Studio Ghibli Director : Isao Takahata

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My Neighbor Totoro

となりのトトロ1988 1h28m

Studio Ghibli Director: Isao Takahata

10-year-old Satsuki, 4-year-old Mei, and their professor father move into an old house which is haunted幽霊がよく出るby dust bunniesほこりの塊. They laugh away the spirits. Mei meets a cuddly抱きしめたいようなfurry柔毛質のgiant Totoro sleeping in a big camphor treeクスノキ. She thinks her sister and father don’t believe her story.

Scene 1: Father says she must have met the Lord of the Forest森の主mori no nushi. They come to the tree, which has a rope around it to mark that it is sacred神聖な. Father says, Long ago, man and trees were the best of friends. They thank the tree for taking care of Mei. *note differences in Japanese and English: onegai shimasu (=future oriented) translated as thank you

Scene 2: Satsuki and Mei take shelter避難in a roadside shrine. Satsuki prays to the roadside jizo, お地蔵さま雨やどりさせて下さい

*note differences in Japanese and English: Mei falls, Satsuki in English says, “Oh, my God” but in Japanese doesn’t say anything. In the shrine, Mei says, メイ泣かない エライI’m not crying, that’s good, isn’t it” which isn’t translated in English.

Scene 3: Waiting for their father at the bus stop, Mei looks into a scary怖いabandoned見捨てられたfox shrine.

fastforward: The Totoro gets into a Cat-Caterpillarいも虫Bus. They pick vegetables in the neighbouring old lady’s garden. Mei gets lost trying to bring a cob of cornトウモロコシの穂軸to her mother in the hospital; the Totoro and Magic Bus take Satsuki to find Mei, and then to the hospital.

シュート! 1h45m

Shoot aka Hit the Goal Shochiku 1994

(dvd Hong Kong Region 3

English & Chinese subtitles)

SMAP and Kinki Kids

Shingo Katori, Takuya Kimura

Ramos Rui - Verdi Kawasaki

A teenager (Nakai Masahiro) uses a pay telephone at a train platform. Across the platform he sees the ghost of his soccer sempai who died. Flashback: their story. Sempai (Kimura Takuya) dies from a pre-existing heart condition. 10 second funeral葬式scene; shrouded埋葬布photograph and priest at altar祭壇, mourners哀悼者sitting facing, shot of church with cross受難on top in the rain at night. Nothing else religious in the movie. The team goes on to win the All Japan tournament.

*why a Christian funeral not Buddhist? cool, chic, for young people. doesn’t have the associations as a Buddhist funeral.

Black Rain黒い雨 Kuroi Ame (1989)

Director今村昌平 Imamura Shohei


The black rain is the ash灰, radioactive fallout放射性降下物, and water that fell one or two hours after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Based on a novel by Masuji Ibuse who gathered information from interviews and the diaries of bomb victims. The film shows how one family is affected psychologically心理学的にand physically. Class Scenes: two funerals.

Near the end, “the beauty of life shows itself ever so fleetingly束の間のwhen Yasuko goes to the pond and sees a sight she has been longing for all her life, the king carp鯉jumping in the water, playfully as if to say that beyond despair絶望there is still joy. Sadly we hear on the radio statements by politicians about using the bomb once again in the Korean War. "Human beings learn nothing", says Shigematsu. "They strangle窒息themselves. Unjust不正なpeace is better than a war of justice. Why can't they see?"”

Grave of the Fireflies (1988) 1h33m

aka Tombstone for Fireflies

火垂るの墓 Hotaru no Haka

Director: Isao Takahata
based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Nosaka Akiyuki

September 9, 1945. A teenage boy dies in a train station. When street cleaners remove his body, they find a rusted can and throw it into the grass. As fireflies fly away, the spirit of Seita's little sister Setsuko stands up. Seita's spirit appears beside her and puts his hand on her shoulder. They smile at each other. Seita

picks up the can, which contained lemon drop candy. He hands the can to Setsuko, who smiles. She takes him by the hand and they walk off-screen as the opening credits begin.

