Friday, July 19, 2013
With your Tiger
Kato, you had a nightmare last night, didn’t you?
What makes you think so?
It’s obvious that you were eaten by a tiger in your nightmare.
Looking at the above picture, you’ve just come up with a wild guess, haven’t you?
Well … if anyone takes a look at the above picture, he or she will get a picture in which you’re devoured by the tiger in another second.
You’ve got the wrong idea, Diane. I viewed a movie called “Life of Pi” at VPL (Vancouver Public Library) last night.
Was it a free movie?
Yes, it was. As usual, a librarian introduced the “Life of Pi” at Alice MacKay Room on the lower level.
Life Of Pi (Trailer)
Why didn’t you tell me? I might’ve come with you to see the film.
The film started at 6:30 in the evening, and I just happened to notice the bill posted in the evelator around 5:30 p.m.—which was too late to ask you to dash to the library.
Why didn’t you notice it much earlier?
Beat the hell outa me. Anyway I enjoyed it profoundly.
Was it a good movie?
You bet on that, Diane. It is one of the most dangerously and awe-inspiringly hilarious and mind-boggling movies I’ve ever seen.
You’re making a mountain out of a molehill, aren’t you?
No, I’m NOT. Believe me, I really mean it. If you take a look at the following page, you can certainly believe it.
■“Actual Catalogue Page”
You see … 517 people are waiting to borrow the DVD, and 42 people jotted down their comments.
Kato, you haven’t borrowed the DVD, have you? How come you’ve made a comment on the DVD?
…’Cause you’ll be convinced that this film is superb if you see the above page.
Tell me Kato what impressed you so much.
Well … read the part of my comment.
Pi is the sole survivor of a sunken ship after a fascinating and tragic series of events.
Eventually Pi washes up on the shores of Mexico, 227 days after the ship sank.
Two insurance agents for the Japanese sunken ship come to interview him in the hospital and Pi recounts his story.
Pi is the sole human survivor on a lifeboat with a zebra, hyena, orangutan and a huge Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.
This is the version you see on the screen.
Two Japanese agents don’t believe his story and ask Pi to tell the true story.
He tells a less fantastic yet quite brutal account of sharing the lifeboat with his mother, a Buddhist sailor with a broken leg, and the cook (played by Gérard Depardieu).
The cook kills the sailor in order to eat him and use him as bait.
In a later struggle, Pi’s mother pushes her son to safety on a smaller raft, and the cook stabs her and throws her overboard.
Later, Pi returns, takes the knife and kills the cook.
The above two versions are told in a flashback.
Now back to the present, Yann (the author) notes the parallels between the two stories: the orangutan was Pi’s mother, the zebra was the sailor, the hyena was the cook,
and Richard Parker, the tiger, was Pi himself.
Pi asks the author which story he prefers, and the author chooses the one with the tiger because it “is the better story.”
Now, after the movie, you might wonder, “Which version is the real story?”
The subjective interpretation of the film is intended to serve as moment of theological reflection.
Are you a person who prefers to believe in things that make sense?
Or are you a person who can believe in miracles and has faith to believe in some magical or spiritual being?
I see… so, you’re the person who believes the brutal account that makes sense, aren’t you?
Oh, no… As I always jot down at the end of my mail, I’m a romantic Bohemian.
So, naturally, I like a romantic and adventurous story in which more fantastic events take place. I’d certainly like to travel with Richard Parker in the lifeboat, rather than with the brutal French cook.
As a child he changed his name to “Pi” (the Greek letter, π) because he was tired of being called “Pissing Patel” (due to the sound of his name).
In a flashback it was seen that his family owned a zoo, and Pi took great interest in the animals, especially a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
When Pi tries to feed the tiger in great curiosity, his father runs in and angrily tells him that the tiger is dangerous and not like a human.
He forces Pi to witness the tiger killing a goat to prove his point.
Pi is raised Hindu and vegetarian, but at 12 years old, he is introduced to Christianity and then Islam, and starts to follow all three religions as he “just wants to love God.”
His mother supports his desire to grow, but his father, a rationalist, tries to convert him to his own way of thinking.
Pi meets a girl in a dance class where he plays the mridangam and they evidently begin to fall in love.
When Pi is 16 years old, his father decides to move the family to Canada, where he intends to settle and sell the zoo animals.
Saddened by this, he bids farewell to his brief lover and promises to return.
I wish I could also travel to Canada.
In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■“Halifax to Vancouver”
■“A Thread of Destiny”
■“God is Near!”
■“Holy Cow@Rose Garden”
■“You Love Japan, eh?”
■“Fright on Flight”
■“From Summer to Eternity”
■“Sōseki & Glenn Gould”
■“Dream Dream Dream”
■“In Search of Your Footprint”
■“Little Night Music”
■“Happy New Year!”
■“Long live Diane!”
■“Selfish TD Bank”
■“Talk with Mozart”
■“Bliss for Diane!”
■“TD Bank or Mozart?”
■“Diane in Chorus Line”
■“Pork or Friend?”
■“Beauty is Heart-deep”
■“Cherry and Silk”
■“Price of Your Life”
■“Banana @ Eden”
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Pi and the Tiger reach a mysterious floating island, where both see edible plants, a mangrove jungle, fresh water pools and a large population of meerkats.
Both Pi and Richard Parker eat and drink freely and regain strength.
At night, however, the island transforms into a hostile environment.
The resident meerkats sleep in the trees while the fresh water pools turn acidic and digest the dead fish in the pools.
Pi discovers that the island itself is carnivorous after finding a human tooth embedded in a flower.
The next day, Pi and Richard Parker leave the island.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』