shinjuku Incident

November 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

Image3I didn’t really know what to expect with a Japanese film , because some are really good and some just turn in blood baths, which really aren’t my thing.

i think the start of this film really grabs your attention straight away as you  see hundreds of illegal immigrants on a beach followed by a flash back of one of the immigrants(Jackie Chan) life before as a crop farmer who’s girlfriend leaves him to go to japan, and so he goes to japan to search for her.

The film first starts off very lightly with jokey stunt to get by in japan, how to get money and food Jackie Chan starts to get into different crimes and form and gang with other illegal immigrants and i found it really interesting and also makes you think that this sort of thing still goes on even today.

i thought the film was very honest, there was no outrageous stunts that you would expect from a film staring Jackie Chan, but believable fighting scenes, and also a more emotional side to Jackie Chan’s acting, and he takes you on a journey though what he see’s and feels as he adapts to living as a immigrant in japan.

This film was not released in china and i think this was done as propaganda, because china didn’t want to be seen as having it’s own people escaping to Japan as illegal immigrants, at the time the film is made  china was a very poor country and wasn’t very nice to live in, while Japan was rich and full of opportunity. The film also is based around rivalry between gangs of Japanese and Chinese and the Chinese do want to knowledge that any of this actually went on or happened.

Mixed with fight scenes,death and loss and drama the film had me on the edge of my seat right till the end, I’d give this film a 8/10 some times i couldn’t follow it because it jumped from different times and i would of enjoyed it more if it was dubbed so i don’t spend my time reading but watching the action unfold, i hope that the next film is just as good !!!

 

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wildlife photographer of the year, 2009

November 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

Image1Last month i visited the wildlife photographer of the year 2009 at the Herbert art gallery, which was a four day event. I’m not into wildlife photography very much but i went to look anyway with a open mind and i was surprised at what i found, and ended up looking around for a good 2 and half hours.

The photos were all accompanied by a short story of where the photographer went to capture the image and  the experience while trying to capture the perfect image they wanted, i enjoyed reading some of the extreme stories of dedication it took to get the photo they wanted. One guy i read about spend two week living in a rain forest, spending his day lying on the ground of a hollow tree waiting for the perfect shot of the bats living in side it, I’m pretty sure there’s not many people that could do that!Image2

i loved the fact that most of the photos were not your ordinary sort that you see in nature books but images of animals in there natural habitat in ways that we’ve never seen before, i was taken back by quite a few of the images, it was like seeing something for the first time and a fascination of seeing a animal you thought you knew photographed so differently and some animals I’ve never even seen before.

I’ve very glad i went and it has opened my mind up to wildlife photography, maybe it’s not as dull as i first thought :].

 

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