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A Page of Madness

Posted on June 20, 2015  in Entertainment

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A Page of Madness (狂った一頁 Kurutta Ippēji or Kurutta Ichipeiji?) is a silent film by Japanese film director Teinosuke Kinugasa, made in 1926. It was lost for forty-five years until being rediscovered by Kinugasa in his storehouse in 1971.  The film is the product of an avant-garde group of artists in Japan known as the Shinkankaku-ha (or School of New Perceptions) who tried to overcome naturalistic representation.

 

Yasunari Kawabata, who would win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, was credited on the film with the original story. He is often cited as the film’s screenwriter, and a version of the scenario is printed in his complete works, but the scenario is now considered a collaboration between Kawabata, Kinugasa, Banko Sawada, and Minoru Inuzuka.

 

The film takes place in an asylum. Although cut together in an ever maddening maelstrom, the film loosely tells the story of the janitor of the asylum. His wife is one of the patients. One day their daughter shows up at the asylum to tell her mother about her engagement. This sets off a number of subplots and flashbacks which stitch together the family history (for instance, why the mother is a patient and why the daughter is unaware of her father’s job as a janitor).

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Free Fight: Hunt vs. Struve

Posted on November 13, 2014  in MMA Fights


UFC Brisbane Free Fight: Hunt vs. Struve by UFC

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Late Night Anime: Galaxy Express 999

Posted on November 13, 2014  in Entertainment, Uncategorized

 

Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999(スリーナイン) Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain?) is a manga written and drawn by Leiji Matsumoto, as well as various anime films and TV series based on it. It is set in a space-faring, high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds (but not their emotions) into mechanical bodies, thus achieving practical immortality.

The manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 1978. The anime series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1981.

Matsumoto was inspired to create Galaxy Express 999 by the idea of a steam train running through the stars in the novel Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa

 

The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother’s death.  Great Story and heart touching.

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Late Night Movie: Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky

Posted on November 12, 2014  in Entertainment

 

The story is set in the year of 2001 in a prison owned by a major company. A new prisoner sees his friends being harassed and killed by the guards and seeks his revenge.

 

Enjoy d-_-b

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Prettiest vs Ugliest fighter (In Japan)

Posted on October 25, 2014  in Uncategorized

 

Oh Japan, how I love you.

Beauty vs Beast?

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How have the ex-Strikeforce fighters done in the UFC? A look at their collective record since the merge and some other facts.

Posted on July 31, 2014  in Writing

So the topic came about in another thread about how good the Strikeforce guys have been in the UFC since the merger in early 2013. For statistics’ sake, here is how each fighter has done in the UFC at each weight class. I’m not including the fighters from the women’s bantamweight division, since it was also new at the same time.

Note: If a fighter is now in a different weight class, his name will be highlighted in italics. If a fighter is no longer with the UFC, his name will be struck through.

Heavyweight

Daniel Cormier (2-0), Had Top 5 Ranking in HW before moving down

Josh Barnett (1-1), Current #6 in HW Rankings

Guto Inocente (0-1)

Light Heavyweight

Daniel Cormier (2-0), Current #2 in LHW Rankings, Will Challenge for LHW Title

Ovince St. Preux (4-0), Current #10 in LHW Rankings

Gegard Mousasi (1-0), Had Top 10 Ranking in LHW before moving down

Rafael Cavalcante (1-2), Current #12 in LHW Rankings

Gian Villante (2-2)

Middleweight

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (3-0), Current #4 in MW Rankings

Luke Rockhold (2-1), Current #5 in MW Rankings

Tim Kennedy (3-0), Current #6 in MW Rankings

Gegard Mousasi (1-1), Current #7 in MW Rankings

Yoel Romero (4-0), Current #11 in MW Rankings

Derek Brunson (2-1)

Trevor Smith (2-2)

Nate Marquardt (1-0)

Lorenz Larkin (1-3)

Roger Gracie (0-1), CONTRACT NOT RENEWED

Anthony Smith (0-1), CUT

Bristol Marunde (0-2), CUT

Welterweight

Robbie Lawler (5-1), Current #1 in WW Rankings, Challenged for WW Title, Will Likely Challenge for WW Title

Tyron Woodley (3-2), Current #4 in WW Rankings

Tarec Saffiedine (1-0), Current #10 in WW Rankings

Adlan Amagov (2-0)

K.J. Noons (1-0)

Nate Marquardt (0-2)

Bobby Voelker (0-4)

Jason High (2-2), CUT due to pushing a ref

Lightweight

Gilbert Melendez (1-1), Current #2 in WW Rankings, Challenged for LW Title, Will Challenge for LW Title

Josh Thomson (1-2), Current #6 in LW Rankings, Was Going to Challenge for LW Title

