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Unforgettable Movies

2013年9月28日

 
Unforgettable Movies
 
 

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So, Kato, you’re talking about your unforgettable movies, aren’t you?

Yes, I am.  You know, Diane, VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival) started on September 26.

Yes, I know.  The festival continues till October 11.  As a matter of fact, I’ve been an enthusiastic patron of the festival.

Oh, have you?

You know, Kato, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America.

Really?

Yes, it is.  The festival annually screens films from approximately 80 countries on 10 screens.  In 2011, 152,000 people attended the festival and 386 movies were shown.  The international line-up usually includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.

Tell me, Diane, what is special about VIFF.

At Vancouver Film Festival, you can enjoy the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, and the Festival is one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world.  Furthermore, VIFF has one of the a largest nonfiction program outside of a Documentary Film Festival.

Oh, really?  So, Diane, are you watching many movies during the festival?

Yes, I am—as many as possible.  How about you, Kato?

Well … I’ll leave for Tokyo at the beginning of October, and I’ve got to prepare for the journey.  So I can’t see any of the movies at the festival.

Too bad!

But I’ve been enjoying my own international film festival.

You gotta be kidding.

No, I’m not.  I’m dead serious.  Look at the fowllowing list:


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“Actual Collection Page”

I see… So, Kato, you’ve watched the above movies lately, haven’t you?

Yes, I have.


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The President’s Last Bang

(full movies – Part 6 of 11)

This is a 2005 satiric black comedy directed by Im Sang-soo about the events leading to and the aftermath of the assassination of Korean President Park Chung-hee by his close friend and Korean Intelligence Agency director Kim Jae-kyu.
The fictional portrayal of the former President has raised a storm of controversy, leading to a suit against the film by Park Chung-hee’s only son, Park Ji-man.

In 2005, a ruling by the Seoul Central Court ordered that 3 minutes and 50 seconds of documentary footage (mostly of demonstrations) be censored out of the film.
In response, the director had the excised footage replaced with a blank screen for its running time.
During its theatrical run, both nationally and internationally, only the censored version was shown.

The ruling was appealed, and in August 2006 overturned, with the court issuing the following statement: “We must broadly confirm the right of free expression concerning the depiction of public historical figures.”

Despite the taboo-subject, the director dared to show what happened in the political coup.
Although I admire his courage to challenge the taboo, it is a pity that the director didn’t show what really happened in the mind of Director Kim who actually shot the president.
I’d rather like to see its documentary instead of the black comedy.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

I don’t like political dramas very much.

I know, I know … You’re a devoted Christian, and you don’t like much violence, do you?

No, I don’t.  Now, I notice you watched “The Jesus Film.”

Yes, I did.


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The Jesus Film 1979

(full movies 2 hours)

This is a 1979 drama co-directed by Australian Peter Sykes, Britons John Heyman and John Krisch and filmed in Israel.
It is said that, as of 2003, the film had been seen over 4.7 billion people in 236 nations.
I didn’t know that there are so many nations on the Globe.

The film has been translated into more languages than any film in history—amazingly, more than 800 languages.
This DVD version has 8 languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and Korean.

According to The New York Times, this film is likely the most-watched motion picture of all time.
The Los Angeles Times called it a “…dull Sunday-School treatment of the life of Christ, meticulously but unimaginatively culled from Luke 3-24.”

Although the directors seem to have paid a meticulous attention to historical authenticity, all the miracles look quite unbelievable to the scientific mind.
Well, you can judge it by yourself.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

So, Kato, you don’t believe in miracles, do you?

Yes, I do, but not those depicted in the above film.

By the way, how did you like the wild child?

Oh, too sad a story!


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Secret of the Wild Child part 1

This is a 55-minute documentary originally broadcast on NOVA in 1994.
Genie is the pseudonym of a feral child who was the victim of extraordinarily severe abuse, neglect and social isolation, making her one of the most well-known cases recorded in the annals of abnormal child psychology.

Her abuse came to the attention of Los Angeles child welfare authorities on November 4, 1970, when she was 13 years old.
Her mother was herself abused by her dominant husband who committed suicide.
Thinking that Genie was born mentally retarted, her parents locked her in a room where she was sit alone, day after day, strapped to a potty chair, with little more than bare walls to look at.
Genie was severely under-developed, unable to talk and barely able to walk.

