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08:46 pm: Millennium Actress
This is one of the DVDs I move back to the bottom of my queueue as soon as I send it back in. It's hard to bead with subtitles, but my Japanese is mostly non-existent these days.

A movie studio in Japan is closing and being torn down, and a documentarian and his cameraman want to make a documentary on the legendary studio star who has hidden herself away from society for many years. They find her and she is willing to talk. This is hard to describe -- they become part of the movies she remembers and yet not-part. Many things are interrelated and you get more of the real story as the movie goes on. It covers so many emotions -- hope, love, death, anger, etc. -- that you really feel along with the movie. I highly recommend it.



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Date:September 13th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
I heartily second this. The story is one of those really Japanese ones that still has cross-cultural resonance, in large part because of the central concept of film - love of film is the cross-cultural bridge. And the art is stunning.

Have you seen "Tokyo Godfathers" by the same director and team? It's rather scattered, but wonderful.
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Date:September 13th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
No, I'll put it at the bottom of the queueue!
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