KurenaiJiku (kurenaijiku@tech-base.com)
Sat, 20 May 2000 11:38:50 -0700


Good review. My thoughts exactly. :) I haven't watched the dubbed
version yet, but I hope to very soon.

>Saw X last night. Here's a quick impression, because it was discussed
>here before. To avoid endless OT thread, pls send reply to me personally,
>reply in GML if you find a way to bring it back on-topic.
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>[hmm turns out I can't stop myself and wrote a long one... here is the
>gist so impatient readers won't have to endur my rambling. the images are
>incredibly beautiful, the sounds, dubbing and BGM are great. The story is
>very simple but effective if a little shallow in final analysis. There
>are a few odd things and scenes, and the way it's done is very oriental
>(meaning it doesn't make sense to N. Americans), the mostly white audience
>broke into moaning, groaning and giggling many times during the awkward
>moments, especially the very last scenes. Some of the louder and ruder
>members of the audience told us that they want a lot less yakking and a
>lot more action. Personally I actually like the way they did it. But I
>understand some of the bad reviews in American media, I enjoyed the movie
>myself (3.5 out of 5 stars). Will you enjoy it? I can't say, it's very
>hard to describe the flaws of this film, I can understand a lot of people
>will just not get it from the first minute on. Go and see and judge for
>yourself.]
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>[If you plan to see X at all, try to see it in a cinema, it's moving
>through 33 cinema in N America (6 in Canada, yay!). After this run, it
>will be out on VHS and DVD. But even DVD won't be able to reproduce all
>the visual details]
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>I walked into the cinema with very low expectation, all reports seem
>negative about the movie, and the poster was blahh... But I had no idea
>what the movie was about, since I hadn't read any reviews, synopsis, hype
>or manga.
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>From the moment the first cherry blossom drifts through the screen, I was
>enthralled by the imagery and sound. And this holds up for the full
>length of the movie, every scene was incredibly beautiful, especially the
>Tokyo architecture and the inanimate objects, the people are quite
>beautiful too, with the exception that everyone was too exaggerated,
>especially the eyes of several main characters, my God! These eyes will
>scare little kids at night, it damn near scared me in the dark cinema (see
>http://www.manga.com/x_x/)
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>The sounds, which is often a weakness in anime, is very well done here.
>The background music is excellent, this movie really rely on atmosphere,
>and the BGM carries it off very well, the OST is worth a consideration.
>The (dubbed) voice acting is very well done, considering the difficulty of
>the materials (how do u expect a young man would scream if he... hmm
>better leave some spoiler space later... see a very weird death?), I think
>X's voice acting is even better than Mononoke. Unfortunately the sound
>mixing wasn't very good and the dubbing sounds like it's seperated from
>the BGM and sound effects, but that's a minor technical problem, nothing
>wrong with the actors).
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>The story line is very simple, and i imagine that's what caused X fans to
>be so flustered. not having seen the manga, I have to say I think X the

>movie did an excellent job of filling ~1.5 hours with contents, I can
>imagine each of the 9+ characters getting their 15 pages of fame in the
>manga, but in the movie, many are pushed to the background with only a
>glimmer of their personality showing throught. If they take the 500 (or
>however many) pages and cram them all into a movie, the result could be
>disastrous, like Akira. Both Ghost in the Shell smartly trim out the
>story lines into a single manageable one for a feature length movie, if
>manga fans are not impressed, let them beg for an OVA. Anyway, I think
>it's well done.
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>Hmmm... There are flaws in this movie, but I've move this paragraph to to
>the top. Basically X is about mood, atmosphere, beautiful visuals and
>sounds and a lot philosophizing. If are looking for big big big action
>scenes, you can give this a pass.
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>I will now discuss some of the specific things I was holding
>back on, first the spoiler space.
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>On the voice-acting:
>How do you expect a young man scream after he watch his mother stripped
>naked, plunged her hand into her own belly and pulled out a 9 foot long
>sword, and finally die when her body was ripped into pieces? Well the
>dubbing actually did a decent scream. And generally all the screaming in
>the movie managed not to annoy the hell out of me.
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>On the expectation of white (perhaps more precisely, young, male and/or
>white) fans:
>The action sequences were all rather short and (I think) sweet. This
>seems to bug the audience a lot. They feel that were suffering through
>the dialogues to be rewarded by big big big action sequences. For
>example, the final climatic clash between Kamui and Fuma lasted literally
>1.5 seconds, after about 1 hour of building up. When the 1.5 second was
>over, the audience almsot broke into a riot! But I thought it was
>ingenious. Perhaps this is an oriental thing, if a sumo wrestling match
>that cost >$1000 to see last 5 seconds, everyone will go home happy, if a
>boxing match last less than 2 rounds, boxing fans will go berserk!
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>Name: Core
>Patient ID: #1
>Room: http://side7.gundam.com/newtype_asylum/
>Condition: Critical
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