Shinozaki, etc.

Mark H Nornes amnornes
Sun Jul 28 13:50:25 EDT 2002

I am stepping in here as co-owner of KineJapan. Aaron usually does this,
but he's on vacation this week.

We've got a very interesting discussion of Shinozaki going here, even with
the sharp tone of the last few messages. I'd like to remind everyone that
we have to keep things civil. KineJapan is not a moderated list, and we
like it that way. But it will take some self-moderating.

Another nice thing about KineJapan is that participants range from
students to professors to critics to distributors to fans. Naturally,
everyone will write in various styles and from various concerns. This is
not something to _tolerate_; it's something to enjoy, or even indulge in.

The Shinozaki thread has been very interesting. Michael, could you explain
your reference to *Hanako*? This is the Sato Makoto documentary, right?


A. M. Nornes
Co-owner, KineJapan & Kinema Club

On Sun, 28 Jul 2002, M Arnold wrote:

> From: joseph murphy
> >The larger point is that, as much as I like Okaeri, it's another story
> about a sick wife, who begins with a modicum of financial and personal
> independence,is reduced to helplessness by mental illness and ends judged
> before doctors and collapsed into her husbands arms, who cradles her in his
> arms and tells her to shush.
> How common is this in recent film?  This may be a little different, but what
> was that drama a few years back with Kimutaku as some kind of audio/light
> technician for concerts (?) with a wheelchair-bound girlfriend?  My memory
> is hazy, but I remember reading comments on the series that praised the show
> for featuring a relatively independent disabled character, but the few
> episodes I watched seemed to be looking at the issue a different way.  There
> was another drama 3 or 4 years ago that I remember even less clearly,
> featuring a mentally disabled young woman character.  As far as I watched
> that too tried to find her disability as "adorable" or something.  I was
> curious about the wives in Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Korei and especially Cure as
> well, but in those cases the husbands don't seem so thrilled about caring
> for their adorably sick women.  I supppose something like Hanako (the
> documentary, not the horror story) may also be something of a contrast to
> those examples.
> Did anyone else see Hama Maiku last week, by the way?  Again, pretty
> disappointing.  If I'm not mistaken Aoyama Shinji's episode is going to be
> aired a week from tomorrow.  Speaking of which, I picked up the Japanese DVD
> of "Roji e" and will write up my comments as soon as I get the time to see
> the whole thing.  At first glance the DVD looked great, and it does have
> English subtitles.
> Michael Arnold

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