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The Emperor in August (Blu-ray + DVD) (Deluxe Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A, DVD Region 2
| Motoki Masahiro
| Harada Masato (Director)
| Matsuzaka Tori
On August 15, 1945, noontime, Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allies was announced by Emperor Hirohito in a radio broadcast. What took place the day before in the lead-up to this historic moment?
Based on Hando Kazutoshi's book Japan's Longest Day, WWII drama The Emperor in August examines the decision-making process of Japan's leadership and military brass during the final days of the Pacific War when defeat had become all but certain. Emperor Hirohito and his council convened repeatedly to debate the course of action for a lost war and the contents of the Potsdam Declaration, but no resolution could be reached until the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed everything.
Directed by Harada Masato (Chronicle of My Mother), the handsome historical drama brings together an award-winning lineup of actors to play the key figures who would determine the fate of the nation. Motoki Masahiro (Departures) stars as Emperor Hirohito, Yakusho Koji (Chronicle of My Mother) as army minister Anami Korechika, Yamazaki Tsutomu (Departures) as Prime Minister Suzuki Kantaro, Tsutsumi Shinichi (Always: Sunset on Third Street) as chief secretary Hisatsune Sakomizu, and Matsuzaka Tori (Gatchaman) as Hatanaka Kenji, the military officer who led an attempted coup the night of August 14, 1945, in a bid to stop the surrender announcement.
This edition includes the film on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a bonus DVD of special features.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (Blu-ray) (Digitally Restored Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A
| Kawarasaki Gonjuro
| Hanayagi Shotaro
| Mori Kakuko
Considered one of the great masterpieces of early Japanese cinema, Mizoguchi Kenji's 1939 black-and-white classic The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum revolves around the trials and tribulations of a struggling kabuki actor and his wife in the late 19th century. Adopted into a famous kabuki family, Onoe Kikunosuke (Hanayagi Shotaro) has been training to take up his father's mantle, but his acting skills are not acknowledged by the rest of the troupe. Much to his father's disapproval, Kikunosuke develops a close relationship with Otoku (Mori Kakuko), his nephew's wet nurse, and eventually leaves Tokyo and starts a new life in Osaka with Otoku. As time passes, however, the couple's relationship worsens under the strain of poverty, and Otoku decides to separate from Kikunosuke so that he can reconcile with his father and find his place onstage again.
GRASSHOPPER (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A
| Asano Tadanobu
| Ikuta Toma
| Uzaki Ryudo
Many of mystery writer Isaka Kotaro's works have been turned into movies, including Golden Slumber, Fish Story, Gravity's Clowns and Accuracy of Death, and his latest to get the silver-screen treatment is the 2004 novel Grasshopper. Director Takimoto Tomoyuki reteams with his Brain Man star Ikuta Toma, as well as Asano Tadanobu and Hey! Say! JUMP's Yamada Ryosuke (Assassination Classroom), for the action suspense thriller. Ikuta plays junior high school teacher Suzuki whose life is upturned after his girlfriend is killed. To get revenge for her death, he infiltrates the criminal underworld where he crosses paths with two contract killers: Semi (Yamada) whose specialty is using knives and Kujira (Asano) who manipulates his targets into committing suicide.
This edition includes a 20-page booklet and a bonus disc of special features.
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