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Re: Romeo Must Die
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.060  Tuesday, 28 March 2000.

[1]     From:   Jimmy Jung <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Mar 2000 11:46:59 -0500
        Subj:   Romeo Must Die / spoilers

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2000 14:09:52 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0574 Re: Romeo Must Die


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From:           Jimmy Jung <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Mar 2000 11:46:59 -0500
Subject:        Romeo Must Die / spoilers

My sincere apologies to Tanya Gough and anyone else.  Normally I mark
the divulging of significant plot points as "spoilers."  In all honesty,
I didn't think I gave away that much.  In all honesty, I didn't think
there was much of a plot to give away.  And normally, within the
Shakespeare world, we all know all the plots.  On the other hand, please
don't tell me how Timon ends.  There's a rumor it might get produced in
my town next years and I'm looking forward to the surprise.

Again, my apologies.

Jimmy

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Mar 2000 14:09:52 +1000
Subject: 11.0574 Re: Romeo Must Die
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0574 Re: Romeo Must Die

Tanya Gough wrote:

>As for other martial arts Shakespeares, Kurosawa's Ran (King Lear) and
>Throne of Blood (Macbeth) are superb examples of Samurai translations.
>I do not know yet of other Hong Kong spin offs.

I definitely don't want to be snippy, especially in response to anything
Tanya writes, since she and Poor Yorick provide such a valuable service
to all of us, especially those like me who live in far-flung corners.
But...

It simply isn't accurate, nor is it far, to suggest that the two
Kurosawa films Tanya mentions, Ran and Throne of Blood, are part of the
"martial arts" genre.  In many ways, to classify them simply as "samurai
translations" is oversimplifying as well.  True, they use medieval Japan
as their setting.  But these films go far beyond their genre.  You
simply must see them; you may not agree with me that Throne of Blood is
the finest interpretation (note: not a "version") of Macbeth on film,
but both are essential viewing.

Thank you for humoring my nitpicking, Tanya.  And thank you for bringing
these two Kurosawa films to the attention of those who may not yet be
familiar with them.

Cheers,
Karen Peterson-Kranz
 

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