Thursday, July 31, 2014

Meet insignificantother, VarsityWrestler, whateverFuck, VITALITY, and DC's other select international male slaves for the month of July 2014


wentohell, 22
When I am with a man I change a lot.
I'm meat.
I'm looking for a meat harvesting sadist.
I'm tired of being skinny.


cum-mouth, 20
Alrite? I'm Roy, 20 from Newcastle. Now livin it up in London with family.
Basicly a lil poofter lookin to suck a chav lad's dick, drink his piss and cum and offer my arse for him to ruin.
I can cum 12 times.
Up for it?


frenchchateauslave, 21
Interested in staying in a beautiful French chateau in the quiet countryside in the south of France for a week complete with your own young slave ready to be used and abused and made to serve you and obey your every command? The 30-acre estate includes an extensive garden, a pool and plenty of out buildings that make perfect places to use and abuse the slave in all sorts of ways during your stay.

Rental of the chateau is from Saturday to Saturday with check-in being 4pm in the afternoon and check-out by 10am the following Saturday. The entire Chateau must be rented and can accommodate up to 11 people in its two double and three twin rooms.

The slave will be presented to you at check-in and will be available to you during your entire stay until you check-out. The slave will be presented to you naked with a locked collar and a leash attached and locked restraints on its wrists and ankles. Its cock, balls and arse will be shaved, it will be given multiple enemas beforehand until its cunt hole is thoroughly cleaned and its cock will be locked in a cage. Alternatively, if you prefer, the slave can be hooded and chained up spread-eagled from the rafters in the work shed ready to receive its first whipping and flogging from you.

This is a unique opportunity for a Master or multiple Masters...not one to be missed!!


Bieberslave, 21
Firstable sorry for my english, it's not perfect and I'm working hard on it.

I get mistook for Justin Bieber every day and eveyr hour sometime. That and I'm 100% submissive massochist bottom. Does that make me The Perfect Storm? You have to decide.

Masters I've been with lose their shit on me. The Justin Bieber thing to me makes them go crazy. I love it! I don't think I'm long for this world know what I'm saying?

My dream is to be a professional writer. I have written plenty of stories and am working on a more full length story that I hope I can work until it is good enough to get published!


NeverTooMuchDuctTape, 20
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to have a human-shaped silver maggot squirming on your floor or bed while you relax or spend time online? I'm not looking for anything anal or pain, but for a dude who'd LOVE to take his time totally encasing me in smooth, shiny, inescapable duct tape. No feet showing, or dick showing, or head showing. There shouldn't be ANY skin showing. Even the skin of the nose should be silver. Just two 1/4 inch holes over the nostrils, but otherwise I should be swallowed alive by duct tape.

You could call a friend over after I'm sealed up. "Dude, you gotta come see this asshole I totally wrapped in duct tape, there's nothing left of him showing!"

And, of course, my nose would eventually have to be duct taped shut, at least long enough for some pics or video. The sound of duct tape being pulled off the roll by strong male hands is one of the best sounds there is. And nobody gets out of duct tape.


notdoinganything, 19
young film student looking to be filmed being humiliated by a master. not looking for sex, need a short scene of me being dominated for a film project. i can pay and your face will not be shown.


iamsure, 23
I'm a awkward persone, I try not to be I think that's what it is.

What do I mean when I say I see 247 365 captivity? Not just the usual life of servitude, in fact far from it. I mean in the hardest sense, - a gimp, reduced to my body surface only, tied, gagged, kept caged when not in use, but always in that heavily gimped tied gagged hooded when out of the cage.

With regards to the torture part of my name, I think nothing highlights so effectively how helpless you are than torture...the harder the torture, the more helpless and hopeless the victim/captive/sub/slave (delete to your taste) feels.

I would also like to get snuffed before the earth does, so within a couple of years?

So, in summary, my interests are bondage, gags, hoods, torture, whipping, caning, basements, isolation, sensory deprivation, torment, use, abuse, most kinky fuckery, and eventually death/buried in basement/cement covered/gone/never existed in the first place.

You will not regret this.


GayBoy4Sale, 19
I am not looking for a 'Master', whose 'slave' is more a soulmate and a living-in-partner. I dream from a more serious authentic slavelife, as one knows it from films like Roots - but at the same time fear my dreams. At least, what i am looking for I can't find here in the West. My phantasies are more about the East.

After reading the fictionbook 'A Life in chains', which is situated in the Arab world, I feel more and more that i need the real. I am bored with playing. The more brutal you are the more I'll like it later. Rape, scream, destroy.

Kissing, cudling included, but I prefer to start the action right away.

I'm a weed smoker, I drink even though I'm not 21.


Few months ago I cheated on my girlfriend with another bitch that I thought I was fucking as a friend. I was never satisfied with a pussy and now I wanna try the dick. They are not as tight as me. . .. I am officially guy and I would love to try it in my butt. If you are interested please send me a picture of your dick to this number Seven Seven three- nine eight three- Six seven three three . Show me how smart you are by finding out my number.


whateverFuck, 18
I'm 14.
I am shy and whore.
It makes me horny to get fucked and filled with juice like a hooker.
I am nervous to who I am.
I want live in cage.
I want guy who wants me and do not mind my age, who is 16 to 18years old, living in Ciudad Jardin in Malaga, Malaga, Spain.