Flashback: Seita tries to take care of Setsuko. Kobe神戸burns, their mother dies, their father is away in the navy海軍, their relatives親類complain that Seita doesn't work, they go to live in a shelter in the woods, Setsuko dies of dysentery赤痢, Seita cremates火葬 her. He puts some of her ashes into the candy tin. The modern Tokyo nightline is in the background.

Kwaidan 怪談 (1965) 2h44min

Director: Kobayashi Masaki

4 tales of the supernatural 超自然のadapted脚色from Lafcadio Hearn (a.k.a. Yakumo Koizumi, 1850-1904)'s adaptions of Japanese folktales.

Hoichi the Earless耳なし芳一


bilingual translation

MORE than seven hundred years ago, {1185} at Dan-no-ura, in the Straits of Shimonoseki, was fought the last battle of the long contest between the Heike, or Taira clan, and the Genji, or Minamoto clan. There the Heike perished utterly, with their women and children, and their infant emperor likewise--now remembered as Antoku Tenno. And that sea and shore have been haunted for seven hundred years....

In former years the Heike were much more restless than they now are. They would rise about ships passing in the night, and try to sink them; and at all times they would uatch for swimmers, to pull them down. It was in order to appease those dead that the Buddhist temple, Amidaji, was built at Akamagaseki. A cemetery also was made close by, near the beach; and within it were set up monuments inscribed with the names of the drowned emperor and of his great vassals; and Buddhist services were regularly performed there, on behalf of the spirits of them. After the temple had been built, and the tombs erected, the Heike gave less trouble than before; but they continued to do queer things at intervals,--proving that they had not found the perfect peace.

the subject of the sutra is the Doctrine of the Emptiness of Forms,--that is to say, of the unreal character of all phenomena or noumena.... "Form is emptiness; and emptiness is form. Emptiness is not different from form; form is not different from emptiness. What is form--that is emptiness. What is emptiness--that is form.... Perception, name, concept, and knowledge, are also emptiness. There is no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind. ...But when the envelopment of consciousness has been annihilated, then he [the seeker] becomes free from all fear, and beyond the reach of change, enjoying final Nirvana."

Hannya-Shin-Kyo 般若心経

Prajna Paramita Sutra

Hannya-Shin-Kyo : "Emptiness of Forms." A Buddhist sutra which renders humans invisible to spirits and demons

Haunted Junction

HAUNTED じゃんくしょん

TVTokyoテレビ東京 1997

23min x 12 episodes

character design: NakajimaAtsuko中嶋敦子who also did Ranma 1/2らんま1/2

Saitoh High School is haunted by 7 spirits:

The school Chairman. An old man who explains what is going on.

Nino. A living Ninomiya Nintoku statue. Schools in the pre-war period often displayed statues of the studious勉強家のlad若者Ninomiya Kinjiro 二宮金次郎(or Sontoku), reading a book while carrying firewood薪on his back. Apparently most were melted down in the war for their metal and never replaced.

Hanako (aka Toilet Hanako). A seductive魅惑的なgirl who lives in the boy’s washroom.

Red Mantle. A bishounen (beautiful young man) in a red cape and mask, who makes girls swoon気絶.

Haruo and Bones. An anatomy解剖model and a skeletonがいこつin the science room.

Mirror Girl. A little girl living in a mirror.

Gym Giant. So big you can only see his legs.

Holy Student Council members:

President: Houjo Haruto, the son of a Christian minister牧師. His great wish is to have a normal school and a normal life without any occult神秘のbusiness around. He summons呼び出す the school spirit with his seven spirit badges烙印, shouting “Welcome!” He exclaims, “Oh my God!” at the end of each episode挿話.

Asahina Mutsuki, the daughter of a Shinto priest. She is good at doing exorcism悪魔払い. She has a Shouta complex, i.e., she likes boys about age 11, so she is crazy about Nino, and Red Mantle has no effect on her.

Ryudo Kazumi, the son of a Buddhist monk. He is easily possessedキツネがつくby various spirits and is girl-crazy夢中, especially for Hanako.

Episode 2: The reason the school has so much magic about it is because it is in the center of a triangle of power between the temple, the shrine, and the church.

