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Re: Shakespeare in Asian Cinema
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1614  Wednesday, 10 July 2002

[1]     From:   Karen Peterson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jul 2002 09:20:41 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1612 Shakespeare in Asian Cinema

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jul 2002 15:59:36 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1612 Shakespeare in Asian Cinema


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From:           Karen Peterson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Jul 2002 09:20:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1612 Shakespeare in Asian Cinema
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1612 Shakespeare in Asian Cinema

> Perhaps it has already been mentioned, or perhaps I
> don't quite
> understand the criteria for this list of titles, but
> isn't Kurosawa's
> "Throne of Blood" a Japanese Macbeth?  Seems so to
> me.

I am not certain, but I believe Richard was looking at, and listing,
comparatively recent examples.

Referring to

>Go! (A Japanese interracial [Korean and Japanese]
>romantic comedy that
>cites R and J at the beginning), based on a Korean
>novel that makes no
>reference to Shakespeare

Mr. Luskin wrote,

> The thought of a R & J with Korean versus Japanese
> families strikes my
> funny bone.  No matter what part of the world you're
> in, there's
> somebody to hate.

If it strikes your funny bone, chances are you've not lived in either of
the two countries involved.  I am impressed and pleased that the topic
(a Korean-Japanese romance) was (1) made the topic of a Korean novel,
(2) that said *Korean* novel was adapted for film by a *Japanese*
production company, and (3) that they found a way to (I assume, given
that it is described as a "romantic comedy") give it a happy ending.
All three points signal a perhaps small but marked improvement in the
two cultures' willingness to examine, and perhaps move beyond, their
long history of (usually veiled, but alas, not always) mutual hostility.

To wrench this back to Shakespeare, if the Shakespearean R&J theme was
of *any* aid to those involved in this project, then WS has yet another
reason to feel pleased with himself and to sleep peacefully in his
grave.

Karen Peterson

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Jul 2002 15:59:36 -0400
Subject: 13.1612 Shakespeare in Asian Cinema
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1612 Shakespeare in Asian Cinema

Yes, it is.  Didn

 

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