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Singapore Angle: Perspectives

Posted by inspir3d on January 8, 2007

The Singapore Angle team invites all readers to submit short articles or letters to Singapore Angle: Perspectives. We are especially interested in short articles and letters that bring awareness and insights on local and global issues related to Singapore to the general public. ST Forum-styled letters complaining about public services or the Government, in general, will not be published, as ST Forum already provides an avenue for such letters. Unlike the articles for the main site, there will be no comments threads for letters and articles in Singapore Angle: Perspectives.

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The Rashoman Syndrome and a Murdered Samurai Called Globalization

Posted by inspir3d on January 8, 2007

One only has to consider the deeper message of films to realize how they often mirror the complexity of modern life. During the super duper long New Year break, I caught up with a 1950’s black & white film directed by Akira Kurosawa, entitled: “Rashoman.”

The film is based on a short satirical story written by Akutagawa Ryunosoke, whose critics once labeled as a fatiguingly clever dilettante – Rashoman can be said to have introduced Kurosawa and Japanese experimental cinema to Western audiences, and is considered by many to be one of his masterpieces.

The film has an unusual narrative structure and begins with a magistrate seeking the differing accounts of four witnesses concerning the murder of a traveling samurai on a country road. The four witnesses, the accused a bandit, the Samurai’s wife, a nameless woodcutter and even the victim through the intervention of medium, all recount the events leading to the crime.

Each account is mutually contradictory, leaving the viewer unable to determine the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Topic of the Week: Should Bloggers Engage Politicians?

Posted by inspir3d on January 8, 2007

Meeting George Yeo


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