TOKYO — Last month, as Americans tuned in to the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” Japan was indulging in its own television fantasy world. In this one, a woman dares to leave work at 6 p.m. sharp. The determination of Yui Higashiyama, a 30-something project manager who wants nothing more than to get out of the office and into her favorite bar for happy hour, rocks the fictional web design firm where she works. A conniving supervisor and overachieving co-workers try to foil her plans. When her team faces a seemingly impossible deadline in Episode 9, she puts aside her steely commitment to work-life balance, dramatically declaring, “I will work overtime!” Higashiyama is the protagonist of “I Will Not Work Overtime, Period!” — a modest television hit in Japan that has struck a chord in a country with a dangerously intense, at times deadly, national work ethic. It has prompted workers to talk about their own difficulties in finding … [Read more...] about TV hit challenges workaholic culture in Japan
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MANILA, Philippines — It was on April 26, 1986 when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive meltdown and explosion, unleashing radioactive material across Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and even as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. HBO’s historical drama Chernobyl tells the story of this nuclear accident, and the people who put their reputations and lives on the line to unearth the truth about what had become one of the worst man-made disasters of all time. Airing Tuesdays, 9 a.m., on HBO Go and HBO, the five-episode show (which HBO co-produced with the British network Sky) is creating buzz as the TV gem filling the void left by Game of Thrones. It has been given the top rating on IMDB.com and a critics’ score of 96 percent on Rot-ten Tomatoes. Chernobyl stars Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men) as Soviet nuclear physicist Valery Legasov, one of the first to grasp the magnitude of the disaster; Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie and … [Read more...] about Stellan Skarsgard: Chernobyl is ‘courageous’ storytelling
Mothers - arguably the bane of our lives growing up because they're constantly telling you what to do. Yet, every year on Mother's Day, everyone cooks up plans anyway to express their gratitude to the matriach of the family for all the sacrifices they've made. So, we thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to focus the spotlight on Singapore's favourite television mums. With the premiere of the third season of Mediacorp's Lion Mums on Channel 5, we get to see a new dimension to these incredibly complex women - who are all rocking some serious power women hairdos. However, this character development doesn't make them any less relatable. If anything, they remind us of the type of mothers that we're very familiar with. CHAE LIAN: THE MISUNDERSTOOD MOTHER The road to hell is paved with good intentions, yet, most mothers believe the benefits outweigh the methods. You know who we're talking about. These are the mothers who will do anything to ensure the … [Read more...] about The 3 types of mums you’ll find in Singapore
By Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press Thu., May 2, 2019 Mother’s Day is in a couple weeks, but Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift’s record for most wins. Drake turned up the love for his mom when he picked up top artist, besting Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott. He won 12 awards Wednesday in Las Vegas, making his career total 27 (Swift has 23 wins). He looked up to the ceiling as he held the trophy, then said: “I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life. “I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to piano. All the times you drove me to basketball and hockey — that clearly didn’t work out. All the times you drove me to Degrassi. No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we’re on one hell of ride,” … [Read more...] about Drake breaks Taylor Swift’s record at Billboard Music Awards
By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times Mon., April 29, 2019 So who had “Game of Thrones will just wrap up its whole Night King/humanity-unifying climate change allegory in 82 minutes” in their office pool? After all the talking that until now made up the final season of HBO’s fantasy blockbuster, the Battle of Winterfell arrived with a vengeance Sunday night. But for all the bad omens, fond farewells and seeming inevitability of mass casualties (imagined by at least one viewer, anyway), the great war ended on the side of humanity with Arya killing the Night King (and everyone else in his army) with her Valyrian steel dagger. Needless to say, Arya doesn’t pay for a meal anywhere in Westeros the rest of her life — at least until she meets whatever’s ahead in sunny King’s Landing. But before getting too far into the lethal blow that came at the precise, telegenic moment when all seemed lost for the humans of the North, it’s worth … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell stuck its landing. What happens next?