Meniscus Magazine’s Top 10 articles and videos of 2013

From film to fashion to music to sports, the tastes of Meniscus Magazine’s readers in 2013 reflected the diversity of our coverage.  The list includes a mixture of articles published throughout the year as well as content dating all the way back to 2007.  In reverse chronological order, here are the 10 most-viewed articles of 2013:

10) Onitsuka Tiger offers a pared-down collection for Spring 2013

Our look at the Spring 2013 Onitsuka Tiger collection, which continued its shoe collaboration with Liberty of London.

9) An interview with Swin Cash: Basketball, the WNBA and fashion

Our interview with WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash was your ninth-favorite article of 2013. We spoke to Cash at the State of Style Summit in New York, where she had a lot to say in particular about women’s basketball uniforms and how she would change them.

8) G-Star Raw Spring 2008 – New York Fashion Week Review

The “oldest” article in our Top 10 list, our G-Star Raw Spring 2008 review at New York Fashion Week is one of our most widely read in 2013 – proving that Dutch denim never goes out of style.

7) On the red carpet: Anthony Wong (黃秋生) – 2013 Asian Film Awards

We featured several stars on the 2013 Asian Film Awards red carpet, but Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong ranked the highest.  This short roundup, to date,  has 235 Facebook likes, partially because of his role in “Ip Man – The Final Fight” (which opened the Hong Kong International Film Festival that same week), but mostly because he presented an award to Filipina actress Nora Aunor, whose countrymen and women made sure that the post went viral.

6) “A Leading Man” puts an Asian male center stage

Mentions in publications such as Jezebel, and film festival screenings in Hawai’i and Austin propelled our behind-the-scenes look at the Asian American indie film “A Leading Man” into our 2013 Top 10. Directed by Steven J. Kung, the film features an Asian male actor – played by Jack Yang – who has trouble finding work in Hollywood.

5) Alan Yuen’s “Firestorm” (風暴) – 2013 ScreenSingapore Film Review

Barely a month has passed since it hit the screens in Asia, but our review of “Firestorm” is already in our Top 10 most-read articles of 2013, no doubt due to the star power of Andy Lau Tak Wah and Gordon Lam Ka Tung, who both appeared at the world premiere in Singapore.

4) Mika Ninagawa’s “Helter Skelter” – 2013 Japan Cuts Film Review

Coming in at #4 was the long-awaited return of actress Erika Sawajiri in the Japanese plastic surgery horror film “Helter Skelter,” based on a manga of the same name.

3) The Rubber Duck Project: Hong Kong’s cult of personality

A rubber duck sails into our #3 slot – more specifically, a giant inflatable yellow duck designed by Florentijn Hofman that proudly floated in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, braving storms and surviving a deflation (although, unfortunately, it exploded in Taiwan on New Year’s Eve).

2) “Tales from the Dark Part 1″ – 2013 New York Asian Film Festival Review

Our second-most popular article last year was our world premiere review of the Hong Kong trio of horror short stories, “Tales from the Dark Part 1,” each directed by Simon Yam, Lee Chi Ngai and Fruit Chan respectively.

1) An interview with Daniel Henney: Comedy, career and Korea

Originally conducted as part of our 2012 Asian American International Film Festival coverage, our interview with actor Daniel Henney was your favorite article of 2013. The “Shanghai Calling” star talked about a whole range of topics, from why his early work now makes him cringe to his mother’s background as a Korean American adoptee to why Michigan will always be home.


In addition, our YouTube playlist of the most-viewed videos of 2013 follows:

Again, the list in reverse chronological order:

10) Andy Lau (劉德華) – 7th Asian Film Awards red carpet – Meniscus Magazine (Cantonese)

9) Takayuki Yamada (山田孝之) – 2011 New York Asian Film Festival – Meniscus Magazine (Japanese and English)

8) Jake Shimabukuro – “Dragon” (electric ukulele) – Grand Ukulele Live in Bangkok – Meniscus Magazine

7) Donnie Yen Q&A, IRON MONKEY screening – 2012 New York Asian Film Festival – Meniscus Magazine (English)

6) Behind the scenes of Steven J. Kung’s “A Leading Man” – Meniscus Magazine (English)

5) Andy Lau & Sylvia Chang – 7th Asian Film Awards – Best Film Presentation – Meniscus Magazine (Cantonese, Mandarin and English)

4) Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊) – Excellence in Asian Cinema – 7th Asian Film Awards – Meniscus Magazine (Cantonese and English)

3) Daniel Henney Interview with Meniscus Magazine 2012 – Comedy, career and Korea (lo-fi audio only, English)

2) Bangkok Runway 2013 Fashion Show Launch – Meniscus Magazine
Note: Copyright reasons prevented us from using the clip with the original J-pop music.  For that version, go to our link on Vimeo.

1) North Korean girl wows on xylophone AND the drums – Meniscus Magazine