FRIDAY ACE: “End of Music (Again)” Edition – Week of 11-08-09

Ladies and gentlemen, music is over. Again.

And now, this week’s Friday ACE.

-Starting this off right, here’s the short film that took the internet by storm, Fumiko’s Confession.

Check out the official site for more info and behind-the-scenes tidbits.

-Right, breaking away from the theme, we’ve got some news. Remember awhile back when fans the world over were facepalming in the sight of Jackie Chan’s new US movie, The Spy Next Door? Well, it looks like Jackie’s true colors have been revealed, and boy is he a sneaky son of a bitch. Just check out this first look at his new film, Little Big Soldier.

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From Twitch:

It was the darkest of times in China, when ruthless warlords waged battles to satiate their endless aggression. Millions of lives perished, and those who survived had only two choices – kill or be killed.

The battalions of warring states Liang and Wei collided in a bloodbath that lasted from dawn until dusk. Only two men were left standing – a FOOT SOLDIER from Liang (Jackie Chan) and the rival GENERAL from Wei (Wang Leehom). The Soldier survived because he is an expert in playing dead, with a device strapped on his body which protruded like an arrowhead for added realism.

The Soldier captured the wounded General, hoping to use the enemy as his ticket to freedom – by handing the Gerneral to the Liang warlord, the Soldier could be honorably discharged and return home to his peaceful life. The young General, though taken captive, was condescending towards the Soldier. The two men were often at loggerheads during the long and winding journey.

Now while the film won’t look like the above photo, this still has my interest piqued. Looks like the US is indeed nothing more than a cash cow for Jackie to produce worthwhile projects. I’m still not going to see Spy Next Door but I’m going to wait with baited breath to see Little Big Soldier whenever it comes out.

The Greatest Backpack Commercial Ever:

-It’s not news that the ending of Kamen Rider Decade pissed a lot of fans off. Hell, it even made some want to leave the franchise altogether.

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However, it seems that somebody in Japan tried to call them on things. A dialogue between TV Asahi and the BEPO: The Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization–appeared from the ether of the internet via their website. HJU member Lynxara helped to shed some light on things via a translator friend of hers.

“About the station’s response to the 8/30 airing of Kamen Rider Decade on TV Asahi.”

Questions:
– Do you think that was really the ending?
– What do you think about the complaints from viewers regarding the ending?
– What do you think about the fact that people need to watch the movie to get the concrete ending?
– What do you think about using this method on a program aimed towards children who still have undeveloped senses of judgment?

Answers:
– “We just wanted him to visit each of the Heisei Riders’ worlds in order, so he spent two episodes in each and that made it kind of like a greatest hits collection, then in the end he cooperates with all the Riders he’s met up until then to defeat DaiShocker. They beat them, so that’s the ending.”

– TV Asahi regrets that the commercial for the movie came right after the ending of the episode, since it wasn’t supposed to come off as “You have to watch the movie to find out what happens.”

– Because TV Asahi had gotten such positive responses from fans of Decade who didn’t want the series to end, the network started working on the movie early so Decade fans would have something to sate their hunger. W was already scheduled to take over the timeslot so Decade couldn’t be extended.

– If people think Decade’s story isn’t over and continues in the movie, that’s a mistake. (Wha…?) TV Asahi is exploring ways to distinguish next episode previews from movie commercials so it doesn’t happen again.

It’s interesting to see some attempt at negative criticism regarding the Heisei Rider Series but it seems like the BEPO was laying it on a bit thick. “What do you think about using this method on a program aimed towards children who still have undeveloped senses of judgment?” Really? You really think kids can’t tell the difference? Avoiding the soapbox for this one but I’d like to see more dialogues like this, without the apologies and little more insight. And while I’m at it, I want Logia powers, Yunmao Ayakawa to tag-team cosplay as Tackle to my Kamen Rider Stronger, and the TARDIS. Because if I’m asking for impossible things to happen…..

Meanwhile, the second theatrical trailer for next month’s W & Decade: Movie War 2010 has appeared on the official site. Come for Double, stay for…Doras from Kamen Rider ZO?

-Lastly, Hikaru Utada has heard the wishes of her fans abroad and is going on tour in the UK and US!

Go check out the link for more details! All I know is that I WILL be at that Chicago concert.

TANGENT OF THE WEEK:
This recently bubbled up to the surface at Twitch, a rather slick short film that gives Neil Blokamp a run for his money. It’s called Ataque de P├ínico! (lit. Panic Attack!) Check it out!

Honorable Mention:
Kick-Ass in a kick ass Trailer and a reminder that Waters of Mars, the penultimate Doctor Who special for this year hits this Sunday!

And now, some links to go out on….
-Google Japan’s Suggestive Suggestions (Japan Probe)
-Sneak Peek of Vexille follow-up, “To” (ANN)
-Stephen Chow Serves Up JUMP (Youtube via Twitch)

That’s it for this week’s Friday ACE. And now, Brett Domino:

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