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#226946 - 01/31/06 12:31 PM Movie suggestions
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Movies and books are great tools for learning a little about another culture. Instead of a proliferation of threads on different cultures, please post any artistic and cultural gems you would like to share here.

Please provide a brief summary of the artistic and/or cultural merits of the film.

This is not a discussion thread. Posts that do not conform will be deleted (including my own!)

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#226947 - 02/01/06 09:17 AM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: harlan]
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Film: Twilight Samurai. Fiction, but I believe paints a fairly believable picture of late feudal Japan, particularly in relation to a de-glamourised portrayal of the Samurai and the aplication of codified Bushido in their society.

Book: Essence of Ninjutsu by Masaaki Hatsumi: It never ceases to frustrate me that so many threads on this site crop up with ridiculous 'facts' about ninjutsu, and crazy misconceptions; when the acknowledged Master of the very arts under question is alive, well, and only to eager to share the truth of its skills and philosophy through his school and publications. The above book offers very un-fanciful insights into the history of ninpo, and where it has evolved to, along with debunking the nonsense that floats around as detritus from the 80's 'ninja boom'.
Good stuff.
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#226948 - 02/03/06 05:50 PM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: harlan]
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Assuming you want stuff about culture generally, rather than solely MA, "Farewell My Concubine". It traces the relationship of two Peking Opera actors from childhood to old age through the turbulent years of pre-war, wartime and postwar China.

It shows the hard training of opera actors and the hard choices some people have to make in the face of political upheaval.

Really is one of my top 1 films.
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#226949 - 02/08/06 05:56 AM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: trevek]
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Raise the Red Lantern

Xiu Xiu the sent down girl

shinobi no mono

shichinin no samurai (7 samurai)

mibu gishi den (when the last sword is drawn)

tasogare seibei (twilight samurai).

yojimbo

ran

Most of these films are in Chinese or Japanese so make sure you get a copy with subtitles if you don't speak either language.

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#226950 - 03/08/06 02:42 PM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: harlan]
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An old favorite of mine, "The Joy Luck Club". Not an MA or cultural movie per se. Nevertheless, the stories told by the lives of the four Chinese women and how they broke through the shroud of fear and ignorance to change their lives is incredible.

Those women's spirit explains in its own way the spirit of the Chinese diaspora. Not to be missed.
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#226951 - 03/08/06 02:42 PM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: theoldone]
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And the book was good too!

And for you romantics...it's definitely 'culture lite'...but I liked "Shall We Dance'...the Japanese version.

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#226952 - 03/09/06 03:40 AM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: harlan]
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And for you romantics...it's definitely 'culture lite'...but I liked "Shall We Dance'...the Japanese version.




Harlan,

Is this a compeletely different movie from the Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez one? Or did you mean it's the same movie dubbed in Japanese?

I love the scene where Jennifer Lopez and a fellow instructor demo'ed Moon River. Oooh, I just melted. (Needless to say, this conversation shall remain within the four walls of this forum and not be leaked out to my tough-as-nuts martial colleagues. If there's a leak, I will deny any knowledge of such a conversation ever having taken place...and I will have to kill all of you)
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#226953 - 03/09/06 07:52 AM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: theoldone]
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It is the original movie that the Lopez/Gere version remade.

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#226954 - 03/09/06 09:01 AM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: harlan]
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The Scent of Green Papaya
Tran Anh Hung

In this beautifully filmed drama, ten-year-old Mui (Lu Man San) arrives from the provinces of Vietnam to work as a servant girl in the home of a Saigon merchant family. The year is 1951. She is a shy and resourceful girl whose tasks include preparing and stir-frying vegetables, serving meals, dusting, scrubbing the tile floors, and polishing shoes.

While Mui adapts effortlessly to her responsibilities, the merchant family doesn't fare as well. The mother, who is still mourning the death of her daughter, is abandoned by her husband. Her two youngest sons act out their anger. The grandmother who lives upstairs grieves the loss of her loved ones.

Like the ripening papaya, Mui blooms into a beautiful young woman (Tran Nu Yen-Khe) and eventually moves on to serve in the house of a musician/composer (Vuong Hoa Hoi) whom she has secretly adored for many years.

Writer and director Tran Anh Hung sees The Scent of Green Papaya as a portrait of a tranquil Vietnam unknown to most Westerners. On another level, the film is about everyday spirituality from an Eastern perspective. Mui, as a young girl, has learned the art of stopping the world. She savors the drop of milky sap on a leaf and looks with wonder at an ant carrying a heavy load. She dances the day instead of working it by relaxing into her chore. She has mastered the inner smile; her entire being radiates warmth and peace. And as a young woman, Mui shows that one must be patient with love, allowing it to unfold in its own special way. Then it can be cherished and tasted slowly.

This Vietnamese film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It is a lyrical and magical movie-masterpiece one of the best films of 1994.

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#226955 - 03/09/06 05:14 PM Re: Movie suggestions [Re: harlan]
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If you can get it, there is a fascinating documentary called "He dances for his comorants". It is about a Chinese fisherman who fishes using trained comorants. It follows his 'matchmaking ' between two birds and his husbandry of incubating the egg and rearing the chick.

It really is an amazing film.
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