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Your LiT Traditions.

Postby PAUL_UK » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:09 pm

I was just wondering how many of you guys out there have your own traditions for when you watch LIT. I think that a film like this can affect us on such a level that when we choose to watch it can be a very personal thing.

As for myself; I always try to watch it when I get more than 4-5 days off of work in a row. I wait until the middle of the night (when I first saw LIT), make a huge cup of tea, and sit through the film with no distraction. I never go to bed before the sun is coming up on those nights.

For me this is an odd time of reflection and solitude. I don't tell anybody that im watching it (my wife asleep in our bedroom remains oblivious) but its one of my most personal activities and traditions, a type of self preservation perhaps?

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Postby TokyoGirl » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:38 am

I also like to watch it very late at night. In fact I don't think I've ever watched it in the day.

I also watched it the day before going to Japan (both times) and the day after I returned... it's a weird thing, I felt like I needed to be absorbed in it, before I went, to prepare and after I returned to make it last that bit longer.
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Postby Pitman » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:49 pm

Yes. I always watch it late at night when I can sleep in the next morning. I like to have the menu running in the background for a while as an appetizer. I usually have something Japanese during the movie like Sake or Sapporo. And sometimes make sushi beforehand too.

I must be up to around 55 viewings now.

I remember my first 10 times I used to get that kick in the stomach at the end. But now, I watch it out of comfort and familiarity. It feels good. It's an event.

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Postby preciouswhile » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:53 pm

I almost always watch it in the dark with headphones on and the volume somewhat high. The ambient noise and music are both great in this movie and I feel more immersed.

And I agree that it's more of an emotional event - not a just a simple movie viewing. I usually have to be in that state of tired restlessness that can only happen late at night.

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Postby hitori » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:24 pm

@pitman - Hah! Since I converted all my dvds to digital for streaming, I'd forgotten how much I liked doing that, specifically with the LIT intro.

Like most I watch it only at night, I have four kids and can't imagine enjoying it during the day. Thankfully my wife enjoys the movie, and doesn't mind my now at least monthly-ritual of watching LIT.

Also, pitman I know what you mean about that kick-in-the-stomach. To me, now and likely with all future views, the look on Bob's face when he gets back into the taxi, and that quick glance into Charlotte's unsteady but hopeful expression leave me feeling a sense of closure that both characters obviously needed (can't you just hear that snare drum kicking in, reminding you everything is going to be ok? The music selection to scene blending in this movie are just wonderful).

Well, now I know what I'm doing tonight! Have a great weekend all :wink:

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Postby Bob_san » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:58 am

This is a great topic and I've enjoyed reading everyone's replies!

I always watch it late at night after the family has gone to bed but on a weekend when I don't have to get up early the next day! I often rewind and play over my favorites scenes 2 or 3 times.

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Postby Too Young » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:07 am

I always like watching it very late at night from about 1am onwards.
I watch it alone usually with a nice glass of bourbon. Something about the dark quiet nights really adds to the atmosphere of the the viewing experience.
It's a wonderful.

Also I'm new - let's get some activity going back here as we approach the films 10 year anniversary :D

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Postby Bob_san » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:08 am

Too Young wrote:Also I'm new - let's get some activity going back here as we approach the films 10 year anniversary :D

Welcome and yes excellent idea!

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Postby vlps » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:24 pm

it's a very personal movie for me as well. I watch it in the dark, sound loud as well. I've seen it probably around 10 times now. I try to watch it once every few months (first viewing having been in 2012).

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Postby Duguesclin » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:39 am

I like that film so much even after more than 10 years and even more that I try not to see it so often I would like to do it. That movie is always with me somehow and I use related music to feel the Tokyos night again and again..I guess that will never stop , I hope...The thing is that I saw it for some years ago and got it from a friend for some months ago..This time I could probably feel it much better...most probably because my age closer to Bob, no doubt...
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Postby samwright8380 » Sun May 04, 2014 3:08 am

I've always watched this film alone. I used to watch it late at night whilst drinking bourbon (this is nearly ten years ago or so). I suppose it would add to the jetlagged feeling. Nowadays I prefer to play it before the sun has fully risen. Usually by the time it finishes the skies are clear but the world hasn't fully gone about it's business. I've had a blu ray player for some time but still play it on hd-dvd.

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Re: Your LiT Traditions.

Postby tpl89 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:58 am

Like many of you, I watch it alone and at night...

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