Genie’s case has been compared extensively with that of Victor of Aveyron, an 18th-century French “Wild Child” who similarly became a classic case of late language acquisition and delayed development.
The film shows some footages from a 1970 French film “Wild Child” by director François Truffaut.

Despite some improvement under professional care, it is unfortunate and profoundly sad to know that Genie experienced further physical and emotional abuse during the stay in the institutions for disabled adults, where she was severely punished for vomitting.
Her newly acquired language and behavioral skills regressed rapidly.
As of 2008, she was again speechless.
What a pity!


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

So, Genie’s remained speechless since 2008, has she?

Yes, I assume so.

How did you like “Mao’s Last Dancer”?

I liked it very much.  It was about cultural differences.


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Mao’s Last Dancer (Official Trailer)

This is a 2009 Australian biographical film based on a true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin.
It starts in the year of 1972, when the 11-year-old Chinese boy lives in a rural village commune in Shandong Province during the Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
As often occurred in those times, government officials fanning out across the nation seeking young candidates for centralized training arrive at this school.
At first bypassed but selected after a plea by his teacher during the school visit, Li seems bewildered although piqued by the gruff preliminary inspection screening at the provincial capital city of Qingdao.

Beating impossible odds with his hard work, Li is chosen to go to the States to join the Houston Ballet as an exchange student.
Li’s encounters with US life gradually change his way of thinking and he begins a relationship with an aspiring American dancer, Elizabeth Mackey.
Li now wants to get an extension in America, but the Chinese government refuses.
Overwhelmed by the opportunities offered in America and in love with Mackey, Li is determined to stay.
With legal advice that the Chinese government would recognize certain residence rights arising from an international marriage, Li and Mackey rush into a marriage.
To declare personal responsibility for his decision and hopefully avoid consequences for his family, Li visits the Chinese Consulate in Houston.

The Chinese resident diplomat forcibly detains Li in attempt to coerce his return to China.
Unknown to Li, the situation quickly evolves when the media and high level government agents both in the US and China become involved.

Now he must risk everything to remain in the free country.
It is an emotionally-charged, fascinating and tear-jerking epic tale of a peasant boy who becomes a world-renowned ballet dance.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

This movie has something to do with politics, huh?

NO, no, no… In essence, it is like a East-meets-West-type of movie.

Kato, did you see “Angels: Good or Evil”?

Yes, I did.

So, you’re getting into Christianity, aren’t you?

Yes, yes, yes … Diane, as a devoted Christian, you believe in angels, don’t you?  So, I watched the following movie simply because I’d like to know more about you.


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History Channel – Angels: Good or Evil

(full movies 87 minutes)

This is a 2003 90-minute History-Channel documentary that offers all sides of the debate surrounding these mythical, mystical, ethereal entities.
Much of what we think we know about angels is at odds with their long and curious history.
Hebraic, Christian, and Muslim scripture all describes angels and demons, yet each offers a slightly different version.

In search of a definitive portrait, this film traces the history of these winged beings, exploring their lineage from the ancient Egyptians and the Greco-Romans to today.
You can listen to firsthand accounts of those who claim to have encountered angels and hear experts grapple with their mysterious legacies.

Can you believe that an angel came to save a woman who was tottally engulfed by a dormitory fire?
She recounts to you how she was saved by the mysterious angel.
I doubt, but it is actually worth watching.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

Can you believe in angels now, Kato?

Sadly, the film couldn’t convince me.

The next movie sounds interesting.

Yes, it does, but It is such a shocking movie.


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Dearly Departed (Official Trailer)

This is a 2009 tour-guide-type 84-minute documentary guided by Scott Michaels.
He introduces to you some locations where the most infamous murders, suicides and bizarre crimes took place.
Although celebrity scandals, deaths and murders in Hollywood are quite eye-catching, this documentary is superficial, not definitely investigative as I expected.

Only execption is the case of “The Black Dahlia,” which is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.
“The Black Dahlia” was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 – c. January 15, 1947), an American woman who was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder.
She was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.

