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In Memoriam of Satoshi Kon
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i saw the link to the charity for and thing for the cancer organization which one is for pancreatic cancer is it any of the ones that involve caner institutes im bad and understanding things sorry
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R.I.P.
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only in true darkness do i tread... always one step ahead never willing to look back at what you had already crossed.. life is but a translucent after thought.. his works will live on for ever..
paranoia agent got me out of some dark shit.. without anime in my life i might not have made it... and dream machine was a highly anticipated anime for me.. im so sad to see a genius like Satoshi-san pass away..
Keiichi Ikari: "The whole world is about to end, and all because of a goddamned puppy!"
RIP Satoshi Kon...
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Am I the only one who is offended by this?
It seems insulting that the people of the country who plagiarized off Kon would be sending his family and coworkers condolences.
If we're really sincere about this, we should petition Warner Bros. to give the Kon family a cut of the money raked in by Inception (which directly copied Paprika, for those who weren't paying attention); otherwise it's just another smack in the face akin to what Disney did to the Tezuka family upon release of The Lion King.
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great guy. Loved his work. He'll be very missed.
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sickVisionz wrote:
They probably sold poorly or not well enough to justify a license rescue or new release.


Paranoia Agent got serious exposure by having a few runs on Adult Swim. If it sold poorly back then it's because so many people had already seen it. But now, between being long out of print and Kon's untimely death it's in very high demand for a re-license. Unfortunately the license rate may have gone up as well now.

Millenium Actress is a big question mark. Older movies by Kon are still in print and readily available, but this one somehow got pushed aside. Either Dreamworks is sitting on the license or it's expired. Either way I'm keeping a space on my DVD shelf warm for it.


HibiscusKazeneko wrote:

Am I the only one who is offended by this?
It seems insulting that the people of the country who plagiarized off Kon would be sending his family and coworkers condolences.
If we're really sincere about this, we should petition Warner Bros. to give the Kon family a cut of the money raked in by Inception (which directly copied Paprika, for those who weren't paying attention); otherwise it's just another smack in the face akin to what Disney did to the Tezuka family upon release of The Lion King.


I don't think Kon was as offended by it as you are. In fact he was a fan of Hollywood movies ("Paprika Director Satoshi Kon Listed 100 Notable Films") and would possibly have found it to be an honor if he ever made the connection (assuming it's true). Besides, I'm sure Kon and his family are smart enough to know the difference between being (allegedly) ripped off by a major corporation and heartfelt condolences from the fans.
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gah.. I remember watching Perfect Blue for the first time, I was on a 30 hour gaming stretch and my friend LANs over the .AVI and says, "watch this". Now, as I'm watching this I'm dozing in and out of sleep.. waking up at parts I had already watched like wtf??!?!? was one of the wickedest fatigue trips i've had. Truly epic.

Anyone who's seen the movie will probably understand, although i missed some plot points while i was dozing, wow.. just wow. epic experience

Rest your body well sir, as your spirit still lives on in your works.
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Capt: "without anime in my life i might not have made it..."

Yeah, for me, I guess it was Berserk and Nuku Nuku. Yeah, I know, weird combo.

Hibiscus: "It seems insulting that the people of the country who plagiarized off Kon would be sending his family and coworkers condolences."

Well, that's the least they owe him, especially since Kon blogged about meeting Darren when he was promoting Requiem. [ http://konstone.s-kon.net/modules/notebook/archives/60 ] Especially since Darren's pretending PB has nothing to do with Swan, even though the script you can d/l-if you look around-says otherwise. ["Mima, Nina, what's the difference...?"] http://filmadelphia.org/blog/?p=793 Though the biggest a-hole thing I've seen from the guy is comparing Swan to The Wrestler. And yeah, Madhouse and the Kon family will be lucky if they get even those letters at this point. Though I did manage to at least reach someone high-ranking at the Annies who might consider giving him an honorary award. [They gave one to Roy Disney last year.] But it helps to be join me request Antran@annieawards.org nicely for that honor. Though at least one of the How to Train Your Dragon directors acknowledged him, which is probably one of the few reasons I might rent that film one day, since I missed it in theaters. [ http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/26/local/la-me-satoshi-kon-20100826 ]

"If we're really sincere about this, we should petition Warner Bros. to give the Kon family a cut of the money raked in by Inception (which directly copied Paprika, for those who weren't paying attention); otherwise it's just another smack in the face akin to what Disney did to the Tezuka family upon release of The Lion King. "

Well, the thing about Paprika vs. The Lion King is that, unlike the Tezuka manga/anime, Kon and Madhouse do not own the original idea. It's an adaptation of a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui. At least w/ GITS, Oshii's take was, other than the story, radically different in execution enough that you can separate it from the Shirow version. That's why there was no way the Wachowskis could get out of pretending they never saw it before. And that's why Di$ney was able to cover its ass on Atlantis, even though it ripped off Nadia's character designs, because both productions were adaptations. Plus, Inception's just different enough from Paprika in terms of execution that Nolan gets off Scott free. But yeah, it's not like I didn't notice this with Nolan before. I mean Batman Begins totally swiped scenes from the Bebop and Utena movies. [The Batmobile is just basically the Utena-mobile with the wheels from that truck at the end. ]

xanxa: I think Paranoia Agent did well enough for Geneon, 'cus they were still around when it came out here. And it probably actually did better here than in Japan, 'cus Kon was even more niche there than here. So I doubt the price is an issue, as much what godawful new crap Geneon's trying to unload on anyone who wants to rescue it. Though I could imagine them jacking the price over the fact that they felt screwed by Inception-gate, as well as Aronofsky buying the remake rights to PB for a song. As for MA, the license might still belong to Dreamamount. So the only suggestion I could come up with for that situation is to pester Criterion to release an SE of it. As for Kon's feelings on the issue, I talked to a Madhouse employee who confirmed he was indeed slightly irritated, at least judging by his blog entries. I was actually surprised, 'cus my engine translations of those comments seemed to suggest he chose to be humble about it, because he knew he didn't have long, anyway. But the Japanese language has different intonations for words which suggest different degrees of emotion. And thus said person would probably know how Kon expressed better than anyone, even if said person only met him a few times.

As for that movie list, well, Kon liked to blog about movies, shows, and songs he rented or owned. It's weird seeing an artsy guy like him write about mass-entertainment fare like Ultra 7 and Die Hard 4, but that was the kind of guy he was, I guess. And there's a part of me that thinks that he came up with that list partly in hopes that there'd be reciprocation from people like Nolan. That's why you'll notice TDK made it on there. In regards to his family, I'm guessing they're still more invested in mourning his loss than anything else right now. I'm just wondering what the former friends Kon hired to run his "empire" are planning to do.
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Rest in Peace, Satoshi Kon.
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I was just thinking about Tokyo Godfathers...I saw a list of an author's favorite Christmas movies before 1990s. I thought she would have to add a few from this century and Tokyo Godfathers was second on my list, (after Love Actually) I'd love to see it become one of the holiday staples.
It's always sad when a wonderful talent is lost to the world, but the up side of the arts is that their works can still be enjoyed in the years to come.
Deepest sympathy for the family and close friends.
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Damn... I did NOT know this...The only films I ever did watch from Satoshi Kon were Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika. Should I ever run across any of his films on TV or any expos that carry any of the DVDs, I'll pick them up without question! You lived a wonderful life Satoshi Kon, we'll never forget what you did in the anime industry.
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RIP mr Kon
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yeah R.I.P Takeshi Shudō
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