Battle Royale II: Requiem

Battle Royale, one of the most visionary films in Japanese film history, set a new ideal of blending real life with virtual reality game.

In BR2, the identity of Shuya Nanahara (by Tatsuya Fujiwara) and Noriko Nakagawa (by Aki Maeda) have been changed from various perspective. Motion pictures, aka film or movie, is a form of art. It is a type of myth.

Lets try to count how many identities do these 2 characters have.


Library of Babel

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges inspired Ted Chiang to write a story of Tower of Babylon. Ted is one of the most popular Sci-Fi writer and his story “Story of Your Life" was adapted by Denis Villeneuve, the director of “Arrival".

According to Borges, Library of Babel was an universe. Nowadays, with the support of internet, we are living in the age of information. However, how to select and observe the truthiness of the information is a big question.

From the first library in Egypt, The Great Library of Alexandria, to the book collect in Epang Palace, The palace of Qin Shi Huang (aka The First Emperor in Qin Dynasty), the book collections were burnt to ash after the fire. Many of historical writing, including philosophy, arts, literatures, fact and data were gone and vanished.

I am not sure what will happen in our internet network someday. I am quit sure that if we don’t take care the knowledge liberally and carefully. We will delete, ignore, and
erase our knowledge in a flash of second.

This is the youtube ref that Borges was introduced based on the following video.
神秘之夜 170121 p1 of 4 天煞異降原著與電影


Aoi Hono (Blue Blazes アオイホノオ青之焰)

Aoi Hono (2014) is a Japanese TV drama about a student, Moyuru Honō, who wanted to become an animator. This drama is currently shown on ViuTV, Hong Kong. The drama is based on a popular manga and transfer to TV series. Japanese animators love to visualize the fictional characters into TV series or motion pictures.

The reason why I like this show. It is because it had lot of clips and reference materials related to Japanese manga history. In episode 3, Moyuru firstly encountered Hideaki Anno (庵野 秀明) and Moyuru was stunned by Hideaki’s creativity. I am not sure the film clips, created by Hideaki, is an authentic motion graphics which drawn by the real Hideaki Anno. However, it gave me an impression that the Japanese animation industry is real something. Teenagers have vision and goals through out their childhood and find their way to success. It is a valuable reference for manga studies.


Skyscraper and Romance

I mentioned the movie, Sleepless in Seattle, in class. There were two scenes that shown the lovers met together on top of the building, Empire State Building. These scenes has shown that meeting on the top of skyscraper was a romantic things to do. Romance may be difficult to be evaluated or quantified. However, a romantic activity is important things to do with a relationship. Love and romance are rational things even it seems irrational. Why meeting on the top of the building will consider a romantic things?

Skyscraper is a design that embedded our dream and wishes. Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, 2589–2566 BC, spent 20 years to build the tallest stone structures, The Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a tallest building in human history for more than 3500 years. The scale of the structure is hugemongous. It is 146.5m tall which is equal to 45 storey tall building today.

Skyscraper is represented our dream to reach the heaven and show our technology and knowledge is marvellous. Nowadays, all the big cities would like to build a tall building to demonstrate their power to control the nature.

When we stand on the top of a skyscraper, the scenic view from the top is amazing. It also makes us to fear of heights. Even though we know we will not fall from the top, the height will create a psychological tension. When people stay on the top of a skyscraper, these people will connect as a group which are facing great danger. Since we are man-in-group, the bound of facing and overcome the great danger will keep people together. We will believe that we are conquering something together and build a bound between each other.

Especially, for lovers, after they visited the roof top together, this couple will build a bound that they seems like they overcome something and they will feel like they becoming one. Romance is created or induced through activities. Love or trust will be bounded.