Amaenaide Yo! あまえないでよっ!!, (2005) 13x24min episodesx2seasons

TV Tokyo's anime satellite channel, AT-X. Based on the manga of the same name by Sogabe Toshinori (宗我部 としのり). It is a comedy/ecchi/harem genre of anime that is similar in nature to the show Tenchi Muyo. The protagonist of the series is a 16 year old boy 里中逸剛, Satonaka Ikkou, a first year trainee at the Saienji Buddhist Temple. He was sent there by his parents to be trained by his grandmother, the Saienji Priestess. At the temple he finds himself surrounded by beautiful female priestesses-in-training. who transforms in to a super-monk (being able to perform mass exorcisms) by his lust (Note: In the anime, he transforms from seeing a naked girl). He lives in the Saien Temple as a Buddhist priest in training with six other nuns: Haruka Amanogawa, Sumi Ikuina, Hinata and Sakura Sugai, Chitose Nambu and Yuuko Atouda, each of whom represents one of the bosatsu of the six lower realms of the traditional Buddhist cosmology. Chitose is the other main character and has a strange relationship with Ikkou; he seems to be in all the wrong places at all the wrong times, but they really care for each other. A side effect of Ikkou using his ultimate power is that immediately afterwards he turns into an even bigger pervert that he normally is. The series is about Ikkou's self-destructive power and his attempts to control his own super-sensual sphere/powers.
Amaenai de Yo!! 01 - Don't Let Me Come

Amaenai de Yo!! 02 - Don't Play At Night (chinpira at the karaoke bar)

Amaenai de Yo!! 03 - Don't Peek Inside (a spirit panty thief)

Amaenai de Yo!! 04 - Don't be afraid

Amaenai de Yo!! 05 - Don't Cosplay

Amaenai de Yo!! 06 - Don't change

Amaenai de Yo!! 07 - Don't Search!!

Amaenai de Yo!! 08 - Don't Confess!!

Amaenai de Yo!! 09 - Don't Sing!!

Amaenai de Yo!! 10 - Don't Get Wet!!

Amaenai de Yo!! 11 - Don't Tease!!

Amaenai de Yo!! 12 - Don't Wake Up!!

Amaenai de Yo!! 13 - Don't Be Sleepy!! (dvd special)

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 01 - Don't Be Tempted!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 02 - Don't Fan Me!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 03 - Don't Come Back!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 04 - Don't Haniwa!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 05 - Don't Fall!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 06 - Don't Be Perplexed!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 07 - Don't Mate!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 08 - Don't Tamago!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 09 - Don't Cry!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 10 - Don't Meddle!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 11 - Don't Act Spoiled!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 12 - Don't End!!

Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!! 13 - Don't be Fooled!!

幻想魔伝 最遊記 Gensomaden Saiyuki

Rogue monk Sanjo Genjo is dispatched to India prevent the resurrection of the demon-lord Gyumoah.

His 3 companions: chain-smoking womanizer Sha Gojyo; level headed Cho Hakkai, and eternally hungry Son Goku.

Episode 3:

Sanzo and company gain permission to stay one night in a temple deep in the mountains. In this temple where everyone has pure lineage and is very pious, they live a lifestyle that emphasizes learning and purification and forbids liquor and tobacco, as such things are vanity.

Such being the case, the priests at the temple are shocked at the behavior of Sanzo and company, as someone is always smoking or drinking. During this time, an assassin youkai appears, ready to attack Sanzo Ikkou. But in this temple, which has never suffered attack from youkai or other villains, and which teaches that taking life is wrong, there is nothing even resembling a weapon. The priests are attacked without being able to fight back.……

As Sanzo expected, that night the head monks implore him to stay and discourse on the teachings for them. He bluntly refuses, saying it's for the same reason his master would not preach to them on his visit--they're lazy and selfish, and won't do anything practical to defend themselves, placing all their trust in scriptures.

Meanwhile Kougaiji's next assassin has arrived and is making chutney out of the monks, who try chanting against it in vain. The SI make short work of the youkai, but are confronted by little Yo, who demands to know how they can kill so easily when it goes against all Buddha's teachings. Sanzo bluntly asks how Yo can say that when he sees how many of his fellow monks are dead, and tells him that the easiest way to get close to Buddha is to die, as they did. Too bad for us, adds Gojyo with his slow grin; we're still alive.

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