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OA Inspirations, etc., etc.
« on: October 10, 2010, 11:52:40 PM »
I figure OA needs its own thread for stuff like this. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEeb9rOKn3Y&feature=more_related 

I wish I was a faster mod-maker.  I'd love to do another OA mod soon, but my last one was OA, and I there other genres that need loving, too.   :-[

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2010, 02:15:29 AM »
That's... um... interesting.

Will it inspire you to make an OA mod about Rakshasas and Carcasses?   ;)
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 06:41:01 AM »
Very cool song, hans (notwithstanding the lyrics  :D)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9boVDep-diw


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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 10:49:26 AM »
I like your Kitaro link, too, Olivier.   ;D 

I enjoyed the 2007 live-action movie for what it was (not great, but watchable in a weirdly goofy way).  I wish he'd really come to the States, tho.  He's hugely popular in Japan, but, to my knowledge, none of his manga or many anime incarnations have seen wide releases here.   :( 

I have a couple of midis of his theme song in my stash, that I may someday convert if they should ever fill a mod need.

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 11:41:18 AM »
Shigeru Mizuki's work is not very known over here either, I fear. I recently read and enjoyed NonNonBā which kind of reminisces about his childhood spent in a rural village and all the yokai stories an old woman used to tell him which inspired him to dedicate his work to that part of Japanes folk culture. I had to read it in a French translation though - there's also a Spanish one, I believe, but to my knowledge no German or English one yet, although I read that the independent comic publisher Drawn & Quarterly bought the rights for the North American English version. I've found it a very interesting read.


"Just because one does not perceive invisible things does not mean they do not exist."

(read from right to left) "Why do you pray? There's noone inside this house." - "You should not say things like that, or else an otoroshi will appear before you." - "An otoroshi? What's that?" - "If you only pray to obtain a favour like the infidels, an otoroshi will befall you from the temple door." - "I... I'm scared..."

(read from right to left) "You called me?" - "Say, are you friends with the God of Death?"

Sorry for the rough translation!  :-[
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 11:51:17 AM »
Cool!   :D

It's also very clear, now, that you could write a very fine OA mod!   ;)

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 12:00:24 PM »
Well, I've been toying with the thought for a long time but I had a few setbacks with OAUA and sadly I always seem to lack time and more importantly focus...  ;)


Hardly an insider's tip but I just love these two anime movies connected to yokai:   :D
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 05:12:07 PM »
They had some nice homage to Totorro in Toy Story 3.

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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010, 10:53:02 PM »
A nice tribute to Zatoichi, the blind swordsman, from a long-running, high-quality film series:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV_820uuz-k&feature=more_related 
Meanwhile...

Godzilla-like rubber-suit giant monsters are no trouble for Akakage (Red Shadow), the ninja!  I wish somebody would put this Japanese tv series from the 60's on DVD, here in the States...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwd5Sk_Musw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-hL0xicRYg&feature=related 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ECRy_rTGbk&feature=related

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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2010, 11:02:29 AM »
The Foxes' Wedding (from the first episodes of Kurosawa's Dreams)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHususa_mL4&feature=related

And now for something completely different:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIAJc_1qWps&feature=related
(probably the first Asian fantasy flick - if not the first Hong Kong movie - I ever saw, in the early 90's)

(You need some patience to watch and appreciate these videos, especially since the second one is completely in Chinese  ;) - but comprehensibly nevetheless.)

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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2010, 11:05:02 AM »
And now for something completely different:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIAJc_1qWps&feature=related
(probably the first Asian fantasy movie I ever saw, in the early 90's)

The first one I ever saw was "The East is Red", aka China Swordsman, and it totally weirded me out.
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« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2010, 08:27:38 PM »
IIRC, it was Spring '94 when a local theater chain held a Hong Kong Film Festival -- 2 weeks, 14 films (split into 2 film double features for 2 day runs).  They got a lot of my money during those two weeks, but I can't remember a theater experience ever to have been so sublime.  It was heaven on earth to be able to see such masterpieces on the big screen as:
A Chinese Ghost Story (your pick Olivier),
God of Gamblers (Chow Yun Fat),
Saviour of the Soul,
Once Upon a Time in China 2 (Jet Li),
Hard-Boiled (John Woo),
A Better Tomorrow (John Woo),
Police Story 3: Supercop (Jackie Chan, Michelle Khan),
Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (Jackie Chan),
Project A: Part 2 (Jackie Chan)
Peking Opera Blues (Brigette Lin),
and Swordsman 2 (the film that introduced the character of Invincible Asia, played by Brigette Lin, who continued the role in Swordsman 3: The East is Red -- your pick Ben). 

A fairly common motif in my mods is the haunting or haunted woman.  Tsui Hark's A Chinese Ghost Story &, moreso, his Swordsman 2 are probably direct influences on me in this regard.  Brigette Lin played such women to beyond perfection, before she retired.  Here she is in a montage from Swordsman 2, one of my favorite movies of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRJjZpp11dQ

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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2010, 11:22:15 PM »
As Halloween approaches, some Japanese monsters... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9xTpTSh6a4&feature=related

[Warning: some painted nudes & gore in the following link]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV3UmsvTcFE

[Warning: gross-looking art & one butt in this next one]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZwiWwjnK5Q&feature=related

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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2010, 03:35:27 AM »
I've found that The East is Red is available on Youtube in its entirety.

I can still see how this movie was a little "too much" for my western sensibilities when I first saw it, having grown up watching primarily American and European movies: The constant posturing, the overabundance of dutch angles (see 1:36 for a great example), the crazy zooms and closeups, people using a mixture or martial arts and The Force, people pulled around on wires the whole time (see the guy flying up the cliff at 8:01 - hilarious) - and on top of that, there was no indication in the German version that this was the third part of a trilogy (I guess that most of the blood fountains were also cut out of the TV version, adding further to the incoherence).

And I still vividly remember the ship-to-ship fight scene - probably one of the weirdest things I've ever seen in any movie.

Watching it now, it still looks funny, but in a good way. Maybe I should watch Swordsman I first.

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« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2010, 08:37:37 AM »
Still, one question remains: Where on earth is the World of Martial Arts?  :D