Short’s unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books and film adaptations of the story, which is quite new to me, though.
Her face had been slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her ears, creating an effect called the Glasgow smile.
Short also had multiple cuts on her thigh and breasts, where entire portions of flesh had been removed.
The body had been washed and cleaned and had been “posed” with her hands over her head, her elbows bent at right angles, and her legs spread.
The cause of death was hemorrhage from the lacerations to the face and shock due to blows on the head and face.
Her stomach contained some feces which, Michaels says, she was forced to eat before her death.
The film shows the gruesome picture of her corpse.
It is simply amazing and profoundly horrendous!


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

It sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

Yes, it does.

Instead, I’d rather watch bananas.

Bananas!* (trailer)

This is 2009 97-minute Swedish documentary directed by Fredrik Gertten about a conflict between the Dole Food Company and banana plantation workers in Nicaragua over alleged cases of sterility caused by the pesticide DBCP.
Representing 12 Nicaraguan banana workers, Juan Dominguez sues Dole, the world’s largest agricultural producer, for allegedly exposing thousands of field workers to a banned pesticide known to cause sterility.
One third of the production cost of a banana goes to pesticides.

Faced with a gruelling uphill battle, the dtermined lawyer tries to beat the odds and bring this modern day Goliath to justice.
The film was criticized by Dole for containing “patent falsehoods.”
Dole appealed all verdicts in the case and accused Juan Dominguez of fabricating evidence.

On April 23, 2009, Judge Chaney dismisses all Nicaraguan cases pending before her, citing serious fraud allegations.
Judge Chaney says, “We’ll never know if anybody in Nicaragua was actually injured or harmed by the alleged wrongful conduct of the defendants (Dole), and people will never have the opportunity to learn … the truth.”

Juan Dominguez is fighting all charges of fraud against him.
After a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2009, Gertten was sued for defamation by Dole on 8 July, 2009.
The lawsuit was preceded by threats of legal action from Dole aimed against the LA Film Festival.
These threats resulted in sponsors pulling support and the film being removed from competition.
Dole dropped their lawsuit against Fredrik Gertten and Bananas!* on 15 October 2009.

In late 2010 a court in Los Angeles decided in favor of the movie crew, making it possible to release the film in the USA.
A judge awarded the filmmakers nearly $200,000 in fees and costs.
This is such a gripping, rage-inducing and heart-wrenching film that you would also like to tell your friends to watch.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

I don’t like political stuff.  The above film has nothing to do with banana diet, doesn’t it?

Well… so, Diane, you wanna watch banana diest, eh?  In this case, watch the following movie—“Mother Teresa.”

I can see that you’re really getting into Christianity.

Yes, I’d like to know more about you since you’re a devoted Christian like Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa

(full movie 82 minutes)

This is a 1986 82-minute documentary produced and directed by Jeanette Petrie.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries.
They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children’s and family counseling programmes; orphanages; and schools.

Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give “wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.”
This inspiring film is considered the definitive portrait of the 1979 Nobel Peace winner, Mother Teresa.
Shot on the run over a period of 5 years in 10 countries on 4 continents, this film follows Mother Teresa into the world’s most troubled spots.
It is such an inspiring and thought-provoking film that it certainly moves your spirit and lifts your soul.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

So, Kato, you now understnd what Chrisianity is all about, don’t you?

Yes, I think I do.

Since you’re going to Japan, Kato, you can see none of the festival movies.  So, on your behalf I think I can see whatever you wanna see.  Which one do you wanna watch?

Diane, you’re very considerate.  You might just as well see the following movie for me.


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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son (Japan, 133 min.)

Koreeda HIrokazu’s prize-winner asks: what if two male babies were accidentally switched at birth and, six years later, the parents decided to restore the boys to their “rightful” homes?

The conundrum is a clever pretext for a study of differences in class, temperament and the ability to love.

Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes 2013

Sat. Oct 5, 1:00 PM, Playhouse
Tue. Oct 8, 6:30 PM, Centre for Arts


SOURCE:
Page 137 of “The Georgia Straight”
Sept. 19-26/2013

It sounds quite interesting.  I can’t promise, but I’ll do my best to see the above movie on your behalf.

I’d really appreciate that.  Once I’ll be back from Japan, you might just as well tell me about the whole story.

