Films for Bridging Cultures

18 09 2010

Today, I went out to watch a film called Harimaya Bridge.  True to its name it’s a film about bridging cultures specifically of the America and Japan type, although it isn’t the first film to do so. Another film in its category: Big Dreams Little Tokyo. (Click Here for a review by DarkMirage)

Harimaya Bridge dealt with generations, cultures, and family (For a synopsis go elsewhere). While Big Dreams Little Tokyo went more pragmatist and dealt with social, business, and intellectual opportunities. But for both films the sensation is when the paradigm shift yields favorable results. In Harimaya the paradigm shift occurred when he was able to see what was in front of him and link them treasured moments in his past to overcome his contempt in order to learn to share the dreams and accomplishments of future generations instead of clinging to the past.

While Harimaya Bridge took place in Japan, Big Dreams Little Tokyo took place right here in America, Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Unlike with an older generation, this movie concerns a newer generation and explores a not so apparent relationship between knowing another culture and one’s success in life. The appeal with our generation on this one is that we’re fresh out of college/high school and we’re looking to strike it rich, we’re looking for jobs, maybe we want the pride and glory of entrepreneurship without the willingness to actually work with it or be patient about it which leads to a great deal of frustration.

Culture bridging films are great, and I think as pointed out in Big Dreams Little Tokyo, unless it’s a hell of a book, then it probably won’t sell. So why not make it a movie? There may have been more movies about bridging cultures, maybe not with Japan and the US like the ones exemplified in this blog post, but with just these two, they’ve covered a large spectrum of ideas. They’re very hard to come by, however— a good one, that is.

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