The trailer for “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” a short documentary about the aftermath of the March 11th disaster:
Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.
A stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan’s most beloved flower.
CNN’s InAmerica blog has an article that discusses the fact that upcoming American remakes of Japanese films are going to cast white American actors to play characters that were originally Japanese:
Tom Cruise is rumored to be in talks to play the lead role in the Warner Bros. adaptation of Japanese novel “All You Need is Kill,” replacing a Japanese main character. Warner Bros., which is owned by the same parent company as CNN, is also in the pre-production stages of making a live-action version of “Akira,” a graphic novel that was made into a landmark 1988 animated feature film in Japan. All of the actors rumored to be in consideration for the upcoming film’s main characters are white Americans, although casting calls invited actors of “any race” to audition.
That’s troubling to both the series’ devoted fans and advocates of diversity in casting.
Similar things happen in the Japanese film industry, as some of you may remember from a recent post about Hiroshi Abe playing an Roman in the “Thermae Romae” movie. And “Sideways” was remade with a Japanese cast.
For those who have missed it, here is Harry Partridge‘s hilarious take on the issue of American remakes:
Here’s the trailer for Last Message, a short movie that was recently filmed in the tsunami-hit areas of Tohoku:
A wealthy, independent Japanese woman is in search of her grandfather who is lost in the tsunami chaos. Throughout her journey, she discovers herself and the importance of life.
By capturing real scenes of the devastation, it conveys the message of how valuable our lives really are.
For updates on the film, including information about upcoming screenings, please visit its Facebook group.
Here’s a great example of how the Japanese release dates for foreign movies are delayed to the point of absurdity. The Easter Bunny movie “Hop” will be released on August 19th in Japan, months after the end of the Easter season:
Almost nobody in Japan celebrates Easter, but the movie is still being marketed under a new title that emphasizes its association with Easter. In place of its original title, the movie is called “Easter Rabbit’s Candy Factory” in Japanese (イースターラビットのキャンディ工場).