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GATSU



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:02 pm Reply with quote
I believe the cultural difference, but not the age difference. Didn't know there was an English version, though. Thanks for letting me know.
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johnmora



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:17 pm Reply with quote
Only in Japan would this concept be enough to make a movie around.
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Altorrin



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:20 pm Reply with quote
johnmora wrote:
Only in Japan would this concept be enough to make a movie around.


Couldn't have said it better.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:29 pm Reply with quote
johnmora wrote:
Only in Japan would this concept be enough to make a movie around.

Quite agree.

However, I also understand how cultural different (especially the crash between eastern and western culture) can result in quite a lot of stories to be told. I am an Asian who have spent nearly half my life living in a western country and I have enough story about this kind of things to fill out several books if I ever want to write one. That is only by living as a student.

In my country, where are tons of books about relationship between Asians and Westerners too, although none has gone as far as becoming a film.
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here-and-faraway



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:32 pm Reply with quote
What country is the husband in the film from?
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The Ramblin' Wreck



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:41 pm Reply with quote
Oh, come on. This sounds interesting. A different take on the "Lost In Translation" scenario.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:11 pm Reply with quote
Those animated shorts were funny while riding on a train Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:36 pm Reply with quote
Sounds good! I'm looking forward to this!!!
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Josh7289



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:51 pm Reply with quote
Ah, cool! Every American otaku's dream!

I seriously want to see what kind of message they give in this film and such if the film actually turns out to be good.
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Sam Murai



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:06 pm Reply with quote
Altorrin wrote:
johnmora wrote:
Only in Japan would this concept be enough to make a movie around.


Couldn't have said it better.


Honestly, this sort of thing has been done in the US before--and not very frequently at that. Heck, interracial couples aren't a common find in Hollywood films, period, regardless of either partner's origin (TV's fairing better, but still...). I'm all for more examples of it, especially in a nation as culturally- and racially-secluded as Japan, so more power to them.
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Umai_Mouri



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:08 am Reply with quote
Yay, more Inoue. <3

here-and-faraway wrote:
What country is the husband in the film from?


If I'm not mistaken, he is Hungarian-American. =)
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Pedestrian A



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:21 am Reply with quote
Umai_Mouri wrote:
Yay, more Inoue. <3

here-and-faraway wrote:
What country is the husband in the film from?


If I'm not mistaken, he is Hungarian-American. =)



She did it for the Hungarian sausage.
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Agoston



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:24 am Reply with quote
Just wanna say, I'm Hungarian Cool
and yep her actual husband is (according to wiki) Hungarian/Italian but born and raised in America, and moved to Japan at age 15. I'm not sure where the actor playing him is from though (Jonathan Sherr).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:33 am Reply with quote
Josh7289 wrote:
Ah, cool! Every American otaku's dream!

I seriously want to see what kind of message they give in this film and such if the film actually turns out to be good.


If it's anything like the manga, it's just going to be a bunch of cute scenarios involving a quirky housewife and her multi-lingual lawyer husband. The message will be "He's a kooky guy who happens to be Not Japanese, not kooky because he happens to be Not Japanese. Yay cultural exchange."

I happen to live in Japan right now and me and the girlfriend get a kick out of popping open the book and seeing how much the comic parallels our own relationship.

The book was a runaway best seller and opened a small series including a couple sequels, an English vocabulary builder (somewhat obviously) and a semi-regular series of short cartoons played on one of the busiest trains in Tokyo. I'm actually surprised it took this long to make a live-action adaption since it would seem so easy (and cheap) to make.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:40 am Reply with quote
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Is He Turning Japanese?

Apparently, The Vapours continue to assert that the commonly-accepted interpretation of this phrase was unintentional on their part.
Still, this film may contain a few intriguingly awkward moments if it happens to touch upon such subject matter.
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