This is a very powerful movie. It is the story of a simple countryside girl who goes through life in wartime Japan. Usually when we hear of war stories there is a good side and a bad side, reasons are justified and perhaps some heroes are thrown in. What is usually not included is the human aspect, in that we’re all humans doing our best until things like war occurs and our lives fall completely apart. She didn’t do anything wrong, she always did what she was told and then she loses her arm, her niece and her normal life to things well beyond her control.
Last night I saw the short film つみきのいえ, ‘The House of Small Cubes.’ It is of an old man whose village has flooded over may years and so he continually must build another level to his house to stay above water. In the middle of every cube is a trap door leading to the lower, flooded cube which continues all the way to the bottom.
Watched the World of Tomorrow last night after seeing a 100% score from the critics. It is a fabulous dark comedy indeed and a stark reminder that the future of technology might not be so positive.
In World of Tomorrow they talk about transfer of consciousness; I’ve written a post or two about future technology/AI being able to use all these blog posts and through incredible processing power be able to create something like ‘Siri,’ a virtual personality but one that looks and acts like me. Not exactly straight transfer of consciousness but if I provide enough posts I’m sure future AI could come close to replicating the way I think. 🙂
I remember seeing this back in the ’80s at my friend Terry’s house. The only snippet I remember are when the earth element ninjas came out of the ground. I thought it might be fun to watch ninja movies tonight and that memory popped in my head so I thought I could see if I could find the actual movie. Sure enough, it wasn’t too hard to find and even available to stream on Netflix. It also came in at #2 when I searched for best old ninja movies.