Mar 7

Tom Baker reviews “The Hurt Locker”

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. A big part of his beat is the Pop Culture page, which covers manga, anime and video games. You can follow Tom’s blog at

He also writes about movies. Here is his review of “The Hurt Locker,” which just opened in Japan and has been nominated for several Academy Awards (the results of which will be revealed very soon):

“If I’m gonna die, I want to die comfortable,” U.S. Army Sgt. William James says as he shucks off his hot and bulky bomb-disposal suit. Then he bends over the open trunk of a car in an alley beside a freshly evacuated U.N. office building in Baghdad and begins to run his eyes and fingers over a tangle of wires connected to a large collection of bombs.

Why is he doing it?

In The Hurt Locker, a movie that has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, “why” is just one of the implicit yet ever-present questions…

Read the rest of the review here.

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