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Son of Animal Style/Hawaii International Film Festival Recap

The best thing about editing Giant Robot magazine was being able to share the rad things that friends do. And make new friends that do rad things. That’s how I feel about my first sizable “solo” project, assembling (and sometimes even participating in) excellent shorts that friends have created and then complementing them with works by new friends. So while the Animal Style (Chicago) and Son of Animal Style (Honolulu, San Diego) skate video programs have given my crew an outlet for their hard work, they have provided me with fodder to keep engaged, keep pushing culture. And is there a better place to do it than the Hawaii International Film Festival? No other fest balances East and West, high...

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Giant Robot Podcast: Tamlyn Tomita

In 1986, a wire thin Ralph Macchio was cast again as karate champ “Danny” in Karate Kid 2. This time, he leaves the San Fernando Valley and travels to Japan with his Karate sensei, “Miyagi” played by Pat Morita. Miyagi needs to visit his dying father. Meanwhile there’s drama between he and his old rival friend, but stealing scenes is Danny’s hot female love interest, Kumiko portrayed by Tamlyn Tomita in her acting debut.     At the time, young Asian American female leads were scarce and Tamlyn Tomita became the woman by which many Asian American females were gauged. She was the crush of kids everywhere and 25 years later is quietly celebrating her debuts 25th anniversary. Only the...

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Hawaii HIFF Day 2 : Ramen, Shave Ice, and Deliberation

There are things to do in Hawaii aside from the early morning beach visits. It’s food. Ramen Nakamura, or NakamuRamen or as a friend pointed out, RameNakamura and Waiola Shave Ice with Tamlyn Tomita.     That’s Oxtail Ramen below. It’s coma inducing. Proceed at your own risk. It costs $13, a bit much, but that’s Waikiki for you. Yes those are dried garlic pieces.    

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Giant Robot 2 Robots Artist: Justin Scrappers Morrison

Justin Scrappers Morrison is a gentleman. He lived in Portland and touched many lives with his positive-vibed, mountain man attitude. When there’s police breaking up a Comic Con bonfire party, Scrappers acted like the ultra naive and honest with a huge dollop of smart-ass mixed in. Scrappers has traded in his Pacific Northwest forest life for palm trees and shave ice. He’s now living in Maui. For the GR2 Robots exhibition, he pulled off something unique. A robot made from parts that he found on the beaches of Maui. A vintage oil can, really? You can see the art page here.     His new venture is a blog called the Department of Awesome, which is fitting. Although it’s about...

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