Author: Robert Dylan Fields

MOVIE REVIEW: Giovanni’s Island

      DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – For many years, Japan has been engaged in various territorial disputes such as the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands conflict with China, or the Takeshima/Dokdo Islands feud with South Korea. One such quarrel, which many non-Japanese are unaware of, is the ongoing Kuril Islands dispute between Japan and Russia. After World War II ended in the summer of 1945, the USSR used Japan’s defeat to their advantage and sent Russian soldiers to annex the Japanese and Ainu inhabited Kuril Islands, which lie northeast of Hokkaido. The remaining Japanese soldiers stationed there were arrested and sent off to...

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LOS ANGELES: EigaFest Gives Hollywood a Taste of Japan

DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – L.A. EigaFest 2014 hit the town last month, bringing fans of Japanese cinema from East to West to Hollywood’s main drag. A mash-up of the Japanese word for film, eiga, and ‘festival,’ the annual gathering, now in its fourth year, showcases Japanese and Japanese-influenced films for American audiences. It has also become a way to introduce the local film industry to talent from Japan, and hopefully find ways for the two to do business together. Presented by the Japan Film Society (JFS), the festival kicked off at the historic Egyptian Theatre, debuting the much anticipated Lupin...

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LOS ANGELES: Up Close and Personal with the Biggies of L.A. EigaFest 2014

Mataichiro “Mata” Yamamoto & Ryuhei Kitamura After his directorial debut with his cult hit action/horror flick Versus, Ryuhei Kitamura received both domestic and international fame among filmmakers. He went on to make a number of exciting films including his first Hollywood movie, Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train, starring Bradley Cooper. Known for a number of productions such as Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Mataichiro “Mata” Yamamoto is a veteran movie producer who specializes in bringing Japanese films to a global audience. Yamamoto and Kitamura originally collaborated together on the live-action adaptation of the jidaigeki manga Azumi in 2003, and have returned to work together once again on Lupin III. Asia Media International: Lupin III is renowned as one of the most classic anime and manga series of all time. What gave the two of you the desire to adapt Lupin for the big screen, and how does it feel to be given the opportunity to bring such a renowned franchise to life as a live action film? Yamamoto: Well actually it’s been always, not only this time, but a various number of times that producers wanted to [adapt Lupin], because it is a big title… producers always expect something, some idea that has an audience already attached to it. You know, a ready-made audience. So producers wanted to make this into live-action,...

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LOS ANGELES: Hollywood Gearing-up for LA EigaFest

DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – This weekend the Japan Film Society hosts the 4th annual Los Angeles EigaFest, showcasing contemporary Japanese cinema in the US. A portmanteau of the Japanese word for film (eiga) and ‘festival,’ the name signifies its objectives to “showcase Japanese and Japanese-influenced films that appeal to the broad American audiences, introduce and promote new and upcoming filmmakers and talent to the Hollywood community, and enhance the communication and relationship between the US and Japanese film industries and thus create business opportunities.” The original EigaFest was held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in 2011. Since then, JFS...

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Asia Media International Staff

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS)

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco

Executive Editor:
Jay Seo

Website Editor:
Peyton Cross

Curriculum Coordinator:
Yi Ning Wong

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Katelynn Barkley [China]
Caitlin Bostwick [Korean Pop Culture]
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng [China]
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Aashna Malpani [Feminism in Asia]
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Fassa Sar [Film]
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Amanda Suhartono [Indonesia]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Associate Director of Development:
Simon Bleeker

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:
Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

Executive Assistant to the Founder and Editor-in-Chief:
Jay Seo

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Prof Tom Plate

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE:
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