Comments on Arthur B's Jim Jarmusch Via Germany, Part 2

Continuing the journey through Jarmusch's back catalogue, featuring a Ghost Dog, a Crazy Horse, and a lot of caffeine and nicotine.

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Raymond H at 11:40 on 2018-04-26
I still remember, back when the whole "Akira Yoshida" hullabaloo was going down, joking with my friends that if I ever got a job at Marvel Comics I would operate under the pseudonym "Jinyaro Bakahaku". Take a wild guess what that translates (poorly) to when you read it in the proper Japanese name order.

From your description of it, Ghost Dog sounds like a Seijun Suzuki film, only with less jokes. In all seriousness though, I really can't stand Hagakure. Maybe it's because I'm a child of the Deep South, but blind nostalgia has never really sat well with me, especially when it's the kind that sings the praises of old greats whilst simultaneously demonstrating that you obviously weren't paying attention when you read those greats (think Dan Simmons' Dying Earth story). From your description of Ghost Dog though, Hagakure actually sounds like a perfect fit. I have to ask, just to be sure, are there any mafia fellows who talk wistfully about the 20's and Al Capone? If so, then Hagakure was made for this movie.
Arthur B at 13:00 on 2018-04-26
I have to ask, just to be sure, are there any mafia fellows who talk wistfully about the 20's and Al Capone?

Not specifically, but again the fact that they are all aging and seem to spend a lot of time watching old cartoons suggests an air of nostalgia and faded glory about them.
Raymond H at 23:04 on 2018-04-26
Yeah, okay. That does fit with Hagakure and its whole "Argh, back in the days of war men were real men, women were real women, and the lower classes knew their place!" ideology then. Which of course ignores the fact that most of these famous texts like "The Unfettered Mind" and "The Life-Giving Sword" are about how war isn't a glorious and beautiful thing, but when it's unavoidable, you have to be able to deal with it, with a minimal amount of collateral possible. LGS even explicitly says in its introduction that it's trying to reconcile the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching with the fact that Japan (at that time) is completely consumed by warfare. Sorry if I'm over-explaining. I don't know how much you already know about this stuff.
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