agenda

Since the death of renowned contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch, longtime members of her company have been debuting works of their own. Fabien Prioville last year emerged with his first feature-length solo choreography Jailbreak Mind, a piece that combines high-tech Hollywood video graphics with supple motions that sometimes approach the street slang of break dancing. ...

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Movie Reviews

Aron Ralston, a cocky rock climber (James Franco) heads out for a solo crawl through the canyons of Utah, neglects to tell anyone where he’s going, and then…oops! He falls down a crevasse and gets his hand trapped under a boulder. He then spends the title time period trying to get out, ultimately Doing What’s ...

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Movie Reviews

A young man struggling to pay his dad’s medical bills assumes the identity of an OD victim he had overheard talking about a lucrative business deal. But he’s a tad dismayed to learn upon arriving at the appointed gothic mansion that he has apparently signed up to participate in an elaborate, circular game of Russian ...

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Eiga

Contrary to what the fanboy set in the US might think, the leading filmmaker in Japan is Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose work is consistently celebrated at Cannes and has won awards around the world. His latest piece comes on the heels of the edgy Air Doll (2009), about a blow-up sex doll that comes to life, ...

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Movie Reviews

Bunch of cheesy alien space ships start slurping up the citizens of Los Angeles while a group of extraordinarily hollow nobodies in a penthouse tries to avoid being ingested. This impossibly derivative alien-invasion mess is from Greg and Colin Strause, the former SFX wonks who brought us Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. You’d think they could ...

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