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Blue (2001): Film Review

Film: Blue (2001)
Director: Hiroshi Ando
Language: Japanese
Genre: LGBT, Romance

The film 'Blue' (2001) directed by Hiroshi Ando has apparently received negative comments from many critics around the world. It can be understood that the reason for such negative reception may rest on its lack of popular elements, use of extensive conversation and the slow character development employed by the director. No need to mention that the director does not follow the hegemonic stereotypes cheaply available in Hollywood. Instead, he adapts his own poetic way of expressing the cinematic idea about a very appealing and a passionate relationship between two Japanese high school girls. Even the Japanese commentators do not seem to understand the deep existential meaning behind this movie, inspired by popular Japanese writers such as Yasunari Kawabata or Kazuo Ishiguro. Based on the thematic significance, it can be considered as a progressive and an aesthetic movie when it is contextualized in re…

Remains of Buddha Found? 2,500-Year-Old Cremated Bones with Revealing Inscription Unearthed in China

In what could be an enormously significant finding for Buddhists around the world, archaeologists in China have unearthed an ancient ceramic box containing cremated human remains, which carries an inscription saying they belong to Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama. Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha or “Enlightened One,” is probably one of the most influential individuals to come out of India through the founding of Buddhism.  He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the 6 th and 4 thcenturies BC.  According to the Mahaparinibbana Sutta of the Pali canon, at the age of 80, the Buddha announced that he would soon reach Parinirvana, or the final deathless state, and abandon his earthly body. After his death, Buddha's cremation relics are said to have been divided amongst 8 royal families and his disciples. Legends say that, centuries later, they were enshrined by King Ashoka into 84,000 stupas.  Many of th…

The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left

It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized minutia, or floating in the abstruse clouds of high-minded theory, intellectuals are frequently portrayed as not only cut off from political reality but as incapable of having any meaningful impact on it. The Central Intelligence Agency thinks otherwise.
As a matter of fact, the agency responsible for coups d’état, targeted assassinations and the clandestine manipulation of foreign governments not only believes in the power of theory, but it dedicated significant resources to having a group of secret agents pore over what some consider to be the most recondite and intricate theory ever produced. For in an intriguing research paper written in 1985, and recently released with minor redactions through the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA reveals that its operatives have been studying …

Samayan, Killing and Philosophy

According to Zizek, 'one always needs a poem to kill another man'. The poem gives you the courage to forget your in-humanness and to identify yourself with something horrible and forget about the horror of what you are doing. Facebook is a new entity for such poetry (philosophy) that helps someone to do horrible things. Killing is not possible without poetry because it eases you of your guilt.


Zizek Interview

Is Palitha Thewarapperuma Crazy?

As we all know Parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma is a hyper-active politician. Popular media used to report his 'activities' on weekly basis. That means every week he creates 'something' that catches media attention. I think many people believe that Mr. Thewarapperuma is a crazy politician or a pervert personality who provides 'enjoyment' for others (and some compare him with Mervin de Silva). It is true that from parliament to the village politics he did not distinguish any difference in what he did. He fully engaged his body in what he believed in (whereas others keep a 'sane distance' with what they believe in).  Finally, when he launched a fasting to death campaign on behalf of some school children who could not enter Meegahakiula Primary School, he became seriously ill. Now he is under treatment in the intensive care at Nawaloka. The extreme result of his 'body politics' went to the level of committing suicide(end of his body); an act…

Will Kate and William enter the mysterious melancholia of the Asiatic soul?

The popular media in UK ask why Kate and William follow the footsteps of Diana in revoking or retracing the traumatic memories of her bitter marriage.  I think Kate and William do not follow Diana's footsteps but by sitting in the same Diana bench in the front of Taj Mahal, a universal symbol of love, but they 'decorate' or 'celebrate' over the bitter memories of the past to truly forget her. As Zizek quotes, 'if you want to kill a person bury him, and if you want to forget that grow flowers over the tomb'.

I think Taj Mahal also resembles some mysterious Oriental love of a Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan; a monument of celebration to get rid of past memories. What I fear is (against Jan Moir of Daily Mirror) whether they will fall prey to the melancholic mystery and abyss of the  depressing Asian soul....

Pre-philosophical Asian universe can generate-
a. a fantasy that creates the object of desire (mysterious unknown phantasmic kernel) for the Western soul.

b. …

Donald Trump: It's not how great America is but how small its soul has been!

'Education is the art of making man ethical' (Hegel)
As expected, America’s obscene underside is finally about to tap the front door of the White House. Donald Trump’s ascend to American politics, whether or not he is elected to be the President of the United States, is by no means a strange political phenomenon. Those who now see the demonic danger in his approach to American politics seem to have forgotten who actually ‘made’ him during the last ten years or so for what he is now. The very entertainment economy and negligent media did a 'tremendous job' to ‘elevate’ Donald Trump from a business tycoon to a popular politician through a very generous image-building process for what he so audaciously appears today (Read the article 'Donald Trump is American Journalism's Great Failure'). Within the current postmodern economy, enormous profits of his entertainment businesses kept increasing and, understandably, the electronic medi…