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Category Archives: Movies
No Spoilers Here Spoilers, under appropriate tags, will be included in a separate post. This post is spoiler-free so that I can link back to it for people who don’t want to know any of the plot.
Gaman (我慢、がまん) I saw this word being used as a cultural principle over at the Japan Times in an article about a modern production of the Tale of the Forty-Seven Ronin (known natively as the Chuushingura – “chuushin” (中心) means … Continue reading
Yakuwari (役割、やくわり) A yakuwari can be a duty, a role, or a part to play. The first kanji can be read as “of use,” which is a concept used in service (for if you are of use to the Emperor, … Continue reading
Shichinin no Samurai (Japanese: 七人の侍) Seven Samurai is known to students of movie-making for its introduction or popularization of a variety if filming techniques, particularly for the use of visual imagery to represent one aspect of the story without resorting … Continue reading
A Better, More Human Tony Stark If there’s one thing that I have to criticize the Iron Man movies for, it is having a Tony Stark who is, in terms of his persona, someone absolutely impossible to sympathize with. His … Continue reading
A Sniper’s Dream Come True For people who have not actually watched Gundam 00, this post may show you things you have not seen before. Really, I wanted to resume showing the background of the Gundam 00 Movie, not so … Continue reading
Eye Candy On Parade The upcoming Gundam 00 (Double-Oh, think James Bond) movie will probably be screened in Singapore on Sept. 18, 2010. While no venue has been announced yet, the Gundam Fiesta there is kind of hard to miss, so … Continue reading