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Movie Review: 千年女優(Sennen Joyū)/ Millennium Actress

A movie I watched recently was a Japanese animated film called “Sennen Joyū” (or “Millennium Actress”), directed by Satoshi Kon. Without spoiling too much of the plot, this film was about two documentary filmmakers who are investigating the life of a really famous retired actress, Chiyoko Fujiwara. They found where she was living up in the mountains, hoping to interview her to find out more about her past and why she retired and went into hiding 30 years ago. As she tells them about her past, her narrative cuts into a film-like (cinema) flashback, in which both of the filmmakers are also a part of her journey, breaking the mold of what’s real and what’s not. During the flashbacks, it also occasionally shifts onto the sets of movies that she has been in, further blurring the line and difference between cinema and reality. The idea of combining both fiction and reality in order to tell a story is amazing. I really liked the concept and enjoyed the heck out of this movie. I really recommend anyone, especially people who likes to watch films that pull on their heartstrings, to watch this movie. You can find this film in our very own Musselman Library. I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I did.


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LRC Student Staff: Elvis Lau

Hello! こんにちは! My name is Elvis Lau and I am a Sophomore majoring in Japanese Studies and Computer Science. Being from a family that speaks multiple languages, I really enjoy learning different languages. At home, I speak Cantonese with my parents. I also know a few words and phrases in Mandarin and Vietnamese as my great-grandparents moved from China to Vietnam. I started learning Japanese on my own three years ago. I am pretty confident when it comes to speaking, so if you would like a partner to practice your Japanese speaking skills with, feel free to come and chat with me! I hope to be able to learn and become fluent in more languages in the future, like French, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Korean. Besides learning other languages, I would also like to travel around the world. I hope, in the future, to be able to travel all across continents like Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. I plan to go abroad to Kansai Gaidai in Japan next semester in the Fall, so I am really excited and look forward to all of the new experiences I will receive overseas.