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Achilles and the Tortoise (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Kitano Takeshi (Actor, Director) | Aso Kumiko | Higuchi Kanako (Actor) | Tsutsui Mariko
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After Takeshis' and Glory to the Filmmaker, acclaimed filmmaker Kitano Takeshi completes his idiosyncratic trilogy on artistic rumination and creative crisis with Achilles and Tortoise. More accessible and audience-friendly than his previous two essays, Achilles and the Tortoise is told in three acts, following the art and adventures of an ardent, but middling artist at different stages in his navel-gazing life. Mocking art while making it, Kitano himself painted the film's colorful artwork which delightfully parody the protagonist and modern art. Taking the film's title from Zeno's Achilles and Tortoise paradox positing that the fastest runner can never overtake the slowest, Kitano creates a fascinating character study full of offbeat humor, wry commentary, and self-absorbed reflection.

The son of a wealthy businessman, Machisu (Yoshioka Reo) discovers his passion, or perhaps obsession, for art at a young age. After his father's bankruptcy and suicide, Machisu has to move in with his unwelcoming rural relatives, but that doesn't deter him from painting. In his teenage years, Machisu (Yanagi Yurei) engages in various off-the-wall artistic pursuits at art school, and meets his soulmate Sachiko (Aso Kumiko, Suite Dreams). In middle age, Machisu (Kitano Takeshi) and wife Sachiko (Higuchi Kanako, Memories of Tomorrow) stalwartly continue to chase after their lifelong passion and dreams. But at this point, one thing has become painfully clear: Machisu has no talent.

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Product Title: Achilles and the Tortoise (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 阿基里斯與龜 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 阿基里斯与龟 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) Achilles and the Tortoise (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Achilles and the Tortoise (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 畫狂師 画狂师
Artist Name(s): Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Aso Kumiko | Higuchi Kanako (Actor) | Tsutsui Mariko | Osugi Ren | Omori Nao | Ibu Masato | Nakao Akira | Tokunaga Eri 北野武 (Actor) | 麻生久美子 | 樋口可南子 (Actor) | 筒井 麻理子 | 大杉漣 | 大森南朋 | 伊武雅刀 | Nakao Akira | 德永繪里 北野武 (Actor) | 麻生久美子 | 樋口可南子 (Actor) | 筒井 麻理子 | 大杉涟 | 大森南朋 | 伊武雅刀 | Nakao Akira | 德永绘里 北野武 (Actor) | 麻生久美子 | 樋口可南子 (Actor) | ツツイ マリコ | オオスギレン | 大森南朋 | 伊武雅刀 | 中尾彬 | 徳永えり Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Aso Kumiko | Higuchi Kanako (Actor) | Tsutsui Mariko | Osugi Ren | Omori Nao | Ibu Masato | Nakao Akira | Tokunaga Eri
Director: Kitano Takeshi 北野武 北野武 北野武 Kitano Takeshi
Release Date: 2009-11-26
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 119 (mins)
Publisher: Imagic Media Inc.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021638328

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真知壽(北野武 飾演),含著金湯匙來到世間,父親是有錢的藝品收藏家,從小就對繪畫有著無可救藥的熱情。父親友人禮貌性的讚美,卻讓他以為自己才華洋溢,將來能成為偉大藝術家!


依然無時無刻不捏著畫筆,奮勇在崎嶇的創作之路上打拼!他用賣畫賺來的錢「把自己拉拔長大」,無意間接觸到令人咋舌、簡直毫無章法可言的抽象藝術,同時也面臨到來自毒蛇經紀人的輕蔑揶揄。「只有佐知子懂我」([木通]口可南子 飾演),他在心中如此想著。他們相戀、結婚、成家,隨著對家庭的責任來到生命裡,真知壽也將更大的熱情投入繪畫,渴望能帶給家人些許幸福。




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February 9, 2009

This professional review refers to Achilles and the Tortoise (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
The concluding chapter of the self reflective trilogy that Japanese icon Takeshi Kitano began with Takeshis' and continued with Glory to the Filmmaker, it is hard to imagine Achilles and the Tortoise being more different than the films that came before. While both Takeshis' and Glory were shot through with manic energy and featured Kitano playing some distorted version of himself, Achilles is a far more sedate and quiet film, one that follows a conventional structure, following a single character through the course of his life, and is concerned more with the creative impulse than with any sort of self representation. If Takeshis' was an attempt to break new stylistic ground while satirizing the media monster Kitano himself had become and Glory was a deliberate throwback to the comedic madness of Getting Any, then Achilles draws more on the meditative side of Kitano, the side responsible for films such as Dolls and A Scene At The Sea.

Achilles and the Tortoise is the story of Machisu. A young boy when we first meet him, Machisu's father is a wealthy businessman largely responsible for the financial well being of his entire town. Machisu's father is also a largely ignorant but very passionate lover of modern art, a passion he indulges by buying large quantities of paintings of questionable worth - paintings foisted off on him by an unscrupulous art dealer fully aware that his wealthy client will never have any idea whether what he's buying is any good or not. When Machisu shows that he has inherited his father's love of art he is encouraged to indulge that particular love, given free rein to pursue painting and drawing above all else. Unfortunately, Machisu has also inherited lack of skill and taste.

Tragedy strikes and Machisu is left an orphan but he never abandons his all-consuming love of art, constantly sketching and drawing and painting, sinking whatever money he makes into supplies and lessons, constantly pursuing his goal of become a recognized painter. But he never really does. The son of Machisu's father's art dealer proves no help, disparaging Machisu's early work as being too old fashioned and constantly suggesting that he become more daring, more experimental, more whatever the buzz word of the day may be - suggestions that Machisu follows slavishly without ever making any progress. He ages, marries, has a daughter, but never makes any progress whatsoever when it comes to infiltrating the art world.

With the title taken from Zeno's Paradox - a famous mathematical proof that it is impossible to catch anything you may pursue, regardless of how much faster than it you may be, a proof that eventually led directly to the creation of calculus - the question of the film is whether Machisu's artistic career is destined to fail because he lacks talent or if he is destined to fail because he pursues success as defined by other people's opinions rather than simply following his own feelings and inclinations? Kitano is clearly aiming for the second option with the entire film standing as a comment on the absurdity of commercialized art.

Achilles and the Tortoise is a quiet, meditative bit of work from Kitano, the humor - it is frequently very funny - drawing more quiet smiles than outright laughs. It is elegantly constructed and well acted, a film that would have drawn much more attention had it come at the beginning of this self reflective cycle of films rather than at the end. Though certainly not A-list Kitano it is a huge step forward from the mostly disastrous Glory to the Filmmaker and a very positive sign for what is to come.

Notable here are two key points: first, all of the paintings in the film are the creations of Kitano himself. In addition to being a prominent writer, director, actor and television personality in his native Japan, Kitano has become a fairly prolific painter in recent years, one of his paintings previously featured prominently in cult hit Battle Royale. And, second, this is definitely the end of Kitano's self-reflective period - he has already announced that his next film will be a samurai picture - though not Zatoichi 2 - and that he is closing the book on this phase of his film career.

by Todd Brown -

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