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Nicole Kidman is Grace of Monaco

Apart from the palace and blondeness, of course, I see many parallels between our lives: marrying a foreign prince, acclimating to his world, and wearing thick make-up. The movie looks almost as dramatic as my life.

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Come see “Hollywood, Je T’aime” at Tokyo Lesbian Gay Film Festival

Los Angeles-based filmmakers Jason Bushman and Charles Herman-Wurmfeld arrived in Tokyo this weekend to show their film “Hollywood, Je T’aime” at the Tokyo Lesbian Gay Film Festival. Their film will be playing Thursday July 15 at 8 pm, and Saturday July 17 at 8:45 pm at Spiral Hall in Aoyama. The director-producer team will be at both showings for a Q&A. I’ll be there on Thursday, and encourage anyone in Tokyo to see their film or attend the festival.

The main star, a friend of the director, looks like a young Adrien Brody. It’s Jason and Charles’ first visit to Japan, and I tried to entertain them on Saturday night by showing them Ni-Chome, Hanazono Shrine (we prayed for their movie’s good fortune in Japan), Golden Gai, the male host area of Kabukicho, and finally Hagoromo, the gay-meets-yakuza sento in Nishi Shinjuku, where somehow I have become a regular.

Trailer for “The Sun” by Aleksandr Sokurov

I want to see this movie “The Sun” about Emperor Hirohito just before and after his surrender to the US military. Released in 2005, it is opening in New York City today. We’ll have to rent it on DVD in Tokyo.

Apparently the film, like Sokurov’s earlier ones on Hitler and Lenin, focus on tyrants “confronting personal tragedies.”

Tomorrow’s Koreanish Stars Today

Karl Yune

Author Alexander Chee’s post in May about hot Korean stars, and People magazine’s error in misidentifying Rain as Karl Yune. Profiles and hot photos of so many over-the-top Korean male stars. My life will never be the same.

Dennis Oh

From top to bottom, Karl Yune, Dennis Oh, and Daniel Henney.

From Alexander Chee’s post: “People Magazine is catching a certain amount of flack this morning for having published an item that misidentifies a photo of Karl Yune as Rain, in the new Speed Racer film. Speed Racer, it’s worth pointing out, has 3 young attractive men of Korean descent on the cast, setting what might be a record for an American film (there’s no statistics on this).”

Daniel Henney