New York

Free Bradley Manning. Now more than ever.

This photo from New York’s East Village cheers me up. When will that gay rebel Bradley Manning, the one who downloaded terrabytes of government secrets while pretending to be listening to Lady Gaga, be freed and feted as a hero turned scapegoat? I am glad not everyone has forgotten that he’s being held in harsh detention conditions.

I was feeling a little down with the inevitable discovery of Moammar Gadhafi in the drainage pipe, with the surprise extra of an online snuff film. I have a certain hankering for anti-US despots with long careers and flamboyant outfits. No one, absolutely no one, better embodied the mix of African, Arab and Easy Rider fashion. Moammar, you’ll be missed. RIP!

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (Japanese) Films

The Japan Society of New York is running a film series that looks amazing. Actually, this beautiful trailer seems to teach every Japanese phrase worth knowing. It’s like an advanced course in femininity.

From the program notes, “actresses Ayako Wakao, Mariko Okada and Meiko Kaji embodied the transgression of limits, breaking rules, flouting norms and generally upsetting everyone.”

(Thanks, Christophe!).

Okuribito nominated for Academy Award

Okuribito nominated for Academy Award

The Japanese film Okuribito (おくりびと)has been nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film). It stars Motoki Masahiro (aka Mokkun), an actor in his mid-40s.

The story revolves around a cellist who loses his job in a New York orchestra, and becomes an undertaker in rural Japan.

Motoki became famous as one of the earliest Janny-su (discovered by Johnny Jimusho, the boy band king of Japan, who also promoted Kimutaku and SMAP) to soaps, songs and a nude photo book called the “White Room” in 1991.

Has anyone already seen the movie? I am super-curious to see it. Here’s the trailer and official website in Japanese:

http://www.okuribito.jp/