Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bankrupt Yubari Seeks Funds... Again

Unable to find work since taking a chair laden with nails to the back of the head, psychotic teenaged bodyguard Gogo Yubari has filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo and is seeking a government bailout...

Actually, the bankrupt city of Yubari, which gifted Kuriyama Chiaki's memorable Kill Bill character with her surname, has asked the Japanese government for help. Yubari is a former coal mining town that's tried just about everything to become a major tourist destination, from building a museum to its hardscrabble past to holding an international film festival. They even built an amusement park with government money at one point, but nothing worked. Now Yubari's population is about a tenth of what it was in the 1960s. It's a complex tale and at its center are someone's hopes and dreams of keeping their beloved hometown afloat in the rough waters of changing times.

I think they need to capitalize on Quentin Tarantino's use of their name somehow. I'm not exactly sure how that would be possible. Borrowing more money to build yet another white elephant museum-- no matter how cool or hip-- is probably out of the question.

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