Miracles: Mr. Canton and Lady Rose

Buy a rose, save your life.

Directed by Jackie Chan

Hong Kong; 1989

Starring Jackie Chan and Anita Mui

122 Min.

 

In Short: Not as much action as you’d expect from a 1980’s Jackie Chan film, but Miracles makes up for it with its entertaining and well told plot. If it feels a bit Capra-esque, that’s because it’s meant to be. While it probably won’t be anyone’s favorite Jackie Chan movie, it might be the one to earn him respect from non-Martial Arts fans.

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From the Dustbins: Birth – A War of Two Worlds

Some two decades before Hiroyuki Imaishi made his directorial debut with the hyper-sexualized, over-stylized, action-packed short film OVA Dead Leaves—a defining work that collected nearly all of the stylistic signatures that would eventually establish him as one of the industry’s foremost young directors—was Birth (released overseas with the subtitle  A Legend of Two Worlds), spearheaded by animation director Yoshinori Kanada.  Years ahead of its time and ridiculously well-animated for its age, Birth stands as testament to the post-Macross era of the anime industry; only in that golden age of abundance could so much effort and money be poured into such a ludicrous title.  And I mean this with all the heartfelt sincerity and exuberance I possess.  This OVA is, quite simply, incredibly absurd.  And awesome. Read more of this post

Two Adaptations: A Disaster and a Masterpiece

The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983):

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006):

Toki o kakeru shoujo is a famous Japanese novel which has often been adapted into films and TV miniseries. Nobuhiko Obayashi’s live-action adaptation, translated as The Little Girl Who Conquered Time, was made in 1983. It’s notable for the cheesy special effects and the then-famous lead actress, Tomoyo Harada. The up-and-coming anime director Mamoru Hosoda adapted the novel into an anime film called The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) which is essentially more like an indirect sequel to the original story although the plot is superficially the same: the heroine is thrust into a world of love triangle(s) after she discovers that she is able to travel in time.

I’m simply bewildered at how different in quality these two adaptations are. Read more of this post