January 19, 2007


Week_good_250 With Kaiju Shakedown closing up today, I am totally disappointed that I'll never know how some things will turn out.

- Will THE HOST make money in America? Magnolia's betting the farm on this one and it could go either way. The opening weekend number that'll be reported on March 12 is going to make or break a lot of upcoming movies and could either spark a feeding frenzy or put a chill on Asian genre film acquisitions for a long time to come.

- Will 2007 be the year Johnnie To goes mainstream with TRIAD ELECTION (aka ELECTION 2) coming up from Tartan and EXILED coming up from Magnolia? Or will these just be more Johnnie To movies that the American public really doesn't care about?

- Wither Tartan? A sharp-eyed reader reports that Tartan is teasing some big surprise that'll pop up on their Asian Extreme website soon. But they've got some real underperformers in their catalogue, a lot of staff have left, and there seem to be some cash flow problems. I wouldn't count them out, however, they can still turn this around.

- Wither Dragon Dynasty? I never thought I'd see the day when the Weinsteins are actually putting out a respectable line of Asian DVDs but here we are in 2007 and they've got four titles under their belt and more on the way. The line is new and it's got both weaknesses and strengths so it could go either way - to the Dark Side or the Light - and only their performance for the rest of this year will tell the tale.

Bongprotest_250- Thailand? Korea? Both countries had a moment in the sun when they thought they were invincible but have fallen into shadow. Thailand thought it was going to mint money with Tony Jaa and it did mint money, only not as much as they anticipated. Industry infighting and a laughable film festival threw mud on what was left of their self-esteem. Korea made tons of cash in 2005 but in 2006 it discovered that success was a double-edged sword. The film quota system has been cut again, exports have dropped, and local producers complain that management companies hold too much power and certain movies have a monopoly on screens, keeping smaller movies from competing. So what does 2007 hold for them?

- Will Japan keep on keeping on in '07? Japan had a record year in '06 and now it just remains to be seen if this is an anomaly, or if the sudden, massive popularity of Japanese movies is the real dizzle fo shizzle or was it just some kind of crazy bump in the road.

- Will DYNAMITE WARRIOR really be released by Magnolia in Summer '07?

Sperm_250 - Is THE SPERM actually going to be good?

- What about THE BODYGUARD 2?

- Is PROTEGE going to be just another TRAFFIC knock-off?

- Will Shilpa Shetty win "Celebrity Big Brother"?

- Will another celebrity get drunk at Jackie's concert in Vegas and crawl up onstage and sing with him?

- Where's Jones?

- Is MAIKO HAAAN as annoying as it looks or is it secretly a work of genius?

- Will Bollywood start making movies I like again?

- Will CI MA be more like COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY or more like PERHAPS LOVE?

Cat - Will either of these two posts ever die? Or will Malaysian film fans and Indian film fans keep posting comments and keep this blog alive forever, like the Flying Dutchman?

- Will we ever find out who ate that Japanese lady's toes?

And lest we forget...

- Eric Tsang is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Bacon


- Andy Lau is on your toilet

Andy Lau Celebrity Endorsed Toilet

- Scary, bicycle-riding, phallus devil man.

scary, bicycle-riding, phallus devil man

January 19, 2007 at 04:52 PM in News | Permalink


Thanks for the memories. you made my days at work brighter. I'll miss you man.

Posted by: Mikey W | Jan 20, 2007 12:25:22 AM

Thanks for the memories. you made my days at work brighter. I'll miss you man.

Posted by: Mikey W | Jan 20, 2007 12:29:15 AM

i can't believe you're going! the one and only blog i check pretty much every day. and hands down the best asian film blog. i think you know this by now.

all the best and we can only hope you will re-emerge in the not-too-distant future!

