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A podcast where we chat about Asian pop culture: films, tv shows, cartoons, video games, comics, books, food… whatever we’re feeling on the day, really. A little bit of news, a little bit of analysis, but a whole lot of fun. New episodes every Monday!
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In this weeks episode we talk about the cinema release of IUs concert - the Golden Hour. We go through the songs, costumes and pageantry of the concert, as well as how the Disney princess that is IU compares to her American and Korean peers. What were our favourite parts? Why is IU better than Taylor? Let’s discuss. 00:00 The Start 01:50 All about …
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In this episode, we review the very excellent but criminally overlooked Ballerina (2023). Starring Jeon Jong-seo and directed by Lee Chung-hyeon, this South Korean action flick is better than it needs to be and deserves more attention - delivering a slick neo-noir atmosphere as well as a powerful message with implications on the state of real-world…
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In this episode, we invite Boon to talk about Expend4bles and also help us with our second Martial Artists Battle Royale, where we pit the characters of four of our favourite martial artists against each other in a battle to the death. This time around we have four of the best - Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wesley Snipes, and Steven Seagal…
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In this episode, we continue the spooky season into November by reviewing two fresh J-horror movies from two legendary directors of the genre - Takashi Shimizu (director of the Grudge series) and Hideo Nakata (director of the Ring series). Get set for a couple of spooky spoiler-free reviews of Immersion (2023) and The Forbidden Play (2023). How do …
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Hey all! If you've been putting off watching Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) because it is simply too scary to watch alone, then have no fear! Watch it along with us and have the benefit of two idiots cracking wise in the background to make you feel more comfortable. Get your Amazon Prime ready, sync us up and let's piss our pants collectively! SUBS…
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In this episode, we kick off the spooky season by review new(ish) Aussie horror movie - Talk to Me. A24 distributed, directorial debut from by Danny and Michael Philipou of RackaRacka YouTube fame, horror movie that tells the story of what a bunch of Aussie teens would do with a hand that lets you talk to the dead. Is a good representation of Austr…
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In this episode, Danh takes a break so Thavy invites his good friend Marcus on to be the substitute Asian bloke for the day. What are they talking about? Why, the Melbourne International Film Festival of course! Specifically three movies: Kim Jee-won's Cobweb, Wim Wenders' Perfect Days, and Hirokazu Kore-eda's Monster. Which was their favorite? Let…
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In this episode, we review the Netflix live-action adaptation of ONE PIECE and try to understand WHY the internet seems to collectively agree that this is not only acceptable - but GOOD?? Are we the only people who didn't enjoy this? What has everyone so enraptured? Will this be the last episode of Two Asian Blokes? Let's Discuss…
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In this episode, we review The First Slam Dunk, the recent animated movie retelling the story of the original sports manga, Slam Dunk, illustrated by Takehiko Inoue. Why did we love this movie so much? How does it stack up against the original anime? When did Gori turn into Goliath? Let's discuss.By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode, we finally get around to doing Barbenheimer. Also, we take a look at Past Lives, the new A24 romantic drama from director Celine Song, all about kismet, longing, and the one that got away. Did we enjoy the blockbuster about a world-shattering event that causes an existential crisis within the lead character and makes them question …
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In this episode, we delve into the realm of Chinese blockbusters and talk about Meg 2: The Trench, starring Jason Statham and Wu Jing, as well as Hidden Strike, starring Jackie Chan and John Cena. Which couple has the best chemistry? Which shark-based rap song is the true banger? Did Star Wars fans ruin Star Wars? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode, we review Netflix limited animated series Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre. This series attempted to adapt the works of this acclaimed horror manga artist, famous for his messed up ideas and imagery. Were they able to pull it off? Nah, not really. But where did they fall down? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode, we review The Call (2020) and not the Halle Berry one. No, this is the South Korean thriller starring Park Shin-hye and Jeon Jong-seo all about two girls that are living 20 years apart but are mysteriously connected through a telephone. Was this movie great popcorn fare or just another forgettable Netflix thriller? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode, we invite Blockblunders Podcast onto the show to watch and discuss a movie very dear to us - I Saw the Devil, directed by Kim Jee-won and starring Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun. What was their reaction to this very brutal movie? Who would they cast in the Hollywood remake? Why is everyone in Korea a serial killer? Let's discuss. C…
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In this episode, we review Joy Ride - the directorial debut of Crazy Rich Asians writer Adele Lim, starring Ashley Park (Emily in Paris) and Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All At Once). Why did we have such a hard time enjoying this movie? And how was this the movie that manages to make Danh cry? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode, Thavy interviews the creatives behind the indie film To Spark a Wildfire, currently in production. He had the privilege of sitting down with the writer and star of the film, Angie, and the director, Musashi, to discuss everything from what it's like to work in the Australian film industry to their thoughts on Crazy Rich Asians. How…
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In this episode, we invite real-life Japanese people onto the show to give their honest opinions about Suzume, Makoto Shinkai's latest animated movie all about a girl who romances a chair. We were lucky enough be joined by 3ZZZ radio hosts, Yuka and Yuta, who talked about everything from their experiences growing up in Japan, their transition to Au…
