Review: 「夢みるように眠りたい」 (Yume Miruyoni Nemuritai/To Sleep So As to Dream)

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  1. “The recurring scenes of a film-within-a-film introduce metatexuality”

    My word, I better start getting out my film making/literature books and revising before we meet. I don’t want to appear to dull 😉

    This looks so awesome. I have some questions about it and a Chilean filmmaker but they’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I need to watch Kotoko now.

    1. Sorreeeee. In academia, terms like metatextual, intertextual, etc. come up all the time so they don’t even strike me as particularly sophisticated anymore but simply as rather useful… But I wouldn’t think someone is dull if they don’t use terminology from literary theory (in fact, I’d judge you more harshly if you used an excess of fancy words). Also, I’m sure you know a lot more about anime, J-films in general and that your Japanese is fab compared to my singular words (and so forth).

      I’m sure you’d have loved this. I really hope you get to see it somewhere, sometime – it seems to screen very, very rarely only. It’s the sort of thing the Japanese Embassy would pick up though, their screenings normally involve real (i.e. not digital) films.

      Chilean filmmaker? Hmmm.

      Enjoy (?) Kotoko.

      1. I know what those big words mean! I use terms like metatextual all of the time. It’s the first thing I say when I get up in the morning. I won’t mention when I use intertextual… A bit risque. 😛

        Chilean filmmaker – Raul Ruiz – you are a film blogger who has an interest in South American literature and film so I was wondering if you have watched The Three Crowns of the Sailor.

        I watched it a few years ago and I have been desperate to get another opinion on it because it was so mind-boggling.

      2. Your sense of humour…

        How about ‘ontological break’?

        Not familiar with Raul Ruiz or The Three Crowns of the Sailor,
        though it’s rather curious that film was made in French. It seems a bit scarce in the online stores, but my uni library appears to have a copy. I will have to go check it to see if it’s the right region as the ones they sell all seem to be Region 1 only (which I can’t watch).

    1. Ontological break is one of those terms that doesn’t seem to appear anywhere – I have that from a class on postmodern literature I once took. Have you read Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy?

      I don’t have a DVD player, I watch on the computer and HATE the fact that you are essentially stuck on one region. I have DVDs I legally purchased that I cannot watch. That’s not how it should be.

      1. I’m not sure Paul Auster falls under ‘big American novelists’. The New York Trilogy is postmodern (not as painful as something like Gravity’s Rainbow but still postmodern). It’s an anti-detective novel and features an example of an ontological break.

      2. I have a copy of The New York Trilogy, but it’s probably at my parents. I can check at Christmas.

        Ahhh, the long wishlist for DVD releases…

  2. To Sleep So As to Dream looks interesting. The Maiku Hama trilogy ? Count me in. I like film noir. Perhaps I can convince the local library to buy or borrow it.

    1. I wish I had a region 1 DVD player because I would even be willing to purchase a copy of the Maiku Hama trilogy myself! Especially after having seen Hayashi’s wonderful debut.

      I hope you manage to convince your library! Who knows, they might even have it (I guess university libraries would be the best bet, since they are more likely to have a diverse and international selection of films).

      1. It can’t hurt to try. They borrowed an out of print book* for me from another library.

        There’s also a local “art house” theater that rents dvds/tapes. A long shot.

        *Momo by Michael Ende. Momo was featured in the K Drama, My Lovely Sam Soon. Ende also authored The Neverending Story. Neverending was one of my son’s favorite movies. He practically wore that tape out.

      2. I know Momo! Read that as a child. The Neverending Story too, but I always liked Momo better. There is a movie for Momo as well.

        I did know it was mentioned in that k-drama, because it came up as a reference in the You’re My Pet movie (that disaster of a movie), which made me wonder why Koreans would be familiar with Momo. Yet when googling for an answer I soon discovered that for some reason or another it’s a well-known book there and also that the mention in My Lovely Sam Soon popularised it even more.

  3. Hmm, we’ve already talked about borrowing films, what about books 😉 Maybe we can trade. Short stories by H.G. Wells? Do you like Angela Carter?

    I’m not one for double-dipping when it comes to films/anime (I’ve only done it a few times and the last was when Beez released a Patlabor 2 Special Edition version) but if someone came out with a Kiyoshi Kurosawa collection in a nice enough set, I would take leave of my faculties and spend silly money on it.

    1. I will admit (and happily so) I’m a book snob. I like postmodern and modern the best – Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Fernando Pessoa, J.M. Coetzee, Murakami, weird experiments like Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (probably one of her least read), Keri Hulme’s The Bone People, David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon. Love plays like Waiting for Godot, Six Characters in Search of an Author and poetry too (Seamus Heany!)

      I think I only ever read Carter’s Nights at the Circus (incidentally in the same class on postmodern literature where I read The New York Trilogy and learned about the ontological break). Don’t remember when I last read H.G. Wells.

      London’s not been very conducive to reading fiction though, I’ve read max three books this year. 🙁

      1. I’ve got a massive back-log of books/manga. I polished off two sub-par graphic novels today and now I’m going to attempt to hack my way through a horror novel that has taken my four weeks to get 50 pages through…

      2. No horror at all?

        If you ever want to take a chance though, a film worthy of breaking a vow of “no horror”, a classic black and white, independent film, Night of the Living Dead * would be it.

        I’d recommend watching it during a thunderstorm, with no other lights on in the house. My brother and i did that very thing. We’d even seen the movie before and it was still scary!

        * We watched Night of the Living Dead on KTVU’s television program, Creature Features. Read more about the show’s host, Bob Wilkins.

        Ah, nostalgia. Bob was the perfect host for horror movies.

        Can’t get enough of the Grim Reaper in Arang? I recently watched a Japanese film, Shinigami no Seido /Accuracy of Death. Have you seen it? A different take on the Grim Reaper.

    1. Fun? I suppose I would watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the gazillionth time, would that count?

      I like what I read/watch, including the super-slow stuff!

  4. The above was a attempt at humour. My apologies. When I complete my review archives, you will be surprised at some of the titles (it’s not all horror). As for now, time for a K-horror!!!


  5. 🙂 at the Sesame Street clip. I consider waiting for Godot scary. Now THAT, I will not watch. I can handle serial killers, yurei and bakemono but existential horror from Beckett? NO WAY! Stop trying to give me nightmares before I go to sleep.


    1. The clip cracks me up every time I see it (and I have seen it more than a dozen times for sure). It even alludes to the suicide-scene in the play.

      I saw it in London two years ago with Ian McKellen as a one of the hobos. It was sooooo amazing. I would go see it ever year, especially if Mr Gandalf performs in it. (He such a brilliant theatre actor.)

      I guess with the absurd it’s either you like or you don’t. I loooooove it. おやすみ!

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