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Most Americans have probably never heard of Kiyoshi Atsumi, the late Japanese actor who starred in all 48 Tora-san movies before his death in 1996. But the films are now available on DVDs, with subtitles -- and director Yoji Yamada is still alive and kicking in Tokyo. Here are the opening scenes and theme song: The series, perhaps the longest movie series ever, started out with the working title of "It's Not Easy Being a Man," and if Yamada was not the Sholom Aleichem of Japan, he came pretty close to being an epic storyteller. Atsumi played a character named »
- Dan Bloom
It's about time!
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced today that at this year's British Academy Film Awards they will give the "Harry Potter" film series the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. The franchise has spanned more than a decade and has accomplished amazing feats, so we're glad that someone is recognizing it (we're pointing accusing looks at you, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).
Author Jk Rowling and producer David Heyman will receive the award on behalf of the franchise during the BAFTA ceremony on February 13. In anticipation of the presentation, we've decided to outline the reasons why we think the "Harry Potter" series more than deserves this award.
1. It's maintained the same central cast of character for eight films.
- Terri Schwartz
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