Archive | July, 2007

Old Shanghai in Ang Lee’s new movie.

Lust, Caution: Old Shanghai

Lust, Caution is the new movie from Ang Lee. Most of the story seems to take place in ‘occupied Shanghai’, so I am guessing in the late 1930’s? The story is about a ‘ordinary’ girl who has to make a dude fall in love with her, then kill him. That bitch! Just kidding, the story seems way more deep than my words could ever describe it… But that’s what you would expect from a director who can turn cowboys gay, isn’t it? Anyways, there are only very few shots of old Shanghai in the movie, it must be more difficult with each day and every new skyscraper to ‘turn back time’. Most of the shots are pretty dark, which is clever, so the removing of the skyscraper-lights gets kinda easy… I know video editing, just believe me. Still, there are some day shots like in the image above. So check out the trailer if you’re into Shanghai’s history look. The trailer is, of course, available at apple.com in 25 different HD resolutions. Check it out.

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Pownce invites.

Who wants a Pownce invitation? I got 6 left… Leave a comment and fill out the mail address, it won’t be visible on the site but I’ll see it and send a invite out. Pownce is the “new twitter”, made by a couple of people including Kevin Rose, the guy who invented digg.com. Cool shit there!

If you’re already on Pownce, add me as a contact!

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Top 25 Cities with skyscrapers.

German magazine “Spiegel” has published a list of 25 cities – ordered by the amount of skyscraper they have. It’s a quite interesting list and it even has some surprises. Shanghai will, of course, sooner or later rise to No. 1 – don’t worry! Here we go:

Hongkong by AP

No. 1: Hongkong, China! 7422 skyscrapers.

No. 2: New York City, USA! 5445 skyscrapers.

No. 3: Singapore! 3503 skyscrapers. 4 million people.

(Hongkong photo by Associated Press)

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Bluetooth-posters for Tarantino’s Death Proof in Germany!

Death Proof Bluetooth PosterSo Tarantino’s part of the Grindhouse series titled Death Proof finally reaches Germany. They are going to show Death Proof in cinemas first, and Rodriguez’ part Planet Terror one or two months later. Since there are no Matinee-cinemas in Germany it makes kind of sense – you have to adjust to your audience, not the other way around. Anyway, german distributer Senator must have found a quite creative publicity team for handling Death Proof, as a impressive PR-email reached me today. Here’s a rough translation:

Tarantino’s Death Proof will be advertised in a quite unique way between July 16th and 23rd: 39 City-Light-Posters with Bluetooth-technology will be used in 39 different places. This is a pilot-project in this kind of advertising. Cell phones with bluetooth can retrieve in a couple of minutes cell phone wallpapers, the tv ad and the trailer of the movie. It’s called a ‘beamzone’.

Pretty cool, right? So while you stand there waiting for your train or subway, you can open up your bluetooth and start enjoying some free stuff from the movie. I think that’s really neat. The only problem is that right now, there are only five of these posters and all of them hanging in the city Hamburg. But, oh well, I guess they are also checking out how well this is received, how many people log on. For sure this isn’t the cheapest way of advertising…

Reminds of a another extremely cool advertising I saw when living in Frankfurt a couple of years ago: 20th Century Fox was advertising for the big budget Will Smith movie I, Robot. They placed posters of the movie on the main street of Frankfurt – but on moving walls! These walls were connected to a small device that had tires and was driving slowly around. As soon as it reached a wall or a step down or up that it couldn’t cross, it would stop moving in that way and turn around. So a driving robot system made advertising for a robot movie… Also cool.

What do you think about these kinds of advertisements?

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Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.

Warning! The following post is rather… ‘rough’ and makes multiple use of the s-word. And the d-word. Now you’ll probably want to read it even more, huh?

So this whole mess started almost a month ago, but I didn’t want to write about it before it was over. Now my stomach is back in order, I can eat whatever I want whenever I want without having to run to the nearest toilet within minutes after shoving food down.

I think it was June 26th. I woke up with a stomach ache that made me think that somebody cut out some of my internal organs while I was sleeping. Diarrhea followed eventually, and, obviously, I thought the meat from the muslim where I often eat 8 kuai noodles was a sick dog or something else then whatever is normal. Stomach ache in China is not uncommon, especially if you live on a budget and don’t go to fancy clean restaurants every day. So I ate nothing but rice, manto (this disgusting chinese bread) and salty crackers for three days. Didn’t help, stomach was still moving a lot, diarrhea was still there, too. So I made quite possibly the worst decision in my whole life: I went to a chinese hospital from the government. NEVER! AGAIN! It is called the ‘Shanghai Oriental Hospital’ in Pudong.

This is probably worth a article itself, but needs to mentioned: When you go to a hospital, you buy in advance the ticket for your doctor’s check. In advance! What! How the hell are they going to know how much time I will use, how difficult it will be to treat me – in advance? Are you kidding me! That’s how they treat you there, like you buy your ten minutes of care and then they send you to do something. It’s really like on a farm there, the customers are cows and the doctors the farmers. Horrible.

Then it got worse. They gave me a small cup, like twice the size of a Maotai cup, and told me to shit in there. Of course they didn’t have western toilet seats but these horrible old ones where you have to bend down in order not to shit on your pants, so I was looking like a chinese acrobat, trying to aim for the cup and not falling backwards into the shit-hole at the same time. After minutes of pushing and keeping the balance I managed to fill it. So I went back out, hiding the cup with my hands. Why would I hide it? Because it was friggin’ transparent and I felt horribly embarrassed to show my diarrhea shit to the other sick people in the waiting room. I headed straight back to the people who gave me the cup and wanted to give it to them. ‘You need to buy a ticket for the shit-checking analysis.’ What! YOU TELL ME THAT NOW?! If my wife wouldn’t have been there with me, I would have had to run back to the counter in the main entrance hall to buy that ticket – with my shit in a cup! INSANE!

So my wife went instead, came back 10 minutes later, and they finally took that cup away from me. Goddamn you! I went there for getting better, and the more time I spend there, the worse I felt. After they analyzed my shit and my blood they told me that I’d need a injection of some salt-water or whatever that was. Also, they made me buy medicine for 80 kuai. Later on I would find out through a german doctor that one of the medicine tablets they gave me was antibiotics and completely wrong, only worsening my diarrhea. They thought I had salmonella but I didn’t! All I had was some sort of stomach disorder. You can imagine that over the next two weeks I didn’t get better at all, only worse. So I googled up a german doctor who actually took the time to check me out with her hands, trying to see if one of my organs hurt. Nobody even dared to touch me in that messed up hospital. The german doctor also took a look at the shit analysis from the chinese hospital and started wondering why they would give me antibiotics – the analysis showed perfectly clear that I had no bacteria at all in my stomach!

In the end, I got medicine for 6 kuai, 6 kuai! from the german doctor. That was all that I needed. Not a injection with salt water, not 80 kuai antibiotics, just some stomach-calming pills, that’s all. But I guess it’s better to f*ck up the complete system with antibiotics then to actually use a brain. Thank you again, chinese hospital, I’ll never see you again! FYI: The german doctor’s office name is ‘Body and Soul‘.

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Chen Xiaoming dead.

Passive killing, anyone?

To quote Laurie Holden’s character Cybil Bennett from the movie Silent Hill, a couple of seconds before insane cult-people burn her like a witch in dark european ages: WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?

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