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Speaking of Japanese films (which is generally what goes on around here and isn't much of an introductory lead-in to this comment, which doesn't have anything to do with Miike's new film per se), any thoughts on what your buddy Tomohiro Machiyama had to say about the Japanese film review industry on his blog (and covered in English at http://www.pliink.com/mt/marxy/archives/000627.html )? Have you faced anything similar in any of the writing you've been doing?

I actually just saw ROTS the other day when I was in Austin. (It was the first film I'd seen in a theatre in over six months -- this is what happens when you have a new baby.) I did get to see it in digital projection, though. It was not as bad as I had feared, although not nearly as good as I had (foolishly) hoped.

So, as anyone who pays attention to these things knows, Kurosawa's "Hidden Fortress" was one of the big influences on "Star Wars." However, I noticed another alluision to Kurosawa's film in ROTS -- the outfit Natalie Portman wears when she visits the lava planet (the name of which escapes me right now) bears a striking resemblance to the outfit Misa Uehara's character wears in "Hidden Fortress."

And I still claim that I remember seeing the first film in the theatres when it came out (I know my parents went to see it), even though "Star Wars" was released two months before I was born.

I went over the comments on Néomarxisme, but I should say that it looked to be a bit of a bitch-fest.

Miike does a yokai film?

I SO WANT THIS!

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