by Jane Pinckard
Ugh. I expect better from the BBC. "Captured by the Samurai"? "Bashido"? What, this news was so critical they couldn't wait for a fact-checker?
But we can all expect more silliness along these lines as we count down to the opening of Tom Cruise's new movie, The Last Samurai. I will go see it, of course. It's my bicultural duty.
But also, it's always interesting to me how Japan is portrayed in the West, even after all this time, all this scholarship, and all these attempts for cross-cultural communication. Some myths are too big to be taken down, some archetypes endure. And from an artistic standpoint, why shouldn't they? Movies aren't about life - they are about the epic, the mythic, the larger-than-life.
It will be interesting indeed to see how Mr. Cruise and Co. portray this mysterious Bashido, which is apparently so like Scientology.
Posted by Jane Pinckard at 2003年12月02日 21:14