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Conflicted About “47 Ronin”

Related Post: Attack on Titan: Analogy to World War II.

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From Left to Right: Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, Keanu Reeves, and Kou Shibasaki.
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I am very conflicted about going to see 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves in theaters December 25th.

On one hand, the film seems to have little to do with Chūshingura (忠臣蔵), the original kabuki (歌舞伎) play I read in the “Traditional Japanese Literature” class I took at Sophia University (上智大学) in Tokyo. Moreover, the film has reportedly not done well with Japanese audiences.

BUT, on the other hand, I really want to support the amazing selection of Japanese actors cast in the film. And, for that reason, I’ve devised the following list…

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Hiroyuki Sanada (真田広之)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Dogen on Lost (Season 6).
  • Notable Accolades: He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and received an honorary MBE award.
  • Why is he awesome?: While filming The Last Samurai (2003), he almost cut off Tom Cruise’s head (“Cruise has brush with death”).
  • Film Recommendations: Sanada-san stars in my favorite samurai film The Twilight Samurai (2002). This film has only two fight scenes (one short and one long), but they are both jaw-dropping in their seemingly effortless choreography and will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Kou Shibasaki (柴咲コウ)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Mitsuko Souma in Battle Royale (2000); she was slated to play Gogo Yubari’s twin sister Yuki in Kill Bill, but dropped out due to other commitments.
  • Notable Accolades: She won a Japanese Academy Award for her performance in Go (2001).
  • Why is she awesome?: She starred in the first Japanese television drama I ever watched called Orange Days (2004) in which she played a deaf character, performing all her lines in Japanese sign language.  Plus, she’s an adorable pop singer (“KISS Shite” by KOH+).
  • Film Recommendations: Shibasaki-san stars alongside Joe Odagiri in one of my favorite Japanese films called La Maison de Himiko (2005) about a young woman who is asked by her dying father’s young male lover to work in her father’s nursing home for gay men.

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Rinko Kikuchi (菊地凛子)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Mako Mori in Pacific Rim (2013).
  • Notable Accolades: She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Babel (2006).
  • Wh is she awesome?: She’s the first Japanese actress in 50 years to be nominated for an Oscar! Plus, she’s appeared in a number of films with Tadanobu Asano (see below) including his directorial debut Tori (2003).
  • Film Recommendations: I absolutely adore The Brothers Bloom (2009), starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and (of course) Rinko Kikuchi!! :) Kikuchi-san silently pantomimes throughout this film and is an absolute delight to watch.

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Tadanobu Asano (浅野忠信)

ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE ACTORS!

Some of these film recommendations might be hard to find outside of Japan. If you’re having trouble finding a title and really want to watch it, message me at gegallas@hotmail.com and I’ll see if I can help! :)

Also, for those of you who go see 47 Ronin, leave a comment here and let me know what you think!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Cross-Country Adventure Hiatus!

Related Post: Cannes/London Trip Hiatus! and Cannes/London 2013: Compilation.

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This is incredibly out of the blue, but I’m moving back to the East Coast!

Long story short, I’m helping my parents move from San Francisco back to Maryland, so I’m going too. Although it’s a bit bittersweet, I’m happy about this move since D.C. seems a bit more active in film compared to San Francisco. AND I’ll be much closer to NYC, which has a ton of film and filmmakers. Eventually, once I have saved up some money, I’m actually thinking of moving to Brooklyn. But, for the meantime, D.C. it is! :D

With that being said, I’m still 100% committed to filming Death Is No Bad Friend in San Francisco and Northern California. So when we get funded, I’ll just fly back and stay with relatives!!

We will be traveling from Friday, November 1st through Thursday, November 12th, stopping in Kansas City, Missouri for a few days to visit my bubbie. Here’s our schedule…

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Laughlin, Nevada
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  6. Kansas City, Missouri
  7. Effingham, Illinois
  8. Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  9. Washington, D.C./Gaithersburg, Maryland

I’m guessing I’ll have pretty sporadic internet connection along the way, so I probably won’t have time to post anything here. But I might have a tweet or two. I’ll try to take some photos along the way and share them will all of you!

See you mid-November,

G. E.

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Coming Soon: Death Is No Bad Friend Indiegogo Campaign

★★★ PLEASE REBLOG & SPREAD THE WORD!!! ★★★

WE, SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS, ARE HOPING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SHORT FILM DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND ABOUT ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (TREASURE ISLAND, STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE) IN SAN FRANCISCO.

THE SCREENPLAY HAS RECEIVED AMPLE PRAISE AND THERE IS A WONDERFUL CAST & CREW ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT ALREADY. 

WE ARE PLANNING ON LAUNCHING OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WITHIN THE COMING WEEKS.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, TUMBLR, PINTEREST, ETC.!

SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on WordPress:

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SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on Facebook:

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DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND on Facebook:

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Kyle Duke Adamiec as Robert Louis Stevenson in our upcoming Indiegogo trailer for Death Is No Bad Friend.
Photograph by G. E. Gallas

Siren’s Gaze Productions (sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com) was born at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as a collaboration between three young, unique, and ambitious female filmmakers — director Mary Lachapelle, cinematographer Jacqueline Lehr, and screenwriter/producer G. E. Gallas. Each of us has an undying passion for our expertise. Yet our individual personalities fit together to form an intuitive and vibrant production team.

 
Death Is No Bad Friend is a short film based on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeTreasure Island). Robert Louis attempts to escape his guilty conscience through honeymooning on Mount Saint Helena. But his illness catches up, forcing him to face his demons.

