Last Night, my boyfriend and I saw the movie "Silk". After seeing the ads around Tokyo and watching the trailer, we thought that would be a better choice than "28 Months Later" because I haven't seen "28 Day Later" yet. So, we purchased tickets online here and went to the 9:55PM show.
Armed with a TGIF attitude, colorful bag of fresh jelly bellies, a medium butter popcorn (yummy!!!), and a large ginger ale, the two of us prepared ourselves for what we hoped to be a great movie about old Japan and a cultural love triangle. Then the movie started...
I don't like to be negative about other people's creations because someone spent a lot of time, money, and effort into making the movie, so I will just say that more time, thinking, money and effort could have been invested to make the film better.
I am particularly curious to know how the women of racialiscious will comment on the played out images of the 'mysterious and enchanted Asian woman with secret sexual powers' stereotype that was simply ripe in this movie. I left the movie feeling like SILK was a complete let down. It had potential to be a good movie, but too many pieces didn't fit together... It was like some person had this idea to make a movie about a French guy who worked as a trader, visited Japan, and became fascinated with a Japanese woman, who was really Chinese (spoiler, my apologies)... The fascination made him want to continue to return... And the Asian women bathe him and she touches his arms and dips water on his lips and leaves.... Then he visits a brothal, where the head whore is a Japanese woman who charges her patrons thousands of dollars, and she reads the Japanese love letter to him. And later, his wife visits the expensive Japanese whore and asks her to write a love letter to her husband in Japanese, in order for him to think it's from the Chinese woman back in Japan... Then his wife dies. Huh?
If there were a $.99 movie theater here in Tokyo, it would be worthy of that one.
Anyway, the redeeming qualities of the movie-- the scenery was beautiful at times. But, if scenery is what you're seeking, then I highly recommend "EARTH". I don't normally blog about the movies I've seen, and trust me, I go to the movies almost every week here. But "SILK" sucked.
Have a good weekend. And, just in case you don't have a clue as to which movie I am referring to the trailer is below.