August 2010


Hi, this is Sukkar.

Since my families are back in Japan for a month, I live alone at home now.
And I got surprised to find that I am feeling at a loss what to do!!

So, I decided to watch all the DVD films that I bought and haven’t seen yet.

For this 1 week or so, I watched 3 Japanese, 3 Egyptian, and 3 Indian films.

1. Japanese Film

(1) Sky Crawler

(2) Departures (Okuribito)

(3)The Mourning Forest

2.Egyptian Film

(1) Hena Maysala

(2) Al Farh

(3) Heya Fawda

3. Indian Film

(1) Lage Raho Munna Bhai

(2) Fashion

(3) Om Shanti Om

By watching intensively many films from different countries, you find how diverse the worlds which films depict. It is really fun and learning experience.  For Egyptian films, I enjoyed Heya Fawda by Youssef Chahine very much. I need your recommendation about good Egyptian films more!! Please guide me.

About the three Japanese films, Sky Crawler is the animation directed by Mamoru Oshio. It was released almost the same timing as “Ponyo on the Cliff (Gake no ue no Ponyo)” by Hayao Miyazaki. Both focused on the potential of children and it is said that this attitude is reflecting the current Japanese society, where most of the adults are lost what should be done to get out of this long-lasting recession and social anxiety.

http://sky.crawlers.jp/tsushin/

Globalization is tore apart the human ties or local communities from which people were helping each other.

And we are searching for recovering this good old communities or creating new ones. Those films provide us with hints how we can do that. After watching these 3 films, I found out the coincidental fact that all three are talking about how to mourn your beloved and this is the key to remember how we connect, make trust and friendship, love, and live together.

The protagonist of “Departures (Okuribito)” came back to his hometown after failing his carrier as Cellist, and happen to start working as Okuribito, who is specialized in the rituals for dealing with dead bodies so that the families can feel satisfied to see off their beloved. This film won the Grand Prix at the International Film Festival in Festival des Films du Monde – Montréal in 2008.

http://www.departures-themovie.com/

“The Mourning Forest” was directed by a very talented documentary film maker, Ms. Naomi Kawase, and it won the Grand Prix at Canne International Film Festival in 2007. This story of death and restoration through the deep contact with the nature (forest) is really touching.

http://www.mogarinomori.com/

If you are interested in these Japanese films, let’s watch them together!!

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Hi, this is Sukkar.

Sorry for no show up for long.

We have just finished once-a-year important gathering of Japanese language teachers from Middle East, and now feeling relaxed and welcoming Ramadan.

This year I see many paper-made lantern, which may be imported from China(?)

It gives me very East Asian atmosphere and I am feeling very happy.

Ramadan Karim.

Self-study Japanese well, do IGO homework!!