I’ll keep it in mind.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】

I like a film about natural disasters among all the movies in the above list.

Natural Disasters

National Geographic Classics

This is a nearly six-hour-long documentary about natural disasters.
Disc One contains two programs: Storm of the Centry and Violent Earth.
Disc Two has two programs: Drowning New Orleans and Tornado Intercept.
Disc Three also shows two programs: Avalance—The White Death and Tsunami—Killer Wave.

It is such a fascinating and informative film that you should be able to prepare yourself for all those natural disasters.
The “Tornado Intercept” is quite thrilling and interesting because an enthusiastic twister chaser has created a huge tank-like vehicle so that he could get into the center of tornado to film an unprecedented inside look.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

It really sounds thrilling and exciting!

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 …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:



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“Bliss for Diane!”

“Romantic Bohemian”

“TD Bank or Mozart?”

“Diane@TD Bank”

“Tear Jerker”

“Diane in Chorus Line”

“Pork or Friend?”


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“Easter Bloopers”

“Beauty is Heart-deep”

“Romance@South Pacific”

“Art Gallery”

“Diane Hypatia”

“Cherry and Silk”

“Price of Your Life”

“Elephant Cries”

“Banana @ Eden”


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“Go Bananas”

“Manwatching”

“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”


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“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

There have been at least five mass extinctions in the history of life on earth, and four in the last 3.5 billion years in which many species have disappeared in a relatively short period of geological time.

The massive eruptive event is considered to be one likely cause of the “Great Dying” about 250 million years ago, which is estimated to have killed 90% of species existing at the time.

There is also evidence to suggest this event was preceded by another mass extinction known as Olson’s Extinction.

The Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event occurred 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period and is best known for having wiped out non-avian dinosaurs, among many other species.

Cause of the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction?

Many scientists believe that a comet or meteor triggered the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

You might wonder if another comet collides with the Earth in the near future.

Super Comet After the Impact

This is a 2007 speculative documentary produced by ZDF and the Discovery Channel.
It was directed by Stefan Schneider.
The 84-minute film hypothesizes the effects on modern-day earth of a large comet impacting in Mexico near the same location of the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, the ancient impact of a comet or meteor that is believed to have triggered the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

It alternates between interviews with climatologists and researchers and dramatized scenes following several groups of people as they attempt to survive in the days and months after the disaster: a separated family in France, a pair of scientists in Hawaii, a man who manages to survive for a period of time near the ground zero impact in Mexico, and a tribe in Cameroon.
It is such a thrilling, exciting and profoundly astounding docu-drama that you would forget to take a pee during the show.


SOURCE: “Kato’s comment on the DVD”

The film seems quite fascinating and interesting.
If there is a rental shop around you, why don’t rent the above DVD?


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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KIFF

2012年10月17日

KIFF
 


 
 
KATO

INTERNATIONAL

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Subj:What a gorgeous day

we have here today!


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From: barclay1720@aol.com
To: diane@vancouver.ca
Date: Sat., September 29, 2012 4:47:58 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Diane,

What a gorgeous day we have here today!
You must be busy hopping around the VIFF and are enjoying viewing a lot of movies.
But be well-prepared.

Vancouver International

Film Festival

An open mind is advised!

…be well-prepared…?
What for?—you may ask.

Well…, a super earthquake will hit Vancouver in the near future.

Don’t scare the shit out of me, Kato! — you might as well say that. he, he, he, he, he, …

I’m pretty sure, you wanna know how come I’m telling you this.
Well…, I’ve just written an article about Vancouver super-quake.

To find it out, please click the following link:

“Vancouver Earthquake”

…hope you’ll enjoy it to the bone.

Your careful quake-dodger, Kato
with a lot of love

 


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Subj:
Oh yes, I enjoy

forest-bathing.

From: diane@vancouver.ca
To: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 12:03 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

What a gorgeous day it is!
You’re right on about that.
You’re also right about the VIFF being in progress.
I went to a fabulous Danish one last night “Teddy Bear,” which was exceptional, really, and my cinephile buddies felt the same way.

