Monday, August 06, 2007

No more free internet...

The other day I noticed that whoever we were ripping off our internet from put a password on that shit. Which means I now have to figure out another way to get free or cheap internet. The previous promise of more frequent posts will be on hold until this situation gets sorted out.

So I hope you like today's post because there may not be another one this week. The image that follows was done using pencil, pen and ink on paper. I think I may have used the Motherbox to make the reds a bit brighter but that is it. The image is not so much a portrait but kind of an homage to "Beat" Takeshi Kitano.



Takeshi Kitano is probably one of the best things ever to come from Japan. His films are compelling and tell engrossing stories. The films also contain great emotion and scenes that are like visual poetry.

I happened upon my favorite Kitano movie, Sonatine, by accident. I got the film by purchasing another one of Kitano's films called Zatoichi the Blind Swordsmen. I had bought this film because the character of Zatoichi has a long and rich history in both Japanese film and television. This was promised as a re-imagining of a character on par with James Bond for popularity in his home country so I became curious to see what the fuss was all about.

I happened to really like the Zatoichi film and I had no reservations buying the dvd as it came with another film for free. The film plays on a trope used by both Akira Kurosawa, one of Kitano's inspirations, and Sergio Leone a lone swordsman/gunman caught between two rival gangs. Kitano weaves this basic plot thread with multiple other story lines. The film has many brutal moments and scenes of wonderful almost painterly flashing violence. So if any of that sounds good to you check this film out. Now if you have the chance to see Sonatine I would say you are almost mentally challenged if you pass up the opportunity.

Sonatine is a gangster film, a love story, and it is also about redemption. All those things could add up to an average Bruce Willis film but instead in the hands of a great director like Kitano we get an explosion of wonder. Kitano lingers on images and faces giving gravity to the emotions his characters feel. The story and pace of the film feel real but also dream like at the same time. I do not want to give too much away and I feel that anything I write will not do the film justice. Go watch it if you like good films.

For more info about Takeshi Kitano you can click here and here.

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MORTEKAI