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Old 02-01-2013, 02:00 AM   #2521
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Loved the mini series, and just watched it again recently (loved the book, too). Amazing that the whole thing is on you-tube.
What really blows me away (besides the fantastic storyline,) is the accuracy of the cultural depiction. Almost everything is spot on! I haven't seen that done for Japan since 'Black Rain.' It makes 'Rising Sun' seem like a comic book!


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Old 02-01-2013, 09:49 AM   #2522
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I saw Black Rain not too long ago when the book was the Book Club's selection for that month. The images are unforgettable.

Getting even further off-topic for this thread, I remember Dave Barry had a completely serious chapter in his otherwise humorous book Dave Barry Does Japan devoted to his trip to Hiroshima. That's the only instance I know of where Dave Barry wrote an entire chapter without attempting to find the lighter side of a situation.
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For fans of Downton Abbey and/or Boardwalk Empire, I give you Upside Downton Abbey with a special preview of Birdwalk Empire at the end.

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:58 AM   #2525
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:12 PM   #2526
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:35 PM   #2527
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This fantastic Les Misérables parody will make Anne Hathaway all kinds of envious. (There can only be one super-upset songstress at a time and why haven’t they mailed her the Oscar yet?) Driven to distraction by constant snow removal, The Republic of Korea Air Force just posted Les Militaribles.

According to Channel News Asia, Major Cheon Myeong-Nyeong says, “We made the video to lift the spirit of servicemen who had to work so hard to clear snow during the unusually heavy winter this year” and “We hope that the video can help shatter the image of the military as a dull place and encourage more youth to take the service with delight.”
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:36 AM   #2529
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:16 PM   #2530
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If you pave the streets, add a gas station and a convenience store, and put 'most' of the people into modern clothing, this looks and feels like any rural seaside village here today. Add an outer layer of modern wall to the houses, and cars on the street, and it could be today.

This is the complete 9-hour mini-series, and is a fantastic, accurate cultural exploration of Japan in the 16th Century... and not much has changed since...
Well worth watching in its entirety.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0NYG...m_e7Q&index=12



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Thanks for that. I recall seeing the mini-series when it first came out. I had forgotten that the great Toshiro Mufune played Toranaga [Ieyasu].
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So Shirley Temple films came up in another thread. I'll admit it that I still like watching her old films. Here she is paired with the great Bill Bojangles Robinson.


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Old 03-03-2013, 04:49 AM   #2532
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