Drew, 23
I like to do stuff even if I actually Don't want it cuz it's my problem if I have to do things I Don't want for saying this so do what u want to me make me do whatever


thatteens, 19
Support chelsea/southampton and Barcelona.
Want to wake up one day after our team lossing made to wear the wining teams kit all day. Go out make sure we're seen. On full kit wankers.

Then take us to see the game thinking we're going to se my team play. Then put us in the full kit of the opposite team and make us chear the on.

Want to put we've chav wear, (under you normal wear) taking to town with no money just a phone. Left in town with a note saying we must get hime by asking people for moment for the bus, "bruv do u have 20p for the bus we could borrow". If we was to fail then master comes and gets us tho we're punished.


DeafSlave, 22
I hope someone has cowboy boots and dress shoes and we will do more etc ok please come over please I beag u I need to be done


Tastemycherryass, 19
Hi my name is Cristian. Here is a balkan Boy and neurotic masochist kid. I am in Nederland for 1 year. I come here (Nederland) to do something. I come here (here) to off load my horniness and loads of cum.

Bored with your fist? Beating your meat alone doesnt give you the satisfaction you nned?

I really want to be brutally raped.

Can you guess what's under the shirt? Let me know if you give up.

Everything in life is about sex, apart from sex, which is about power.

Write now and you can rape me in 30 minutes.


insignificantother, 21
What i currently am is irrelevant. i don't want you to be concerned with who i am as a person, my thoughts or feelings. destroy me, and leave an obedient sack of meat in my place. come on, set me free.


No-other-choice, 21
Me: 21, 5'4", 120lb, 28w, Slim, Black Hair, Smooth, Hispanic

Me: Passive/submissive, unfriendly, low key, very gay/fem & shy who carries a canvas bag everywhere

Me: Stylelines, totebag, 80s music, Rick Owens, cute underwear, Levis 510, scary films, junk food, dogs

Me: No filter, I say whatever comes to my head, if easily butthurt, a complete prick, SWERVE.

Me: If i'm not having fun you will have fun for sure. Do the math.

Me: This useless stupid bitch is now owned by Master Laldiore.


My_fishing_expedition, 18
I've been tied up a couple times up to this point. But there always seems to be something in the way. Now there's nothing in the way. And I want to see what's what...


I used to work te parties at diamond Jim's. And I got tied up in a demonstration once. And it didn't go well. I'd love to try that again...


Do not be afraid to write.


servicedoll, 18
This brainwashed, obedient, bitch boy toy toilet son piggy whore dog slave of 18 years who started to serve gay men when it was 2 years old has been trained to be an empty-headed doll; however, it requires improvement in its oral skill. If you are available to brutally throatfuck this excellent slave, please message. Priority will go to the well-hung and fat to superfat.

Do what it takes to be satisfied but do not let the slave cum.


Hugo, 19
Hi I'm Hugo!

I'm a swedish guy who moved to anaheim not long ago.

I have a teen hair fetish.

I will do anything you want if you're a teenager and if I can have your hair to smell and play with and taste and worship.

I know I'm a teenager too. I know it's weird.

I like melancholy boys, pretty sad boys with violent tempers....

I will move into a two bedroom apartment for you. I Will Love You.


marker, 24
I'm 24yo gay male, grew up in Gillette, WY from 91-98, moved around allot ended up in North Little Rock, AR until 2003 when I got arrested, spent several months in jail then moved to Ozark, AR, from 2008 until 2010 I was in Arkansas department of corrections, moved to walnut creek, CA Dec of 2010. I moved myself into the city (San Francisco, CA) on my birthday April 15th, 2011 with no job and no money. Ended up living in the mission hotel a month before folsom street fair in 2011 until I was evected January 2013, been on the streets and staying in the shelters, been in and out of jail because of my drug use. When I was in jail this last time I realized that I needed help with drugs and housing. So Thru Jail Psych I Got Into A Harm Reduction House. Started going to crystal meth anonymous meetings. I have made a decision that I REALLY REALLY want to totally stop using, my down fall is needles.



Submissive and sick and obedient teen stooge owned and very fucking hated by 2 and made available to you. READ ON.


Whore piece of fucking shit captured and held in Luton skinny 18 year old.

Looking for real aggro men no matter what, brutal and unfair.


INVITATIONS FOR WEEKEND REAL BASHING FAGGOTS in Luton any 3-4 months, big house with big basement.


Strict Admission Rules.
1. Only real extreme violent men. Real Bashing faggots. (Not vanilla of any kind or people who become afraid with blood or broken bones)
2. Just extremely male-male.

Things this whore is for:
rape (dry bleeding)
kicks and punches (face ass cock balls)
full forced toilet
punishment (unfair no rights no wrongs)
heavy damage

What happens to him after is OUR business, if you feel guilt DONT DO THIS!

Booking for first weekend August.

If you live far away (no matter where) but want to come contact us we can come to a financial agreement


Sent PM


lovedungeons, 18
I need to know someone with a dungeon.

Please, You are a Master, not a madman, so you are with your feet on the earth. BACK OFF!!!!!!!


