Crossborder Cinema with Thani | Cowboy Bebop (Shinichiro Watanabe, 2001)
We at Lahe Lahe decided to Screen cinema from the world as World Cinema provides a broad orientation to how cinema has grown around the world in wonderful diversity and challenging complexity. Watching films from different cultures requires an orientation that is absolutely necessary in our complex, multicultural and global environment. A selection of courses in world cinema at Lahe Lahe will take you closer to being a literate citizen of the world and also open up the exciting world of cinema across the globe.
Crossborder Cinema with Thani : Cowboy Bebop
Shinichiro Watanabe. Japan. 115 mins. 2001
"Caught up in a world of dreams,
lost in the cruelty of reality."
Old Woman: He called you a cowboy. What did he mean? What are you?
Spike: Just a humble bounty hunter, ma'am.
Jet: Great, a wannabe preacher with a gun!
Ed: Food, glorious food!
Faye: Damn it! Morons don't learn until they die!
Cowboy Bebop (Synopsis) :
Mars. 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction.
On the space ship 'Bebop', Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes.
As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality, and what about it is a dream, as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent.
Vincent: I have no fear of death. It just means dreaming in silence. A dream that lasts for eternity.
Spike: You're an original, aren't you?
Hailing from Bangalore, Thani Mudaliar is a screenwriter who has co-written Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet (2015) and Mozez Singh's Zubaan (2016). Thani teaches filmmaking in Bangalore, and reviews films.