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Playing The Piano
PLAYING THE PIANO is a concept album by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto
which was first released in Japan in 2009. The album is completely instrumental and features Sakamoto covering his earlier work, such as the soundtracks to Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
, and also pop songs such as "Thousand Knives," by rearranging them to be played on a single piano. Sakamoto himself refers to the album as a "Self covers" album. In North America it was released as a deluxe double album along with the experimental album Out of Noise on 28 September 2010. Sakamoto promoted the album in North America with an 11-date tour in October and November 2010
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Snake Eyes (film)
SNAKE EYES is a 1998 American conspiracy thriller film directed by Brian De Palma , featuring his trademark use of long tracking shots and split screens . It starred Nicolas Cage , Gary Sinise and Carla Gugino . The film was written by David Koepp and De Palma, and was released to theaters on August 7, 1998. It cost an estimated $73 million to produce and returned $103 million worldwide, but received mixed to negative reviews from critics. CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Reception * 3.1 Accolades * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links PLOTOn a dark and stormy night, corrupt, flamboyant Atlantic City police detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage ) attends a boxing match at Gilbert Powell's (John Heard ) Atlantic City Arena between heavyweight champion Lincoln Tyler (Stan Shaw ) and challenger Jose Pacifico Ruiz. He meets up with his best friend since childhood, Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise ), who is a U.S
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Gohatto
GOHATTO (御法度) or TABOO is a 1999 Japanese film directed by Nagisa Oshima . It is about homosexuality in the Shinsengumi during the bakumatsu period, the end of the samurai era in the mid-19th century. CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Reception * 5 Accolades * 6 Notes * 7 References * 8 External links PLOTAt the start of the movie, the young and handsome Kanō Sōzaburō (Ryuhei Matsuda ) is admitted to the Shinsengumi , an elite samurai group led by Kondō Isami (Yoichi Sai ) that seeks to defend the Tokugawa shogunate against reformist forces. He is a very skilled swordsman, but it is his appearance that makes many of the others in the (strictly male) group, both students and superiors, attracted to him, creating tension within the group of people vying for Kanō's affections
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Femme Fatale (2002 Film)
FEMME FATALE is a 2002 French erotic thriller /mystery film directed by Brian De Palma . The film stars Rebecca Romijn and Antonio Banderas . It was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival . CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Reception * 3.1 Critical reception * 3.2 Box office * 4 References * 5 External links PLOTMercenary thief Laure Ash (Rebecca Romijn ) participates in a diamond heist in Cannes . The plan is for Laure to steal valuable diamonds from the ensemble of a female attendant named Veronica (Rie Rasmussen ) while in the middle of seducing her, during which her accomplices "Black Tie" (Eriq Ebouaney ) and Racine (Édouard Montrouge) provide various support. However, Laure instead double-crosses her accomplices and escapes to Paris with the diamonds. In Paris, a series of events causes Laure to be mistaken for her own doppelgänger , a missing Parisian woman named "Lily" (also portrayed by Romijn) who had recently disappeared
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Tony Takitani
Strand Releasing Axiom Films (UK and Ireland) RELEASE DATE * August 11, 2004 (2004-08-11) (Locarno Film Festival) * January 29, 2005 (2005-01-29) (Japan) * * * RUNNING TIME 75 minutes COUNTRY Japan LANGUAGE JapaneseTONY TAKITANI (トニー滝谷) is a 2004 Japanese film directed by Jun Ichikawa , based on the short story by Haruki Murakami . CONTENTS * 1 Inspiration * 2 Plot summary * 3 Cast * 4 Soundtrack * 5 References * 6 External links INSPIRATIONHaruki Murakami was intrigued by the name Tony Takitani when, at a garage sale on Maui , he found a yellow T-shirt that said, "Tony Takitani, House (D)." At the time, Takitani was running for office. Murakami decided to write the man's life story as this novel. PLOT SUMMARYThe film starts by telling the story of Tony's father Takitani Shozaburo, a jazz trombonist from Japan, who spends the Second World War in China. Shozaburo is imprisoned and many of his fellow inmates are executed
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Love Is The Devil
LOVE IS THE DEVIL: STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS BACON is a 1998 film made for television by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It was written and directed by John Maybury and stars Derek Jacobi , Daniel Craig , and Tilda Swinton . A biography of painter Francis Bacon (Jacobi), it concentrates on his strained relationship with George Dyer (Craig), a small-time thief. The film draws heavily on the authorised biography of Bacon, The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon by Daniel Farson , and is dedicated to him. The film won three awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival : Best New British Feature (director John Maybury ) and two Best British Performance awards, one for Jacobi and, the other for future James Bond actor, Craig. The film was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival
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Chasm (ryuichi Sakamoto Album)
SAKAMOTO (kanji: 坂本) is the name of two villages in Japan
Japan
: * Sakamoto, Kumamoto , a small village in Kumamoto Prefecture * Sakamoto, Shiga , a place in Shiga Prefecture , part of the city of Ōtsu, Shiga
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High Heels (film)
