February 24th, 2006

Hanakimi

Three to go before Schindler's List!!

It's no secret that Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now is an outright adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, except that Africa has been replaced by a Vietnam in the grips of a civil war that blew out to international proportions (i.e. the Vietnam war). Like it's novel counterpart, this experience of darkness is framed by the man (Marlowe in the novel, here known as Willard) given the mission to track down a man named Kurtz. Unlike the novel however, this mission is a non-existant assassination assignment. I have never seen the original 152 minute version (does a dvd of that actually exist?) so this is based entirely on the huge 202 minute long Redux. All up, my conclusion is...one should never watch such a long film based on material one does not truly understand. Collapse )
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And darn...the Japanese yen is strengthening...please don't strengthen too much before May!!

But now...I'm off to watch something I've been looking forward to for a very long time XD