Column: The History of Japanese Anime

5th Episode: "Japanese Anime's Influence on Holywood"

People all around the world are anticipating to watch the seventh secuel of Star Wars, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" releasing on December. Some of you might be surprised by the fact that the director, John Lucas, is a big fan of a Japanese director named Akira Kurosawa. Lucas himself told that he was inspired by Akira's movie titled "Kakushi no Toride no San'akunin" . That would be clear if you take a look at the storyline, Dart Vader's helmet, the queen's outfit, and other details. Moreover, the name of "Jedi" derived from Japanese word "Jidai-geki" is an obvious theory.

Beside Akira's movie, Japanese anime have been influencing on Holywood. You might have already heard about story of Keanu Reeves who told by the director to read three books of Japanese anime movies before he even played in Matrix as main role. Those three books are Ghost In The Shell, Akira, and Ninja Scroll. One of those works, Ghost In The Shell, took first place on Bilboard magazine as best selling video. After that, The director's name, Mamoru Oshii, and the term "Japanimation" recognized worldwide. That remarkable achievement put an image that Japanese game and animation has attracted the worldwide attention. In 2017, the live-action version of Ghost In The Shell is coming into production.