1. I pretty much agree with your review. It’s an OTT comedy with fantastic performances and broad comedy that should appeal to a wide audience. The gags about westerner’s expectations of Japanese were funny and the western actors hired were pretty good.

    I didn’t have much of a problem with the depiction of the gay characters. Perhaps I’m more tolerant to it because it’s pretty common in Japanese media but ultimately I thought it that while it was cliched and a bit silly it was good-natured. The film has its heart in the right place and it entertained me – I was laughing a lot and pretty hard, too. It was a great way to finish the weekend!

    1. I think it gets a pass because it’s definitely not malicious, but just being prevalent doesn’t make it OK. I look forward to the day merely being gay is not treated either as a joke in itself or as a great social evil but merely as a piece of irrelevant information. Although, I am waiting for someone to ask me why I don’t like that piece of stereotyping but I’m OK with everything else lol

      1. Why donโ€™t you like that piece of stereotyping but happen to be OK with everything else??? The people want to know!

        I thought it was a gag that was sustained pretty well and most of the other characters were made to look almost as foolish for various reasons.

        I agree with you about awaiting the day that gender, race and sexual orientation stop being a big thing, not least because I want to visit anime and videogame forums and not see dumb comments about gender/race/sex. I just want to play my games full of cute characters >_<

        Now that I think about it, there are more than a few Japanese films with sophisticated gay characters. That would be an interesting article to write.

      2. Um…because of…all the…reasons…and stuff… *shifty eyes*

        The Assassin’s Creed thing is sort of funny because their excuse is so rubbish. *sigh*

        There are quite a few, though less so in mainstream films – it would make a very interesting article ๐Ÿ™‚

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