Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Titanic @ Sendai
I borrowed the “Titanic” DVD from the Joe Fortes Library a week ago and viewed it. Oh!…that was a fantastic film!—more than three-hour long, yet I viewed it without an intermission!
Did you? But it was made in 1997, wasn’t it?
Yes, it was—14 years ago. For some reason, I didn’t see it when it was first released.
Do you know, Kato, the 3-D version of “Titanic” will be released in the next year.
Why released in 2012?
Remember! That sinking disaster took place in 1912.
Oh,… I see—The next year is its hundredth anniversary, isn’t it?
Yes, it is.
Diane, did you see it back in 1997?
Yes, of course, I did…it was reportedly a mega film that took $200 million—the most expensive movie ever made in the history, they said. Besides, I heard, it was a state-of-the-art fantastic movie. So I could hardly wait, and stood in a long waiting line to get a ticket.
Yeah, I’ve heard of it. The film earned more than a billion dollars worldwide, and set a record. Although I didn’t pay a cent, it was such a spectacle movie of such magnitude that it’s hard to imagine feeling you didn’t get your time and money’s worth. I really enjoyed the movie myself.
Oh, did you?
The first part is kinda eerie with underwater images of the Titanic’s remains resting beneath the Atlantic since its close encounter with an iceberg in 1912. When I first saw this part, I thought that I was viewing a different documentary movie, and wondered if I should return it.
You know, Kato, the director—James Cameron—is a underwater nerd who filmed the remains by himself. He was so preoccupied with the Titanic. That preoccupation was the motive to make the film in the first place.
Oh, was it?
Before filming the Titanic movie, he took part in the salvage expedition.
I see…Did James Cameron find that fabulous blue diamond?
That diamond didn’t exist in the first place, neither did the romance between Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio).
James Cameron created a “Romeo and Juliet” story on the Titanic so that he thought the movie would attract a great number of viewers and could get enough funding for making the movie from film companies.
I thought the movie was filmed based on the historical facts.
Yes, it’s true in part, but half the characters in the movie are fictional figures created by James Cameron.
Diane, how do you know?
‘Cause I’ve read about the background story—as much as possible on the Net.
Have you?…so, you’re saying that the “Romeo and Juliet” story on the Titanic didn’t actually happen at all, aren’t you?
No, not at all.
Well…, it’s such a letdown, isn’t it?
Kato, did you genuinely believe that the romance actually took place on the Titanic?
Yes, I did…that romance is the core of the whole movie, isn’t it?
Yes, it is, but that romance is a fiction. By the way, Kato, are you talking about another Titanic ship made in Sendai—your second home town in Japan?
Oh, no. There is no Titanic made in Japan as far as I know.
Then, how come you’ve picked up “Titanic @ Sendai” as a title.
A good question, Diane…well, as you know, the core of the romance goes like this:
Yes, this is the fictional Romeo and Juliet story on the Titanic.
The same romance happened to me in Senday.
Are you kidding?
Oh, no, of cource not. I’m dead serious. In fact, I’ve already written the story in Japanese.
(December 18, 2011)
Kato, as I told you before, I cannot read Japanese. Besides, when I used the GOOGLE translator to read one of your stories, it tralslated the nitty-gritty of a tale into a confusing mass so that I couldn’t understand the story at all.
Well,…in that case, I’d better tell you now.
Please do…I’m all ears.
It all started when I was a college boy. First of all, take a look at the memo Naoko gave me.
Kato, is this a thnak-you letter from the woman in Sendai?
Yes, it is.
Are you saying, you—like Jack Dawson in the movie—drew the Sendai woman in the nude?
Yes, I am.
Show me the drawing, will you?
Here it is.
So, you were an artist when you were a college student, weren’t you?
You’re telling me, Diane.
Did you draw many women in the nude?
Not quite many, but I took several drawing lessons. Actually, the above drawing was for somebody else.
No, one of the models.
I see…she is beautiful. By the way, where is Titanic?
There is no Titanic. The movie title reminds me of the occasion in which I drew Naoko in the nude just as Jack drew Rose.
I see…how about a blue diamond?
A blue diamond?…well, there is no jewel involved in the case of Naoko. I would say, the hot pants might be the “Heart of the Ocean,” though she wasn’t wearing those while posing for me. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, … By the way, Diane, would you like to pose for me?
For nude drawing?
Yes, I’m pretty sure I would be able to make a lovely drawing since you’re in such an enchanting shape.
Do you really want me to soar up in the sky as Naoko did?
Yes, I do.
No, thank you. I’m scared of heights. But I’d rather have a blue diamond as Rose did.
Oh, yes…you’ll definitely have one called a “Heart of Love” while posing nude for me.
Don’t be silly, Kato. I don’t want any imaginary jewel.
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adames.
I saw “Titanic” too.
It was a mind-boggling movie, especially amazing in the sinking scene.
I was totally engrossed in those astounding scenes.
Although half of the characters are fictional, some historical characters appear such as Margaret “Molly” Brown whom Kathy Bates plays in the movie.
Brown is looked down on upon by other first-class women, including Ruth, as “vulgar” and “new money” due to her sudden wealth.
She is friendly to Jack and lends him a dinner jacket (bought for her son) when he is invited to dinner in the first-class dining saloon.
Although Brown was a real person, Cameron chose not to portray her real-life actions.
Molly Brown was dubbed “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by historians because she, with the support of other women, commandeered Lifeboat 6 from Quartermaster Hichens.
Some aspects of this altercation are portrayed in Cameron’s film.
She is referred to as “Molly” within the film.
However, during her lifetime, she was called “Maggie,” with the “Molly” appellation coming along posthumously.