Teddy Bear

Directed by Mads Matthiesen
Genre: comedy
Country: Denmark


Dennis (Kim Kold), a bodybuilder and part-time security guard at a slaughterhouse in Copenhagen, has a problem:
At 38 years of age, he’s still living at home with mom.
And what a mom Ingrid (Elsebeth Steentoft) is: Stern and domineering, she is unable to allow Dennis to grow up and, God forbid, start to date.
But eventually, Dennis decides to grow wings – flying to Thailand on a secret vacation (he tells mom he’s attending a bodybuilding tournament in Germany), where after a few awkward hookups with local Thai prostitutes he meets Toi, the accidental owner of a local gym (a facility she inherited from her late husband).

Love ensues – but watch what happens when Toi visits Dennis in Denmark.
Kold is masterfully understated as the painfully awkward hulk – a man whose only real power can be exercised with weights.


Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Granville 3
Oct. 2, 11:40 a.m. Granville 3


SOURCE: 【VIFF movie review: Teddy Bear】

It drew us all in and made you feel like you understood the lead actor and his quandry.
We were on the edge of our seats hoping that things would work out for him. Great.
Not going to as many as I used to but should see 10 or so before it’s through.

Thanks for this update on Vancouver quakes.


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I do remember a small one that occurred during working hours in my office.
Everything just started shaking and before we could figure out what was going on it stopped.
My mother used to have a earthquake preparedness kit which she refreshed religiously.
She had it for YEARS.
She’s passed on now since 1991 so you can see why I don’t take this stuff seriously.

I like the Bible quote that goes something like this.

“Do not worry about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will

worry about itself.”

They say that most of the things we worry about never come to pass … so what the heck, right kiddo?
Hope you’re having fun at Joe Fortes!
Maybe I’ll see you at the VIFF.


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Love, Diane ~


So, Diane, you enjoyed viewing “Teddy Bear,” didn’t you?

Yes, I did … very much so.  By the way, what is KIFF?

Well … Vancouver International Film Festival is over now.

Yes, it is.  I really miss it.  I wish I’d seen all the movies.

I know … I know … That’s the reason I set up “Kato International Film Festival” especially for you.

How do you mean?

You can see as many international movies as possible for free.

No kidding!

I’m not joking nor jesting.

Where on earth can I see those movies?

On the net, of course.

Show me the list of your international movies.

I’d love to. See the following list.


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This is a list of your books and DVDs you commented on at Vancouver Public Library, isn’t it?

Yes, it is.

I see the Polish movie at the top of the list.

If you click the title on the list, you can see my comment like this:


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【Actual Listing】

So, you saw the movie on September 27, then commented on that, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.  Likewise, you can see all the movies in the list.

Kato, did you actually see all the movies in the above list.

Yes of course, I did.

Amazing! … How did you like the Polish movie.

I like it.

But, Kato, your comment sounds otherwise, doesn’t it?

A Year of the Quiet Sun


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A Year of the Quiet Sun (Polish: Rok spokojnego słońca) is a 1984 Polish film written and directed by Krzysztof Zanussi.
It tells the story of a romance between a Polish refugee (Maja Komorowska) and an American soldier (Scott Wilson) in spite of the language barrier and the many cultural divisions that separate them.

The performances of Komorowska and Wilson are superb, but the script has several flaws.
First of all, the film doesn’t tell painful memories of their pasts.
It simply touches the surface of their pasts—not enough for the audience to emphasize with both of them.

Furthermore, the film suddenly jumps from 1946 to 1963.
What has happened in between?
I’m totally puzzled.

Someone said, if a script is superb, bad actors could achive some success, but when a script has some flaws, even great actors could not make the film superb.

Personally, I’ve found some flaws in the movie, but I’m pretty sure that you will love it.

What makes you think so.

…’Cause I know what kind of films you love.

Do you?

Oh yes, I do most definitely.  In any case, I’ve just picked up the first three parts out of 11 parts for you.  So just view those three parts.  I know you love these clips.

A Year of the Quiet Sun


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(PART 1 OF 11)

(PART 2 OF 11)

(PART 3 OF 11)

Hmmmm … quite interesting!  I think I’ll borrow the DVD from Joe Fortes Library.

Please do.

But how come you recommend this movie to me?

