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miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/19/02 2:38:05 pm)
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japantoday article on naomi watts/ringmake
naomi watts really shouldn't be allowed to pick out her own clothing.. interesting article, though

http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=newsmaker&id=85

-miharu

she never sleeps...

InfluxDatum 
manipulator of the Virus
(11/19/02 2:55:02 pm)
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agree
ugly stuff mah. beautiful woman, nasty choice of clothes.

SSJPabs 
further down the Spiral
(11/20/02 12:43:18 am)
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Re: japantoday article on naomi watts/ringmake
oh c'mon Miharu!

I think she has nice taste in shirts ;)

PoptartMcNugget
further down the Spiral
(11/20/02 1:45:31 am)
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Re: japantoday article on naomi watts/ringmake
I think it sucks that Japanese viewers who were privvy to the original constantly degrade american audiences for liking the version that we have seen. Personally, I found the Japanese version lacking, but of course, I'm an american so I must not know what I'm talking about. I think that there are some cultural differences that would lend themselves to be misunderstood to one and the other. However, I am really tired of this. The story is created and owned, proliferated to say the least, by the Japanese, but we, americans, have set sail on the storm. We should not be detracted as glommers on, we appreciate cinema as much as you do, we should celebrate the differences, in our appreciation of the ring.

inteferon
manipulator of the Virus
(11/20/02 2:04:29 am)
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Re: japantoday article on naomi watts/ringmake
Thanks for the Naomi pic, miharu. I have no problem with the outfit; I think it's a very cute nightie.

samaraslave
shambler
(11/20/02 2:56:46 am)
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Re: PoptartMcNugget
I think viewers comments on Japantoday disscussion are not by Japanese.
I think foreigners live in Japan wrote those messeges.
Because Japantoday's readers are mostly foreigners live in Japan.

I'm Japanese, living in Japan.
EveryJapanese saw The Ring say that Naomi watts's acting is waay better than Nanako Matushima-originals counterpart- 's it.
Lot of Japanese criticise that Nanako is a mediocure soap-opera acting type bad actress in common sense.

miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/20/02 3:08:37 am)
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Re: PoptartMcNugget
damn straight, nanako matsushima is a horrible actress.. especially when in dramas. despite that, i really liked majou no jouken. ^^;
you're right, most of the people posting on that article are definitely gaijin, living in japan or not.

-miharu

she never sleeps...

inteferon
manipulator of the Virus
(11/20/02 3:28:17 am)
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Re: gaijin
I've encountered this term a lot here and, as a non-Japanese speaker, am curious what it means. Is it a pejorative term for westerners?

miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/20/02 3:35:22 am)
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Re: gaijin
it just means foreigners (as in pertaining to japan), it's a pretty benign term but sometimes is used in a demeaning manner.

-miharu

she never sleeps...

Lord Alakinsky
further down the Spiral
(11/20/02 10:41:55 am)
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Re: gaijin
It literally means "an outside person" or a person who is outside of your normal group of association. It's a hard concept for Americans to grasp of just how ethnically UNdiverse Japan is. Being a white male myself going to Japan was the first time I've ever consciously felt in the minority.

InfluxDatum 
manipulator of the Virus
(11/20/02 2:31:09 pm)
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naomi rulez
yeah, i thought that Naomi Watts did a very good acting job for the female role. Not perfect because there were some parts that I would have just redone, but certainly better than Nanako. I did not like Nanako all that much and that's probably why I did not like Ringu all that much. But Martin Henderson did a mediocre job acting while Sanada Hiroyuki in my opinion did a very nice job on Ringu for the male character. I guess it sort of balances it out.

Kitano
the chosen infected
(11/20/02 2:59:49 pm)
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Re: naomi rulez
Yep, Sanada is my all Ringu fave actor, too.

miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/20/02 7:41:42 pm)
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Re: naomi rulez
if you want a better scope of naomi's acting abilities, watch mulholland drive. she's absolutely amazing and i'm not just saying that because of the surprisingly hot lesbian scene ;p

-miharu

she never sleeps...

InfluxDatum 
manipulator of the Virus
(11/20/02 7:47:03 pm)
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mulholland drive
watched it again...and i did not like her acting as a good girl. It felt fake and plastic. Her acting as a trashy and sexually liberated woman is super. I loved it. I think that she is really good at the dramatic scenes, but that's it. The lesbian scenes did not do anything for me, but her performance was good there.

miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/20/02 7:54:19 pm)
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Re: mulholland drive
the fake and sugary acting was on purpose. at first i was annoyed by the nancy drew act, but after the second time i saw it, i realized exactly why it was there and why it seemed to be so horribly acted all around. i don't want to spoil anything for anyone that hasn't seen it, but keep in mind the opening sequence during the credits and immediately after. the bedsheets and labored breathing...

if you don't totally get what i mean, go here and it should explain everything. dir.salon.com/ent/movies/...index.html

-miharu

she never sleeps...

PoptartMcNugget
further down the Spiral
(11/21/02 1:18:58 am)
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Re: Mulholland Drive
I believe that Naomi Watts made her mark with this film, although underappreciated, certainly, in America, I don't know how this triumphant piece of film making from David Lynch was perceived outside of America. I thought this was one of the most artistic and relevnat pieces of film making that I have seen to date.

SSJPabs 
further down the Spiral
(11/22/02 2:55:15 am)
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Re: Mulholland Drive
sorry about that link, once my webserver is fixed I can put up the proper picture. All it is, is a picture of Naomi Watts with a shirt that says "I sucked it good."

It kind of lost its impact :(