Nov 26

Tom Baker wrties about a slew of movies, manga and a video game

Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91) is a staff writer for The Daily Yomiuri. As another example of JET ROI, he is one of at least four former JETs to have been on the newspaper’s staff in recent years. He usually writes for DYWeekend, the arts and leisure section. You can follow Tom’s blog at

His articles in the past two months include interviews with movie director Breck Eisner and video game producer Rich Rosado, plus a slew of reviews. Click on the titles in these thumbnail summaries to find the articles:

In 1973, legendary horror director George Romero make a low-budget movie called “The Crazies,” in which the accidental release of a biological weapon turns many of the people of a small town into homicidal maniacs. Present-day director Breck Eisner has remade that movie with a much bigger budget, and he discusses the changes he made in the interview.

Red Dead Redemption” is a video game that lets you shoot a lot of people and then makes you feel guilty about it. Rich Rosado, one of the producers for Rockstar Games (a company better known for its “Grand Theft Auto” series) says that’s intentional in the interview.

Black Butler” is a manga in which a rich orphan seeks revenge for the death of his parents with the help of a supernatural butler.

Fairy Tail” is a manga follows the friendships and rivalries among a guild of young, good-looking wizards.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” is a movie that needs no introduction.

Daybreakers” is a movie in which vampires have taken over the world – and not all of them are happy about it.

A Single Man” is a movie in which Colin Firth plays a gay man in America in 1963 who is devastated by the sudden death of his lover.

Knight and Day” is a movie in which Cameron Diaz becomes a hostage/apprentice to secret agent Tom Cruise.

The Expendables” is a movie in which Sylvester Stallone leads a merry band of morally mixed-up mercenaries.

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