This film I found to be most like that of a USA or UK film. It was similar to many independent gangster films such as ‘Sexy Beast’, ’The Business’ and ‘Goodfellas’. It had all the conventions of a typical gangster film; quick editing, hand-held cameras, flashbacks and a narrator. It portrayed the conventional ‘rise and fall of the gangster’. As it followed the typical narrative structure, it was easy to follow and really resembled a typical gangster film. The flashbacks help the narrative move forward and gives the narrative a sense of closure when it all comes together at the end. The mix of slick editing and clean-cut camera work mixed with hand-held cameras worked well, keeping it varied. The fact that the narrative stretched over a long period of time gave it time to develop and for the characters to show development. All in all, it was an enjoyable film as it was similar to films of the same genre from UK and America and it was surprising to learn it had not been sold to any international countries.
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I’m not sure about the film, it was easy to understand and followed a similar structure to our films (unlike ‘Old Lady In White’) but it didn’t seem to resolve as such. The narrative structure meant that it had the traditional equilibrium-dis equilibrium- new equilibrium and a love story- albeit was minor- but the actually plot didn’t seem to resolve. There was the new equilibrium in the his wife took him back in the end; but there was no traditional Hollywood happy ending, as he didn’t make it as an artist; but the plot didn’t seem to link with the cartoon at the beginning about achilles and the tortoise at first. However (and I am only just realising this now), when thinking about it metaphorically, linking the chasing of the tortoise with his chasing of his dream to be an artist, it works, because achilles can never catch the tortoise and he never caught up with his dream of being an artist because he never got there, he never “made it”. Now, I take back my “not so sure about the film”, I actually think it was really clever. I like how it used a traditional fable/folk tale to link to the film’s plot. I think it worked really well, and it also used traditional narrative structures, which made it easy to follow and much more mainstream than the horror film.
I found it really interesting learning about the Japansese film industry. I didn’t realise how long there had been a Japanese film industry and how popular the films are in Japan. Most of the highest-grossing films are Japanese rather than international Hollywood films. It surprised me as well how many of the films are part of franchises; a lot are made from TV series; and a lot are part of trilogies, or more sometimes -12 or 13. In the UK and USA, sequels usually aren’t as successful as the original film, so it’s surprised me how well the sequels of Japanese films do. It also suprised me how many of the films are Manga or based on Manga, I imagined Manga to be a niche market, but it is very much a part of the mainstream. Japanese films also have a very clear split between mainstream/independent films. It is fairly similar to the UK and USA, as our films are quite split between mainstream and independent, however some independent films do make the “big time” here, whereas in Japanese cinema it is a very distinct division. It was interesting to learn that the Japanese film industry also had a “new wave”, similar to ours. I thought that one distinct difference between our film industry and the Japanese though, was the political control exerted over films that are allowed to be shown in the cinemas there; how a film can be pulled if they content shows even a slight varitation to what it should in regards to politics. But all in all, I learnt that there are many similarities between our film industry and the Japanese, I really did not realise how much a part of mainstream society films were for Japan and how much the Japanese really spent in visiting the cinema.
For starters, I don’t know why I was there because I hate horror films- they scare me half to death! Even writing the title makes me scared! But it was good though, what I saw of it out of the corner of my eye haha! But seriously, it was good. I liked the way they had gone back to their original Jouen style, you could tell it was produced simply but it worked. They had the typical tense music and a scary face; what you would expect of the horror genre; but combined it really was scary. I liked the way they did little scary scenes and it made you wonder whether this was all it was, just a selection of jumpy scenes because they didn’t seem to make much sense together at first. But then at the end they all came together. It was a little weird with the talking head in the bag, that made it less realistic- not that horror films are realistic, but you always can think that maybe it might happen if you’re really unlucky- so it was better for me as someone who isn’t a fan of the genre, that it was less plausible as a real-life scenario. I liked the way it wasn’t too lengthy and that it made you jump all the way through, because some horror films are dragged out and you don’t get scared till the end, which makes it worse, as the tension builds and you think something is going to happen every second- whereas this didn’t, it was kept short and to the point and didn’t build up tension all the way through. I really did quite like it, it definitely did it’s job anyway in scaring me.