screening of Afro Samurai in Santa Monica
jesty at uchicago.edu
jesty at uchicago.edu
Tue Aug 7 17:09:17 EDT 2007
This is a really interesting phenomenon. The sound track for
Ghost Dog was also done by the RZA, and I heard a fantastic
interview with him on NPR's Fresh Air where he talks about
how influenced he was as a youngster by kung fu films and
the samurai mythos.
Does anyone know more about this phenonmenon (ie. Hip Hop
remixing of the samurai character)? I guess the gangsta and
samurai ethic are quite similar in the end, but who else is
doing the actual cultural translation work?
---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 12:42:02 -0700
>From: Anne McKnight <annekmcknight at gmail.com>
>Subject: screening of Afro Samurai in Santa Monica
>To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
> An interesting test run of the first 5 parts of the
> upcoming animé series Afro Samurai--seems like
> ninja movie + Afro-futurism, starring Samuel L.
> Jackson's voice. Apparently there is a live action
> film in the works. Screening is being held at the
> Aero, the Santa Monica outpost of the American
> Cinémathèque, as part of their horror sci-fi
> series. From the Egyptian's website:
> Sunday, August 12 – 7:30 PM
> Los Angeles Premiere!
> AFRO SAMURAI, 2006, Takashi OKazaki, Gonzo/Samurai
> Project/FUNimation, 125 min (5 episodes). This
> classic samurai story, with a revolutionary
> animation style and hip-hop flavor, tells the tale
> of a black swordman set in a futuristic, yet feudal,
> Japan who is on a mission to avenge the wrongful
> death of his father. Samuel L. Jackson voices the
> title role of "Afro," a mysterious warrior who
> travels a solitary path encountering a myriad of
> enemies, friends and challenges beyond imagination.
> Renowned rap artist & producer RZA provides the
> original soundtrack for the series. The cast also
> includes Ron Perlman as "Justice," a lightning quick
> gunfighter, responsible for the death of Afro’s
> father and Kelly Hu as "Okiku," a seductively
> beautiful girl and healing arts expert. The concept
> was created by graphic designer/illustrator Takashi
> "Bob" Okazaki, and the series is a creative
> collaboration between Jackson (executive producer),
> Okazaki, and Japanese animation company Gonzo.
> Discussion following with producer Eric Calderon.
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