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PSY And The Acceptable Asian Man

By Guest Contributor refresh_daemon, cross-posted from init_music

 The song of the hour.

So, by now, pretty much everybody who covers Korean music and a batch of mainstream international publications have had something to say about PSY’s “Gangnam Style”, which has, as of the writing of this post, had over 190 million views on YouTube, become an internet sensation, led to Psy getting airplay over the radio in some larger metropolitan cities in the US, and even got him signed to the record label that represents Justin Bieber. And while everyone I know that follows Korean music knows PSY, even my friends and peers who otherwise don’t care a thing about Korean or Asian media know about PSY and holler “Oppa Gangnam Style” along with him.

Much has been said about the viral sensation, breaking down the best moments of the video, examining whether or not this is a boon to Korean music’s attempts to break into one of the most lucrative music markets in the world, and some pieces even went deep into the actual meaning of “Gangnam Style.” And I was happy to let everyone else talk about “Gangnam Style” and its place in our world…except that I still have yet to read an article that hits one particular reason why I think “Gangnam Style” is so acceptable to Western audiences when every Korean and Japanese pop artist that tried to make it in America before has failed.
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Ninja Assassin Trailer

By Guest Contributor Angry Asian Man, originally published at Angry Asian Man

MTV just posted the online trailer premiere for Ninja Assassin, starring Korean pop superstar Rain: ‘Ninja Assassin’ Starring Rain – Watch The Trailer Here!. He plays Raizo, a kidnapped child who is raised to be a professional killer but ends up seeking revenge against the clan that made him who he is.

The movie, directed by James McTeigue, is set for release later this year. Yes, it’s ninjas and Japanese gangsters and martial arts and all that crazy Asian stuff. It kind of looks like everything you’d expect a movie titled “Ninja Assassin” to be.

The trailer’s okay. I like ninjas as much as the next guy, and Rain certainly looks the part, and the movie promises to be a crazy all-out action-fest — which is a good thing. But something about it bugged me. Maybe it was all the CGI weapons — ninja stars, blades — flying at the camera. Maybe I’m just bothered by MTV’s crappy video presentation.

The real question is whether or not Rain will prove that he’s Hollywood leading man material. Fortunately for him, he’s chosen a role that probably doesn’t require a lot of dialogue, and a whole lot of asskicking. My feeling though, is that this might pigeonhole him into Hollywood’s silent Asian man action roles. We shall see.