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Tuesday’s new DVDs

Picked up three rather eclectic films today. I got Ju-On, a Japanese horror film. The recently released film The Grudge with Sarah Michelle Gellar is the US remake version. I also picked up a film I saw in the theater not too long ago which was great – Zatoichi – The Blind Swordsman. This film is awesome and I’m excited it is out on DVD. Best of all it comes with another good Japanese film Sonatine. Both films are written by, directed and star Japanese film superstar Takeshi Kitano. Don’t let sub-titles hold you back; Japanese filmmakers are putting out some great cinema. Finally, I picked up a film I have yet to see: A Day Without A Mexican. I


4 Responses to “Tuesday’s new DVDs”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Jaime Batiz-Mendoza Nov 9th, 2004 at 10:23 pm

    Mike,

    I got Ju-On at home (Netflix) and I’m watching it tomorrow (Wed.) with a friend!!! What a coincidence! I picked it up because I have read a lot about Japanese horror (The Ring, The Grudge, etc.) and I was tired of watching remakes in English.

    I actually started with “Tomie: Rebirth” which apparently comes before in the saga. However, I was extremelly bored while watching it: either I’m missing something very akin to Japanese culture or it simply was a bad movie. This has lowered my expectations about Ju-On considerably, so I will have as a back up “The Ring” (the new remake).

    I haven’t seen “a day without a Mexican”, but I have read about it, heard about it, and seen several trailers and scenes. It’s particularly interesting to me since I’m Mexican and I live in California, just like the story in the movie. The idea of the creators was “to make visible the invisible”: What would happen to everybody’s normal life if all the Mexicans left? I hope to see it soon.

    “Zatoichi” was playing for a little while at the same movie house where Adam C., Dawn and Drew went on Saturday night to catch their X-rated 3D film. I couldn’t catch it then, but it’s definetely in my list. Have you seen “Iron Monkey”?

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Brian A. Nov 10th, 2004 at 3:06 pm

    I saw Zatoichi a few months ago when I was visiting family in Boston… and I was blown away by the “music”, especially during the final scenes… it was something radically different from your conventional American cinema and absolutely breathtaking to experience. I highly recommend it.

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Michael Nov 11th, 2004 at 11:36 am

    Jaime:

    Yes I have seen Iron Monkey. As for Zatoichi – it is a must see. Just great. It blends action and humor in a smart way.

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