Tuesday, April 29, 2008

That was really weird...



I’m not sure what to make of the two films we watched this week. JJ Chinois and Terminal USA were probably two of the weirder films I have seen in a very long time. Something that struck me the most while watching Terminal USA was the portrayal of Marvin, the nerdy brother who secretly enjoyed erotic Skinhead male pornography. When Marvin is caught masturbating to male porn by his father, his father does not receive the news very well. He makes some comment that Marvin has become the “pervert in the back room” and that Marvin is now even stranger than Kazumi. The mother and father can accept Kazumi’s bizarre behavior and his unusual girlfriend Eight Ball much more readily than they can accept Marvin’s homosexuality. The parents’ reactions to Marvin’s sexual orientation is not surprising based on what we have previously learned about how Asians view homosexuality. Interestingly, in the film, Marvin’s sexual desire is a Skinhead, which is the epitome of anti-minority, white supremacy.

The parents’ reactions to Marvin’s sexuality remind me a lot of the film The Wedding Banquet that we watched earlier in the semester. Again when the Asian male character finally reveals that he is gay, the parents are quick to judge him and automatically want to know if this inclination could be reversed quickly.

P.S.- I didn’t realize it at the time, but looking on IMDB, it says that the same person played both Kazumi and Marvin. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I totally did not make this connection during the film.

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