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VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Japanese director Sion Sono wants to set the records straight: It was Bruce Lee and not Quentin Tarantino who transformed the yellow jumpsuit into a piece of film iconography.
Sono has been fielding questions all day about Tarantino's influence on his film "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" which premiered to an enthusiastic reception out of the main competition at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday.
The raucous gangster drama telling the story of a young filmmaker aiming at cinematic greatness is full of over-the-top graphic violence, and a would-be action star wears a yellow jumpsuit, as sported by Uma Thurman in Tarantino's "Kill Bill."
"I speak as head of the 'Bruce Lee Fan Club,'" Sono said in an interview. "Everyone is talking about the yellow tracksuit as something from Tarantino, but that is very sad for me. The original idea was Bruce Lee's, and now everyone thinks it came from Tarantino."
Sono drafted Jun Kunimura, a veteran of John Woo films who also appeared as Boss Tanaka in both "Kill Bill" movies, to star as a clan boss whose wife single-handedly massacres a rival gang. The movie also stars Fumi Nikaido, recipient of Venice's young actress award in 2011 for her role in Sono's film "Himizu," as the clan boss's daughter who longs for stardom after her career as a toothpaste TV commercial star is quashed by her mother's murderous tirade.
Kunimura said he enjoyed the chance to play a character that didn't have to be controlled.
"For my whole career, my expression has been the opposite of exaggerated. I would try to be as straight as possible," Kunimura said, adding that Sono "is crazy, in a good way."
Against the backdrop of spiraling gang violence, a young filmmaker inspired by Sono himself and played by Hiroki Hasegawa assembles a film troupe determined to make one great film. The gang/filmmaker plot lines weave together and climax with gangsters and filmmakers both shooting guns and cameras, respectively, in one small space.
Sono wrote the script 20 years ago — before the "Kill Bill" movies, he points out — as a portrait of his own struggles to become a filmmaker.
"I wanted to create something purely interesting," he said.
"The film is about the problems I faced" as an aspiring filmmaker, Sono said, and he included episodes from his own life, including a scene when a bunch of kids makes fun of, then tries to beat up a Bruce Lee-style actor as the troupe films in a park.
The movie brims with good-natured absurdity and pokes fun at the movie industry, ruefully commenting on the decline of modern cinema. The young filmmaker, full of ambition, bemoans the decline of 35mm even as he shoots on video, and wears a Cannes T-shirt with an Oscar statuette.
"Perhaps it was a miscalculation, because I didn't think this movie would come to either Cannes or Venice," Sono said.
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Good Morning from
I just woke up, my
blood pressures up or at least I think it
is. I've been having a lot of migraine pain but I can't tell if it is from my
blood pressure or from this damaged disk in my neck. And you know when I type
that I really get to thinking about the round-&-round bull I put up with
from my ex-fiancée, where she had THE LUXURY to talk & talk & talk
while knowing I didn't, don't & never did. And that's my first point to you
Assassin, whatever your career is? Whether it's your artwork or your writing?
You've gotta get into the guts OF THAT. Don't get wrapped up in employers
giving you the run around, I've been on nearly a FIVE WEEK TEAR OF JOB
INTERVIEWS AND DIDN'T GET A ONE OF THEM! NO SERIOUSLY, HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! I
KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MAN, but it's because times have changed
DRAMATICALLY over here in America.
#1) The online only
application process. This lovely little employer power-trip is an ABSOLUTE
JOKE! I will be 42 this December & there are times that I really sit back
& kick myself in the ass for having burned up 5 years on a fool who lives
someplace else & doesn't have to deal with the reality of American
anything. But pretended like they did. So what do I mean by that? Where she
lives at, she never said they only do online only application processes, but
here? Most of the chain-stores, corporations & jobs with any kind of
medical benefits, advancement, etc! Force people to apply via an online
application process that gives them not only the capability to stroll through
resumes & such in any ole kind of manner, but also!?!?! When you fill out
the online application you haven't the faintest idea of what the person
reviewing the apps is like, is honestly looking for (& that addresses what
you were talking about in regards to being overly qualified, something I've
encountered A LOT OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS!) & you yourself never get to
SEE THE PLACE YOU'VE APPLIED TO UP CLOSE & PERSONAL IN MANY INSTANCES!
This last one is also
important, give you an example. I applied for an assistant managers position
for Rent-A-Center. And I applied for a Customer Service Representative as well.
All of this was done online & I was only given GENERAL INFORMATION OF WHERE
THE STORE WAS. However? My online app was immediately dispersed to ALL OF THE
STORES IN MY REGION WHERE TWO WERE IN DELAWARE & were interested, but I
have no car right now. But I do need a job right now, so of course I wasn't
pleased to hear about maybe I could get hired in the Delaware offices, when I
NEVER APPLIED TO THE DELAWARE OFFICES & the last thing I wanna hear is that
I didn't or don't get the job at the office I APPLIED FOR, but two other places
ARE INTERESTED IN ME BUT THEY'RE OUTTA STATE.
What's more interesting
is that when I went to the job interview I dressed accordingly, I'm going for a
managerial position so I dressed accordingly. Suit coat. Tie. Collared shirt.