…’Cause we love each other in spite of the language barrier—just like the hero (Scott Wilson) and heroine (Maja Komorowska).


【Himiko’s Monologue】

Wow! I wonder if Kato and Diane love each other in spite of the language barrier.
What do you think?

By the way, did you see the following clip about the Tōhoku Earthquake 2011?

Whenever I see the above clip, I feel scared to death.
What an awful and devastating quake it is!

I hope I’ll never experience a super quake in my lifetime.
But I hear that a big quake will hit Kyoto within next 30 years.
I’m living in Kyoto—the anciant capital of Japan.
Nobody knows exactly when the big one hit the region, but many seismologists predict that the big one will definitely come in the future.
Well…, I’d better be well-prepared for that.

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:


“Net Travel & Jane”

“Net Love”

“Complicated Love”

“Electra Complex”

“Net Début”

“Inner World”

“Madame Riviera and Burger”

“Roly-poly in the North”

“Amazing Grace”

“Diane in Paris”

“Diane in Montmartre”

“Diane Well Read”

“Wantirna South”

“Maiden’s Prayer”

“Bandwidth”

“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”

“Tulips and Diane”

“Diane in Bustle Skirt”

“Diane and Beauty”

“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”

“Victorian Prudery”

“Diane Chatterley”

“From Canada to Japan”

“From Gyoda to Vancouver”

“Film Festival”

“Madame Taliesin”

“Happy Days”

“Vancouver Again”

“Swansea”

“Midnight in Vancouver”

“Madame Lindbergh”

“Dead Poets Society”

“Letters to Diane”

“Taliesin Studio”

“Wright and Japan”

“Taliesin Banzai”

“Memrory Lane to Sendai”

“Aunt Sleepie”

“Titanic @ Sendai”

“Birdcage”


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“Roly-poly in the wild”

“Silence is dull”

“Zen and Chi Gong”

“Piano Lesson”

“Dangerous Relation”

“Electra Complex”


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“Covent Garden”

“Fatal Relation”

“Notre Dame”

“Anne Frank”

“Biker Babe”

“Diane Girdles the Globe”

“Diane in Casablanca”

“Infidelity Neighbourhood”

“Forest Bathing”

“Enjoy Ramen!”

“Sex, Violence, Love”

“Halifax to Vancouver”

“A Thread of Destiny”

“Fujiyama Geisha”

“Beaver Lake”

“God is Near!”

“Holy Cow@Rose Garden”

“Birthplace”

“Vancouver Earthquake”

Hi, I’m June Adams.

Japan’s National Police Agency said on 3 April 2011, that 45,700 buildings were destroyed and 144,300 were damaged by the quake and tsunami.

The damaged buildings included 29,500 structures in Miyagi Prefecture, 12,500 in Iwate Prefecture and 2,400 in Fukushima Prefecture.

Three hundred hospitals with 20 beds or more in Tōhoku were damaged by the disaster, with 11 being completely destroyed.

The earthquake and tsunami created an estimated 24–25 million tons of rubble and debris in Japan.

Among the debris, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle came to shore on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia of Canada.

Harley from Tsunami

Comes to Shore

It traveled from the east coast of Japan to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).

It took some forty days.

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レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

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じゃあね。

A Thread of Destiny

2012年7月25日

  
 
 
A Thread of Destiny
 
 


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Subj:Oh, you made me

nostalgic, kiddo!


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Halifax

From: diane@vancouver.ca
To: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 7:50 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

I enjoyed the following article.

“Halifax to Vancouver”

(July 9, 2012)

Wow! You are really making me nostalgic now.
I do see the similarities between Halifax and Vancouver now that you point them out.

Point Pleasant Park and Stanley Park do share commonalities, as do Lost Lagoon and the Public Gardens in Halifax.


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Point Pleasant Park

I wonder if Point Pleasant Park has a real live beaver in one of its lakes?
I went to check out our resident beaver in Beaver Lake yesterday.
Saw his or her lodge, but apparently the beaver doesn’t come out and start working until dusk each day.


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I enjoyed a wonderful article and photos in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun.
It looks like the beaver has been in the lake for four years now, most likely coming from North Vancouver’s Capilano Watershed area, braving the currents and freighters in Burrard Inlet and shuffling his or her way up Beaver Creek to the Lake.

