231 – Papurika (2006)

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Paprika (Japanese: パプリカ Hepburn: Papurika) is a 2006 Japanese science-fiction anime film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui‘s 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. It is Kon’s fourth and final feature film before his death in 2010.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0851578/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paprika_(2006_film)

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229 – Tekkon kinkurîto // Tekkonkinkreet (2006)

spacetime coordinates:  the streets of the pan-Asian metropolis of Takaramachi (Treasure Town) 90’s // 2000’s

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Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート Tekkonkinkurīto, a child’s mispronunciation of “Tekkin Konkurito” [steel reinforced concrete]) is a 2006 Japanese anime directed by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4°C  based on the three-volume seinen manga series of the same name by Taiyō Matsumoto, which was originally serialized from 1993 to 1994 in Shogakukan‘s Big Comic Spirits and first published in English as Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White.

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The story takes place in the fictional city of Takaramachi (Treasure Town) and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids – the tough, canny Kuro (Black) and the childish, innocent Shiro (White), together known as the Cats – as they deal with yakuza attempting to take over Treasure Town.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0831888/

166 – Ghost in the Shell (2017)

spacetime coordinates: Hong Kong-inspired near future

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based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow.  Set in a near future when the line between humans and robots is blurring, the plot follows the Major (Scarlett Johansson), a cyborg super soldier who yearns to learn her past.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell_(2017_film)#Casting_criticism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk_derivatives#Postcyberpunk

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219827/

 

144 – Godzilla (2014)

spacetime coordinates: Janjira,  Japan  2014  //  San Francisco, Las Vegas,  Honolulu

godzilla_ver2_xlgGodzilla is a 2014 American monster film directed by Gareth Edwards and a reboot of Toho‘s Godzilla franchise. It is the 30th film in the Godzilla franchise, the first film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, and the second Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio, the first being the 1998 film of the same name

Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism” (MUTO)

wiki, imdb

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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074 – Liza, the Fox-Fairy (2015)

spacetime coordinates: 1970s capitalist Hungary, Csudapest 

Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Hungarian: Liza, a rókatündér) is a 2015 Hungarian black comedy film directed by Károly Ujj Mészáros, starring Mónika Balsai, Szabolcs Bede-Fazekas and David Sakurai.

The film is based on the play Liselotte és a május by Zsolt Pozsgai. The Japanese theme was added by Mészáros, who was fascinated by Japanese culture, especially pop music from the 1960s and 1970s. He was also attracted by similarities between Japanese and Hungarian traditions.

fox-fairy, demon from Japanese mythology

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029 – silence (2016)

spacetime coordinate: St. Paul’s College, Macau  17th century Nagasaki, Japan

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Silence is a 2016 religious historical epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, the film was shot entirely in Taiwan around Taipei. The film stars Andrew Garfield (as Sebastião Rodrigues), Adam Driver (as Francisco Garupe), Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds.

The plot follows two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor (Father Cristóvão Ferreira) and spread Catholic Christianity. The story is set in the time of Kakure Kirishitan (“Hidden Christians”) which followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion (1637–1638) of Japanese Roman Catholics against the Tokugawa shogunate.

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father Rodrigues is fascinated by the face of Jesus Christ and visualizes it in the form of this portrait by El Greco

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