Wednesday, June 24, 2015






Kato, how come you’ve brought up a shocking image?


Diane, do you remember what we talked about the last time?

Yes, we talked about an upcoming Vancouver earthquake, didn’t we?

Yes, you’re telling me.

Cascadia Subduction Zone

M9 Earthquake Imminent




Vancouver Earthquake

Amazing! … Unbelievable!

Seeing is believing, isn’t it?

But I don’t think we’re gonna see this mega earthquake in our lifetime.

Well… according to many seismologists, a super quake occurs every 300 to 400 years in Cascadia. And chances are we’ll see one giant quake pretty soon since the mega quake hit Vancouver on January 19, 1700.

Kato, I think you’re worried too much.

I don’t think so… you know something Diane?… I’ve been watching many movies… Last night, I watched my 857th movie.


■”Actual Listing Page

I see… you viewed “Calcutta” on June 23, didn’t you?


Yes, I did watch “Calcutta.”

So what?

Well… I watched “Aftershock” on May 5.


■”Actual Catalogue Page

I see… you viewed “Aftershock” on May 5, and then jotted down your comment, didn’t you?

Yes, I did… the thing is, I’ve watched many movies since then.


■”Actual Listing Page

I see… you watched “Orgasm Inc” on the same day, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.

…sounds quite interesting… Maybe, I should see it, too… How did you like it?


■”Actual Catalogue Page

Well… Diane, I wanna get into this movie, but I’ve almost forgotten viewing “Orgasm Inc.”

Why is that?

…’Cause the shocking images of “Aftershock” have remained in the back of my mind ever since.






I see… your mind has been inprinted with the above images, hasn’t it?

Yes, it has. The movie “Aftershock” still stands out in my mind.

What is the movie all about in the first place?

Well, “Aftershock” is a 2010 Chinese disaster-drama directed by Feng Xiaogang. The film depicts the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. It is a major box office success, and has grossed more than US$100 million at the Chinese box office. The story goes like this:






In 1976 Tangshan, Li Yuanni lives in a small apartment with her husband and their twins Fang Deng and Fang Da.
Li tells her husband, Fang Daqiang, that she wishes to have one more child, and they get into the back of their truck after putting their son and daughter to bed.

Suddenly the ground shakes, and buildings begin tumbling down.

Running back to save their children, Li is pulled back by her husband, who runs ahead of her and is instantly crushed.
Their house collapses, trapping her two children.


In the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, a rescue team informs Li that her twins are trapped together under a slab of concrete.
Lifting the slab in any way will kill one of her children.
Heartbroken, she decides to save her son, Fang Da.

The girl, Fang Deng, survives and wakes up later to find herself among several dead bodies.

Assumed to be an orphan, Fang Deng is adopted by a military couple.
She refuses to speak, but eventually opens up and bonds with her adopted parents (Wang Deqing and Dong Guilan).


Ten years later, Fang Deng (renamed to “Wang Deng” after taking on her adoptive father’s surname) is accepted into medical school and moves away, where she meets a graduate student, Yang Zhi, and begins an intimate relationship with him.
In Fang Deng’s third year of study, her adoptive mother falls ill.
Before dying, she asks Fang Deng to use the money they saved to find her real family.

Fang Deng finds out she is pregnant, and despite being pressured by Yang to get an abortion, she refuses to abandon her baby.
She secretly drops out of university and loses contact with Yang and her adoptive father.

During that period of time, Fang Da grows up with his mother.
The earthquake claimed his left arm, leaving him physically disabled.
Rather than taking his university entrance exams, Fang Da opts to make it on his own by transporting people with his bike.

He leaves his mother in Tangshan and moved to Hangzhou, and eventually becomes the boss of a successful travel agency.
He marries and has a son, named Diandian.

After a four-year absence, Fang Deng goes back to see her adoptive father with her daughter, also named Diandian.
She apologises to her adoptive father and reconciles with him.

On New Year’s Eve, Fang Deng tells her adoptive father that she is getting married to a foreigner and will be emigrating to Vancouver, Canada, with her daughter.



In 2008, Fang Deng sees the earthquake in Sichuan on television.
She immediately volunteers to join rescuers and returns to China.

Fang Da has also decided to help in the rescue efforts.
While taking a break, Fang Deng overhears Fang Da talking about the Tangshan earthquake.
She reunites herself with her brother, and they both decide to visit their mother.


At first, Fang Deng is angry at her mother for abandoning her.
Later, after realising the remorse, emotional agony and guilt that her mother had gone through, she forgives the latter.


SOURCE: “Aftershock (2010 film)”
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So, the heroine immigrated to Vancouver, huh?

Yes, she did. Her husband is a Canadian lawyer living in West Vancouver.

Really? What a coincidence? So, Kato, that’s why you think a super quake like Tangshan Quake may take place in Vancouver, huh?

Yes, it might happen… Anyway, Diane, you should borrow the DVD and be prepared mentally for the upcoming Vancouver quake.

Well … maybe I’ll see “Aftershock” after watching “Orgasm Inc.”

That’s a good idea.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


Have you ever been to Vancouver?

It is a beautiful city—one of the best cities in the world.




Beautiful Vancouver





Kato says that Vancouver is a paradise.

As you know, however, nothing is perfect, nobody is perfect.

So no city is perfect.

However, no matter what disaster hits the city, I wish, Vancouver remains to be a beautiful city.

In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:



“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”



“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”



“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”




“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver



Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.


“Actual Listing Page”


So far, he’s watched 857 movies.

That is, he must see 144 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 857 in the above list.


“Actual Catalogue Page”

Kato jotted down his comment as follows:

This is a 1969 French documentary directed by Louis Malle.

It explores the poorest part of the city.

One-third of the population, or 1.5 million people, lived in 3,500 unregistered squatter-occupied and 2,011 registered slums.

The authorised slums (with access to basic services like water, latrines, trash removal by the city) can be broadly divided into two groups—bustees, in which slum dwellers have some long term tenancy agreement with the landowners; and udbastu colonies, settlements which had been leased to refugees from present-day Bangladesh by the Government.

The unauthorised slums (devoid of basic services provided by the municipality) are occupied by squatters who started living on encroached lands—mainly along canals, railway lines and roads.

Some living conditions are unimaginable and nauceating.

You might get sick and feel like throwing up.

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?








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