Posted by: ahsup | Jan 20, 2007 1:54:18 AM

It was great while it lasted. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Wisekwai | Jan 20, 2007 8:45:11 AM

I've been getting my English-languaged, Asian cinema news from monkeypeaches, KFCCinema, Twitch, and here. monkeypeaches and KFCCinema have been a bit lax as of late. Anyone have suggestions for other (additional) sites I can turn to to fill the Kaijushakedown gap? Thanks.

Posted by: gurl | Jan 20, 2007 10:10:05 AM

of all the asian blogs, I find Kaijushakedown to be the best, or at least the most organized and very simple for the readers to understand. Those last pictures you reposted made me think real hard of why I fell in love with Kaijushakedown in the first place. Maybe because how you express yourself in your writting.

Thanks again Grady.

Posted by: andrew trang | Jan 20, 2007 1:09:21 PM

humble suggestions: lovehkfilm.com is still my go-to site for reviews; Ross/Kozo has been at it for more than 5 years; his site is clean, easy-to-use, funny, and informative; It's just not daily like this one, nor newsy.

The View from the Brooklyn Bridge is probably the first good HK film site I ever saw: www.brns.com BUT he's not updating as often as necessary.

He links to a newish blog which I'm digging: http://webs-of-significance.blogspot.com/index.html

And, of course, the forums on www.asiandvdguide.com and the Mobius Asian board (http://z8.invisionfree.com/MHVF/index.php?s=5fc9de0201d94ad9eaeb5f82ae57e482&showforum;=5) are very good too.

And www.twitchfilm.net is great -- I get sick of the gore (no pun intended) but 75% of what he covers I'm at least a little interested in -- Asian and otherwise.

Grady, you are leaving a big gaping hole in cyberspace, something as dreadful as that Leon Lai/Korean thing "Dream of a Warrior" where I finally thought: "Maybe, I'm too generous with my time with these HK genre pics?"

Thank god for Johnnie To and Fruit Chan and Hou Hsien etc, etc, etc.

Posted by: glenn | Jan 20, 2007 4:54:47 PM

It's probably a lot harder for Grady to end the blog then us not seeing anymore updates. The long years of hard work and the long years of reading the post ends in a day. It makes me sigh when I see the words "future and past". Where will the tens of thousands Kaijushakedown fans stray now?

Good Luck with your future Grady. A new beginning for you and us all, everyday.

Posted by: Andrew Trang | Jan 20, 2007 7:54:05 PM

Grady --

Thanks for all the laughs along the info and good memories. You've had a great run over here at Kaiju Shakedown. Keep in touch and let us know -- on/via such as the Mobius Home Video Forum, etc. -- where your writings will show up next, okay?

Glenn --

Great to read that you're enjoying checking out my blog. And in the wake of Grady's announcement, I'll try to make it a point to put more Asian movie content (e.g., the entry on the Brigitte Lin crop art!) on it.

Also, another blog written by a brns-er -- in fact, by Brian himself that I'm sure you('ll) "dig" is "Asian Cinema -- While on the Road":-

Posted by: YTSL | Jan 21, 2007 12:30:20 AM

This is really bad - almost like when Sanney of Hong Kong Entertainment and Review passed away - the news just isn't the same without you guys. I really appreciate the way you guys just tell it like you see it, and not try to give a lot of BS even though film/ entertainment is a BS business. Man, things really do change. Best of luck Grady, and thanks.

Posted by: razz | Jan 21, 2007 9:13:41 PM


Thank you so much for this blog and it is really sad that it is no more. I hope you will go on writing though since it is always a joy to read your reviews.



Posted by: eliza bennet | Jan 22, 2007 1:39:21 AM

I'm going to miss the kaiju shakedown! For the person that asked about other sites these places are all good :

http://koreanfilm.org/ (Great discussion board)
http://lunapark6.com/?cat=8 (Great Reviews of current films)
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/Culture/index.asp (good for news about new films)

thanks for the blog and best wishes,

Posted by: Michael | Jan 22, 2007 5:30:36 AM

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