Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

For those of us who grew up with kung-fu movies and fighting games, sometimes it can be hard to cope with the crushing reality that we’ll never be able to pull off backflips or spinning bird kick like Street Fighter‘s Ryu or Chun-Li, no matter how hard we try.

YouTubers CorridorDigital , found a way around the years of martial arts training required to become a King of Fighters, turning two low-level “karate students” into gravity defying, super-speed karate masters with the help of a little stop-motion video and some clever camera angles.

▼ White-belt vs. Yellow-belt

The video begins with two goofy-looking dudes showing off their less-than-refined karate skills in a local park. When a pretty lady walks by, they become suddenly very aware of the fact that they are mere novices and probably look pretty uncool.

▼ “Um, nice moves, guys…”

Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

In hopes of winning over the pretty lady, they snap into “horizontal mode”, as we’ll call it. Being horizontal allows them to bend, hit and defy gravity in ways that they would never manage standing upright, especially at their level.

▼ Now that’s more like it!

Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

▼ Horizontal fighting allows for the use of just as many, if not more, terrain features. Ouch!

Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

▼ In the end, the white-belt defeats the yellow-belt, assuming his level and thus winning the girl, right?

Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

▼ Wrong!

Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

It’s a pretty silly video, but the concept and execution of the stop-motion is really cool. We hope to see another video in the future featuring more special effects and super-moves!

Source/screenshots: YouTube ( CorridorDigital )

Stop-motion karate, because we’ll never actually be karate masters 【Video】

My darling is a (weird) foreigner: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behaviors

My darling is a (weird) foreigner: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behaviors

International marriages are becoming more and more commonplace in Japan as well as the world at large, which is definitely a good thing, because unlike boring regular marriages, international marriages are a veritable cornucopia of hilarious cultural misunderstandings and sitcom-style hilarity.

It’s no surprise then, that Japanese women married to foreign men – already considered the sillier gender of the species even without the cultural barrier – have no shortage of hilarious anecdotes about their significant others’ odd behavior.

Here’s a smattering of our favorite picks from Matome Naver:

“My husband and I were on the train when another foreigner got on. ‘Oh gross! A foreigner!’ says my husband, who seemed to have forgotten he’s one too.”

“Whenever my husband finds a particularly round rock, he picks it up and screams ‘Japanese!’ at the top of his lungs. When we get home he adds it to his collection, pours water over the whole pile and calls it a zen garden.”

My darling is a (weird) foreigner: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behaviors

“My British husband loves cockroaches (they don’t have them in Britain, apparently). ‘What a beauty!’ he says, when he sees one. ‘How can such a wonderful creature be so hated?’”

“Whenever we go back to my husband’s home country, he complains about how dirty and inconvenient it is. I don’t mind it at all though.”

“My Hawaiian husband loves to read Doraemon . He cracks up whenever he reads it. I see him shaking his head and muttering, ‘Oh, Nobita-kun. What are we going to do with you?’”

“One day my husband suddenly blurted out, ‘I think I’m going to try going gay!’ After my initial shock, it dawned on me he was trying to say he wanted to try going geinou (get into show business).”

▼ Foreign men aren’t the only weirdos though. Here’s a Japanese woman upset that her husband threw away her favorite stinky old umbilical cord. Her favorite one!

My darling is a (weird) foreigner: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behaviors

“My French husband loves sweet bread and he buys some strange Rilakkuma -themed sweet bun for breakfast every morning. All the women in the office secretly laugh at him, but he saves up the proofs of purchase and gets me cute plates and things.”

“I found out my husband was secretly buying natto because he actually likes it.”

“My husband breaks crackers into his miso soup. Hey buddy, that’s no minestrone!”

“My guy loves Japanese history, but he can’t get any of the shoguns names right, even though he talks about them like they’re his close pals.”

“He’s unusually familiar with Japanese celebrities. He’ll say, ‘That little Mana Ashida is soooo adorable!’ and ‘Hibari Misoro is pure genius!’ I really wonder where he’s getting all this information.”

My darling is a (weird) foreigner: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behaviors

“My British husband loves niku jaga. He likes mashed potatoes too, but given the choice, he goes for niku jaga every time.” (Note: this is actually not strange at all, as most western cultures have something near-equivalent to niku jaga meat and potato stew, but the Japanese don’t seem to realize this.)

“My American husband will eat absolutely anything. He sometimes requests pancakes for dinner.” This man is a genius!

Matome Naver also provided a space for married foreign men to vent their gripes about their Japanese wives’ oddities, but to be perfectly honest, it was a depressing wasteland of things that they really ought to be telling to their therapists, so we decided we’ll save those for a more appropriate time. You know, like Valentine’s Day or something.

Source: Matome Naver
Photos from Japanese film My Darling is a Foreigner, via YouTube

My darling is a (weird) foreigner: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behaviors

Chinese Railway Worker Suspended for “F**k’em Gangnam Style” Song Parody

Chinese Railway Worker Suspended for “F**k’em Gangnam Style” Song ParodyBoy that Gangnam Style is one catchy tune.  The Korean smash hit has transcended international boundaries like few others before it.  When I fry my eggs in the morning I “flip’em Gangnam style” and when I’m retiling the bathroom I can’t help but “grout’em Gangnam style.”

One day, a railway worker in China was feeling down about his job and needed to let out some emotions about it.  Unfortunately, he decided to “vent’em Gangnam style” and record it… and upload it to a popular Chinese video sharing site.  You can probably imagine what happened from there – imagine it Gangnam style.

The video starts with the man decked out in PSYlike sunglasses and a railway worker’s uniform sitting in a cramped apartment in front of his computer.  At times you can see a cute kid – presumably his son – dancing in the background while he starts up the insturmental music to Gangnam Style, Gangnam style.

If you don’t know Chinese you probably didn’t listen to the whole thing.  So here are a few excerpts from his rap.  Bear in mind this is a translation from Chinese to Japanese to English, and I’m going to use all my experience I had with my old holiday themed rap crew the Rapping Papers back in the ‘80s to make it flow.

“I’m the train conductor
But once I’m on 3 days I’m stuck or
Other 3 days I’m home
F**ks me up in my dome
‘Cause all over I usually roam
Now I just wanna be alone

Every morning is a mad dash
But my salary is some sad cash
Got me messed like some bad hash”

“Wearing this tie like a sucker’s sash
Maybe I’ll use it to hang my own ass”

Lyric’s aside, the big problem people had was with his momentary use of the old finger 11, aka two-handed middle-finger salute. Comments to the video were mixed, ranging from “interesting” to “a disgrace to the railway industry.” However, one thing was for sure: this guy was famous.

Naturally, it didn’t take long for his higher ups to find this recording and dole out a punishment.  After an investigation they found that the man had previously fought with his wife, had some drinks and was basically “having a bad day” so he decided to let loose with this song.

As such the company let him off with a suspension but he could keep his job. This decision came down to his work performance being stellar up until then.

I have to say, I’ve been in Dutch with the wife and had a few drinks but a fully written four minute costumed song parody never came out of it.  Maybe I’m just strange like that.

Strange like that Gangnam Style.

Source: Youku (Chinese) via NariNari (Japanese)

Chinese Railway Worker Suspended for “F**k’em Gangnam Style” Song Parody