Monday, 28 March 2005
Recent Viewing (Kenji Misumi; Jarrold; Usher)
- Zatôichi kenka-daiko,
also known as The Blind Swordsman Samaritan, 1968. Directed by Kenji
Misumi, writing by Kiyokata Saruwaka, Kan Shimozawa, Hisashi Sugiura,
and Tetsuro Yoshida
- Anonymous Rex, 2004.
Directed by Julian Jarrold, writing by Eric Garcia (novel) and Joe
Menosky. Slight, but watchable.
- Mystery Men, 1999.
Directed by Kinka Usher, writing by Bob Burden (comic book series by
Dark Horse) and Neil Cuthbert. Slight, entertaining.
- Rajan, by Tim Lukeman; Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1979. This was
the first of four projected books of oriental fantasy about the land
of Khe’chin, but as far as I can tell only this one and Koren were
actually written. I vaguely remember reading somewhere thatKhe’chin
was inspired more by Korea than China, but my ignorance of Korean
history, culture, and legends prevents me from judging whether that is
so or not. It’s a pity that the series was never finished: Lukeman
sets up an interesting background and situation. I might have read
this one first during college, when I first had ready access to the
Upshur County library, but I might have actually read it earlier in
grade school or junior high when I might have borrowed it from the
bookmobile. I re-read it because it was on the reading list of the
Sorcerer & Sword RPG supplement, and it was well worth re-reading.