Monday, February 04, 2019

Facebook Photo "Table of Contents"

Since I have so many photo albums on Facebook, it takes me forever to scroll down to older albums. So I decided to make a list.  Not sure that anyone else will ever be interested, but I hope _I_ will find it useful.

Facebook Photo Albums

Sacred Heart Church, Roslindale, Massachusetts (2011):

NCAA Division 3, Men's Volleyball Championship Series (2012):

Pete Seeger Sing Out Tribute - Cambridge Forum (January 2015):

Love's Labour's Lost: Shakespeare on the Common (2016):

Technologies of Peace: U.S.-Japan Youth Summit for Peace (September 2016):

Dedication of New Avalokiteshvara, Chua Viet Nam, October 2016:

Chua Viet Nam - 2017 End of (Lunar) New Year Party:

Romeo and Juliet, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, July 2017:

Chua Viet Nam - Parent's Day 2017, September 2017:

Around Assembly Square and the Mystic River, October 2017:

Sacred Heart International Christmas Festival, December 2017:

Open the Door for Three Concert, Gaelic Roots, Boston College - March 2018:

Fra Angelico (mostly) at the Gardner Museum, May 2018:

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bushido Sixteen (Tomoyuki Furumaya, 2010)

Furumay's last film, The Homeless Student, had a generally fine cast but didn't quite work -- mostly because the actor playing the central character was way too old for the part and wasn't a strong enough performer to overcome this handicap.  The twin heroines here, played by Riko Narumi (How To Become Myself) and Kii Kitano (BandAge), are closer to the right age and far more skilled. The film  focuses, almost entirely, on these two girls, who initially meet in passing during a junior high kendo competition (where Kitano beats Narumi by a fluke) and then later wind up in the same high school.

Kitano plays a (mostly) happy-go-lucky character, who participates in kendo because she finds it to be fun (and also, one suspects, because her friends also participate); Narumi's character is the daughter of a kendo master (who lives in the dojo run by her father). Narumi is mortified to learn that Kitano doesn't even recall their prior match -- and is more than a bit ferocious in their first practice match.  Despite their contrasting dispositions, the two form a (sometimes rocky) friendship during their first year of high school.  The two young stars here do a first-rate job in making the relationship credible.

While the film depicts plenty of kendo practice (and competition matches), these scenes mainly serve to establish the nature of each of the characters and the growth of the bond forming between them.  The overall pacing is relatively leisurely, but the film seems to flow about the right speed. The cinematography is not especially flashy but is effective.  I suspect this gentle little film  does not have much chance of getting Western distribution due largely to its own virtues -- its sweetness of tone and its low-key nature.

The Japanese DVD does not include English subtitles, as is now (unfortunately) becoming the norm for releases of this type. Indeed, this DVD lacks even Japanese subtitles.

(Postscript -- for the first time ever, the Amazon Japan shipment containing this DVD got hit by customs charges).