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Archive for August, 2010

‘Oh, My Buddha!’ w/Tomorowo Taguchi & Daichi Watanabe @Japan Society

[I’ve been rather torn about this writeup, because I was the one who asked the question which caused the embarrassment. Hence the extremely belated publish date. Read on to decide if maybe my question got lost in translation?]

Few would think there was anything that could make  actor/director Tomorowo Taguchi blush. Yet the man who has acted the full spectrum of psychopaths, miscreants, and weirdos, is fully capable of of being sweetly abashed.

Even at the second screening of his Oh, My Buddha! 「色即ぜねれしょん」 [Actual release title “Shikisoku Generation”] at the Japan Society, Taguchi was clearly delighted at the fresh round of praise for his second directing effort. He and leading man Daichi Watanabe gave an enthusiastic opening to the film, and afterward expressed their affection for a project celebrating the sweetness (and gentle disappointments) of youth.

The natural question was raised: how an actor well known for his iconic subculture status – especially for characters on the decidedly less savoury side of life – could turn out a film so affectionately portraying understated, middle class innocence? Oddly enough, this proved to be a rather difficult and embarrassing for the director to answer.

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