VarsityWrestling, 19
For all masters, I will be back, but after a few hours I discovered that I am not ready for ownership, also everybody wants my skype, within 1 minute, those are the things I am not ready for within 5 minutes. Sorry, and the same goes for my phonenumber.
For all the poeple I did not awnser yet, if I would have awnserd everybody, I would have been typing till next week, for me it is too mutch, hope you understand this. I realy just want to be honest in this, if you give me time, we can build to where I am able to serve You as a slave should.


p.s. Hey. If you have any interest, the superb thinker/writer Diarmuid Hester, maybe better known around here as d.l. Schoolboyerrors, has written this terrific thing about my scrapbook/book 'Gone' over on the 3AM site/magazine, and it's here. ** Bill, Thanks, Bill. 'Tokyo Godfathers' is his kind of softest one, but it's still pretty great. 'Paprika' for sure. Hope you get what needs to be done out of the way with enough time left to do London way up. What's on your agenda? ** Thomas Moronic, It is, it is. 'Feel the Pain', I mean. Yep, Kp slipped me a copy, and, wow, it's so fucking good. My hat is heavily doffed. I would recommend a revisit to 'Paprika'. It's quite something. And thank you about 'Gone'. Yeah, Diarmuid's article is a cool and heavy honor. ** Nicki, Hi. It was/is, for sure, yeah: 'Under the Skin'. That director's films are very interesting to a one, and all of them really different and distinct. Oh, sure, yes, about how social media can be used. Its importance as a political tool is proven every day all over the world. I don't disagree with you. And if you have a focused friends group and employ it in the way you guys are doing, it's invaluable. In my case, I just okayed anyone who wanted to be my 'friend' when I joined, so my feed is a big mix and mess, and I've seen what you're talking about, but I also see FB encouraging a lot of barely thinking, lying, exploding narcissism, mindfucking, hysteria, and asshole-ish behavior of every kind rising up constantly, and wherein Gaza and, oh, Orland Bloom throwing a punch at Justin Bieber are treated as though they were interchangeable opportunities to be a jerk, which is, you know, fine, and more power to people who feel the need to stress out and cathart in public, but it's as exhausting as it is interesting. Did you finish your chapter? ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Oh, the new version is fine and nice, I just greatly prefer the more baroque, overloaded original version is all. Really? 'Man at Bath' is coming out on DVD in the States? Trippy. ** Cobaltfram, Well, hey there, John! And thanks for conceptualizing the idea of kissing me. You're a Kon fan, very cool. I've been very busy and very good, thank you. We finish shooting during the first week of September, if all goes as planned. Sure, okay, about the Skype thing. Maybe next week sometime? The film has put my novel in the background for the moment, which sucks, but so it goes. I think about it and grow it in my head all the time, but I haven't had hardly anytime to get stuff on the page. I will soon, though. I'm reading a lot. Well, not at this very moment, but generally. Paris is great, naturally. The summer hasn't been too steamy all in all so far. Very cool to see you, man! ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh. "Paprika' is pretty terrific. Kind of a wacky, weirdly measured psychedelic thing. I haven't read Tsutsui, but I definitely need to and will soon. ** Gary gray, Hi, Gary, long time no see and what a sight for sore eyes and etc., for sure. Really good list, duh. Some very interesting choices. Nervous Gender! 'The Hexx'! Ohio Players! I think the film is much better without the porn center, but we'll see. It has the same concerns as it did when it was a porn. It wouldn't have been anything remotely like 'Nymphomania' in any case, that's for sure, not that I've even seen 'Nymphomania', but my Von Trier dislike is well known. Very cool that the Kon post occasioned that lovely story from your past. Cool. Good to see you, bud. ** Kier, Hi, K! That's so cool that the post got you to watch his films. I mean, yeah, I guess that's, like, any post's ideal goal. Did you like 'Paprika'? Tuesday, okay, gotcha. Will you be able to here while you're up there? My wrapping job is super outsider art made by a blind three year old child or something. I do like buying/giving gifts, very much, yes, at least when it's for someone whom I know well enough to be able to figure out what will surprise and delight them. But buying Xmas presents for the family because you have to and all that stuff is awful. You got that 'Twin Peaks' box? Kiddiepunk just got it too. How are the fake interviews with the actors pretending to be their 'TP' characters twenty years later? I'm fascinated to know what that's like. My day was pretty good. Zac got back, hooray! I did some work, saw Gisele, etc. It was good. Right, about 'Schizophrenia'? That lyric about the golden chain is one of my all-time favorite lyrics. What did you do on Thursday aka today? ** Rewritedept, Hi. Oh, yeah, I switch Pavement favorites all the time too. They're one of those bands. Curious to see your triptych. Sounds, you know, pretty ace. ** Steevee, Yeah, I mean if I had a more carefully picked FB friend group, I might be tempted to do a public weigh-in on, say, the Gaza situation, although I kind of know what I think about it, so I'm not sure what value just sticking my two cents in a comment thread would do, and I don't feel a need to be hugged or trashed for having my opinion. I think I'm mostly only tempted to get into it on FB when I'm confused and need others' ideas and input and possible clarity. I think the subject matter of 'Gerontophila' would make for a fascinating documentary, I totally agree, yeah. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Cool, yeah, his films are very well worth watching. I'm very pleased that the post tickled your fancy. Oh, no, I get what you mean about the subjects. That totally makes sense. Thanks for clarifying that. ** HyeMin Kim, Hi! Cool, I'm very glad to read your thoughts on Kon's films. Are you liking being on Twitter? I still resist that, mostly because I know it will swallow my time, and I don't have any extra. Dazed & Confused is a culture magazine and site. Fashion, music, lit, film, etc. It's not bad. I'm glad you sent the necklace to Mike. I think that's really lovely. ** Etc etc etc, Hi. Cool, it is/was my pleasure about the post. Ooh, that's great about LF's initial interest. I'll keep my fingers incredibly crossed. Moving, ugh. If/when I ever have to move, it's going to be a scary process. Ha ha, I do love the title of Blake's novel, it's very true. I keep in touch with some of the LHotB people, but I'm the world's worst correspondent, so it's mostly a matter of mutual observing via social media and 'liking' and so on. I think that is a completely superb idea about that long piece on Death Grips. I am feeling the same frustration at how generalizing the reaction to their split has been. Great idea! Do for sure keep me apprised, and all luck to you with the boxing and transporting and unboxing. ** ASH, I joined Spotify and listened to my list yesterday, and it was super fun, and, again, thank you so much for doing that! Well, that's really, really great news that you're working on your book! Where are you in the process? Do send me your 'I Am a Tree' cover. I would love to hear that. We have two more big scenes to shoot, and we should be finished with the shooting part of the film by the end of the first week of September. Take care, man. ** Keaton, Hey. You are an '80s kid at heart, it would seem. Which is cool. The '80s need you, man. Motorhead is playing here soon. Never seen them. Think I should really try to go. They can't go on much longer, I don't think. but who knows. Much love back. ** Misanthrope, I read it, I did. I just hazed out while reading. Not your fault whatsoever. I mean, GbV could put out their best ever song with American football as a topic, and I would probably fast forward through it. ** Aaron Mirkin, Hi, Aaron. Yeah, that makes sense based on my limited work in that genre. Huh, interesting about getting 'some of these demons out in directing the actors.' At least with our film, I kind of get how that would happen, but, so far, it has especially happened and been interesting in the rehearsals. But we're kind of using the rehearsals partly as a way to access the performers as a way to revise and shape the script. Yeah, I guess the succinctness of that Sunn0))) track is the reason, yeah. Okay. And you like Satoshi Kon. That's very cool. I'm kind of surprised by how many people here know his work. I don't know why I thought it would be more of a 'who's that?' situation. I didn't know anything about him until 'Paprika' got released here. I'm the late comer. Thanks, Aaron, and have a fine Thursday. ** Right. End of the month = entrance of the slaves. See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Satoshi Kon Day

