Anime Viewing: Satoshi Kon Films

  • April 13, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Rachel's House

Some notes about parking: If there aren't any spots around the exterior of the cul-de-sac I live in, there should be plenty of spots along Rustling Leaf.  Google Maps should be able to give you directions right to the address above, but if anyone has trouble finding it, feel free to call me at[masked]-1162.

Shawn is unable to host an anime viewing this month, so I would like to give it a try! Satoshi Kon is one of my favorite anime directors, so I will be showing several of his works. His films often explore themes of fantasy versus reality and he uses animation to stretch the boundaries between them. I have three of his movies we can watch:

Tokyo Godfathers:
Three homeless people find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve, and set out to find its parents. This is a warm, whimsical comedy that focuses on family, love, and forgiveness. This is what I consider the most "light-hearted" of his works.

Millennium Actress:
Two film makers set out to create a documentary about a famous actress whose career spanned the 1930's to the 1960's, and as they learn about her life, the lines between reality and her acting career are blurred.

Paprika:
In the near future, a new device that allows psychotherapists to enter their patients' dreams has been invented. Prior to being approved by the government, a device is stolen, and in the wrong hands, it could destroy a dreamer's personality and mind. Dr. Atsuko Chiba uses one of these devices to track down the criminal in the dream world.

If we have time, we could also watch a few episodes of Paranoia Agent, which has one of my favorite opening themes of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtWJM25FwU0

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  • Lee H.

    Grandfather hit the hospital, so I

    April 13, 2014

    • Lee H.

      Have to go check in on him. Nothing serious, but for him everything is a tragedy.

      April 13, 2014

    • Rachel M.

      Sorry you couldn't make it, I hope your grandad is ok.

      April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I'll have a sibling with me and consequently be late. Hour to see you all around 2:30

    April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Doesn't seem like I'll be making it. Super disappointed but family, priorities, blah

      April 13, 2014

  • Danielle W.

    Have to cancel sadly. I have too many boring horrible no good things I don't feel like doing to do today :-(

    April 13, 2014

  • Brennan L.

    Going to be a bit late. Like maybe 230.

    April 13, 2014

  • Kenneth V

    I have both Millennium Actress and Paprika. Fun movies. The Tokyo GOdfathers is a remake of the Three Godfathers Starring John Wayne as bank robers who find a couple Dead in the desert indian attack and there baby. The 3 risk all to get baby back to town.

    Have fun I will be going to the Japanese Festival in Towson Campus.

    April 7, 2014

  • Dan

    Is this a all day thing, or is it just going to be one movie? More than likely I have to work until 3 PM this day. I've never seen any of these films, and I would like to meet a bunch of you guys.

    March 30, 2014

    • Dan

      Cool, I should be there around 4ish. Maps says it's a 46 minutes drive. Need me to bring anything?

      March 31, 2014

    • Rachel M.

      No need to bring anything. I will have snacks and drinks available while we watch the movies.

      March 31, 2014

  • Shawn

    I have Paprika on Blu-Ray and Perfect Blue (DVD) if you want to borrow them.

    March 13, 2014

    • Rachel M.

      I have copies of both, but thanks for the offer!

      March 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed Paprika. Look forward to making the event.

    March 9, 2014

  • Brennan L.

    Oh god I love Paranoia Agent's opening too.

    March 7, 2014

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