I hope someone actually looks at this thread as it is also conveniently serving the double purpose of introducing me to the board...so hello hello Anyways, currently I am on a big Japanese film kick. Last night I rented Kore-Eda's Afterlife, he is the director who did Maboroshi if that helps at all. While Maboroshi, his first work, was extremely artistic, his appreciation for Ozu long and slow shot film techniques perhaps a bit overused, Afterlife reigns in his indulgences resulting in a far more viewer friendly work. He manages to find a nice balance between the slow moving shots and maintaining a strong plot. The plot itself is extremely touching I thought...really bitter sweet for lack of a better explanation. Afterlife's plot is basically - when you die you have to pick one memory to carry with you to the next life...the movie is all about picking that one precious moment in time. Does anyone else like Japanese movies? Hong Kong? I just find it nice to get away from Hollywood once in a while to watch movies with actual character and soul... Well, so ends my first post.