Princes of the Yen


A most excellent documentary on how the Japanese became an economic miracle thanks to their economic planning —  via Window Guidance, a process by which the Bank of Japan imposed where the credit went, and what quantity of it. It also shows how unbridled capitalism, which took hold of the country in the 80s, made it prey to boom and bust cycles and caused it to become the most indebted country in the world.

You can watch it in YouTube.

Ghost in the Shell



A Time to Kill


Watched this movie today. Mid-90’s movie dealing with police and/or lawyers is pretty much my dream, so I was really looking forward to it. It was pretty worth it.

The author is, as you can see in the poster above, the same one who wrote The Firm and The Client. I’ve seen them both and you can totally see the resemblance, especially with The Client. This and the client are pretty much the same movie structurally, only with different (not so different in some cases) characters and different settings and backgrounds. This one is set in the really really racist south of the USA, with the Ku Klux Clan making an appearance. Racism is not only the background though, but the main point here, along with vengeance.

I can’t say I can relate to the protagonist’s struggle. The first ten minutes show a man killing the rapists of his ten year old daughter. There is plenty of motive and it is understandable. I see why he did it. The protagonist is defending him and trying to get a not guilty. I would not agree with that. Taking justice into your own hands is how you start racial wars. He should be declared guilty. But, of course, there is a long trial and two smart lawyers fighting it out. I love this, and therefore had a lot of fun. Not the best movie ever, some cheap dialogues from time to time, but nice.

Q & A


This movie took me by surprise. It’s almost 30 years old, so don’t expect… a lot of things. But it’s pretty brilliant in many ways, and raises many questions about police work and ethics, racism, politics, law enforcement, loyalty, and belonging to a group. All wrapped up in a thriller-like movie in which we know who the bad guy is from the start, only we don’t know how bad he is.