I’m slightly confused that Asian Media Watch is condemning Lost in Translation but supporting The Last Samurai in AA campaigning. Although the latter film is more explicit in its rejection of the present and embrace of the past, the positive use of Japan clichés (chanting monks, temples, flower twiddling) by the former makes it clear that Coppola is not rejecting Japan so much as, like Cruise, modernisation in Japan. Endorsing Tom Cruise’s epic just because he gave a bit part to Ken Watanabe is ridiculous.
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