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Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld
Awesome trailer for Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld from Takashi Miike
Yakuza Apocalypse is a visceral shock to the system. It strips away the glamour that surrounds the yakuza in Japanese culture, a bit like like the way the Krays are glamourised in British culture. The reality is rather more squalid, like Tadamasa Goto who is known to have provided information to the FBI. While they didn’t get anything, a grass is still a grass.
Optical data communications technology
Really interesting Panasonic technology for data transfer, is it more than a less obvious QRcode in terms of the data that it contains?
Stüssy x Sophnet
Stüssy have done a really good collaboration with Japanese brand Sophnet which dropped this week. I managed to pick up a Stüssy x Sophnet t-shirt and hooded top. I was surprised by two things. The quality was more up to the old school Stüssy standard than is usually the case now. Secondly, for a Japanese brand collaboration, they both came in western XXL size. We won’t see the like of this collaboration for a good while again, if ever.
More luxury related content here.
SoftBank changes tack with adverts
SoftBank seem to have moved away from their kooky ‘family’ adverts using modern samurai Isao Machii cuts many objects with ”Iaido” sword strokes
The BBC have a series of programmes on handmade products that shows how an item is made from start to finish by a craftsman. The programmes have no music or voiceover. I noticed that Porter Tokyo had taken a similar approach demonstrating how their bags are made. I am a huge fan of Porter Tokyo’s work. I use a Porter Tokyo wallet and have owned a couple of their bags over the years.