アキラ

12 Feb

Yesterday was a holiday here in Japan. Called 「建国記念日」 (“National Foundation Day“).
(Click here to see my short FAQ about it.)

My wife, kids and I went to a カラオケボックス (Karaoke Box) and had lunch there.
After that we stopped by the DVD rental shop and picked up a couple more episodes of the American TV series “Prison Break“.
We’ve been watching a few episodes every month since last November.
We’re enjoying it.
We’re up to episode eight of season two….don’t tell me how it ends. 😉

We also rented a DVD that I wanted to watch…「毎日どっきりvs出川」.
It a show in which a celebrity here in Japan is chosen and the cast of the show play elaborate practical jokes on that celebrity every day for a month.
It was a funny DVD…but not as good as I expected.

Also, this post is titled 「アキラ」 (“Akira“) because I heard that America plans to make a live action movie remake of the Japanese anime titled 「アキラ」 (“Akira“).

The anime is about a motorcycle gang in Tokyo in the future.

Hollywood doesn’t really have a good track record of remaking Japanese anime into movies.
So, I wonder how this one will turn out.
(Click here to see the post about Japanese movies remade by Hollywood…some done well and others not.)

By the way, if you’re in Tokyo now, it’s forecast to snow tonight and tomorrow. So be careful if you go out tomorrow. (If it snows, it’ll probably only be a little bit though).

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22 Responses to “アキラ”

  1. maaark February 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Please check to see if “Akira” was released about 2008. It sounds like one I saw at a festival here.
    Recently I’ve been buying some Japanese movies on Ebay to see classics that I’ve missed over the years, 7 Samuria, Zatoichi, Dare mo shiranai, okuribito. Lots of death themes. What does that imply to you about your host culture?

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    • tokyo5 February 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

      The original “Akira” (Japanese movie) was released in 1998…and this Hollywood remake is in the works now (to be released soon).

      No 2008 Akira movie.

      And those movies you listed are really “death themed”…except 「おくりびと」 (“Okuribito“).
      If you say that samurai films are “death themed”…then you’d have to say that America’s cowboy movies, gangster movies and war movies are too.

      But I’ll admit, I’ve watched many Japanese movies…and, not the ones on your list, but there are many Japanese films in which the plot revolves around the death of a family member, a pet, or both.

      >What does that imply to you about your host culture?

      What does Hollywood’s movies imply about American culture?

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  2. cuteandcurls February 15, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    There are quite a few remakes of famous Japanese anime which I REFUSE to watch because it just disappoints me to see how much has been done and none have been made to keep with the original like Speed Racer (heck I grew up watching this anime) Dragonball what a frickin disappointment when I saw the preview, the cast and the storyline *rolls eyes* how can one ‘destroy’ a great anime like that?

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    • tokyo5 February 15, 2010 at 1:03 am #

      Japan has made live-action remakes of anime shows that turned out good.
      Such as “Yatta-man”, “Death Note“, “Detroit Rock City“…and “Uchuu-senkanYamato” is being made now.

      Hollywood can’t seem to remake Japanese shows properly though.

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  3. Chris February 14, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Blah. Sometimes I think I’m the only person who really did not like Akira. It had some good animation but the plot was a messed-up muddle.

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    • tokyo5 February 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

      Actually, I’ve never watched it.

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      • Chris February 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

        I wouldn’t recommend it, but perhaps living in Japan you might “get” the movie more than some gai-jin like me. 🙂

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      • tokyo5 February 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

        Yeah, maybe. Many Japanese movies show aspects of Japan’s culture that I’m sure people in other countries don’t understand.

        BTW, how do you know the word “gaijin“?

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      • Chris February 15, 2010 at 3:31 am #

        Oh, I know a lot of things. I’m pretty darn amazing. 😉

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      • tokyo5 February 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

        What other Japanese words do you know?

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      • Chris February 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

        Baka. Uhm… sushi. Katana. Konichiwa. Sakura. Otaku. Not much. Perhaps I should go read Clavell’s Shogun again. 🙂

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      • tokyo5 February 17, 2010 at 12:09 am #

        >Baka.

        「馬鹿」 (“Fool”)? Where did you learn that from?

        > Konichiwa.

        「こんにちは」 (“Hello”). (Actually, it should be spelled “Konnichiwa”).

        >Sakura.

        I have many photos of Sakura on my blog. For example, here.

        >Otaku.

        Where did you hear words like “baka” and “otaku”?

        I wrote a post about Japanese words in English.
        Click here.

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      • Chris February 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

        I know some anime fans, so I picked up otaku in reference to them. Baka came from a Seattle-based anime convention that used to be called Bakacon but now is called Sakuracon.

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      • tokyo5 February 19, 2010 at 2:52 am #

        Baka-con“?? What a name!?

        Are anime conventions popular in America?

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      • Chris February 19, 2010 at 2:56 am #

        I wouldn’t say popular. I’m only aware of Sakuracon because I used to live in Seattle and I’ve had friends who have gone there. It’s my understanding that they get several thousand people a year turning up for it. *shrug*

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakuracon

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      • tokyo5 February 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

        >I wouldn’t say popular….several thousand people a year turning up for it

        Several thousand people…sounds popular.

        Have you ever attended one?

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      • Chris February 20, 2010 at 9:48 am #

        Pft. You’d never catch me doing something that geeky.

        Btw: I am spending next weekend in Los Angeles at a Doctor Who convention. 😀

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      • tokyo5 February 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

        That’s much more cool! 😉

        I guess I can’t say anything though…I’ve gone to “KISS (the rock band) Expos” a couple times.

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  4. In10Words aka "Galileo" February 12, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Yeah, after the unspeakable disaster that was “Dragonball: Evolution,” (slight spoiler: No evolution occurs) no one seems to happy about Akira.

    There’s going to be a live-action adaptation of Avatar: the Last Airbender, which is an American show that was heavily influenced by Eastern themes and drawing styles. The fact that it’s being directed by M. Night Shaymalan is the first of several red flags. Then casting came out…everyone was played by white people.

    Then they recast Zuko with Dev Patel (star of Slumdog Millionaire), but not really changing any of the protagonists. Yeah, that pretty much makes it worse.

    BUT the special effects look amazing. Damn you, M. Night.

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    • tokyo5 February 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

      Did you watch the Hollywood remake of “Dragonball“?

      Do you like the Japanese anime?

      And I don’t know who “M. Night Shaymalan” is nor the show “Avatar: The Last Airbender”.

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      • In10Words aka "Galileo" February 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

        M. Night Shaymalan was the guy who directed movies like “The Sixth Sense,” “The Village,” and “The Happening.”

        He always puts twists in his movies, and they’ve been getting progressively worse. His only good ones seem to be Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.

        The remake of “Dragonball” was, well…take everything that “Dragonball” was about, and do the complete opposite of that. That’s what happened. Just an unholy mess of a movie.

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      • tokyo5 February 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

        >directed movies like “The Sixth Sense,” “The Village,” and “The Happening.”

        I liked “The Sixth Sense“…but not “The Village” so much.
        I never watched “The Happening“.

        >His only good ones seem to be Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.

        Yeah, those two were good movies.

        >The remake of “Dragonball” was…an unholy mess of a movie.

        The preview commercials didn’t look interesting to me at all.

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