Asians' Language Experience in Film

Sarah Frederick sfred
Mon Oct 28 11:17:07 EST 2002

I don't know if there is a version with subtitles or if you can get 
it but  "Bakayarou watashi okotte masu" (1988)- the first in the 
bakayarou series - had a quite funny short about a salaryman forced 
to learn English to do business with Americans.  In the pattern of 
this series, he finally loses it and tells off the arrogant American 
visitor.  I watched it with non-Japanese speakers once and they got 
the idea with some plot summary from me.  It's very much a product of 
the '80s.

>Dear KineJapaners,
>I'm not sure if this list is the right place to ask, but your help in any
>form will be greatly appreciated.  As making reading plans for Spring
>courses, I've been seeking interesting films that deal with cross-cultural
>experiences of Asians or Asian-Americans who struggle (or are obsessed...)
>with English language acquisition and use, and/or silence.  I thought of
>Crazy English and Greenaway's The Pillow Book, but they seem to fall short
>in terms of availability or content.  Do you out there have any good
>suggestions, fiction or documentary?  Thank you very much in advance.
>Kumiko Sato

Sarah Frederick
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Boston University
718 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

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