The Babel Effect

First it was POKEMON, now BABEL is freaking some people out.

Seven people have complained of nausea and other health symptoms at theaters in Aichi and Mie prefectures after watching the Oscar-nominated U.S. movie “Babel,” theater officials said Monday.

The sickness is believed to be linked with a scene about one hour and 20 minutes into the movie where the high school student played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi dances in a club that has strobe-effect lighting. The blinking lasts about a minute.

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Next Up for Satoshi Kon

We finally get a few details on director Satoshi Kon’s next project.

Tokyopop has posted an exclusive interview with Satoshi Kon, director of Tokyo Godfathers and the more recent Paprika. In the interview, Kon talks about the other writers who have indirectly influenced his work, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, and mentions that he is already writing the script for his next film. He expects this work, which he calls “a future folklore story,” to be completed in about two or two and a half years. After he has completed several more feature films, Kon would also like to again direct a television series. (Anime News Network)