classic film on the big screen subtitled...

Mitch Cullin fpunk at
Fri Apr 9 11:54:47 EDT 2004

--- Tom Mes <china_crisis at> wrote:
> I'd really like to second Roland's suggestion of
> watching films without subtitles. It is an extremely
> educational and useful experience to watch 
> films in a foreign language without the aid of
> subtitles. Not that I'm saying we should forget 
> about subtitling, not at all, but cinema is at heart

> a visual (though today audiovisual) art form. 

I agree to some extent, Tom, although I suspect you're
fairly fluent in Japanese.  But please don't forget
that film is also--for the most part--a narrative form
as well.  Ideally I'd love nothing more than to just
view a film for its visuals alone, and, in fact, I've
done this.  However, perhaps a dual option should be
made available--one in which subtitles are provided if
they are needed, and can be removed when they are not
wanted (I guess that's called a DVD; in my case I
often watch a film first with the subtitles on and
then watch it again without subtitles so I can absorb
the images without any distractions).  In terms of
pure cinema, though, I think Shindo's "The Island"
best gives the ability of one not to be bogged down by
the distraction of subtitles while, at the same time,
being unable to speak or understand Japanese.  I'm
curious if there are any other Japanese films that
function in the same manner.  Suggestions?  Thoughts? 
Corn Flakes?


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