'Speed Racer': drawing on an anime legend

| Jul 3, 2008

'Speed Racer': drawing on an anime legend

by Patrick Macias

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 As “Speed Racer” went into production, elder brother Tatsuo stepped forward as the show’s main visual designer. Kuri, the youngest of the three, meanwhile became the series’ main producer and came up with ideas for story lines and sequence. ...

'Americanizing' a cartoon classic

| Jul 3, 2008

'Americanizing' a cartoon classic

by Patrick Macias

Without Peter Fernandez’s contribution, it’s unlikely that “Speed Racer” ever would have made it over the starting line outside of Japan. Back in the late 1960s, Fernandez wrote the English scripts for the original “Speed Racer” anime. He also directed the English-language cast in ...

Humble Harrison bucks his years

| Jun 5, 2008

Humble Harrison bucks his years

by George Hadley-Garcia

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Again, the question gives him pause, perhaps embarrassing him. “Carrie became a very successful writer,” he states. As for Hamill, “I don’t know. I think we all had some charisma in that picture. I think it was beautifully cast, ...

Cannes: sobriety and great excess

| May 29, 2008

Cannes: sobriety and great excess

by James Quandt

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Why wasn’t it in Competition?” The perennial Cannes complaint about some film or other in the market or sidebar was most frequently heard this year in regard to Kurosawa’s fine, very flawed “Tokyo Sonata,” which ended up in the ...

| May 29, 2008

A winner like no other

by James Quandt

Every year, Cannes pundits attempt to read the tea leaves on the top prizes by looking not at the films but at the jury: Are its members serious, political, airheads, in any way beholden to producers or agents with a work in competition? This ...

'Selling women's nakedness'

| May 22, 2008

'Selling women's nakedness'

by Giovanni Fazio

Asagi Ageha meets me on a back street in Kabukicho in dramatic fashion, sirens blaring from two arriving ambulances just as she steps out of the shadows. The popular kinbaku (bondage) model is surprisingly petite in person, with striking hazel eyes. She has just ...