It's a real shame; he was one of my favorite directors, and I'm really sorry not to see any more of his work. Most of our set might know him from Tokyo Godfathers, which got awards and was well publicized here, about 3 homeless guys (one of them a transvestite) caring for a lost/discarded baby. But, IMO, he really shines in his more surreal work, like Millennium Actress, and Paranoia Agent, and, my favorite, Paprika (which I highly recommend to everyone).
Joined: 24 Mar 2009 Posts: 451 Location: Sayre, PA
Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:47 am Post subject:
When I heard about this my heart broke a little. I've seen every Satoshi Kon project and though there are those I like more than other not a single one was overall disappointing he was always a sure thing. And at 47, I just assumed there would always be more films or OAV to watch in the future. He left us too soon.
_________________ C'est la vie. C'est la amour(mort).
You're right, at 47, you just assume that he'll be continuing to make amazing films for years to come, decades even. He was one of the leaders of his generation of film makers; there aren't many players in any industry whose passing hurts the industry as a whole, but he was one of them.
I'm not usually too bummed out by death; I'm a reincarnationist, and, to me, it's not much different than someone moving to Europe. You won't be seeing them again for a while, but it's not permanent. But I'm pretty sure they don't make anime in Europe, or, if they do, we never get to see it here. So no more awesome movies and TV from Kon-san; we'll eventually see the project he was working on when he died, but that's it.
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
- Brendan Gill
Joined: 24 Jul 2003 Posts: 2854 Location: Santa Monica, CA
Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:32 pm Post subject:
Here's a translated version of his parting message. It's not brief, and its emotionally powerful, so you may not want to read it at work. (I'm just posting this, for now, and I'll be reading it later, myself.)
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