‘See At Least One Subtitled Movie A Month’

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  1. Syd says:

    Many, many times.

    “Grave of the Fireflies” is a Japanese animated film taking place the last days of World War II when the American blockade was producing famine in Japan. It is the story of two children who are starving and how decent behavior can fade away under desperation to the point where people can deny their responsibility for children.

    “Children of Heaven” is an Iranian film about a brother and a sister. The brother loses his sister’s shoes and they have to share one pair of sneakers until the boy finds an opportunity to win a new pair in a race. (They’re afraid to ask their father because the family is poor.) Definitely a case of commonalty across borders.

    “The Legend of Zu,” “Chinese Ghost Story” and “Princess Raccoon” show an unusual ability of some East Asian directors to make beautiful films that are totally incomprehensible. “Harakiri” and “Samurai Rebellion” are comprehensible eviscerations of the Samurai code showing how concepts of honor and duty can turn hollow when they don’t admit human decency. In Western society, chivalry could result in the same monstrousness.

    “Atanarjat: The Fast Runner” is an Inuit film with a strong taste of shamanism and assumptions alien to our culture. The first twenty minutes or so show a story-telling technique our culture does not have.

  2. Frank says:

    The Brazilian film Central Station says a lot about our obligations to the less fortunate (and might be good for Appiah to watch, given his unconvincing effort to discount the Singer/Unger/Pogge positions on the demands of global distributive justice (toward the end of Cosmopolitanism)).