Hello. Thank you for visit my website. Sorry, this site is Japanese language only. (Of course, except this page)
The reason I made this website is... I was fascinated by the movies since my early childhood. I just love to watch any kind of movies, and I tried to watch them all. I was fascinated by those silver screen stars those Japanese distributors showed me. Stars like so called brad packers, "Goonies" or "Stand by Me" idols.
Then I watched Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor movies like "Brewster's Millions" and "48 hrs". I love them. Whole new laughs towards me, something I've never had before but something I can relate to. Then I watched "Mo' Money", instantly Damon Wayans became my idol. I just wanted to know all about him, I just want to write to him how much I loved his movie. But soon I realized he was never on Japanese movie magazines. but those brad packers were on covers. That time we didn't have internet like now. I don't know when Damon's new movies come out to Japan. Then I found his new movies in the stores, 2 or 3 years later from original US release. So my passion for Damon was not so growing back then. I think every moviegoer want to watch their idols right then, not 2 or 3 years later, and definitely not on VHS! I want him on BIG screen. Soon I found there are so many talented actors were never on Japanese movie magazines. I just wanted to know who played Eddie Murphy's good friend in gBoomerangh (needless to say, two snaps and a kiss combination with Damon, David Alan Grier. I had no idea back then!) , I just wanted to know who made the gJuiceh and why he made. I felt very irritated.
I felt my situation is much related to Japanese moviegoers too. Especially so called Black movies or Urban movies lovers. They don't have much enough to opportunity to watch their loves, so it is very easy to lose their passion for their favorite movies or actors.
Then I read Donald Boogle's book gToms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, Bucksh, my inspiration was there. So many talented actors ignored in Japan. Then I read Mark A Reid gRedefining Black Filmh, his book gave me good directions. Mel Watkins' book gOn the Real Sideh cleared what black humor is and why I love their humor.
They are my inspirations, what they did in the books is my goal. There are some Japanese wrote about Black movies, and they are very good source for Japanese too. But I still think there are still missing pages. Some of them are appraised only 70's Blaxploitation era. Or there are missing of names of Charles Burnett, Haile Gerima and UCLA grads. Or some of them are missing what Richard Pryor did in the 80fs!! Can you believe that?
And also I realized Hollywood people don't know so many Japanese people enjoy African American films. We love Spike Lee and we try to understand his message, and we want to watch his films more! They just don't know that. I'm trying to amplify that voices. Wishing the Hollywood threw more money to Spike and them to make their money, and release more in Japan.
What is the African American films? That is my biggest challenge. I don't want to be a person who only praise so called Hood movies or Blaxploitation. Since I started to watch the movies, I realized the African American images are numerous. And thier views and voices are not monolith. Gangbangers are not covered all black image, but they are one of them. It is like a piece of puzzles. We need all of them to make it. But I don't want to create stereotype by my movie reviews.
Well, I hope my webpage cover those missing pages of African American films. And I know I am a one of happiest who enjoy those good movies. Just want to share with y'all.
So, if you are a movie star, filmmaker, singer, rapper, artist, author or whatever, please contribute with me. It helps me and Japanese fans a lot, and I believe it helps you too. Maybe your pictures find on this site. But I just want to show off your talents, please forgive me. And you like to contribute with me or have good thoughts? Or message to your fan? Or just want to give me your Hollywood money? (WOW!)
Please contact me.
"I've always believed that the culture of a people is the SOUL of a people."
By Harry Belafonte
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Last modified 7/28/04