Sunday, January 14, 2007

out and about

This afternoon I made my first venture outside since returning home from the hospital on Monday. I felt considerably stronger yesterday and a bit stronger today. There's still considerable soreness in my left abdomen and pain when I sit, rise, or laugh some times but overall, I feel better. The greater mobility in my trunk is a clear sign that I'm healing. Dr. Dakin did say that in one week, I should see some improvements and in about two weeks, I should be even better, so it seems like I'm right on schedule.

I went out to meet Su around Lincoln Center, where we watched the acclaimed Clint Eastwood film, Letters from Iwo Jima.

I enjoyed it a lot. Afterwards, we both discussed much about the symbolism and themes of the film. It's a riveting, bloody but contemplative portrayal of the Battle for Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective. The brilliant Japanese actor, Ken Watanabe, who stars in such films as The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha, is in Letters. Kazunari Ninomiya, the other central actor, is amazing. His performance is wonderful.

I haven't seen the first part of this Iwo Jima saga, Flags of Our Fathers, but I'd like to netflix it at some point.

Tomorrow we plan to catch Children of Men.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

so glad you got out and did something enjoyable!! feel better.


10:26 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dude,

i'm very happy and also amazed at how fast you get your energy back. you're like superman!

also, thanks for the report on letters. i heard that it's actually rather well perceived in japan, which is remarkable, considering the subject matter. i even heard that pm abe said it was good. too bad it's taken us sixty years to get around to talking more honestly about wwii.

also, i wanted to tell you that i took some of my students to the sf public library to see a part of "eyes on the prize," a documentary about the civil rights struggle in the 50s and 60s. the name of the movie made me think of this blog, and i thought that you probably would have had a lot of insightful things to say about that period, being such a thoughtful student of history.

anyway, here's to healing quickly and being able to laugh a lot soon!

happy mlk day!


9:21 PM  

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