'Satoshi Kon, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 46, was one of the boldest and most distinctive film-makers to specialise in animation. His main body of work – four completed feature films and an acclaimed television mini-series – was playful, sophisticated and adult. Tired of the cliches of mass-produced Japanese animation – "robots and beautiful little girls," as he once put it – Kon sought to make animation that used ambitious and often disorientating editing, intercutting and scene-shifting.

'"In animation, only what is intended to be communicated is there," he once said. "If I had a chance to edit live-action, it would be too fast for audiences to follow." Kon made only sparing use of CGI in his mostly drawn films, relying on such superb animators as Shinji Otsuka and Toshiyuki Inoue.

'Much of Kon's animation combines realistic drama (usually set in present-day Tokyo) with dreams and fantasy. This approach culminated in his dazzling 2006 film Paprika, which received a standing ovation at the Venice film festival. Four years before Christopher Nolan's Inception, Paprika portrayed a puckish "dream detective" shimmying through the subconscious fantasies of other people. Nolan has acknowledged Paprika as an influence, but Kon's film has far more fun with its dream worlds. Its titular heroine dashes through paintings and signboards while transforming into everything from a fairy to a mermaid to Pinocchio.

'Kon thought that people lived in multiple realities, such as those of television, the internet and the realm of memory. "The human brain is mysterious; we can't share the time axis in our memory with other people," he said. "I'm interested in trying to visualise those nonlinear ways of thinking." The first feature he directed was a Hitchcockian psycho-thriller, Perfect Blue (1997), about the mental disintegration of a young actor after she takes part in a lurid rape scene.

'Perhaps the only effective horror film in animation, Perfect Blue was graphically explicit and psychologically disturbing. Asked about its 18-rated gore, Kon said he was not particularly interested in the violence. "However," he said, "if the story or the character or the expression of a mental state requires a violent expression, then I wouldn't hesitate to use it." In contrast, Kon's next film, Millennium Actress (2001), was a lyrical magic-realist romance. In it, another starlet – who resembles the reclusive Setsuko Hara, star of Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953) – obsessively searches for her lost wartime love, racing through movies and memories as if they were the same thing.

'Tokyo Godfathers (2003) proved to be another change of direction, a Frank Capraesque Christmas comedy about three homeless people trying to return an abandoned baby girl to her family. The film also had the same basic plot as 3 Godfathers, John Ford's 1948 western. Despite its humour, Tokyo Godfathers was upfront in showing its characters' harsh situation. This social commentary was also overt in Kon's Paranoia Agent (2004), a 13-part late-night miniseries, in which Tokyo is terrorised by a homicidal little boy with a baseball bat. Coming after a wave of much-publicised youth crimes in Japan, this was a near-the-knuckle subject for television animation. The darkly funny show soon turned fantastical, with shades of Twin Peaks and The X-Files, and macabre subplots about suicide clubs and repressed housewives.

