146 – King Kong (2005)

spacetime coordinates: 1933 New York City. Skull Island, deep in the southern waters

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King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film co-written, produced, and directed by Peter Jackson. A remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the film stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and, through motion capture, Andy Serkis as the title character. Set in 1933, King Kong tells the story of an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island. There they encounter Kong, a legendary giant gorilla, whom they capture and take to New York City.

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088 – Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

spacetime coordinates:  1945   Newport News, VirginiaFort Jackson, South Carolina,  island of Okinawa  in the Japanese Ryukyu Islands

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Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war drama film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacificist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa.Desmond Doss 1Desmond Doss 2

Historical accuracy

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042 – the chinese botanist’s daughters (2006)

spacetime coordinate:  1980s China

Les filles du botaniste (Chinese: 植物园, Botanic Garden) is a dramatic and delicate story of two star-crossed lovers set against the fantastic lush of Chinese gardens.

based on a true story

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The story starts when Min, a botanist who spent her childhood as an orphan, comes to intern at the botanical gardens under her new instructor, Chen. It is there that she meets An, Chen’s daughter, and finds herself falling in love in a time and place where same-sex relationships are an unforgivable crime.

Since it delves into a topic considered taboo in China, the government refused to allow for the film to be shot or even shown in the country (it was ultimately filmed in Vietnam)

Dai Sijie (director) “I felt that the deep love that brought these two young women together was extremely romantic. In my mind, these women weren’t so much ‘lesbian’ – since they didn’t really possess a recognition of knowledge of themselves as such – but rather they just were determined to love each other dearly. That unwavering surety of pure love just tears at the heart. Also, what really got to me was the fact that these were women denied their freedom. They were justified in their love and there should be no reason why they shouldn’t be able to continue in it–so one has to wonder, why do they not have that right? Since I have experienced losing the right to my own expression, I know what it feels like to not be able to be who you are in your own country. I felt close to both of them, because to me it seemed like we were all outsiders.”

The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters Interview with Dai Sijie in Tokyo Wrestling

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027 – Van Diemen’s Land (2009)

spacetime coordinate: 1822, The Macquarie Harbour Penal Station, British colonial penal settlement, established on Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbour

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Van Diemen’s Land is a 2009 Australian thriller set in 1822 in colonial Tasmania. It follows the story of the infamous Irish convict, Alexander Pearce.

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A group of transported convicts, suffering brutal treatment at the Sarah Island penal settlement on Van Diemens Land, escape into the Tasmanian wilderness in hopes of reaching the settlements to the east.

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015 – oxenfree 2016 (video game)

Oxenfree is a 2016 supernatural mystery graphic adventure video game developed and published by Night School Studio. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Xbox One in January 2016, with PlayStation 4 and Linux versions released later that year.

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit.
  • Processor: Intel i5 2.5 GHz.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 6750 (or higher)
  • DirectX: Version 11.
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection.
  • Storage: 3 GB available space.
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible.

The game itself also has an alternate reality counterpart. Within the game are radio frequencies that hint to a real phone number. This phone number led players to the Twitter account @xray9169363733. The account posted various cryptic, coded messages, all of which seemed to point to a real world location. On May 7, 2016, Youtuber Jesse Cox posted a video similar to the PS4 Oxenfree trailer, but with several letters highlighted in red. This led players to http://www.edwardsisland.com. Several messages were found, but most important was “MILNER IS WARD”, confirming that a special object would be hidden at Fort Ward, WA. The object was revealed to be a box with letters by Alex from all the possible timelines from the game warning her not to go to Edwards island, and a manually operated tape player with two paper music tapes of songs from the game soundtrack. (wiki)

013 – dear esther 2012 (video game)

“A deserted island… a lost man… memories of a fatal crash… a book written by a dying explorer.”

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Dear Esther is a first-person video game developed by The Chinese Room for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Spurning traditional game design, Dear Esther features virtually no puzzles or tasks. The player’s only objective is to explore an unnamed island in the Hebrides

system requirements: (minimum)

  • OS:Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / Vista64.
  • Processor:Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz or higher.
  • Memory:1GB XP / 2GB Vista.
  • Graphics:DirectX 9 compliant video card with Shader model 3.0 support. …
  • DirectX®:9.0c.
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space.
  • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card.

“Dear Esther is a ghost story, told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional game-play the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, making every each journey a unique experience. Dear Esther features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack from Jessica Curry.”   http://dear-esther.com/