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61. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I loved Whale Rider! I cried the absolute whole way through, for some aparent reason. I also took great pride in pointing out that "wh" is pronounced like "f". I must have had a glass of wine or two.

Yea, It was pretty emotional when she rode on out in the end. I didn't cry the "Whole way" through, but might of shed a "little" tear when she was riding the Whale at the end and her "stupid" Father finally respected her.

62. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

I saw "Ran." Never saw "Stray Dog," although I heard it was good. What are his best films?

Ran, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai and Rashomon are some of his major works, and probably the ones that most people would have seen. I wouldn't have known of Stray Dog if I didn't have to watch it for film class some years back.

63. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Quoting FionaNZ

Yeah sure, we believe you!!!

I enjoyed Mission Impossible shot in Prague..

Being a Kiwi, I have to know if you've seen the Lord of the Rings Trilogy?

Ok, I'm back (after "a little while").

I've never liked science fiction or fantasy movies. I went to see the first "Lord of the Rings" and didn't really like it. I was actually kind of bored (it's not the shortest movie). So I skipped the other 2.

Having said that I should point out that I think New Zealand is a beautiful country with lots of nice people and lots of nice sheep.

Sticking with the "Kiwi" theme, I've seen and like Kerry Fox and was rooting for the girl from Whale Rider to win the Oscar.

By the way, I've thought of renting "Once Were Warriors" (1994). It's about a modern Maori family. have you seen this one? Is it any good?

I never saw Mission Impossible, but I'll have to check it out because I think Prague is the most beautiful city in the World. If it shows scenes of Prague then I know I'd enjoy it. I never knew it was filmed in Prague.

Once Were Warriors is a really good movie. Shows a harsh side to life in NZ. Violent, but definitely worth watching.

64. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting summer910

Quoting Travel100

I saw "Ran." Never saw "Stray Dog," although I heard it was good. What are his best films?

Ran, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai and Rashomon are some of his major works, and probably the ones that most people would have seen. I wouldn't have known of Stray Dog if I didn't have to watch it for film class some years back.

Thanks, I've heard of all but "Yojimbo." I know the "Seven Samurai" is a classic and I've heard that "Rashomon" is very highly rated. But like I said so far I've only seen "Ran." I saw it in the movie theatre though witch was cool because of all the battle scenes which looked better on the big screen than they would on my TV. I'll have to check out another. maybe I'll watch "Rashomon" next.

Do you understand the language at all? Waht are they all in, Japanese? What do you do watch with English subtitles or what?

Waht is the Offical language in Singapore? Waht languages are the ones most spoken in Singapore?

65. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

Once Were Warriors is a really good movie. Shows a harsh side to life in NZ. Violent, but definitely worth watching.

Thanks, I'll be sure to check it out.

66. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Thanks, I've heard of all but "Yojimbo." I know the "Seven Samurai" is a classic and I've heard that "Rashomon" is very highly rated. But like I said so far I've only seen "Ran." I saw it in the movie theatre though witch was cool because of all the battle scenes which looked better on the big screen than they would on my TV. I'll have to check out another. maybe I'll watch "Rashomon" next.

Do you understand the language at all? Waht are they all in, Japanese? What do you do watch with English subtitles or what?

Waht is the Offical language in Singapore? Waht languages are the ones most spoken in Singapore?

I watched it in the original Japanese, but with English subtitles. I can't remember if there were accompanying Chinese subs, but it's not uncommon to find both English and Chinese subs in a foreign-language film.

Ran and Seven Samurai were a test on my patience, I must admit. But they were very good.

We have four official languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, English. Malay is the national language and English is the language of administration. English is very widely spoken here, as is Mandarin because the majority of the population is ethnic Chinese. The older generation would probably be more conversant in the Chinese dialects and Malay. We also have a healthy number of Eurasians and expatriates from all over the world working and living in Singapore.

(do I sound like an ad now? )

67. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi Summer,

I've been to Singapore, and it's a very nice, clean place with a very nice airport and zoo! But I really had no idea what languages the people spoke since they seem to be Mayal and Chinese.

Thanks for the Info.

68. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Hmmm, Once were Warriors, mixed bag there.. Yes a good movie, yes true in some ways, very violent, not for the faint hearted or victims of domestic abuse & not really one of NZ's proudest movie moments really... would rather you stick to Whale Rider or The Piano. Was living in the UK when it came out & we kind of all got tarred with the same brush.. it is relevant to a very small part of NZ society not the whole.

69. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting FionaNZ

Hmmm, Once were Warriors, mixed bag there.. Yes a good movie, yes true in some ways, very violent, not for the faint hearted or victims of domestic abuse & not really one of NZ's proudest movie moments really... would rather you stick to Whale Rider or The Piano. Was living in the UK when it came out & we kind of all got tarred with the same brush.. it is relevant to a very small part of NZ society not the whole.

I had heard it was so "Brutal and violent" and that's why I never rented it.

Everyone loved the "Piano" and I know it got a couple Oscars but I really found it boring and slow.

If I do see it I will consider you totally exempt from any blame

70. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

What about "The Pianist" - anyone seen that? Now, that's a good movie. Roman Polanski

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