'After Paprika, Kon began The Dreaming Machine, which promised to be his biggest departure – a film suitable for both adults and children, set in a fanciful future with an all-robot cast. It seems likely that the film will be completed by Kon's artists and released by the Madhouse studio, which has handled all of his work since Perfect Blue.' -- Andrew Osmond



Satoshi Kon Personal Website
English translation of SK's last words
SK interviewed
Satoshi Kon Wiki Community
Fuck Yeah Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon Facebook page
Official 'Paprika' Website
'Dark Horse to publish Satoshi Kon's Opus, Seraphim'
'Satoshi Kon's Posthumous Work Machine That Dreams May End As Dream'
SK's manga 'Tropic of the Sea'
Book: 'Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist'
Satoshi Kon's List of 100 Films
A tribute by French artists to Satoshi Kon
'"He's the Internet": A Conversation on Satoshi Kon'
'Satoshi Kon Explores the Insanity of Japan'
'Satoshi Kon’s Unfinished Symphony'
'Satoshi Kon's Theory of Animation'
'The Dreams of Satoshi Kon: Chapter I - Prehistory'


Satoshi Kon - Editing Space & Time

Perfect Blue: Interview with Director Satoshi Kon

Greatest Film Directors: Satoshi Kon

Rest In Peace Satoshi Kon

from Midnight Eye

I'd like to talk about the genesis of Paprika. I know that you met Yasutaka Tsutsui, the author of the original novel, in 2003 and that he wanted you to make his book into a film.

Satoshi Kon: That was the first time we met each other and I thought perhaps as a gesture of goodwill or business manners that he would say something like that, but perhaps in the back of his mind he was considering it. I was already a fan of his work, so I was glad to meet him.

Once he did give his blessing to make the film, did pre-production start soon after that or did it start the wheels in motion for production of the film?

SK: At the time of our meeting, the Paranoia Agent TV series was still in production. Completing that series was the first commitment for Madhouse. We were thinking of a project that we could realistically begin developing soon after Paranoia Agent, so it happened quite naturally. We started developing Paprika while we were still in production on Paranoia Agent.

If you had not got his blessing, would you not have made the film?

SK: I don't think I would have. As a film based on someone else's story, without that meeting and blessing from the master, I probably wouldn't have made the film.

Fate, perhaps?

SK: Of course there is an element of fate, but in order for a film to come into existence it has to go beyond that. When fate happened to bring us together, I started to think about what the meaning was for me to make Paprika at that moment. All of the films I had made up until that point - Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers - were made through a very realistic method of representation, and the themes and subject matter were also quite realistic. I thought Paprika was a chance to tap a new part of creativity within me by using realistic methods of representation to deal with something more fantastic.

Before I ask about the themes and imagery in the film, I'd like to ask about some practical things like the budget of the film and production time. Is this the largest budget to date you've worked with and the longest production period? How does it compare to your other work?

SK: It's on par budget-wise and time-wise with Tokyo Godfathers.

But was there more use of CG or newer technologies with Paprika than with previous films?

SK: Yes, there was. We considered how far we could expand the possibilities using computer graphics, so the role that CG played in this film was bigger than in my previous work. The biggest challenge was that in all kinds of 3D and 2D animation, there's a big divide between hand-drawn analog animation and digital animation. In all the projects I've seen, it's been difficult to blend them harmoniously. I prefer hand-drawn imagery myself, so my biggest challenge was how to blend them so the textures worked together.

Everything blended very well. Perhaps in a similar way, Howl's Moving Castle used CG as a means to an end to achieve an overall vision, not to stand out.

SK: It's true that the attitude of directors towards how to employ CG differs from person to person. In fact I don't think that type of blending has become a natural part of our everyday lives. Our wish is for analog animation to swallow digital animation.

Going into the themes and visual style of the film, as you mentioned, Paprika has more surreal content than any of your previous films. I do recall some surreal imagery in Paranoia Agent and Millennium Actress, but with this film it's a full-blown display of surrealism. What challenges were entailed in achieving all the fantastical and hyper-detailed imagery?

SK: It's not as if I had a goal in mind when I chose this type of hyper-real technique. Rather, I was hoping to create something that went beyond my imagination. I thought, "What would happen if we did this?" I wanted to surprise myself. It wasn't a plan I set up, but it resulted in something very strange and it gave me a lot of confidence in what I could achieve. As you say, the hyper-real method of creating reality is an "excessive reality." This is different from live-action filmmaking. It's a different kind of reality that challenges us what to emphasize or not emphasize. Each step will create a world beyond what is truly real. Instead of trying to create reality as it is around us, I felt that the surreal world would come out.

Regarding some of the specific imagery like the Japanese doll that destroys the buildings and the parade of characters that includes inanimate objects such as furniture and appliances. Were those elements in the original novel or did you come up with them with your Madhouse team?

SK: The parade itself is something I came up with. It's one of the most important motifs for me, and wasn't in the original story. I didn't feel a strong desire that I had to change the original story, but the novel was very text-based and psychological. Trying to visualize all that text couldn't compete with the novel as it is, so I had to find a way in one visual step to represent the mindset of the novel and that became the parade of inanimate objects. Where that parade goes is also interesting - it overflows into reality. It starts in the desert, which is the furthest point from civilization, through the jungle, over a bridge, and finally intrudes into reality.

