Rewatching Laputa: Castle in the Sky on the Big Screen

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“Beginning” Austin, 2021

Tonight my friend Mikey and I went to the theater to rewatch the classic Studio Ghibli film Laputa: Castle in the Sky / 天空の城ラピュタ. It was the first time for either of us to see it on the big screen, and it was also one of the Ghibli films we haven’t seem in a long time. I’m so glad we decided to watch it again because it was fantastic! There were so many iconic scenes and stills, like the ones in the photos, and the artwork of the landscapes and clouds were breathtaking. Paired with Joe Hisaishi‘s soundtrack, those scenes were absolutely magical.

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“Laputa” Austin, 2021

One of the memories I had kept with me from the first viewing of the movie many years ago was how yummy the egg looked when they were having lunch in the cave. I just had to snap a photo of it. And yes, it still looks delicious! 😄

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“Egg Toast” Austin, 2021

I hope you had a wonderful day!

Sad Movie Night

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“Dreamy Eyes” Cedar Park, 2021

This evening I watched the Vietnamese movie Dreamy Eyes on Netflix. It was very interesting to watch the love story unfold against the backdrop of Vietnam in the 70s. The landscape (and even cityscape) in the movie is beautiful. I enjoyed it very much!

Watching Zhu Bajie: The Spring Years 春光灿烂猪八戒

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“Dragon Maiden” Cedar Park, 2021

Tonight I watched Zhu Bajie: The Spring Years / 春光灿烂猪八戒 which tells the story of two legendary Chinese characters and their doomed romance. It sounds like a downer, but it’s more of a comedy with supernatural elements and a good amount of fighting.

The photo above shows Qiru Yang 杨祺如 as the dragon maiden about to kick some butt with her ice sword, while the photo below shows Wei Xiaoxuan 魏晓璇 as a cat demon about to do the same using her supernatural powers. I guess it’s a popular pose to strike in front of curtains. 😄

I enjoyed the film and was surprised that the ending turned into a bit of a tear-jerker! This movie is actually the latest big-screen version of a popular television show in China that has been running since 2000, and features the on-screen reunion of two previous cast members. Amazing!

I hope you had a good day. またね~

Watching Ozu Movies

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“An Autumn Afternoon” Cedar Park, 2021

I’ve been watching movies by the director Yasujirō Ozu lately. When I first watched an Ozu movie, I wasn’t too impressed by this “master of cinema” but the more I watched, the more I enjoyed it and now he’s one of my favorite directors. Ozu utilized the same actors for many of his films and when one appears on the screen for the first time in a film it’s like an old friend has come for a visit. I love that.

Today I watched “An Autumn Afternoon / 秋刀魚の味” (1962) and think it may be my favorite Ozu movie. There’s a special charm to the visual aesthetic of 1960s Japan that I am attracted to, and this film has plenty of images of the era to admire. It’s fun to see!

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“Michiko” Cedar Park, 2021

Watching A Scene at the Sea / あの夏、いちばん静かな海。

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“Yuzu & Takako” Cedar Park, 2021

I have a bunch of movies on my computer that I need to watch, and looking at the list, I decided to just start alphabetically. A Scene at the Sea / あの夏、いちばん静かな海。 is a 1991 Takeshi Kitano movie about a deaf man who starts surfing.

I enjoyed the relaxed vibe and 90s-era clothes. So uncool and yet so kakkoi (cool). The story was not anything to write home about and the end was kind of a head-scratcher, but it was an interesting movie, if only for the nostalgia. On a positive note, the soundtrack was really good, which can be expected from the great Joe Hisaishi.