Re: [SCA-JML] Movies about History was Re: Hero-Loved It
- mattfmcti wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Solveig <nostrand@a...> wrote:
> > Noble Cousins!
> > Greetings from Solveig!
> > "Memoire of a Geisha" one thumbs down from me. However, the movie should
> > show a profit.
> While I realize that the Kurosawa films are without par, I would
> certainly like to see some modern Japanese film makers explore their
> history from the Japanese perspective, and not have the Americans do
> it for them (i.e. Last Samurai). While I also realize that the wuxia
> genre of films is a very Chinese concept, it's visually stunning (esp.
> in the style of CT, HD and Hero) and could be easiler adapted to
> various points in Japanese history (Sekigahara and the Mongol
> invasions are two that come to mind).
The Japanese have been putting out some very good historical films
lately, although most of my favorites seem to be set in either the Edo
or Meiji periods. However, the action is somewhat different--less
wirework. Check out Tasogare Seibei (aka Twilight Samurai)
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/twilightsamurai.htm and Mibugishiden
(aka When the Last Sword is Drawn)
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/whenthelastswordisdrawn.htm . No
US/Canada release date as yet, although they are available on region 2
DVD now and will be released in theatres in the UK later this month.
Available now on DVD in North America is Takeshi Kitano's remake of
Zatoichi http://www.zatoichi.co.uk/ (great action, not a lot of emphasis
on historical accuracy in the costumes, gotta love the geta tap dancing
at the end LOL!) and Yakano Hiroyuki's Samurai Fiction
http://www.peacedelic.co.jp/sf/english/ and the very popular Onmyoji
movies http://www.onmyojimovie.com/ (although the 2nd one hasn't been
released in the US yet). These movies were all made within the past 7
years and show how some Japanese directors are trying to experiment with
Evidently, there was an upswing of interest in the Shinsengumi due to
NHK's taiga drama this year Shinsengumi! http://www.nhk.or.jp/taiga/ or
check out an English-language fansite at
http://nhkshinsengumi.tripod.com/index.html . Next year's taiga drama
looks interesting as well (and is set much earlier) Yoshitsune
http://www.jdorama.com/viewtopic.5197.15.htm (some production pics are
on the 2nd and 3rd page of this thread). If it is as popular, maybe
we'll see more earlier period movies.
There was an interesting discussion on the DVD extras of Shura Yukihime
(The Princess Blade--which is NOT a period movie) in which the director
talks about the difficulty they faced in trying to make Japanese-style
swordsmanship more visually exciting. It looks like the Japanese film
industry is trying to take action movies (period or not) into a new era,
but they'll do it their own way.
Writing from my home overlooking the great river,
Ki no Torahime
(Why, yes, I'm a movie geek, how could you tell? ;-D)