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News – March 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes the long-awaited face-off between two icons in the epic adventure “Godzilla vs. Kong,” directed by Adam Wingard. The movie is the 4th installment in Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Monsterverse, which started with 2014’s Godzilla.

Legends collide in “Godzilla vs. Kong” as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.

The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies,” “The Little Drummer Girl”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Rebecca Hall (“Christine,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Joker,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), Shun Oguri (“Weathering with You”), Eiza González (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”), Julian Dennison (“Deadpool 2”), with Kyle Chandler (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”) and Demián Bichir (“The Nun,” “The Hateful Eight”).

I attended the media preview in IMAX (I seldom did movie reviews in the past few years due to my hectic schedule, but after being cooped up at home for long periods over the past year, it was certainly nice to be able to be out and about and in cinemas again) and this much anticipated action adventure movie was a real feast for the eyes!

The special effects are really next level, with incredibly realistic city battles (watch Hong Kong city being reduced to rubble!) between the monsters, as well as a high level of detail on the monsters (watch Kong’s fur blowing in the breeze).

Watch the opening credits closely this time for lots of clues and Easter eggs (the previous installment which was Godzilla: King of the Monsters had lots of goodies in the end credits).

I strongly advise that you watch the three (3) previous Monsterverse movies first before watching Godzilla vs. Kong as there is a lot of (very welcome) continuity.

Wingard (“The Guest,” “You’re Next”) directed from a screenplay by Eric Pearson (“Thor: Ragnarok”) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Kong: Skull Island”), story by Terry Rossio (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”), based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO.,LTD. The film was produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull and Brian Rogers, with Jay Ashenfelter, Herbert W. Gains, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira executive producing.

The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben Seresin (“The Mummy,” “World War Z”), production designers Owen Paterson (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Godzilla”) and Thomas S. Hammock (“Blair Witch”), editor Josh Schaeffer (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”), costume designer Ann Foley (“Skyscraper”) and visual effects supervisor John “DJ” DesJardin (upcoming “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”).

“Godzilla vs. Kong” will be released in Malaysian cinemas 25 March 2021.

For more info, head over to https://www.godzillavskong.net/


Miyazaki Prefecture Wagyu at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

A cherished tradition throughout Japan, the arrival of cherry blossom heralds the arrival of the spring season at two award-winning restaurants at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur – PRIME Kuala Lumpur and Gastro Sentral Kuala Lumpur.

Well-known for its impeccable snowflake-like marbling and incredible texture, enjoy a special treat from the Land of the Rising Sun with the prized Miyazaki Wagyu A5, the three-times ‘Wagyu Olympics’ champion from the Miyazaki prefecture on Kyushu Island. Held in higher esteem than the Kobe wagyu, this precious delicacy melts in one’s mouth – a characteristic that makes this beef extraordinary. In order to qualify as a Miyazaki Wagyu, the cattle must be born and raised in Miyazaki Prefecture and graded A4 and above. Miyazaki Wagyu won the ‘Wagyu Olympics’ in 2007 and 2012 which is the first time in the history of the tournament that a brand has been able to win consecutive awards. Having also won the Prime Minister’s Award for excellence for the third consecutive time, the Miyazaki wagyu beef has in the past proven so popular at the official Oscars afterparty that an additional order of the world-famous Japanese delicacy was ordered for the 91st Oscars’ Ceremony.

Having been selected as one of the three restaurants and bars here in Malaysia to be included in Marriott International’s Asia Pacific’s “Top 52 Restaurants and Bars by Marriott Bonvoy” back in 2019, PRIME prides itself in serving only the finest Halal certified imported beef, complemented with an exquisite wine selection.

Imaginative interior design with secluded sections enables diners the chance to see and be seen, or to be discreetly seated away from the crowd. PRIME also offers an innovative ‘private dining room with a view’ which seats 10, offering diners an up close and personal view of the kitchen activities.

JAPANESE SPRING AT PRIME MENU

Scallops
Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Gari-Pumpkin Mousseline, Edamame and Black Olive Sponge Cake, Yuzu Dressing, Bonito Flakes
RM 158

Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu A5
A cherished tradition throughout Japan, the arrival of cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of the spring season at PRIME and Gastro Sentral. Well known for its impeccable marbling and incredible texture, enjoy a special treat from the Land of the Rising Sun with the prized Miyazaki Wagyu A5, the three-times ‘Wagyu Olympics’ champion from the Miyazaki prefecture on Kyushu Island.

Ribeye
Grilled Miyazaki Japanese Wagyu A5, Ribeye
Potato Salad, Cucumber, Carrots, Mayo Dressing, Yakiniku Sauce
RM 220 / 100g

Picanha
Teriyaki Glazed Miyazaki Japanese Wagyu A5, Picanha
Rocket Leaves with Rainbow Tomato, Freshly-Grated Wasabi
RM 110 / 100g

Castella
A specialty of the Nagasaki area, this wonderfully honey-scented sponge cake was originally introduced by the Portuguese merchants in the 16th century, with its name originating from Pão de Castela meaning “bread from Castile”.
Served with Mascarpone Vanilla Ice Cream
RM 58

WINE PAIRING

Barton & Guestier, Saint-Emilion Roi Chevalier, Merlot-Cabernet Franc
RM 225 / bottle or RM 50 / glass

Patriarche Père & Fils, Beaujolais-Villages, Gamay
RM 250 / bottle or RM 55 / glass

3-COURSE SET DINNER
RM 398 nett per person

Seared Hokkaido Scallops
Gari-Pumpkin Mousseline, Edamame and Black Olive Sponge Cake
Yuzu Dressing, Bonito Flakes


Picanha
200g Teriyaki Glazed Miyazaki Japanese Wagyu Grade 5, Picanha
Rocket Leaves with Rainbow Tomato, Freshly-Grated Wasabi


Castella
Served with Mascarpone Vanilla Ice Cream

Gastro Sentral

For those who prefer a more casual experience or a quick business lunch, the
Miyazaki Wagyu A5 is also available on an a-la-carte basis at Gastro Sentral.

MENU

Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu Grade 5
A cherished tradition throughout Japan, the arrival of cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of the spring season at PRIME and Gastro Sentral. Well known for its impeccable marbling and incredible texture, enjoy a special treat from the Land of the Rising Sun with the prized Miyazaki Wagyu A5, the three-times ‘Wagyu Olympics’ champion from the Miyazaki prefecture on Kyushu Island.

Seared Boneless Chuck Short Ribs (Sankaku Bara)
Silken Japanese Steamed Rice, Soyu Glazed, Garlic Flakes in Beef Fat, Chopped Chives, Wasabi
RM 165 / 100g

Castella
Served with Mascarpone Vanilla Ice Cream
RM 58

OR

2-COURSE SET MENU
RM 200 nett per person

The award-winning beef is currently available in both a la carte and set menu at
PRIME, and a la carte only at Gastro Sentral from 22 March to 30 April 2021.

For more info or reservations, call Dining Reservations at +603 2263 7434, e-mail
dining.lmkl@lemeridien.com or visit http://www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com

About Tim Chew

Managing Editor and Founder of MHB Digital - http://mhbdigital.com More than 15 years of media, marketing, and management experience with various media owners and publishers.

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