One line that I found fascinating was when Paprika's character says that dreams and the internet are the same thing in a way. Do you believe that?

SK: What I wrote was that the internet and dreams share the same quality of giving rise to the repressed subconscious. I think in countries like Japan and America and other countries where internet is prevalent, people can anonymously seek or release things they can't speak of offline, as if there's a part of the subconscious that's uncontrollable and comes out on the internet. That is very much like dreams. This may be a very visualistic analogy, but I've always thought we drop down into dreams, and when you're sitting in front of your computer and connect to the internet, you're also going down into some kind of underworld. I've always thought those two images had something in common. I'm not trying to say that dreams and the internet are good or bad, I'm trying to saying that there's good and bad that cannot be judged in both worlds. Some people say that in the virtual world, different rules exist or try to say that a lot of vicious things happen there, but I don't think there's a reason to differentiate the virtual world from reality because reality includes that virtual world.

The internet is a kind of mirror that reflects everything good and bad in society.

SK: Exactly.

Satoshi Kon's films & TV work

Ohayo (Good Morning) (2008)
'Ohayu is a super-brief one minute piece directed as part of the Ani*Kuri 15 project, a multimedia scheme where one minute short animations played on TV and the web. In the film a girl waking up discovers exhibits a literal disconnect in the process of waking up. This was Satoshi Kon's final work before his early death at the age of 46. Until his death, Satoshi was in the middle of work on a new film project, MADHOUSE’s Yume-Miru Kikai. The status of that film is unclear at this time, but hopefully we’ll be treated to one last major work from this unique film voice.' -- collaged

the entire film

Paprika (2006)
'Paprika is a highly sophisticated work of the imagination, a journey into a labyrinth of dreams and an exploration of the line between dreams and reality. It's not a film for children, and it's not even something children would like. It's challenging and disturbing and uncanny in the ways it captures the nature of dreams -- their odd logic, mutability and capacity to hint at deepest terrors.
The story surrounds the invention of a device meant to be used therapeutically. A dreamer is hooked up to a machine, making it possible for doctors to see a dream on a screen, record it and understand its unconscious meaning. As the film begins, the device -- known as the DC Mini -- has not yet been approved, but young Dr. Chiba is using it already to help her patients. Moreover, she is entering her patient's dreams, in the guise of an alter ego known as Paprika. This is easily one of the most insightful and enjoyable films about the unconscious that you're likely to find, full of images that echo through the mind in eerie ways.' -- San Francisco Chronicle

American Trailer

the entire film (in English w/Spanish subtitles)

Paranoia Agent (2004)
'Paranoia Agent (妄想代理人) is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and produced by Madhouse about a social phenomenon in Musashino, Tokyo caused by a juvenile serial assailant named Lil' Slugger (the English equivalent to Shōnen Batto, which translates to "Bat Boy"). The plot relays between a large cast of people affected in some way by the phenomenon; usually Lil' Slugger's victims or the detectives assigned to apprehend him. As each character becomes the focus of the story, details are revealed about their secret lives and the truth about Lil' Slugger.' -- collaged




Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
'Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills; his previous feature, Millennium Actress, was a highly ambitious tale with a sweeping sense of contemporary Japanese history. The three main characters of this 2003 feature are homeless—one a decadent gambler, another a transvestite, the third a young woman who's fled her abusive father. When they find an abandoned infant in a pile of garbage, the transvestite refuses to part with it, which forces all three to deal with their pasts. Except for a bathetic ending, Kon transcends his corny premise, leavening its sentiment with irony and a mercilessly downbeat vision of metropolitan Japan.' -- Chicago Reader

American trailer


The Making of 'Tokyo Godfathers'

Millennium Actress (2001)
'Millennium Actress is fabulous for many reasons. Most important, this movie is Chiyoko's story, not an anime adventure. It's animated, but it's human and will touch the soul of anyone who has loved deeply. We wonder, alongside Chiyoko, if she will ever see her love again. But it's the quest that rips our hearts out in this classic and, yes, manipulative tearjerker. Too often, anime - between the explosions and cataclysms reflected in opaque eyes - is a visual show, like IMAX films. Millennium Actress is a movie first, catching us up in its sweeps and turns. As with their Perfect Blue, Kon and Murai craft a nonlinear story, interweaving the tale's fact and fiction, treating time as just another element subservient to Chiyoko's yarn. She traipses through Japanese history, backed by dazzling sets that look as they might if Peter Max had turned his psychedelic eye to traditional Japanese art. Some might cavil that Millennium Actress is confusing, as it blurs the line between Chiyoko's real and cinematic lives, but that's the point: Love is all-consuming - it never dies, even as life goes on.' -- Chicago Tribune

American trailer


The Making of 'Millennium Actress' (1/3)

Perfect Blue (1997)
'The pressures of career choices and the threat of a murderously obsessive fan loosen former pop star Mima’s grasp on reality, in a story that explores the dehumanizing effects of the entertainment industry. Perfect Blue also shows how that same industry makes vulnerable women complicit in their own sexual exploitation. This startling first feature reminds us of the immense talent the anime universe lost when director Satoshi Kon succumbed to cancer at 46. No one else would even have thought of doing this intense psychodrama as an animated feature—the source material’s not dissimilar to Black Swan—and surely only Kon had the visual skills to transfer the disturbingly fragmented mise en scène of a Polanski or an Argento into animated form. The outcome is dark, mesmerizing, but also controlled and coherent in a way the hyperimaginative Kon never quite managed again.' -- Trevor Johnston


