Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool
Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.
Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?
Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?
Live - Super Cub - The Movie
I drive a 1972 Honda Super Cub to work every day. It's the most prolific vehicle in the world, but was only imported to the US for a few years. In most of Asia they are everywhere, there are probably millions in Viet Nam. In it's heyday here it had a song written about it by a group called "The Hondels" and later covered by the beach boys, "Little Honda":
Anyway a year or so ago they released Super Cub the movie in Japan. I really wanted to see it, but all I could get was trailers from YouTube:
Well I managed to snag the movie on ebay. It's a HK bootleg and has subtitles in Chinese and a language that also looks like Chinese (I think that Mandarin and Cantonese use the same characters). Perhaps it's Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Anyway after finding out that there were no English subs we still watched it in Raw Japanese format (not like the Chinese subs were going to help us any). I was able to provide occasional translations of simple stuff but my wife even enjoyed the story quite a bit strait. It wasn't difficult to follow even with the language gap. We didn't get some of the family relations and they may have been non accurate anyway as it's common to refer to an older man you hang out with as "uncle" or a little girl you hang out with as "little sister".
We loved the movie and can't wait to see it with subtitles.
The story is about a group of bike racers who get together for illegal bike races on lonely roads, but starts out with a pair of Motorcycle thieves picking the locks on expensive bikes around town at night. Our hero, Hammer ends up getting chased by a bike cop while racing and has an engine give out at an bad time. He's arrested (by the female cop) and is then disowned by his parents and sent to live with his "uncle"'s family who have a udon restaurant (thick noodles). He gets to live in the garage, is striped of his cell phone, has a strict curfew, has to study for university and sleeps on a plywood board on egg crates. He also has to wash dishes in the restaurant.
Warning this is a full basic synopsis. Don't read further if you don't want spoilers.
In the back of the garage he finds a SuperCub under a dusty tarp. It won't start and he begins rebuilding it. He gets it running and doesn't tell anyone. Soon there is a dispute in the restaurant because a customer wants a delivery on the far side of town. It's an important customer and the wife says there is no way she can get it there via bus (hardly anybody in Japan drives). Hammer pipes up and says he can get it there in three minutes, pulls out the bike and is given grudging approval to deliver the udon. He puts the udon in the funky delivery balance thing. This movie has the most shots of the balance thing I have ever seen. By the end you know exactly how they work. He zooms off at breakneck speed weaving through traffic and causing a ruckus with the wind generated by his speed. He makes the delivery in 3 minutes.
All this time there have been occasional bits with the motorcycle thieves stealing more bikes. And we flash to the police headquarters where our female bike cop is in a cop meeting watching a recent security camera shot of them stealing a bike. Soon after the uncle disrupts the pair stealing a bike in front of the udon shop and tips off the police who give chase. But, he recognized one of the thieves and did not tell the cops. I'm a little fuzzy here, but Hammer figures out who the one bike thief is (one of his best friends) and try's to confront him. We also start learning why this good guy is stealing bikes. While chasing the pair his engine seizes up and dies. Hammer gets in trouble for being out after curfew and the bike is chained up.
He has to stop his friend, but he's powerless to do so. The uncle's daughter learns of the plight from a friend (the sister of the guy stealing bikes) and brings lock cutters to Hammer. They cut the chains and proceed to repair the bike. Hammer goes to his old mentors bike ship where his mentor gives him a magically sparkling Honda Single engine and some other parts. Hammer goes back and rebuild the Cub better adding a NOS bottle to the mix. The daughter also manages to convince the uncle that Hammer is doing the right thing. There is an intervention with the bike theif and (well everyone). Hammer challenges his friend to a race. If he wins his friend has to give up his evil ways. Hammer wins jumping over a car in the process (apparently if you really twist hard on the throttle it will somehow leap over a car and not just hit it).
The movie ends with a confrontation between the thief, the big baddies he's controlled by, Hammer and the cops. I thought the joyful expression on the thief's little sister was a bit odd, "Yay! My brothers being arrested!", but perhaps it's more "Yay! My brother is giving up his life of crime!".
All of this was completely understood without any actual Japanese understanding. I was able to translate phrases, like "Honestly your an idiot" and "oh, no, uncle". My Japanese is a little better than that, but the dialog really flew in this movie. Japanese at speed is harder than slow Japanese.
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