The Wolverine? Heck no. Yukio All the Way!

Yukio played by Rila Fukushima

Yukio totally stole the entire The Wolverine film for me.

“Yukio is an occasional thief by profession, as well as a rōnin, a masterless samurai. Yukio has been portrayed as a free spirit with an almost careless disregard for personal danger. While she is highly skilled in the martial arts, Yukio is not a mutant and possesses no super powers. Her specialty weapons are scalpel-like shuriken, of which she can hurl several at a time with deadly accuracy.”

She was the one saving grace to what would’ve been complete disappointment.

More Yukio badassery, please!

Look, I don’t mind predictable story lines as long as they’re done well, which means the actors and actresses really have to come through. Unfortunately, not everyone did here. And so, most of the characters weren’t memorable like the evil blonde lady mutant or even Mariko, who was Wolverine’s love interest (which I dunno why since there was zero chemistry between the two…like, nada..nothing.)

Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima, was such a badass — with her shocking red hair; with the sword skills; with her WTF-did-you-just-say?! expressions; and, with her unwavering loyalty. I was seriously bummed during the times she wasn’t on screen.

Kudos to Rila for making me fall in love with Yukio.

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From Up On Poppy Hill (Trailer)

Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi and Shun and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. 

(Director by Goro Miyazaki; scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa; and produced by Studio Ghibli.)

Noodling around Central Square over the weekend, Mr. Lee and I spotted a movie poster for “From Up On Poppy Hill.” A quick search and it was playing at the Kendall Square Cinema close by. We decided to go for it.

I’m glad that the version that was playing at the theatre was the un-dubbed version. That was a relief.

It was a quiet kind of flick. Although, everyone in the audience cringed and got squeamish over the Luke and Leia moment — we did too. Maybe that’s why it didn’t get a wider release or more promotion?

I liked it, but Mr. Lee wasn’t as happy with it because he was expecting some magic — a Studio Ghibli trademark. Ahhh…so much to live up to when connected with the Studio Ghibli name.

Anyhow, great for adults…not so much for the kids. But, I’m glad for that 🙂

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On Lady Humps

Well, these are much tamer than comic book covers which tend to always show ladies in a much more naked state boob-wise..

Avengers” director Joss Whedon is known for treating female characters on par with his male ones, but even the posters for that movie took pains to show off Scarlett Johansson‘s derriere. 

But Whedon’s movie isn’t the only one. A Reddit user noticed a trend in promotional materials for action and comic book movies: Female characters are often shown in uncomfortable positions seemingly designed only to highlight spandex-covered bottoms. (via Huffington Post article Action Movie Butt Shots: Why Must Fighting Females Assume The Same Pose?)

And actually, I was much more offended with Dr. Manhattan‘s peen making its appearance throughout the entire Watchmen flick. But I suppose that nuclear energy would disintegrate all type of underpants and such.
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