Ain’t the web a wonderful thing?

Although the internet contains a huge amount of junk, e.g. blogs that proclaim that the internet contains a huge amount of junk, there are many great sites and information that can still be found if you look harder and has a greater sense of curiosity and open-mindedness. *ahem*

Haruki Murakami, again one of my favourite authors of fiction who resides in my study room among the greats in the order of Rabindranath Tagore, Earnest Hemmingway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lin Yutang, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Lu Xun, Balzac, Kenzaburo Oe, Jack Kerouac, Kafka and gang, has again exceeded my expectations in being so popular, someone again actually managed to publish his short story “Tony Takitani” on the web. This story was adapted into film in 2004 (official website here) under the direction of Jun Ichikawa.

As usual, films like this will escape the eyes of film distributors in Malaysia and we shall again have to wait for the DVD release to be able to catch the film. Words of mouth has it that the film is a great one. The DVD has just been released last month and is now finding it’s way to my house after my pre-ordering of the DVD together with the recent Criterion releases, Bresson’s “Pickpocket” and Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu”. Here’s a link to the Amazon.com page for the Tony DVD.

On another note, here’s a site you would want to go to get updated with news from China. Great place to be if you are the political type. Great place to go even if you are not the very political type because there is a section on culture there as well. Read, for example, the transcription of Li Ao’s speeches (here and here) and the various comments that are related to movies, such as the Zhang Ziyi debacle (anyone who watches the Phoenix channel on Astro would know Li Ao – go and subscribe to Astro. Yes, Astro is ultimate most superb and everyone should subscribe to it. Life is never the same without Astro. Astro: Enriches your life. Call +603-95436688 for subscription information [end of commercial plug]).

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