One of these days I hope to see the beaver in person.
With this lovely weather, it’s easy and fun to take a stroll in Stanley Park more regularly, don’t you think?

You’re right about preferring the weather here to the weather in Halifax.
But some days I question even that as you can imagine.

I came out here in Vancouver on my own when I was only 21 yrs. old.
I had finished business college and had already had two fairly good jobs, but I was seeking adventure and a westcoast life.
I did stop briefly in Toronto where my older brother lived in a really cool hippie house, and considered living there, but decided to go for bust.


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I loved it immediately and made lots of friends.
Eventually my older brother moved out from Toronto and my younger brother moved out from Halifax.
Then my parents decided that, if the kids were all going to live in Vancouver, they should just come out as well.
Except for my older brother, we all settled here in Vancouver, quite happily.

Thanks for this, very well put together kiddo,


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Love, Diane ~


So, Diane, you’ve enjoyed a bit of hippie lifestye in Toronto, have you?

Yes, I have.  Have you been to Toronto, Kato?

Toronto was my first destination in Canada.

No kidding!

Actually, I wrote the following artcle.


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“Don Juan Spammer in Makati”

【マカティの不倫スパマー】

(April 19, 2012)

Kato, I can’t read Japanese.

Well… I translate the related passage for you…

Hey, Don Juan Spammer!  You’ve got a filipino friend living in Toronto, haven’t you?

Kato, how the heck do you know that?

…’Cause your spam is advertising the following site.


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This site is selling auto parts made in Canada.  Your filipino buddy asked you to send a lof of spam for the above site, didn’t you?

Jeez…Kato, you’re a darn smart ass, aren’t you?

Actually, I lived in the Danforth area in Toronto for three years.  This Danforth area is called “Greektown” because many Greeks live over there.

2010 Taste of the Danforth:

Greek Festival

As a matter of fact, this district is the third-largest Greek community in the world, after the Greek mainland and Melborne.

So what?

Well… Part of the “Greektown” is a philippine community, where a filipino friend of mine lives.

Oh, yeah? … To tell you the truth, Kato, my buddy lives near Pape Station.


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Pape Subway Station

Kato, do you know the area?

Yes, of course, I do.  Actually, I used to live near the station—two blocks away to the south.


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42 Cavell Avenue, Toronto

This is the house I lived for three years.

I know the area.

You gotta be kidding!

‘Cause I went to Jones School to learn English with my buddy.

Me, too.  What a coincidence!

I wish I could’ve met you, Kato.

I’d rather not.


SOURCE: “Don Juan Spammer in Makati”

So my mail made you nostalgic, didn’t you?

You’re telling me, Diane.

What is Jones School?

It was an elementary school, which seems to have been converted to a community center. In the old days, new immigrants learned English at the school free of charge.


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It is called “Adult Centre,” isn’t it?

…seems like it.  The house at 42 Cavell Avenue was my first house in Canada.

Do you still remeber the area, Kato?

Yes, of course, the scenery has burnt into my memory since.

Danforth Ave. & Pape Ave.

The Novascotia bank in the above video is my first bank in Canada.  The burger shop used to be a smoke shop in those days.

Did you join the dance in the Greek festival.

Oh yeah!  I loved and enjoyed the Greek dance…  Guess where I moved to next?

To Yorkville?

Not exactly…but close enough…I moved to a boarding house on Brunswick Avenue.


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Brunswick Avenue


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Brunswick Avenue at Bloor Street West

Walking Around

Bloor and Brunswick


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So, Kato, you quite often fooled around in Yorkville, didn’t you?

You’re telling me, Diane.  As you mentioned in the mail, Yorkville flourished as Toronto’s bohemian cultural centre in the 1960s.

From Hippies to Hedonists,

in Yorkville, Toronto


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Driving thru Yorkville

Did you live there in the 1960s, Kato?

Oh no, my days were in the late 1970s, but I definitely enjoyed bohemian culture in Yorkville.

Do you know, Kato?  The old town was the breeding ground for some of Canada’s most noted musical talents—Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as then-underground literary figures such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Dennis Lee.

Oh yeah?  I didn’t know that.