 
This film is Siren’s Gaze Productions’ first project. We believe that Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson’s story is historically and culturally significant, and therefore should be celebrated through the medium of cinema. Our greatest goal is to create an outstanding film to submit to festivals around the world (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, etc.) and to launch the careers of all cast and crew involved.

 
We are all 100% committed to this project. We are prepared to make this film on a shoestring budget, donating our time and skills. But every penny counts! We are hoping to raise between $10,000 and $25,000 to allow us to bring Death Is No Bad Friend to life.

 
We need YOU to support our production expenses and to spread the word. Through funding and promoting Death Is No Bad Friend, you will help us bring the unfamiliar and extraordinary life of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson into the public eye. Moreover, you will be helping a group of young creatives take their first big step in achieving their lifelong dreams of becoming professional filmmakers!

 

Screenplay:

  • 2nd round qualifier in the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition 2012, judged by Sir Kenneth Branagh.
  •  Quater finalist in the 2013 CWA (Creative World Awards).
  • Death Is No Bad Friend is a poetic script that relies on imagery to evoke a morose feeling. The language is very well-crafted, with the characters’ style of speech accurate for the time period. Because the descriptions are succinct but also written in a similar style, the script reads easily and quickly while creating clear images of the locations.” –Feedback from the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
  • Genre: Drama, Historical, Biographical.

Cast & Crew:

Goals:

Your contributions will help us achieve the following goals…

  • To successfully develop Death Is No Bad Friend through pre-production, filming, and post-production.
  • To celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create a high production value, historically accurate, collaborative film.
  • To film in and around the San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California.
  • To submit the finished film to a number of festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival.
  • To create an opportunity to expand Death Is No Bad Friend into a full-length script/feature film to further celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create further opportunities for Siren’s Gaze Productions to create films and further the careers of all cast and crew involved.

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

KEEP YOUR PEEPERS ON THIS PAGE FOR THE LAUNCH OF OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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Package from Elena

I met my Barcelonian friend Elena in Tokyo of all places. We were both studying at Sophia University for a year.

We met through a mutual acquaintance and the three of us ended up on a three day trip to Okinawa. Both Elena and I share an enthusiasm for Okinawan culture and were so excited to go. We managed to see everything on our checklist and had an overall wonderful time there.

As it turned out, a few weeks later, Elena ended up moving into the same dorm as me. We ended up spending memorable times together, staying up to the wee hours of the morning chatting and eating candy.

Now, having only recently moved to San Francisco, we live on practically opposite sides of the globe. But we still Facebook and tweet at each other. And, most excitingly, we send packages through snail mail to each other, back and forth from Spain to the States.

While we were friends in Tokyo, Elena had no idea I drew at all. This was during my college phase of not having time to draw. Boy, was she surprised when she learned I was working on my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. And, quickly, she became my #1 fan!

Elena became smitten by the rose from page 27 of The Flea (as seen on Part 4 of Behind the Scenes). So, for the winter holiday, I sent her the following ink and watercolor rose.

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In return, at the end of January, I received a wonderful little New Year’s present from Elena (see photos below)! She sent me a delightfully long handwritten letter, a bag of candy, and a flyer of a favorite Japanese band called exist†trace (which I believe Elena was handed by the lead singer named Jyou after a The GazettE concert).

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I would love for Elena to come visit San Francisco one day, or for me to visit her in Barcelona (when I’m not an unpaid intern making absolutely no money). Elena is really the only person I keep in touch with from my year abroad and I’m proud to have such an awesome friend! Maybe someday we’ll even return to Japan and even Okinawa together.

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Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Friday, December 21st

  1. I’m Going To Cannes!!!
  2. Started to fill out some paperwork for Cannes.
  3. Applied to a few more fellowships/internships.

Saturday, December 22nd

  • Family bonding day! Adventure in Chinatown and North Beach.

Sunday, December 23rd

  1. Worked on The Flea script.
  2. Saw “Royal Treasures From the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette” at the Legion of Honor.
  3. Date night with Wes!(*´▽`*)

Monday, December 24th

  1. Filled out some more paperwork for Cannes.
  2. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.

Tuesday, December 25th

  1. Brunch/linner with family.
  2. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  3. Signed up with two illustration communities: IllustrationMundo and The Little Chimp Society.

Wednesday, December 26th

  1. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Worked on The Flea script.
  3. Bought a copy of Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe by Frederik L. Schodt.
  4. Went to see A Royal Affair, a film I’ve been dying to see for months! I just adore Danish films as well as Mads Mikkelsen, so this was quite the treat. The acting, costumes, and script were just amazing. I hope everyone who likes period pieces has a chance to see this.
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Thursday, December 27th

  1. Mailed out paperwork for Cannes.
  2. Trip to the de Young Museum. Saw a wonderful Toulouse-Lautrec piece. Looking forward to upcoming exhibits: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Rembrandt’s Century.”
  3. Worked on The Flea script.

Friday, December 28th

  1. Worked on applications for a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Went to see The Nutcracker with family (“Note on The Nutcracker).

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Celebrating 1,000 Followers!

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Yesterday, to my utter surprise, the counter hit 1,000 followers (and a little over) here at gegallas.wordpress.com.

All I can say is: “Wow!”

Many thanks to each and every one of you who has followed this blog. Your “likes,” comments, kind words, insights, and encouragement have really helped me continue to strive towards my goals.

By the way, for those of you who are enjoying The Poet and the Flea (thepoetandtheflea.wordpress.com), don’t forget to press “follow” over there too! :D

Happy Holidays and sweet New Year’s wishes,

G. E.

P.S. I’m excited for my family’s typical Jewish Xmas celebration — Chinese food and a trip to the movies!

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