FRIDAY ACE: “Sun and Columbus Edition” – Week of 3/9/08

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As I type this, I’m visiting a friend of mine in Columbus, OH where things are surprisingly warmer than the unstable artic tundra that is Milwaukee. The shot above is from this kickass local sushi bar nearby that was so good, I’ve made it a tradition to go there at least once whenever I’m out here. However, just because I’m stuffing my face with sushi (Salmon FTW) doesn’t mean I’m going to keep on shirking off Friday ACE. It’s short again but the content should indeed make up for it.


-First off, new fscking Speed Racer trailer.

Please for the love of god, be good.

-On episode 50 of R5, I talked about the naming sense of Toei’s international department in the matter of Sukeban Deka: Codename Asamiya Saki. Now Twitch has me thinking that Yo-Yo Girl cop isn’t such a bad name anymore.

Apparently the Weinsteins, best known to fans out their for their hackjob of Tom Yum Goong, messed up titles for their Asian cinema imports, and ruining what may have been a really nice movie, have had some rather interesting names for some of their films overseas. Here are a couple of the prize winners:

Pretty Woman = The Sparrow Becomes The Empress
Leon (aka The Professional) = This Hit Man Is Not As Cold As He Thought
The Full Monty = Six Naked Pigs
Ace Ventura = Trump Card Specialist
Liar, Liar = Trump Card Big Liar
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery = Trump Card Big Spy
Deep Impact = Earth and Comet Collide

Also, in Taiwan, The Blair Witch Project = Night in the Cramped Forest

And now, Toei International doesn’t seem so bad…..

The Bunshun Razzies list came out a few days ago and I suddenly find myself thinking of it now being up there with the Best/Worst Dressed To The Oscars List in the category of “Things That Don’t Really Matter And Are A Waste of Ink”.

Worst 10:
1: Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (Aoki Okami: Chi Hate Umi Tsukiru made)
2: Koizora
3: Last Love
4: Love Never to End (Ai no Rukeichi)
5: Glory to the Filmmaker! (Kantoku Banzai!)
6: Dororo
7: Monkey Magic (Saiyuki)
8: For Those We Love (Ore wa, Kimi no Tame ni Koso Shini ni Iku)
8: Hero
9: Inland Empire
10: The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori)

The only things I don’t agree with thus far; Kantoku Banzai may have been slow but it still managed to be entertaining. As for Dororo, I demand this be swapped out for Sukiyaki Western Django. Oh and the anonymous coward-I mean film critic who said:

“Even though it was filmed on location in New Zealand like “Lord of the Rings” and recruited action director Ching Siu-Tung from “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers”, why did they only bother to show us “Kamen Rider”-grade effects and actors standing around in fields having half-arsed sword fights?”

….Needs to be backhanded. With a spiked gauntlet. By Riki Takeuchi.

Now this year they put in a Best 10 to give this year’s list, what ruganji.net put best, superficial balance.

1: Pan’s Labyrinth
2: The Bourne Ultimatum
3: Death Proof
4: Blood Diamond
5: Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! (Funuke-domo, Kanashimi no Ai o Misero)
6: Hairspray
7: Once
8: Kisaragi
9: A Gentle Breeze in the Village (Tennen Kokekko)
10: Summer Days With Coo (Kappa no Ku to Natsuyasumi)

….Why is Hairspray in there? More to the point, why the fsck is Death Proof on this list? Yes I liked it and have thus been condemned to hell by the likes of Daryl Surat but why the hell didn’t Planet Terror make it instead? Pan’s Labyrinth being on top does redeem it somewhat but after the comments about Dororo and the slight bias involved, the Bunshun Razzies list has suddenly lost its flavor. Yes I know I went there.

-While on the subject of Kamen Rider, Hiroshi Fujioka would personally come out from his cottage in the mountains to kick that critic’s ass but he’s too busy doing some kah-razy Suntory commercials.

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Please let the tv spots be as awesome as the old Suntory ads in the 80’s:

Keith from HJU had pointed this out to me and I have since fallen in love with the phenomenon that is the Genki Rockets:

And finally…..TANGENT OF THE WEEK:
Occasional Superheroine is possibly one of the few American comic related blogs I’ll read and like the dunce that I tend to be, I neglected to notice that she finally hit 1,000 posts.

Congrats Valerie! Now I need to figure out what exactly I’m going to do for the 1K mark…

The Tangent of the Week isn’t this though. It’s that OSH brought to my attention the fact that the artist/creator of The Rocketeer, Dave Stevens, passed away this week at the age of 52.

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Most of you guys out there probably remember The Rocketeer from the Disney movie from back in the 90’s featuring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, and Timothy Dalton. Truth be told, that’s how I remember it too and it remains to be one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid. I always wanted to track down the comics and I really wish I could have met the guy, sounded like a hell of a person to talk to at a con.

I wish I could say more to do this justice and I feel like a bit of a prat for not being able to come up with something fitting to remember him by even though I never met him. You can go over to The Beat for some more fitting words than anything I could attempt to come up with right now. Rest in peace, Dave.

You know the drill, here are some newsbits/interesting stories:
Affordable Char Aznable (Tokyographers)
Naruto Kills. Again. (ANN)
Kill PiQ! Kill it with fire! (Japanator)

That’s it for this week’s Friday ACE. Now, Akaranger having a very bad day.

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