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In this 1990 episode of Married… with Children we have a then-23 year-old Tia Carrere as ruthlessly ambitious model Piper Bauman. In this scene, Piper uses her assets to get the brother of her rival Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate), to tip her off about the “Bundy Bounce,” which she steals to get a lucrative modeling gig.

Tia (first featured at the old site here and then again in a follow-up that includes the photos from her January 2003 Playboy magazine spread) is also a Grammy award-winning singer, and has been continually active in show biz since the mid-80s. Many consider her role as Cassandra Wong in 1992′s Wayne’s World and its sequel the following year, her best-known. Her official website hasn’t be updated in several months but she’s still active on Twitter.

For those interested; the lady evaluating Tia’s bounce in none other than Tina Louise (you know; Ginger Grant from Gilligan’s Island) and Debbie Dunning (Heidi the “Tool Girl” from Tool Time) is also featured in this episode.

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Rex recommended we have a look at On My Way To Meet You, a TV show out of South Korea.

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Here are the opening scenes from 1992′s Kekko Kamen 2, featuring Chris Aoki (please don’t confuse with the male golfer of the same name) in the title role and Rie Nakano as Mayumi Takahashi, the hapless and nubile schoolgirl Kekko often rescues from the perilous perverted predicaments she finds herself in. Kekko’s “Muffication Squeeze” (called that even though she’s always appeared to be sans muff, in the comic books and on film) that we see her employing just after the 3-minute mark here, is her “finishing move.” Even though Miss Aoki is no female Bruce Lee, she also gives a decent display of her nunchaku skills, as that is another thing the character is known for.

A former Playboy Playmate in the magazine’s Japanese edition (now defunct), Chris Aoki was the first of the now five actresses to play Kekko Kamen. See this post at the old site for info on them and the films through 2007. Miss Aoki, who turns 47 next month, now resides in the “Whatever Happened to..?” file but at least you can see what she looked like circa 1992, without the mask at this post at the old site. For those interested, the latest entry in the Kekko Kamen franchise was 2012′s Mask the Kekkou: Reborn starring gravure-to-JAV idol Aino Kishi, who was featured at the old site in September of 2009.

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John Smith suggested we take a look at the political advertisement above, which features the lovely Lisa Chan.

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Bubalabobo has been watching a bit of TV lately and came across this gem from Korea.

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In the above scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam war classic Full Metal Jacket, Papillon Soo Soo speaks the iconic lines that have since amused and infuriated Asian ladies all over the Western world.

This was the second of only three films the British-born actress and model appeared in. The first was the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill and 1992′s Split Second was her third and final. The song playing in this scene is Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and the songs you’ve undoubtedly heard samples of Papillon’s (in)famous spoken lines in are 2 Live Crew’s “Me So Horny” and Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

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This currently airing 30-second spot for Discover Card has actress Stephanie Hsu playing a dual role as a cardholder asking about her cashback bonus and as a rep explaining it to her.

Why did the producers of this ad hire one girl to play both roles? Were they too cheap to pay two actresses? Did they want viewers to think there are twins here like in that other Discover Card commercial (with Sinab and Meltem Gulturk)? Perhaps it has something to do with Discover Card’s ad slogan; “At Discover, we treat you like you’d treat you.” Maybe Stephanie can say for sure. Ask her on Twitter. Also see more of her at her IMDb page and her official website. You may have also caught Stephanie playing a not-too-concerned babysitter in another recent commercial for Nest smoke alarms. It’s wrong but funny.

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This clip from a late 1976 episode of Barney Miller, entitled “Christmas Story,” has Japanese actress and former Miss Tokyo Nobu McCarthy as a hooker/mugging victim, giving her report to Sgt. Ron Harris (and catching the eye of  Sgt. Nick Yemana, who doesn’t find out her occupation until after he makes a date with her).

Born Nobu Atsumi in Canada in 1934, she probably chose to keep her first husband’s surname because she had it when she made her acting debut in the 1958 film The Geisha Boy. Her film career lasted until her death in 2002, while she was on location in Brazil, making Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am. More details of her death and career in this article at Backstage.com.

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Above is Adele Yoshioka as “Sunny,” Harry Callahan’s very friendly neighbor, introducing herself to the San Francisco police inspector in 1973′s Magnum Force. According to the film’s screenwriter John Milius, the character Sunny was written in as Harry’s “love interest” because Clint Eastwood received many fan letters from Asian women that contained sexual propositions. Unless the info that those ladies were Asian, was solely gathered because they stated so in their writings or from their names, one can assume photos were also enclosed in those fan letters. I wonder if Mr. Eastwood saved them.

As for Miss Yoshioko, she pretty much retired from acting after her role as a lab assistant in the 1999 film A Table for One. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, an organization she’s been involved with since 1991. Read more about that in this 2010 interview she did with Examiner.com.

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Even though her signature role was undoubtedly the sadistic Varla in Russ Myer’s 1965 gem, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, here’s a then 35-year old Tura Satana, giving a taste of her go go dance moves in 1973′s The Doll Squad.

Tura passed away in February 2011, but fans will always keep her memory alive at her memorial website. Her personal blog is still up and just as it was when she last posted to it in March of 2010.

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