international intrigue over oil and wealth
Michael Robinson notes a trend in New Korean Film, especially in the wake of Shiri (Swiri, Kang Che-kyu 1998) where filmmakers were using “politically or culturally charged themes as simple plot elements or settings in their scenarios for their dramatic effect, not to make a political point”1 in a radical shift from the practices of the Golden Age of the 1950′s and 60′s and of the Korean New Wave of the 1980′s and early 1990′s and their portrayals of imperialist Americans or heroic struggles against Japanese colonists. In a recently post-colonial nation such as South Korea, this creates a complication of traditional post-colonialist ways of thinking. What happens now when a culture that has suffered a collective erasure of its memory and culture takes this position once it is no longer colonized?
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Finally. I’ve gotten to the Patlabor that I had originally intended to watch.
Let’s start with Akagi.
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Yea I know it’s been ages since I posted anything on this show but next week is the last episode so may as well right??
- Mahaty is on his deathbed and he wishes to see Kajika, her step-grandpa and her father. Rumaty finds out that Kajika is his cousin and is pretty shocked but accepts it.
- Kajika throws away the Burnsworth name and decides she will on her own try to get Li Ren back. Toranosuke follows her on his own free well like a little puppy and Mustafagene helps her with the financial side of things because…he’s like her loyal leopard
- Li Ren’s been emoing the last 4 episodes, it’s really annoying. But I think he’s finally gonna do something about the fact that he’s being forced to take over the Fang dynasty. (and this is all thanks to Carl telling him to stop being an emofag.)
So yea next week looks like Kajika & Li Ren finally get together and run to each other in sparkles & shit. xD I’ll be sure to have some finale impressions and cheesy screencaps.
So after a months hiatus this show is finally back. The final episode will air on February 14th. Brief breakdown:
- Rumaty returns to Lagine and claims his throne – but he still has no idea that he’s Kajika’s cousin (and he’s probably the only one at this point.)
- Quinza doesn’t actually die and he’s basically cleaning up the details to try to greet Rumaty at the palace before he dies.
- Mustafagene realizes that Kajika x Li Ren are the OTP now and becomes a sad panda
- I don’t know where Carl is.
And that about covers it. Kajika’s all deredere for Li Ren now so it’s pretty much downhill from here. Rumaty also claimed he’d be the last king of Lagine and after that I think it would become a democracy or something. I never thought that the show’s main focus would be on Rumaty, I was always under the impression it would sorta do a little bit of each guy. So much for that I guess lol.