Suit pants. Dress socks. Polished shoes. My man when I walked up into that
place they thought I was there to either shut them down, shoot them up because
I looked like a "retired mob enforcer" or FIRE EVERYONE! Because I
LOOKED PROFESSIONAL & LOOKED LIKE A MAN COMING TO A JOB INTERVIEW DRESSED
But it's Rent-A-Center.
And I was looking TOO AGGRESSIVE, which still makes me f----kin laugh right
now! Because in TODAY'S TIMES, Rent-A-Center is a BS job with long craptastic hours
& 10 different responsibilities that always cause their employees to QUIT!
And that 10 different responsibilities IS NOT A JOKE;
1) Manage past due
2) Call past due accounts
& set up payment arrangements no later than 1 week, keep assigned cue of past
due accounts below 9%.
3) PHYSICALLY VISIT
PAST DUE RENTERS & COLLECT.
4) Repo merchandise
from past due renters, which includes either calling & making contact with
renters to be able to collect or physically showing up to renters residence
5) Clean repossessed
&/or returned merchandise.
6) Unload new
merchandise to the store.
7) Set up & move floor
at customer appointed times.
9) Sell merchandise to
walk-in & telephoning customers.
10) Cashier work.
11) Canvass work, which
means walking around &/or driving around & putting RAC (Rent-A-Center)
fliers & pamphlets in mailboxes, on cars, etc.
12) In-home customer
service, which means if a customer calls the store & can't figure out functions/options
on what they rented, GO TO THEIR HOME & SHOW THEM HOW TO WORK WHAT THEY'VE
13) Work a minimum of
48 hours PER WEEK. If hired as a Customer Service Representative.
14) Earn $10.25 USD.
15) Work a minimum of
56 HOURS PER WEEK, if hired as an Assistant Manager.
16) Earn $11.50 USD as
an Assistant Manager.
So there you go, working for Rent-A-Center
as a "customer service representative" means you do collections,
shipping, loading, delivery, repossessions, advertising, sales &
telemarketing. All for $10.25 USD at A MINIMUM of 48 hours per work week. Now?
For me? This job was PERFECT! Yesssssssssss I made WAY MORE MONEY THAN THIS BUT
THE AMOUNT OF HOURS!?!?! I had qualifications IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE 12 POINTS
OF DOOM! THAT THIS JOB REQUIRED! So I'm like, THIS'LL BE F-----KIN GREAT! The
interview was going well, but the guy starts constantly asking me can I keep up
with the physical labor part of the job. So I let him know that I used to work
for a packaging company & a MOVING COMPANY! More importantly I walk at
least 2x's per week & run!
So then his next line
is about the hours & I tell him up front that I need those kinds of hours.
I have money I need to get to my ex-wife & my youngest son so the extra
hours are huge! He then becomes nervous because he knows that I know that
they've got all these job descriptions AND THEY REPOSSESS FROM RENTERS! I then
point out I've been a bill collector much of my adult life, NO PROBLEM! It's at
this point I begin to realize that I'm overdressed for this crappy ass job. And
that everyone there AT THAT TIME looks like they're just trying to "GET
BY". Another words they're not bustin it at this place & they're young
& dumb or either late 20's & loafin, doing
JUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSST ENOUGH. This idiot also keeps calling me
MIKE, even after he's even been told BY HIS OWN EMPLOYEES that my name is
Bottom line? I didn't
get the job. What's worse? He even NEEDED A COLLECTIONS MANAGER AT HIS
LOCATION! And that fact wasn't even listed when I originally filled out my
online application. He had a number of open spots that he needed there, but
when push came to shove & the interview was over, he then tells me
"I'm gonna give this to my boss & let him take a look at it." So
in the end? This a-hole WASN'T EVEN THE GUY WITH FINAL SAY FOR HIRING! Or at
least, that's what he said. I encountered this same nonsense again the very
next week where the woman who'd been doing all the yippin & yapping, wasn't
the one who could make things happen. A lot of today's employers are looking
for the least in just about every way, which is why a lot of people can't
either find OR KEEP jobs. The country has devolved back into what it used to be
when it first started. Large scale corps controlling & offering
opportunities while the mass-majority of Americans had to have ways & means
to SUSTAIN THEMSELVES. Whatever talent/s you have, you have to cultivate &
use them & I would suggest that whatever it is that you can do, you keep
working on that & see if you have enough talent to actually turn a profit
off of it, while continuing to look for work. That's what I'm doing.
I am working on a
science fiction-drama book about an empire that has turned on itself & has
attempted to use outside enemies to clean house only to lose control of the
situation. Soon as I'm done with that I have a adventure-drama idea that comes
from a character I created & used to post about on a long-since gone Yahoo
Group called Roma Victrix. I have all of the posts from then & I intend to
put them all together & then actually flesh them out & make them into
chapters & create a book from that. Never mind that I also have two written
binders of Lady Yoma that I never was able to type up in peace, because of my
stupid insecure ex-fiancée. So I have been going to job interviews &
writing for the sci-fi drama, while trying to keep my health in order. My first
advice to you is to keep your health up, you lose your health & I can
promise you that all this other stuff means nothing. So do your best to stay in
good health & then just keep pushing forward with anything & everything
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