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In this episode, we review the newest instalment in The Roundup series of cop movies – No Way Out. Is this the new gold standard of action cinema? Can we ever get sick of Ma Dong Seok punching bad guys? How do we justify our love of police brutality in these movies? Let’s discuss.By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode we invite a special guest, Ethan, from Growing Up Bananas podcast to talk about an anime from our collective childhood, Dragon Ball Z. Who was our favorite characters? What were our favorite moments? What in the hell is Chiaotzu supposed to be? Let's discuss. Also, check out Growing Up Bananas podcast if you're interested in hearing…
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In this episode we talk about our experience at the TWICE 트와이스 Ready to Be Concert at Sydney's Qudos Arena! Did we have a good time despite our terrible seats? Which was our favorite solo stage? What are Thavy's thoughts on twerking? Let's discuss.By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode we invite special guests Ming and Sara, who form the musical duo TZECHAR, the duo responsible for the original soundtrack of the Taiwanese horror The Sadness. Considering that The Sadness was one of our favorite movies of 2021 and set new standards for our definition of violence in movies, we felt very blessed to be able to have a c…
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In this episode we invite special guests Rhiannon and Margaret, hosts of the podcast Character Chaos, to discuss Park Chan Wook's cult classic, Oldboy. This was Rhiannon and Margaret's first viewing of Oldboy. Did they enjoy it as much as us? Or will this be the last time Two Asian Blokes and Character Chaos collaborate? Let's find out! Also, check…
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In this episode we talk about Re/member, a Netflix J-horror that tells the coming-of-age story of a group of unlikely friends that bond over a nightly body part search during which they are brutally murdered again and again. Was this movie too weird or was it just weird enough? Let's discuss.By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode we talk about Call Me Chihiro, a Japanese Netflix film about a former sex-worker living a simple but lonely life as a bento shop worker in a small seaside town. Why did we love this film so much? Who would we cast in the Australian remake? Let's discuss.By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode we take a look at The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil, a 2019 South Korean action thriller about a hardboiled detective and a hardboiled gangster teaming up to catch a serial killer. Was this a case of one idea too many? Was "the Devil" perhaps too strong a title? Why was the Carolina Reaper burger such a disappointment? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode we take a darker turn and look at the movie Unlocked, a South Korean thriller about a girl who finds herself in the cross-hairs of a serial killer after accidentally leaving her phone on the bus. Did this movie hit too close to home? Are smart phones putting us in danger? Why is Korean police so bad at their jobs? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode we continue the theme of Korean romance and review the movie 20th Century Girl, the coming-of-age story about a girl growing up at the turn of the millennium, starring Kim Yoo-Jung and Byeon Woo-seok. Did this love story hit us in the feels? Why did they ever get rid of pagers? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode we review the second (and presumably final) season of Alice in Borderland. Was this a good follow-up to the first season? Who was our favourite new character? What did we think of the conclusion? Let's strip down to our birthday suits and get ready to talk death games!By Danh and Thavy
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Hey all! If you've been putting off watching Netflix's Incantation (2022) because it is simply too scary to watch alone, then have no fear! Watch it along with us and have the benefit of two idiots cracking wise in the background to make you feel more comfortable. Get your Netflix ready, sync us up and let's piss our pants collectively!…
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In this episode we did the impossible and put together a series of clips of "good" parts of Two Asian Blokes Podcast from this year. It's been a hell of a year for Asian pop culture, from amazing works of cinema in Everything Everywhere All at Once to very mediocre adaptations in Welcome to Raccoon City. Let's take a trip down memory lane and liste…
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In this episode we review the first six episodes of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War and the first six episodes of Chainsaw Man. Which is the superior title? What are the main differences? What will the future of Shonen Anime look like? Let's get in touch with our teenage selves and discuss these animes!…
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In this episode we review Emergency Declaration (2022) the new disaster thriller starring two of our favourite Korean actors, Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun. Powerhouse actors? Check. Unlikeable bureaucrats? Check. The ratty guy in every disaster film? Check. Let's strap in and discuss this movie!By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode we review Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (2022) the recent endeavour from one of our favourite directors, Ana Lily Amirpour, and one of our favourite South Korean actors, Jeon Jong-seo. Does this film cement Amirpour in the "directors to watch out" list? Do we want to see Jong-seo in more Hollywood stuff? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode of our Monthly Movie Roundup, we talk about some of the movies we watched in September 2022: from South Korean spy thriller Hunt, to Stallone starring superhero flick Samaritan. Doesn't have to be Asian, doesn't have to be current, anything goes in this series!By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode Boon joins us to review Decision to Leave, the latest film from one of our favourite South Korean directors, Park Chan-Wook. A bit of romance, a bit of mystery, a bit of comedy - this film has a lot going on. But is this a strength or a weakness? Is this really the weakest offering from our favourite director? Let's discuss.…
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In this episode we talk about Vikram Vedha, the latest action blockbuster from India. We cover both the original 2017 Tamil version and the 2022 Hindi remake. Which did we prefer? What were our favourite parts of both? Will we ever get the song out of our heads? Let's discuss.By Danh and Thavy
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In this episode we talk about the Crime City duology - The Outlaws (2017) and The Roundup (2022). Ma Dong-seok plays a no-nonsense cop trying to take down organized crime with his bare hands - literally. He slaps a lot of dudes in these movies. Which of these movies is superior? Would we want to see another one of these? Let's discuss.…
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