Documentary about red-beret-ed Jimmy Mirikitani, a feisty painter working and living on the street, near the World Trade Center, when 9/11 devastates the neighborhood. A nearby film editor,...
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Documentary about red-beret-ed Jimmy Mirikitani, a feisty painter working and living on the street, near the World Trade Center, when 9/11 devastates the neighborhood. A nearby film editor, Linda Hattendorf, persuades elderly Jimmy to move in with her, while seeking a permanent home for him. The young woman delves into the California-born, Japan-raised artist's unique life which developed his resilient personality, and fuels his 2 main subjects: cats and internment camps. The editor films Jimmy's remarkable journey back into his incredible past.Written by
This is not something I would normally go and see. The production company did a horrible job marketing it by putting the main character on the poster and I avoided it a couple of times because it didn't look very interesting. But after I read some good reviews and saw it won the Tribeca Film Festival, I couldn't avoid seeing it anymore. I was totally blown away by how good this film was. It was one of the most emotional experiences I've had in a movie theater in a long time. Better than all the Hollywood films I've seen in years. I felt like a little kid as I cheered for Jimmy Mirikitani as he makes an incredible transformation from anonymous street person to important living artist (the "Grand Master" as he so beautifully calls himself). I wish every person could see this story as a testament to what it means to be human and as an example to foreigners that not all Americans are gun-loving, war-mongering, selfish pricks who care little for the fate of other people, especially foreigners. See this film! I promise you won't regret it.
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