And of course, Yorkville was the Canadian capital of the hippie movement.  Cyberpunk writer William Gibson was living there.

When I was fooling around, some people loved upscale shopping and enjoyed eating at posh restaurants over there.

I see some changes in the old town.

Did you enjoy the film festival while you lived there, Diane?

Yes, of course, I did.

Madonna’s Film Premiere

Toronto Film Festival


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During the Toronto International Film Festival, Yorkville becomes an excellent place for celebrity-spotting, especially in the Hazelton Lanes shopping complex. Most recently, however, I hear the celebrities once seen during the Toronto International Film Festival have migrated elsewhere and are now most often seen in the entertainment district bars and after-hour clubs near the CITY-TV building.


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The Toronto Entertainment District is an area in Downtown Toronto, concentrated around King Street West between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue.  Have you been there, Diane?

Yes, I did, but a long time ago.

There are now a lof of theatres and performing arts centres, as well as homes of Toronto’s four major-league sports teams.  And of course, this area is home to most of the nightclubs in Toronto.

Nightlife in Toronto

Oh, kato, you made me nostalgic again.

You know what, Diane?

Tell me.

I think both of us are here in vancouver by destiny.

By destiny? … Why is that?

You see, Diane, we were supposed to meet in Toronto, but for some reason, we didn’t.  Then you went to Faro up north, but I spent too much time in Yellowknife. So we couldn’t meet, either. Then, when I went to Halifax, you were already gone a long time ago.  And at last in Vancouver, we met.

It was just by chance, Kato.

I’d like to think, we’re somehow tied by a thread of destiny.

I didn’t know you’re such a romantic man, Kato.

Now, you know that…Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, …


【Himiko’s Monologue】

What a beautiful city Toronto is!
I visited Vancouver, but I’ve never been to Toronto.
I wish I were there.

I’d like to have a memorable time at one of the best cafes in Toronto.

Toronto’s Best Cafes

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:


“Hello Diane!”

“I wish you were there!”

“Jane Eyre”

“Jane Eyre Again”

“Jane Eyre in Vancouver”

“Jane Eyre Special”

“Love & Death of Cleopatra”

“Nice Story”

“Scrumdiddlyumptious”

“Spiritual Work or What?”

“What a coincidence!”

“Wind and Water”

“Yoga and Happiness”

“You’re in a good shape”

“Hellelujah!”

“Ecclesiophobia”

“Uncorruptible”

“Net Travel & Jane”

“Net Love”

“Complicated Love”

“Electra Complex”

“Net Début”

“Inner World”

“Madame Riviera and Burger”

“Roly-poly in the North”

“Amazing Grace”

“Diane in Paris”

“Diane in Montmartre”

“Diane Well Read”

“Wantirna South”

“Maiden’s Prayer”

“Bandwidth”

“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”

“Tulips and Diane”

“Diane in Bustle Skirt”

“Diane and Beauty”

“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”

“Victorian Prudery”

“Diane Chatterley”

“From Canada to Japan”

“From Gyoda to Vancouver”

“Film Festival”

“Madame Taliesin”

“Happy Days”

“Vancouver Again”

“Swansea”

“Midnight in Vancouver”

“Madame Lindbergh”

“Dead Poets Society”

“Letters to Diane”

“Taliesin Studio”

“Wright and Japan”

“Taliesin Banzai”

“Memrory Lane to Sendai”

“Aunt Sleepie”

“Titanic @ Sendai”

“Birdcage”


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“Roly-poly in the wild”

“Silence is dull”

“Zen and Chi Gong”

“Piano Lesson”

“Dangerous Relation”

“Electra Complex”


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“Covent Garden”

“Fatal Relation”

“Notre Dame”

“Anne Frank”

“Biker Babe”

“Diane Girdles the Globe”

“Diane in Casablanca”

“Infidelity Neighbourhood”

“Forest Bathing”

“Enjoy Ramen!”

“Sex, Violence, Love”

“Halifax to Vancouver”

Hi, I’m June Adams.

Since I’ve got a lot of friends in Toronto,

I visited the city so many times.

Have you been there?

This is Toronto.

Especially I like the Beaches around Toronto.

Some day, I hope you and I will meet on one of the beaches.

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』

『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。