The 7th annual Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) was held on March 28-30 at Tokyo Big Site. TAF is the one of the largest animation fairs in the world with the participation of around 290 animation related businesses and more than 100,000 visitors this year.

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008 poster
Official poster for the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008

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A small restaurant in Taipei is selling some beef noodles at NT$10,000 (~USD330) per bowl.

NT$10,000 beef noodle at 688 Beef Bowl restaurant in Taipei
The NT$10,000 beef noodle (Image via Xinhuanet)

The restaurant is named “688 Beef Bowl”, and is located at Taipei’s busy Zhongxiao Road. The restaurant has been operating for 18 years and most of their beef noodles are priced around NT$150-300… the expensive noodles are only sold on limited basis and need to be pre-ordered.

I am not sure why the beef noodle cost so much; it seems like it’s not using special ingredients… the high cost was probably attributed by the quality of the beef. The restaurant owner has spent 5 years to search for the high quality beef to make this beef noodle… and a nice piece of beef could be really costly, obviously.

The 2nd Asian Film Awards (AFA) were presented on March 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in conjunction with the 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Korean movie “Secret Sunshine” (밀양; Milyang) is the biggest winner with 3 major awards (complete list). Below are some pics from the event…

Tony Leung and Jeon Do-yeon at Asian Film Awards 2008
Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (best actor) and Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon (best actress)

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Olive9 Entertainment, talent agency for Korean star Choi Ji-woo, is in war of words with Hong Kong media, claiming that the HK press is maliciously trying to bring down Choi’s image.

Olive9 is responding to reports which claimed that the Korean actress was drunk and behaved inappropriately in the LVMH party last Friday (Mar 14, 2008). Choi and her reps strongly denied the reports and stated that she didn’t drink at all.

Chow Yun Fat and Choi Ji-woo at LVMH Hong Kong party Korean actress Choi Ji-woo at LVMH Hong Kong party
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party? Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party? Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party?
Choi Ji-woo at the LVMH party; the guy is Hong Kong star Chow Yun Fat

At first glance, Choi does seem like tipsy from the photos; but then, photos could be deceiving sometimes… we’ll have to choose what we want to believe.

Point is, it’s a party, people do get drunk. As long as they are not too misbehaved (thrown up or taking off their cloths etc) and have friends around to take care of them when needed… we should just let it be ain’t so? If normal people could get drunk and gone wild occasionally, why are celebrities forbidden to do so?

Korean stars Kwon Sang-woo and Song Seung-hun met the press on Mar 17 (2008) in Seoul for a special media screening of their latest movie, “Destiny” (“Sookmyeong” or “Fate”).

Director Kim Hae-gon, co-stars Kim In-kwon and Park Han-byul were also at the event.

Kwon Sang-woo and Song Seung-hun at the special screening for Korean movie Destiny
Song Seung-hun and Kwon Sang-woo at the special press screening

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Japanese jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita, in fireproof gear, played a piano which was set on fire in front of some 400 audience on Mar 8, 2008.

Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita playing fiery piano
Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita playing the fiery piano (Image via Xinhuanet)

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A Chinese man has rescued a seven-year-old boy from a pond, 20 years after rescuing the boy’s father from the same place. [Hat tip to Spluch]

Wang Weiqing, 58, of Beicheng village, China’s Guangzhou Province, was walking along the pool with his own grandson when he spotted a boy struggling in the water and saved him.

Chinese hero who saved father and son 20 years apart
Mr Wang telling his heroic stories (the kid is his grandson, not the rescued boy)

When the grandfather of the rescued boy arrived, he was amazed to see the rescuer was the same man who saved his son, the boy’s father, from the same pool 20 years ago.

Like father like son… thank goodness the saviour was around for both occasions.

Soccer star David Beckham is in Korea with the Los Angeles Galaxy team in their Asia tour. LA Galaxy will play a friendly match against FC Seoul on March 1 at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

The former England captain will also attend some private functions to meet his fans as well as endorsing some products for his sponsors.

David Beckham in Korea with LA Galaxy
David Beckham in a press conference in Seoul (Image courtesy of Newsen)

LA Galaxy will also play against Shanghai-Hong Kong United in Shanghai, China on March 5. There are news that they will be playing in Hong Kong on March 9 as well, but the schedule has not been confirmed yet.

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