Noriaki Yuasa bio?

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Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby king_ghidorah » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:24 pm

Just a question, but why hasn't there been a better bio of his life posted on-line anywhere?? His wiki page is just a few lines and his imdb is the best I can find, but it's still pretty sparse.

Like his films, or hate them, he deserves better....
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Postby MouthForWar » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:17 am

I think its just because there isn't enough English language material published about him.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby king_ghidorah » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:04 pm

Mouth posted this on my FB wall. It's the holy grail of interviews for me as Yuasa's english language interviews seem to be few and far between.

http://www.davmil.org/www.kaijuconversa ... /yuasa.htm

I like how Yuasa seemed to call it like he saw it. Very unusual in my experience....a lot of Japanese film makers seem to be very modest and reserved.

I think his comment about the 90s Gamera films are spot on. They're made by kaiju fans for adult kaiju fans. Gamera SHOULD be for children, but I have to disagree with Yuasa about there apparently being anything wrong with Kaneko's approach. I'm glad that we've got both approaches....although I think any future Gamera films should go back to being children's or family friendly films.

I love Kaneko's films but there's a degree of pretentiousness that's there, especially by the time we get to part 3.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby kiryugoji04 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:00 am

Meh. I want to like Yuasa because he seems like he was a really swell guy in general but he just wasn't a very good director. I also, just,

They're just Gamera movies. They're not art films.


Ugh.

I don't think the 90s films are really all that pretentious. If anything, I think more tokusatsu films really need the level of thought that the Kaneko/Ito/Higuchi team poured into their reworking. Even Gamera the Brave manages to be a family-oriented film AND deliver several very poignant emotional beats. I wonder if Yuasa would find it "too dramatic" as well. :|
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:00 am

It's hard for me to articulate what I think he's getting at....

I think essentially, what he was advocating, was for the difference of say...a Saturday morning cartoon vs. Evangelion or something. I think in Yuasa's mind Gamera belongs firmly in the Saturday morning cartoon camp.

I can see where you're coming from though Jared because I feel the same way. I just happen to agree with Yuasa a bit too. I think both Yuasa and Kaneko had it right, they just had two different philosophies. Depending on what route you want to go, one might make more sense to you but they both have their merits.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:22 am

Yuasa was irritated with the TONE of the 90s films...I get that, but I disagree. I was more irritated (if it can be called that, which it can't, not really. Except MAYBE part 3) by the APPROACH. A little self-important, if you ask me. Though maybe some of that comes from the tone...I mean, if you have a character in a kid's movie saying, "Gamera is the guardian of all things good and great and beautiful and we share a special bond" it almost sounds less silly than if that happens in a more serious film, because of the light-hearted nature. So maybe Yuasa has a point that the tone is wrong...but maybe it was just wrong for the approach they took?

Does that make any sense?

If not, then Yuasa is wrong and the 90s films are great. :P But I really do wish ALL filmmakers took the time and attention to their craft and the story they want to tell that Kaneko fairly routinely does. I find him overall a touch pretentious, but I can't find any flaw in the care and thought he puts into making a film and telling a story.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby klen7 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:35 am

oriyoshi Inoue drew about 500 pre-production sketches, but his original design ended up being used.
I wouldn't mind seeing those.

I once saw the top of the Nezura costume. Daiei's executives often asked me to use it in one of the Gamera films, but I just couldn't do it.
I thought Nezura was just a bunch of (flee infested) rats running around miniatures. Was Nezura a rat costume, or was there to be another monster in the film?
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:52 am

I think a decent metaphor would be the 60's Batman series vs. Nolan's. Both are great, in their own respective ways. Obviously the 60s approach is way out of style these days but there's nothing inherently wrong with it either.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby kiryugoji04 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:55 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:It's hard for me to articulate what I think he's getting at....

I think essentially, what he was advocating, was for the difference of say...a Saturday morning cartoon vs. Evangelion or something. I think in Yuasa's mind Gamera belongs firmly in the Saturday morning cartoon camp.

I can see where you're coming from though Jared because I feel the same way. I just happen to agree with Yuasa a bit too. I think both Yuasa and Kaneko had it right, they just had two different philosophies. Depending on what route you want to go, one might make more sense to you but they both have their merits.


I'm down with their being multiple approaches to any genre – Godzilla vs. Gigan and Gamera 3 being two of my absolute favorite monster films should make that pretty obvious – but it annoys me when people say it MUST be one way or the other. I'm just as frustrated by people who say that monster films can only be Saturday morning romps and not serious or thought-provoking in any way as I am by fanboys who say that monster movies can ONLY be dark and serious gritfests. The single greatest aspect of the Japanese monster genre is its depth and flexibility.

Because, Goddammit, I'm going to make my melancholy, WKW-influenced kaiju films and AIN'T NOBODY GONNA STOP ME. D:<
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby tbeasley » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:33 pm

Reminds me of a few interviews for Pacific Rim where Guillermo del Toro basically said, "I can't fool myself into thinking I'm making a profound reflection of mankind with giant robots and monsters." And I'm like, why not? I enjoyed Pac Rim but I want to see a big-budget Hollywood monster movie like that. Maybe it'll be Godzilla 2014.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:17 pm

Yeah I like that we can get both approaches too.

Jared, I want to see this melancholy thing you speak of.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:28 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:Jared, I want to see this melancholy thing you speak of.

Maybe he meant GMK?
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:32 am

jellydonut25 wrote:
king_ghidorah wrote:Jared, I want to see this melancholy thing you speak of.

Maybe he meant GMK?


Nope.

Basically, one of my ultimate aspirations as a filmmaker is to make a film or films that capture something akin to a Wong Kar-Wai movie if he had Tomoyuki Tanaka as a producer. There's nothing concrete in pre-production at Lobsterdance right now but I've several outlines, treatments, and half-finished scripts that play with this idea of combining Japanese-style movie monsters with restless, melancholy character dramas and romances. I know it seems like a weird ideal to work towards but these are my two absolute favorite genres and I can't help wanting to try and unify them in my work. XD

Besides, it's not all that outside of the realm of what's already come out of Japan. One of the main reasons I admire Gamera 3 and Gamera the Brave so much is their focus on somewhat more intimate character relationships set against the giant monster backdrops and Kiyotaka Taguchi's Neo Ultra Q work also comes very close to the kind of things I want to make. ESPECIALLY episode 2. Holy hell, that's one of the best kaiju-related works to come out of Japan in a long, long while. Really, Neo Ultra Q in general. <3 There's plenty of anime that manages to capture that kind of spirit as well. FLCL is my major touchstone in that department but Evangelion does that as well, albeit delving into much darker areas.

The film I'm actually in the middle of directing now is a straight up drama for this very reason. No special effects in this one. Just trying to focus more on character creation, theme development, and emotional authenticity before I start trying to work the more fantastical elements back in.

So yeah. Pardon my veering so wildly off-topic. Back to Yuasa now. Carry on.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:49 am

:D
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:39 pm

I'm basically setting myself to fail spectacularly in the eyes of the baseline majority of giant monster fans. XD
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby klen7 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:54 pm

So will this be an unauthorized sequel to Kaiju Killer?
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:04 pm

I couldn't even dream of being able to compare to that masterpiece of cinema.
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Re: Noriaki Yuasa bio?

Postby lhb412 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:08 pm

kiryugoji04 wrote:I couldn't even dream of being able to compare to that masterpiece of cinema.


It's at least gonna be set in the same continuity as those fan films Don Glut made in the '60s, right?
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