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« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2011, 11:39:14 PM »
Kung Fu, Enter the Dragon, Shogun and Kill Bill for me.
 

Kill Bill was jam-packed with references and tributes to many Chinese & Japanese cinema greats, as this Amazon list demonstrates:  http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Bill-Reference-List/lm/T1JNI8VU0GM5.  This video is only a sampling of the Eastern & Western influences in Kill Bill:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWpY9P9tzSw&feature=player_embedded#at=12.  Tarantino even used the Shaw Brothers' studio "ShawScope" logo at the start of his film:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d3in9MVstU&NR=1

Sometime I should post some Kill Bill related martial arts movie recommendations...

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« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2011, 10:22:38 PM »
A modestly sublime cartoon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHCtQ2x5tRw

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« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2011, 09:52:43 AM »
Now, on the heavier side, a Faux Japanimation samurai duel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcfNfBSivko&feature=related

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« Reply #33 on: October 01, 2011, 10:06:27 PM »
I got to see Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame at one of my city's art house theaters, yesterday.  Very good, tho not quite up to Hero or Crouching Tiger levels.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1LN656YUuU
Usually, I get to see Asian movies only on DVD, so when I get the opportunity to see one up on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen, it's a real delight. 

I am a huge fan of the Judge Dee mystery novels of Robert van Gulik. 
http://blog.catherinedelors.com/the-judge-dee-mysteries-and-robert-van-gulik/ 
Judge Dee was a real person in ancient China, who became a folk hero through the Chinese mystery/detective genre.
The fiction bears only a little resemblance to the historical, and the movie even less to either. 

I recommend the movie, and strongly recommend the novels.

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« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2011, 10:48:33 PM »
OA Halloween moods: A run-thru of mythological Japanese monsters...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm38TnMdXBo

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« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2011, 05:28:57 AM »
OA Halloween moods: A run-thru of mythological Japanese monsters...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm38TnMdXBo

I would love to watch that, but thanks to our beloved GEMA, I can't. :(

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« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2011, 07:04:19 PM »
Here's another A-Z Japanese monsters vid, but one that supplies no info, only a pic of each:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y7a6EejJh4
Here's one with no names or info, just vintage illustrations:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0Tk40Rg2r0&feature=related 

Here's a non-YouTube link, a wiki list of Japanese mythological monsters.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legendary_creatures_from_Japan
Except for P, Q, V, and X, a mod could be created where you might fight your way through a whole alphabet of such monsters. 

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« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2011, 08:05:03 PM »
Halloween moods from Japan:  Kappa are a somewhat turtle-like race of river monster-men in Japanese folklore.  The first song in this YouTube is "Kappa Boogie Woogie" for which, unfortunately, there is no lyrics translation. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABN0-tLrfzY 

Here's a snippet of Misora Hibari performing the song in (mild) costume:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2rtvAEBcus&feature=related
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« Reply #38 on: October 17, 2011, 08:07:05 PM »
Japanese Halloween moods, --music videos using clips from the anime Mononoke (not the Princess, but a mystic, medicine seller): 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyJ41aIu4_g&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4xNjbuk8bs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KNkk0G4qaU&feature=related
 

I look at the sublime and haunting design motifs in these, and I think that I have done a very poor job in capturing the ambience of Japan, much less the rest of the Orient, with my Wallsets, Backdrops, & Combat Dungeons.  Perhaps, if I had a hundred years...
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« Reply #39 on: October 19, 2011, 11:15:07 AM »

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« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2011, 04:06:11 PM »
Halloween mood, --a Japanese music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz5l6TusQUQ&feature=related

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« Reply #41 on: October 22, 2011, 12:00:32 PM »
Not Halloweenie, but the unused theme song to Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlivViv4i_4 

Again, I bemoan the fact that I've never been able to find a midi version of this tune.  It would probably go well with the contest mod I'm working on. 

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« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2011, 08:52:41 PM »
My book inspirations are all TIME/LIFE: Chinese Myth and Mankind - Land of the Dragon, What Life Was Like In The Land of the Dragon, What Life Was Like Among Samurai and Shoguns, and whatever Time Frame books had the orient in the chapters.

EDIT: I don't have Realm of the Rising Sun: Japanese Myth, though I do have one about Japanese mythology which only has gods and humanoid spirits and ghosts. I also have Lost Civilization books on both countries and the Great Ages of Man on both.
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« Reply #43 on: October 24, 2011, 03:41:02 PM »
In a Japanese Halloween mood, --Yokai in anime: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5lrGLSCmuk&feature=related

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« Reply #44 on: October 25, 2011, 12:58:39 AM »
Funny how kappa have managed to become cuddly, huggable characters these days, considering their origins as monsters who ate victims' organs via their anuses...  but even humans have become more civilized over the years, perhaps kappas have decided to do the same.  :)

Japan has a whole ton of monsters, though - interesting "monster culture" considering that China has comparatively less (well, in modern times, few people know of any).  One of my favorites is the "shirime," a critter that looks like a travelling monk - until he "moons" victims with his strange arse, which features a single large eyeball in the center, after which he (?) flees.  We can even perhaps give it AD&D stats as follows:

Frequency: Rare; No. Appearing: 1; HD 1; THAC0 19; Damage per weapon (staff); SA: Stun victims 20' range for 1 round by showing strange arse (save vs. paralyzation at +3, +6 if not first time); SD: None.

Once DC is past 1.0 and creating other classes becomes possible at some point, it would be fun to have OA adventures for DC, too :D  (I can then use my few Asian-themed icons, i.e. the nupperibo, ogre mage, and ki-rin.)

Actually, one of my gripes with OA was that many monsters already represented in AD&D normal rules were re-added in OA with different names and stats - such as the oriental dragons (I was happy with the gold and mist dragons already), oni (the ogre mage was this already), and so on.  It was also too Japan-centrified, perhaps because of the main author's (François Marcela-Froideval's) preferences.
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