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Cutie Honey Live Action = A O K
Topic by: kamapuaa
Posted: April 1, 2005 - 3:32 PM PST
Last Reply: April 4, 2005 - 4:30 PM PDT

author topic: Cutie Honey Live Action = A O K
kamapuaa
post #1  on April 1, 2005 - 3:32 PM PST  
Saw the Cutie Honey Live Action movie recently. Hilarious. I've never seen "Cutie Honey," but I've seen "Sailor Moon," and the movie took the conventions and translated them straight over to live action. OK the joke got a little old as the movie went on for an hour and a half, and the ending was actually a little serious. Still I'd definitely recommend it, if you're an anime fan or not.

The opening transformation and shoot out was particularly brilliant, I'd say it felt like a wild genre de-construction but that would be way pretentious so I won't. Still very funny.
woozy
post #2  on April 2, 2005 - 11:03 AM PST  
Tell us what we really want to know. More/less/equal nudity of a better/worse/equal quality. And where can we get a copy of this.
woozy
post #3  on April 2, 2005 - 11:04 AM PST  
> On April 2, 2005 - 11:03 AM PST woozy wrote:
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> Tell us what we really want to know. More/less/equal nudity of a better/worse/equal quality. > ---------------------------------

Oops. You've never seen cutie honey so you aren't in a position to say. Sorry.

kamapuaa
post #4  on April 2, 2005 - 11:58 AM PST  
I'd imagine it's the same as the cartoon (which I'll have to see). Cutie's constantly sexy posing in underwear, and the camera isn't shy about zooming in. You wouldn't rent it as a porn, though.

It's playing at film festivals and off Bittorrent. But I have to believe some distributor will pick it up for American release.
woozy
post #5  on April 2, 2005 - 9:06 PM PST  
> ...You wouldn't rent it as a porn, though.
>

If I wouldn't, who would? (heh, heh, remember the family guy edisode where Peter taped over his porn movie with a documentary of the statue of liberty and told everyone to keep drinking until she started to look sexy?)
hamano
post #6  on April 2, 2005 - 9:06 PM PST  
OK, kamapuaa, time to 'fess up! This was an April Fools joke, right?

I have to say I preferred the animated version (the new RE: Cutie Honey OAV episode 1 is basically the same plot as the live action movie, and has the same director, EVANGELION wizard Hideaki Anno). The new Honey is much cuter than the previous anime Honeys, and the animation itself was visually very kinetic, colorful and inventive. There is a lot of graphic violence and some nudity.

The live action version is pretty tame. Kids can watch it. There is no nudity. The special effects were on a par with the recent live action Sailor Moon TV series. The bad guys are wearing clunky monster suits and look no more dangerous than the average villain from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Worst of all, there are no risque costumes and no jiggly stuff. I hardly laughed or or got excited through viewing the film, and I think I even deleted the file after watching it.

But woozy, if the Cutie Honey Live Action Movie is playing in your area, you should definitely go see it. After all, it's not anime! Go see it!
woozy
post #7  on April 2, 2005 - 11:38 PM PST  
> On April 2, 2005 - 9:06 PM PST hamano wrote:
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> But woozy, if the Cutie Honey Live Action Movie is playing in your area, you should definitely go see it. After all, it's not anime! Go see it!
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That's pretty funny, hamano. (See, I do have a sense of humor and I *can* be nice.)

kamapuaa
post #8  on April 3, 2005 - 1:16 AM PST  
I enjoyed the movie not because I love the plot of magical schoolgirl animes and was so happy to see it in a live action version (which I could maybe see being legitimate, with Satoshi Kon's movies, but that's about it). Instead, I thought having a live-action take on anime's storytelling devices and visual look was a good joke.

OK having to explain a joke kills it (or shows it was dead in the first place), but cartoons are expected to be over-stylized and you don't think twice. When a bunch of policemen start rotating around and become black-clad minions, or when a policewoman yells "don't butt in!" to a superwoman who just saved her life, or the faux-innocent sexuality, or tossing people over police cars, or the noble speaches about love, or so forth, it's just the way anime works, you don't give it a second thought.

When it's so closely copied in a live-action movie, where you expect a less stylized approach, it plays off how over-the-top anime's stylizations can be and I found very funny. It's essentially the same joke as "Roger Rabbit" told a different way. I think it could be enjoyed by a fan of the original anime, but for a different reason.

If you're taking the movie seriously instead of as a winking post-modern joke, yeah, there's no reason to watch the live action over the cartoon, and it would suck just as much as the "Fist of the North Star" or "Sailor Moon" live action movie. But the directors and the actors weren't taking it seriously, so why should the viewer?

And if you're looking for porn, Greencine has other options.
woozy
post #9  on April 3, 2005 - 9:12 AM PDT  
> OK having to explain a joke kills it (or shows it was dead in the first place),

And in some cases the joke teller. Which I think is why some people insist on having a joke explained to great lengths; so that in the end they can say "that's not funny when you put it like that" and watch the teller gasp for air and expire. Sadists!


>>When a bunch of policemen start rotating around and become black-clad minions, or when a policewoman yells "don't butt in!" to a superwoman who just saved her life, or the faux-innocent sexuality, or tossing people over police cars, or the noble speaches about love, or so forth, it's just the way anime works, you don't give it a second thought.
>

*resist, woozy, resist* *resist* .... *ooohh* Um, I do.

> And if you're looking for porn, Greencine has other options.
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I know I was joking.

kohnfused1
post #10  on April 4, 2005 - 2:46 PM PDT  
> On April 2, 2005 - 11:38 PM PST woozy wrote:
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> > On April 2, 2005 - 9:06 PM PST hamano wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
>
> >
> > But woozy, if the Cutie Honey Live Action Movie is playing in your area, you should definitely go see it. After all, it's not anime! Go see it!
> > ---------------------------------
>
> That's pretty funny, hamano. (See, I do have a sense of humor and I *can* be nice.)
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Can't we all just get along?
Cinenaut
post #11  on April 4, 2005 - 4:09 PM PDT  
Eventually, everything will be live action -- including, of course, Gigantor!

Tetsujin 28 official site
woozy
post #12  on April 4, 2005 - 4:28 PM PDT  

>
> Can't we all just get along?

I'm going to try harder from now on.

Thank you hamano for telling me it had no nudity. That was very important for me to make my descission.
jross3
post #13  on April 4, 2005 - 4:30 PM PDT  
> On April 4, 2005 - 4:09 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> Eventually, everything will be live action -- including, of course, Gigantor!
>
> Tetsujin 28 official site
> ---------------------------------

Whatever happened to the live-action Eva movie? Was it mercifully scrapped?

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