HIGH HEELS (Spanish: Tacones lejanos, meaning "Distant Heels") is a 1991 Spanish melodrama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Marisa Paredes , Victoria Abril and Miguel Bosé . The plot follows the fractured relationship between a self-involved mother who is a famous torch song singer and the grown daughter she had abandoned as a child. The daughter, who works as a TV newscaster, has married her mother's ex-lover and has befriended a female impersonator. A murder further complicates this web of relationships. The film was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Academy Awards , but was not accepted as a nominee. The film has the feel of other mother-daughter melodramas like Stella Dallas , Mildred Pierce , Imitation of Life and particularly Autumn Sonata , which is quoted directly in the film
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Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
EMILY BRONTë\'S WUTHERING HEIGHTS is a 1992 feature film adaptation of Emily Brontë\'s novel Wuthering Heights directed by Peter Kosminsky . Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, released in 1992, is based on the 1847 book by Emily Brontë which was written a year before her death. This particular film is notable for including the oft-omitted second generation story of the children of Cathy, Hindley, and Heathcliff. CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Critical response * 5 References * 6 External links PLOTThe movie revolves around the lives of the Earnshaws and the Lintons. It portrays the role of suffering, revenge, and unrequited love in society
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Wild Palms
WILD PALMS is a five-hour mini-series which was produced by Greengrass Productions and first aired in May 1993 on the ABC network in the United States. The sci-fi drama , announced as an "event series", deals with the dangers of politically motivated abuse of mass media technology , virtual realities in particular. It was based on a comic strip written by Bruce Wagner and illustrated by Julian Allen first published in 1990 in Details magazine . Wagner, who also wrote the screenplay, served as executive producer together with Oliver Stone . The series stars James Belushi , Dana Delany , Robert Loggia , Kim Cattrall , David Warner , and Angie Dickinson . The episodes were directed by Kathryn Bigelow , Keith Gordon , Peter Hewitt and Phil Joanou
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Album
An ALBUM is a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item on CD , record , audio tape or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century, first as books of individual 78rpm records , then from 1948 as vinyl LP records played at  33 1⁄3 rpm . Vinyl LPs are still issued, though in the 21st-century album sales have mostly focused on compact disc (CD) and MP3
MP3
formats. The audio cassette was a format used from the late 1970s through to the 1990s alongside vinyl. An album may be recorded in a recording studio (fixed or mobile), in a concert venue, at home, in the field, or a mix of places. The time frame for completely recording an album varies between a few hours to several years. This process usually requires several takes with different parts recorded separately, and then brought or "mixed " together. Recordings that are done in one take without overdubbing are termed "live", even when done in a studio
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Yellow Magic Orchestra
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA (abbreviated as YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards, vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi
Yukihiro Takahashi
(drums, lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto
(keyboards, vocals). For their early studio albums and live performances, the band was often accompanied by music programmer Hideki Matsutake . Each of its members were seasoned veterans of the music industry before Hosono formed the band as a one-off exploration of computerized exotica , initially paying tribute to performers such as Les Baxter and Martin Denny while also parodying Western conceptions of the orient . Over the course of YMO's career, the group continued to embrace new technologies, fusing them with classic pop forms, and indulging in sociopolitical, technological, or musical subversion
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Record Producer
A RECORD PRODUCER or TRACK PRODUCER or MUSIC PRODUCER oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music , which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album . A producer has many roles during the recording process. The roles of a producer vary. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: * Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos * Co-write. * Propose changes to the song arrangements, and * Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer typically supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage
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Decca Label Group
DECCA LABEL GROUP is Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
's classical music record label group based in the United States - in addition to new releases, it also manages the huge back catalog of classical recordings held by UMG (through the various labels that make up the group). The Decca Label Group comprises two divisions: Universal Musical Classical and the American operations of Decca Records. In 2005, Universal Classics Group was named 3 on Billboard 's Top Classical Crossover Label and 2 on Billboard's Top Classical Label. Although the group's primary focus is on Western classical music, it also has subsidiaries dealing with jazz and musical theater . The main Decca label also issues some pop and country releases
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Record Label
A RECORD LABEL or RECORD COMPANY is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos . Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture , distribution , marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists ("artists and repertoire" or "A and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information
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The Last Emperor
THE LAST EMPEROR (Italian : L'ultimo imperatore) is a 1987 British-Italian epic biographical film about the life of Puyi
Puyi
, the last Emperor of China
China
, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
. Independently produced by Jeremy Thomas , it was directed by Bertolucci and released in 1987 by Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
. Puyi's life is depicted from his ascent to the throne as a small boy to his imprisonment and political rehabilitation by the Communist Party of China
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