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April 15th, 2005

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02:22 pm - 開けろ エロ本を売れ!
Realists from the olden days might remember my tirade posted on my good friend Pierce Grubbo's L.J.'s comment section about how Japanese movies usually don't engage me in the way Chinese movies often do. This being despite the fact that I live in Japan, speak some Japanese, and "understand" Japanese culture, none of which is the case with China-HongKong-Taiwan. Why is this? I wondered aloud. Realists and non-Realists alike posted their theories.

At the time, I could only come up with one Japanese movie that I really liked*. Now a new movie has joined this exclusive club, and I don't think it would be overstating the point to call this movie a real humdinger.

This movie is called "The Ba-baa Zone" ("The Grandma Zone"). It's comprised of six short pieces, so it sort of resembles a sketch comedy show. I've haven't laughed so hard since when I first saw "Mr. Show" for the first time. On the surface it just seems like some generic, wacky Japanese comedy show, but there's just something about it... I dunno. Have any other Realists seen this film? I really want to show it to Vogdoid and knotwellone, but at the same time I could really see both of them being like "W.T.F.?" But to me, this movie is like just one rung below "The Forbidden Zone" in terms of incredible "B-movies".

Anyway, there's a trailer for it here:

*Not including the works of Hayao Miyazaki, natch. "The exception that proves the rule" and all that.

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Date:April 15th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
I could not get the video to play, but indeed, dear friend, this looks like a movie of some sort.

After that, I had a dream about Mr. Show. Strange, I never dream about tv anymore, probably because I never watch tv anymore, but there it was.

This realist, for one, used to derive a certain degree of pleasure from those "generic, wacky Japanese comedy show"s that you mention. Especially the ones that made no sense whatsoever, or involved lame, repetitive challenges (such as: taking turns putting hot sauce on a plate of spaghetti until someone is forced to eat it). (Gaman being the key word here, right?)

More on this later.
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Date:April 18th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)


Hey, don't get me wrong; I like those wacky Japanese shows too. I just don't think any of them ever really stuck with me the way this Grandma Zone one has. It's been a week since I saw it for the first time and I still find myself recalling lines and then bursting into giddy laughter; total vintage "Mr. Show" or "Simpsons" moments.

Okay, that's it; I'll probably just buy the damned thing and bring it back with me over Christmas, to subject you and Mr. Knotwell to it. I'm curious about both of your reactions, but you, Mr. Vogdoid, in particular, because it's in Japanese without English subtitles. Like I say, I'm curious how y'all will react to it. I could VERY easily seeing it getting one of your patented "God"s, though... only time will tell! Meet you at Arik's region-free DVD player!


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