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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Glasgow Film Festival: Capitalism & Yatterman

Finally started to see some movies at the Glasgow Film Festival over the weekend starting with Michael Moore's "Capitalism" which was interesting and less schmaltzy than his usual fare, but perhaps a little overlong and dated with the Obama lovefest, but with plenty still to say for itself even though it was really a criticism of the big banks and corporations rather than the many forms of capitalism in the world. Well worth seeing though if you get the chance!

Yatterman on the other hand was an assualt on the senses, based on the popular 1977 anime series created by the Tatsunoku Productions and with this live action version directed by Takashi Miike, Yatterman looked intriguing! In fact it was fantastic! Fun, colourful and funny, sure the plot was a little hard to follow with Gan-Chan and Ai his girlfriend who turn into Yatterman-1 and Yatterman-2 respectively when Lady Doronjo aided by Boyacky and Tonzura are on the scene! Miike really has stuck closely to the original show and has created a live action cartoon, even though some ideas don't work they are countered with some nice self referential humour. Once again, try to see this, even though it could be difficult given that its only doing the festivals at the moment and the Japan Blu-Ray is expensive and free of subtitles.

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