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Yoji Yamada and Hiroyuki Sanada from Twilight Samurai

While Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai was still in production, Yoji Yamada’s The Twilight Samurai, (Tasogare Seibei) swept the Japanese Academy Awards, winning in 12 categories including the 2002 best picture, best director, best actor and best actress awards. Yamada is best known for his It’s Touch Being a Man (Otoko wa Tsurai Yo) series. Affectionately called the “Tora-san” series, ... Read More »

Troy Eschews both Greek Myth and Tragedy

Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy enlarges the legend of Achilles, while minimizing the past and the future of the players. These Greek heroes are self-conscious of their place in history and their chance to become immortal–not as gods in Olympus, but champions of a great war–and yet seemingly totally ignorant of the history preceding the Trojan War. This uncomfortable contradiction of David ... Read More »

Marrying Out into Bananadom

Poor Asian American men. According to a recent (12 May 2004) Los Angeles Times article by David Pierson, the poet Beau Sia grew up in “the predominately white Oklahoma City” and “romantic opportunities in high school didn’t exist.” Gee, just where did anyone get the idea that everyone is dating in high school, especially sensitive young men? Do you think ... Read More »