Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kurata Yasuaki's final opponent

"I'm thinking of telling him this when I see him, but he visited [Japan] a long time ago you know. He came over when he was in the U.S. and things weren't going so well for him. We ate tonkatsu together in Shimokitazawa [laughs]. And now he's China's number one action film star. It's totally his time right now. So I'm especially looking forward to acting alongside him, but a single day [shooting our scene together] isn't going to be anywhere near enough, so I'm thinking of asking him to do a proper fight scene with me one more time after that, and then I'll retire. I've worked with both Jackie and Jet, so it'd be a shame to leave the business without working with him. If I finish up having acted alongside those three, I think it'll be alright to retire from kung-fu action."
Action legend Kurata Yasuaki on Donnie Yen, his opponent in a flashback scene in Andrew Lau's upcoming "Fist of Fury: The Legend of Chen Zen". From an interview in the April 2010 issue of Eiga Hiho.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The woman who sold Kitano Takeshi

I know I don't post enough here anymore, but it's not that I've become bored with blogging; I'm just preoccupied with other things.

For example, my translation of an article on film sales companies and the role they've played in Kitano Takeshi's filmmaking career is now up on the Asahi Shimbun website. It's especially worth reading for some rare reminiscences from Hengameh Panahi, the woman behind Celluloid Dreams and overseas agent for Kitano's work.