Bobby Green (4-0), Current #7 in LW Rankings

Jorge Masvidal (4-1), Current #14 in LW Rankings

Adriano Martins (2-1)

K.J. Noons (1-1)

Isaac Vallie-Flagg (1-2)

Roger Bowling (0-2, 1 NC)

Yancy Medeiros (0-2, 1 NC)

Pat Healy (0-4, 1 NC), CUT

Ryan Couture (0-2), CUT

Caros Fodor (0-1), CUT

Featherweight

Mizuto Hirota (0-2), CUT

Kurt Holobaugh (0-1), CUT

Overall record of Strikeforce fighters since joining the UFC: 60 wins, 51 losses, 3 No Contests.

That record is shared between 38 fighters.

The GOOD:

  • 2 of these fighters have fought in title matches (Gilbert Melendez and Robbie Lawler)

  • The same 2 have also received title shots twice (technically hasn’t been officially confirmed for Lawler, I know)

  • 4 fighters have received title shots (Melendez, Lawler, Daniel Cormier, and Josh Thomson; unfortunately Thomson didn’t end up getting his when Anthony Pettis got injured)

  • 8 fighters are still undefeated in their UFC tenures so far; these fighters are responsible for nearly half of the Strikeforce fighters’ win total, with a combined record of 25 wins and 0 losses (Cormier, St. Preux, Jacare, Kennedy, Romero, Saffiedine, Amagov, Green)

  • Of the undefeated fighters, Cormier, St. Preux, Romero, and Green all lead the way with the best records (4-0), Jacare and Kennedy are next (3-0), while Amagov and Saffiedine are still 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.

  • The ex-Strikeforce fighter with the most wins since the merge is Robbie Lawler, with 5. He is also the most active fighter of the lot with 6 professional bouts.

  • Currently, sixteen fighters are numbered in the UFC official ranking system, which goes up to 15. Twelve are in the top 10, and six are in the top 5. Those six are: Daniel Cormier (#2 LHW), Jacare Souza (#4 MW), Luke Rockhold (#5 MW), Robbie Lawler (#1 WW), Tyron Woodley (#4 WW), and Gilbert Melendez (#2 WW).

THE BAD:

  • No fighter has yet to win a UFC title.

  • Of these 38 fighters, only 16 have a winning record during their tenure in the UFC. 17 have a losing record, and 12 have failed to pick up a win at all.

THE UGLY:

  • These 12 winless fighters also make up almost half of the loss total for all ex-Strikeforce fighters (their overall record is 0 wins, 23 losses, and 3 NCs).

  • Of the 12 winless fighters, 8 have been cut. Remarkably, Bobby Voelker (0-4), Roger Bowling (0-2, 1 NC), and Yancy Medeiros (0-2, 1 NC), have managed to avoid the pink slip so far.

  • Since the merge, 9 fighters have been cut from the UFC. The total of these fighters records while they were in the promotion was 2 wins, 16 losses, and 1 NC.

  • The only cut fighter that won in the UFC is Jason High. He is also the only fighter cut that did not have a losing record (2-2). This is due to the reason he was cut: making aggressive physical contact with a ref.

CONCLUSIONS:

We can tell that, at every weight class from LW to HW, the Strikeforce imports have made a significant impact in each division (well, maybe not so much for HW). Strikeforce fighters have fought for the title in LW and WW, the majority of contenders right now at MW are ex-Strikeforce (indeed, this division has definitely changed the most since the merge), and LHW got a much-needed injection of new talent with Cormier and OSP.

There have also been quite a few fighters that didn’t quite make it, but still, considering that Strikeforce was the #2 promotion before its dissolution, I would have to say that the majority of the fighters have punched above their weight

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Japanese MMA Nicknames

Posted on May 13, 2014  in Uncategorized

We all know most fighters have nicknames. Some are repetitive (Pitbull, the ___ Assassin,) some are downright not creative at all! (Nick “The Promise” Ring,) while some are so iconic they take place of the fighters actual name (Cro Cop, Rampage.) However, the Japanese nicknames can only be described as Japanese. Here are a few of my favorite.

“Kanaami no Mōshigo” Eiji Mitsuoka. “The Heaven-Sent Child of the Cage.”

“The Eternal Warrior” Mitsuhiro Ishida.

Satoru “Weird But Strong” Kitaoka. What the hell!?.

“The Streetfight Bancho” Hiroyuki Takaya

“Adversity Fighter” Hideo Tokoro. Huh.

Kotetsu “No Face” Boku. What does that even mean?

“The Pink Typhoon” Hisamatsu Yuji

Alexander ‘The Diet Butcher’ Otsuka

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