Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates re-sign Taiwanese minor league catcher Jin-de Jhang.


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Pirates Prospects reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed Taiwanese catcher Jin-de Jhang (張進德) to a minor league contract. Jhang, whose signing in 2011 was considered part of a "scouting revolution" by the Post-Gazette, spent last season in AA ball with the Altoona Curve.

The Pirates have never had a Taiwanese player on the major league roster.

How To: Asia: Chinese Brush Calligraphy, November 1 at Pitt.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host a Chinese Brush Calligraphy demonstration as the next installment of its How To: Asia series.
Join us for a demonstration of Chinese brush calligraphy, followed by a chance to make and take home some calligraphy of your own!
The event starts at 5:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map). The event is free though space is limited and RSVP is requested to asia at pitt.edu.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mother (마더), Okja, and The Host (괴물) at Row House Cinema's Bong Joon-ho film series, November 3 -9.



The Row House Cinema presents its first film series by a Korean filmmaker, with 2009's Mother (마더), the 2017 Netflix release Okja, and 2006's hit The Host (괴물) comprising a Bong Joon-ho film series from November 3 through 9.

A 2010 Roger Ebert review summarizes Mother:
The mother of the title, played by respected South Korean actress Kim Hye-ja, is a force of nature. In a village, she runs a little shop selling herbs, roots and spices. Her sideline is prescribing herbal cures. Her son Do-jun (Weon Bin), in his late 20s, lives at home and they sleep in the same bed. He's a few slices short of a pie. Early in the film, he's saved from death in traffic when his mother races to the rescue.

Do-jun has a friend named Jin-tae (Jin Gu). Jin-tae easily manipulates him. Do-jun's mental fogginess may be his most attractive quality. In the town, a shocking murder occurs. A girl's body is left where all can see. A golf ball with Do-jun's name is found near the death site.
A June 2017 Atlantic review introduces Netflix's Okja:
Okja begins with a splendiferous introduction to its title character. Who is Okja? The ecstatic businesswoman Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) is thrilled to tell us, via multimedia presentation, by revealing to the press and her investors a new kind of “super-pig” her global corporation has discovered. A giant, lumbering beast resembling a hippo (though with a more baleful face), this creature is the future of cuisine, Lucy explains, and Okja is a prized calf sent to a farm in South Korea as part of a worldwide competition to find the best environment for her species. There she’ll roam around the mountains for 10 years, munch on the grass, and becoming a loving companion to young Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun), the farmer’s granddaughter.
And a Slate review introduces The Host, which was the highest-grossing South Korean film from its release until 2014:
Park Hie-bong (Byeon Hie-bong) manages a snack stand on the banks of the Han with his son, a bleached-blond ne'er-do-well named Gang-du (Song Kang-ho). Gang-du has a 13-year-old daughter, Hyeon-seo (Ko Ah-sung), whose mother abandoned her at birth. As Hyeon-seo and her layabout dad watch her aunt, Nam-joo (Bae Du-na), place third in a national archery competition on TV, something strange is happening in the river outside. What looks to be a giant, multilegged tadpole hangs upside down from a bridge piling, does a few impressive loop-the-loops under the bridge, and then disappears into the water. Passersby gather to watch, throwing food at the mysterious amphibian. Moments later, in defiance of the monster-movie convention of the slow reveal, the thing is galumphing along the riverbank in full daylight, munching its way through entire trailers full of people.
Tickets and showtime information are available at the theater's website. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

2017 Takashi Miike film Blade of the Immortal (無限の住人) in Pittsburgh, November 3 - 9.



The 2017 Takashi Miike film Blade of the Immortal (無限の住人) will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont from November 3 through November 9. A May 18 IndieWire review has a summary of Miike's 100th film:
With a body count in the thousands and a breakneck pitch that starts at feverishly intense and only builds upwards, “Blade of the Immortal” is certainly one of Takashi Miike’s most lethal works. But then, how else should a director with Miike’s talents celebrate such a milestone? You see, not only is his adaptation of a popular manga overloaded, overlong and gleefully over-the-top – it’s also the director’s hundredth feature film.

Based on Hiroaki Samura’s eponymous series, “Blade of the Immortal” follows Manji (local mega-star Takuya Kimura), a cursed samurai and unkillable killing machine who broods and maims his way across Edo era Japan. Thanks to the “sacred bloodworms” coursing through his veins, Manji can heal any wound and ages in slow motion, and that’s not the only similarity to a certain Marvel hero, as this film also hinges on the relationship between the older sell-sword and young girl he’s paid to protect.
Tickets and showtime information is available from the theater's website; the movie plays at 9:00 pm each night from the 3rd through the 9th. The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.

2016 Tibetan movie Soul on a String in Oakland, November 5



The 2016 Tibetan movie Soul on a String will play at the Carnegie Library in Oakland on November 5 as that month's installment of International Cinema Sunday.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pittsburgh-based WholeRen hiring Brand Content Specialist (品牌项目专员) fluent in Mandarin.



WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团), a Chinese education consulting and placement firm headquartered in Oakland, is hiring a Brand Content Specialist (品牌项目专员) fluent in Mandarin.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) playing in Pittsburgh, October 29 and 30.



The 2001 Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) will play Pittsburgh-area Cinemark theaters as part of GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 on October 29 and 30.

"Storytime: Chinese and English" at Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill, October 28.

The Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its next "Storytime: Chinese and English" on October 28.
Celebrate our city’s diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Chinese. For children birth – 5 years and their caregivers.
It runs from 11:00 to 11:30 am and is free and open to the public. The Carnegie Library branch in Squirrel Hill is located at 5801 Forbes Ave. (map), accessible by buses 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, and 74.

Monday, October 23, 2017

2017 Japanese animated film Mary and the Witch's Flower (メアリと魔女の花) in Pittsburgh in January 2018.



The 2017 Japanese animated film Mary and the Witch's Flower (メアリと魔女の花) will play at Pittsburgh-area Cinemark theaters on January 18, 2018.
Fathom Events and GKIDS are proud to present this special one-night premiere event of Studio Ponoc's debut film by Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty, and an animator on Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and more. Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an all-ages action fantasy adventure full of ingenious characters, jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find her place in the world. The English dubbed version (featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent) will start at 7:00pm, and the English subtitled version at 8:00pm.
Tickets for both the dubbed and subtitled versions are currently available online. Pittsburgh-area Cienmark theaters showing the film are Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Pittsburgh Mills.

Pittsburgh Ginkgo Fest, November 4.



Tree Pittsburgh will present its annual Ginkgo Fest on November 4 in Highland Park.