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“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” – Introduction

Mar 11, 2012 No Comments by

If you are interested in seeing “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, you might like to know more about this film’s connection to Japanese culture. The following is a short introduction I wrote after screening the film this week. Imagine, if you will, day in, day out doing the same exact job.  Imagine performing the same tasks […]

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Thoughts on “Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl”

Jul 20, 2011 No Comments by

The following are my comments, given on 7/19 at our screening of “Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl” at Washington University.  While I cannot say I enjoyed the movie to the greatest degree (it’s just not my taste), I appreciate what Uchida Shungicu was trying to do with the story.  Read on to see why. Vampire […]

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Manga as Intellectual Property

Jun 10, 2010 2 Comments by

Now that Japanese publishers have scanlation sites in their gunsights, perhaps they may consider a few lessons from the American market. For about one year, I worked for a company that distributed non-theatrical digital releases of films from a variety of US studios.  We had to adhere to strict MPAA conventions to protect every master […]

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