The entire film (in Japanese w/ Spanish subtitles)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (1994)
'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure showed off Kon's abilities in 1993, as he scripted and co-produced the fifth episode of the OVA series based on Hirohiko Araki's flamboyant fighting manga. It's a strange match, as Kon admitted in interviews that, as a kid, he was never fond of the overblown shonen fisticuffs that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure frequently embodies. He also stuck to the story established in Araki's manga, and the only really Kon-like scene comes when series villain Dio torments an underling by chasing him into the same car over and over. Perhaps Kon and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure weren't so different.' -- Anime News Network


Katsuhiro Otomo World Apartment Horror (1991)
'World Apartment Horror (ワールド・アパートメント・ホラー) is a 1991 live-action feature film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, with a screenplay by Otomo and Keiko Nobumoto from a story by Satoshi Kon. The film stars Sabu (later a film director) as a yakuza henchmen who encounters language problems and evil spirits in his attempts to evict a Tokyo apartment full of foreigners, a role for which he received the Best New Actor Award at the Yokohama Film Festival in 1992. A manga adaptation created by Kon was published by Kodansha, under the same title, on August 1, 1991.' -- collaged


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p.s. Hey. I keep forgetting to mention that this weekend the blog will be hosting its first writers workshop post in a while. A piece of a work-in-progress by one of the fine writers and d.l.s of this place will be in the spotlight and on the hot seat, and he and the blog and I will ask you to please read the work and think about it and give feedback of whatever sort you like to the writer. I bring that up now so you'll consider reserving a bit of time at the weekend to spend quality local reading time and help out one of the great, talented folks from around here. Thanks! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. You mean you get fixations on the subject matter of certain songs, or, I mean, the subject matter is what will trigger the fixation on the song(s)? ** JANEY SMITH, Janey! Superb to have you here and see you, maestro. I just read a cool profile thing about you somewhere not even a minute and a half ago. Sweet, ticklish list. Midnight Oil is I guess the surprise. I only know their 80s hit or hits. I shall try that title. You good? ** Thomas Moronic, I got a copy of your book from Kiddiepunk the other day, and, whoa, it is one very beautiful thing, man! Your list is, of course, riveting. Really cool choices. I came 'this close' to putting 'Feel the Pain' on mine, for instance. Thank you! As with all the lists, I think I'm going to be switching around music-hosting sites listening and re-listening to others' faved songs for a lot of the day. 'DEYT' is the only Ladytron song I really like. It just drives me mad for some reason. ** MyNeighbourJohnTurtorro, Whoa, nice. It is, as somebody said, maybe even you (?), fascinatingly revealing to learn what track/song people choose by certain bands or artists one knows well. Yeah, and interesting how the choice only reveals a more complex mystery or something. Fave song list as self-portrait. I guess that's obvious, but I wasn't thinking about it that way when I made mine for some reason. Interesting to see The Icarus Line mentioned multiply. That was unexpected and cool. An IL Day? Hell, yeah. You mean you want me to make one or do you? Either way. Anyway, awesome list, and I actually know almost all of your choices, which is pretty trippy and probably revealing of something. Thanks, pal. ** Other Drawlings, Hey, welcome, nice to meet you, thanks! Your short-lived blog was pretty cool, props. Your list is awesome. Wow, yeah, and a bunch of tracks I don't know. Like I said to someone, I'm going to be searching this stuff out all day, and your list is going to be a dominant suggester. Thanks again. Come back in here anytime, please. ** Keaton, Hi. Yeah, it's weird. Now I'm on this fave songs list as personal reveal idea, and it's interesting how it, like, focuses people and then creates this tighter obscurity or something. Anyway, your list seems really you for some reason. I like when a list seems to sneak around, or that's how it feels or something, even though it isn't really sneaking. I don't know what I'm saying. Like Prong and Blues Explosion. I don't know. Cool! I like animals a bunch but have absolutely no interest in owning one of any kind. Paris in the Fall? Ace. xoxo back. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, D. That's interesting because 'Expecting to Fly' has an intense personal resonance around one person for me too. A high school friend who was killed in a motorcycle accident. I must have to listened to it with him. I think I might have told this story here before, but I hadn't heard the song in years, and I hadn't associated it with that friend at all, but then I saw that movie 'Coming Home' in the theater when it was released, and when 'EtF' came on the soundtrack, memories of him overwhelmed me, and I spontaneously burst into tears and had to leave the theater. Strange how songs can become the housings of people's resonance. I'll go listen to your songs. I don't really like Van Dyke Parks's reimagining of 'The All Golden'. I miss the crazy density. ** Bacteriaburger, Whoa, hey, Natty! It has been a while. How great to see you! I think what you're doing sounds all positive. And being one's own promoter is so de-stigmatized these days. It's just become logical. I will definitely keep my eyes out for 'My Sister's Boyfriend Joey'. And the vampire one. Very cool! You sound great, man! ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh. Exactly, who knows. He's a smart cookie. Wow, your list was alphabetical. You are the man! Great stuff. Stuff I don't know and will find. Interesting Sparks choices. Biggest surprise ... hm, Cliff Richard. Thank you! ** Hyrule Dungeon, Hi, J! Really good to see you. I noticed the lack of Metal while I was making my list. I think trad. Metal is an album and texture thing for me. My memory couldn't call up an individual Metal song that slayed me. Pretty weird. Well, if you have Khanate on your list, then don't Sunn0))) and maybe Melvins count? Anyway, there are some tunes on your list I don't know, and I obviously need to do something about my not prioritizing the Metal song, so I'll start there. You good? What's the latest on your projects? ** Nicki, Hi, N. Huh, that's interesting. The Erasure song. Love is so of its own accord. There's one Erasure song I really like. What is it? Hm. Oh, 'Oh L'amour'. Walter Benjamin as hottie. That's refreshing. Cool. Well, yeah, the Gaza thing is unspeakable, but I'm the opposite of you. I avoid discussing it in social media's hot house like the plague. That would be the opposite of a catharsis for me. I find FB useful for the links people are posting to important articles and stuff on the horror, but, from the outside, or I mean to me, the commentary/arguments only seem to harden and erode serious thinking about it. But, yeah, I get how having that outlet can be really helpful. ** Sypha, Argh. Are you just not interested in trying any of those dozens of really interesting indie, 'alt lit'-oriented presses out there? I mean, it isn't a giant sidestep from Rebel Satori to them. ** Kier, Hi! Ha ha, yeah, I like that my list included that too. What can I say? Shit is catchy. Mm, such a great list. Oh, man, there are a bunch of songs on there I'm jonesing to listen to now, and a bunch that I don't know and must, clearly. Thank you, thank you! "Mushroom Art': such a good GbV choice! Yay, print is framed and bubble wrap has been rendered a shell of itself. 'Under the Skin' was so good, right? I thought so too. My day? Uh, oh, Zac gets back from his vacation today, and his birthday was while he was gone, and I was wrapping his b'day presents for much of the day. I'm really, really bad at wrapping. And I did some film stuff, mostly email. And I scooted around Paris a bit just to get out. And not much else. Kind of a quiet, busy hands kind of day, I guess. How was Wednesday for you? When do you leave for northern Norway? ** ASH, Ash! Hey, buddy! No way, that's crazy and amazing1 You did a Spotify thing with my list? That's wild. I need to hear that. I'm going to join Spotify, which I weirdly haven't done, today. Man, that's so cool of you! Thank you! Everyone, if you want to hear my fave songs list, and if you have Spotify, the amazing ASH has made a playlist of my chosen tunes, and you can hear it here, if you feel like that. Unbelievable. I'm really good. The film is going very well so far. The casting call thing didn't end up helping hardly at all, unfortunately, but we're on it elsewhere. Your list! Incredible, of course. It gives me a bunch of 'oh, fuck I forgot ... ' thoughts. Like 'Mistress', totally. And I think I would have put Mercury Rev's 'You're My Queen' on my list if I'd thought of it. And 'Catapult' probably is my fave REM song. I forgot them too. Etc. Great list. 'Game of Pricks', interesting. It's always super interesting to see what GbV song gets picked. Mine changes by the minute. Really good to see you! You good? What are you up to? ** Steve, Hi, Steve. I'm with you on the FB vis-a-vis Gaza thing. Man, yeah, definitely gonna skip the Tagore doc. What a wasted opportunity. Your take on 'Gerontophila' matches exactly what I have imagined it to be. ** Chilly Jay Chill, Hi, Jeff. Cool, I would love to hear your report. The only thing I've read about the Merge fest was a thing by some guy going down hard on Neutral Milk Hotel for their no photos policy. Pretty stellar list for a sleep-deprived brain. I went back and forth between 'Grounded' and 'Starlings in the Slipstream'. I kind of flipped a coin. Huggy Bear, nice. 'She's Got Everything', wow, that's a really good Kinks choice. Etc. I could go on. Awesome, thank you, Jeff, and I hope whatever was being hammered is hammered. ** Aaron Mirkin, So, writing the film doesn't work in terms out of outputting in the way that novels and music do? I guess that makes sense somehow? The form is too predetermined and immediately self-censoring in a way because of that? Super great about the Julian Richings thing! That's very exciting! Yeah, I forced myself to stick to songs: music, vocals, lyrics of some sort. Awesome list. Interesting that everyone picked the same Sunn0))) song. All kinds of songs on your list that have me wanting to amend mine. I'm taking notes. Thank you a lot, Aaron! ** Bill. Hi. Yeah, the list thing gets people excited. Maybe I'll do a fave films one soon. You handful was a sweety. 'The fat lady of Limburg': absolutely. For instance. Didn't get to do my pastry search yet. I think this weekend is the game plan. Yum. Enjoy London, duh! ** Rewritedept, Hi.Yummy list, obviously. Flecked and imbedded with all kinds of crown-worthy tunes. Thank you! I'm ok. Paris is lovely as of this moment, yes. Not hot, no. Just right, like that one bowl of porridge in The Three Bears. I think M&B had a nice, low-key time in Italy. Cool, I'll paste that intro at the top of the workshop post, Thanks! ** Misanthrope, No offense to you and no reflection on your powers of description, but I started nodding out two sentences into your American football talk. That's how incredibly little my interest in AF is. But even in my dazed state, I could tell it was as sharp as a tack. ** Okay. We're doing the great, late Satoshi Kon today. Enjoy. See you tomorrow.