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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Azumi
Azumi kicks some ass (Asia Vision)

Last month, Comic-Con came to San Diego and once again demonstrated the appeal of comic books around the globe. It also highlighted the fact that Hollywood studios are NOT the only ones turning to comics as source material. Japanese filmmakers are looking to their homegrown comics, known as mangas for inspiration. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando spoke with the director of Japan's manga-inspired Azumi (opening August 4 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

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