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Kiiroi Namida (Yellow Tears) (DVD) (Normal Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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The five members of Arashi appear together on the big screen again in the highly anticipated Kiiroi Namida, a.k.a. Yellow Tears. Based on the classic manga by Nagashima Shinji, this nostalgic film takes the audience back to the 1960s with a moving story about youth, friendship, and the pursuit of dreams. Director Inudo Isshin, whose previous works include Touch, Maison de Himiko, and Across a Gold Prairie, strikes the right balance of compelling drama and coming-of-age tropes in following the hopes and trials of five young men in post-war Japan. With all the members of Arashi in a film together for the first time since Pikanchi, Kiiroi Namida inevitably bears the label of an idol movie, but it is much more than that. Matsumoto Jun (Hana Yori Dango), Sakurai Sho (Honey and Clover), Ninomiya Kazunari (Letters from Iwo Jima), Aiba Masaki (Triple Kitchen), and Ohno Satoshi have all developed respectable acting careers in their own rights, and the film truly showcases them as individual actors, while building on the chemistry they have as a group.

In the bustle of 1960s Tokyo, five young men cross paths and develop a strong friendship. Aspiring novelist Ryuzo (Sakurai Sho), ambitious manga artist Eisuke (Ninomiya Kazunari), painter Kei (Ohno Satoshi), and aspiring singer Shoichi (Masaki Aiba) end up living together one memorable summer. Along with delivery boy Yuji (Matsumoto Jun), each works hard to realize his dream, but the journey of youth is never straightforward.

This edition includes the following features:

  • Tokyo Globe Advanced Screening Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer & TV Spot
  • Character Map & Synopsis
  • Cast & Crew Profile
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    Product Title: Kiiroi Namida (Yellow Tears) (DVD) (Normal Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 黃色之淚 (DVD) (英文字幕) (通常版) (日本版) 黄色之泪 (DVD) (英文字幕) (通常版) (日本版) 黄色い涙 (通常版) Kiiroi Namida (Yellow Tears) (DVD) (Normal Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Artist Name(s): Sakurai Sho | Ninomiya Kazunari | Matsumoto Jun | Aiba Masaki | Ohno Satoshi | Tabata Tomoko | Matsubara Chieko | Kashii Yu 櫻井翔 | 二宮和也 | 松本潤 | 相葉雅紀 | 大野智 | 田畑智子 | 松原智惠子 | 香椎由宇 樱井翔 | 二宫和也 | 松本润 | 相叶雅纪 | 大野智 | 田畑智子 | 松原智惠子 | 香椎由宇 櫻井翔 | 二宮和也 | 松本潤 | 相葉雅紀 | 大野智 | 田畑智子 | 松原智恵子 | 香椎由宇 Sakurai Sho | Ninomiya Kazunari | Matsumoto Jun | Aiba Masaki | Ohno Satoshi | Tabata Tomoko | Matsubara Chieko | Kashii Yu
    Director: Inudo Isshin 犬童 一心 犬童 一心 犬童一心 Inudo Isshin
    Release Date: 2007-10-03
    Publisher Product Code: GNBD-7430
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English, Japanese
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
    Publisher: J Storm
    Other Information: DVD
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004961384

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    タイトル:黄色い涙(通常版)
    出演:二宮和也/相葉雅紀/大野智/櫻井翔/松本潤/香椎由宇/韓英恵/高橋真唯/菅井きん/志賀廣太郎/本田博太郎/田畑智子/松原智恵子
    監督:永島慎二(原作)/犬童一心(監督)/市川森一(脚本)/タイガーチャイルドピクチャー(制作プロダクション)/SAKEROCK(音楽)

    昭和38年、晩春—。高度経済成長期の真っただ中の東京・阿佐ヶ谷で、4人の芸術家の卵と、ひとりの勤労青年が出会う。漫画家の村岡栄介、歌手の井上章一、画家の下川 圭、小説家の向井竜三、ただひとり健気に働く勝間田祐二。六畳一間の栄介のアパートで共同生活を始めた若き芸術家4人は、酒を呑んでは夢を語り合う毎日を送る。それぞれ淡い恋心も抱いていた。そんな、貧しいながらも笑い声の絶えない彼らの暮らしを、祐二は優しく見守っていた。しかし、やがて彼らの前に、現実の壁が立ちはだかる…。

    【静止画特典】あらすじ/【静止画特典】キャスト・スタッフ プロフィール/【静止画特典】人物相関図/東京グローブ座限定映像/予告編・テレビCM

    テクニカル・インフォメーション
    :カラー
    画面:Vista-16:9LB
    言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタルステレオ

    その他の情報
    製作年:2007
    備考:1枚組
    映像特典:東京グローブ座限定映像、予告編・テレビCM、人物相関図(静止画)、あらすじ(静止画)、キャスト・スタッフプロフィール(静止画)
    日本小売価格:¥4200

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    Professional Review of "Kiiroi Namida (Yellow Tears) (DVD) (Normal Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

    October 15, 2007

    Upon learning about Isshin Inudou's latest film Yellow Tears (or Kiiroi Namida), I was surprised that it was actually produced without the help of a major distributor or television station. After all, it's a lighthearted exercise in nostalgia that brings Johnny's Entertainment's Arashi, one of Japan's most popular boy bands, to the big screen for the first time since 2004's Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy. Not only have the group's individual members found both critical and commercial success as actors, but films such as Always - Sunset on Third Street have proven that collective nostalgia can rake in the cash at the box office. But then I also discovered that the film is actually produced and distributed by Arashi's record company J Storm, meaning that Yellow Tears is really a vanity project to promote the boy group. Fortunately, thanks to experienced independent film director Isshin Inudou, the film proves itself to be more than just an extended idol special.

    Based on a story in a manga called "The Young Ones" by Shinji Nagashima, Yellow Tears focuses on four aspiring artists struggling in 1963 Tokyo: manga artist Eisuke (Kazunari Ninomiya), oil painter Kei (Satoshi Ono), composer-singer Shoichi (Masaki Aiba), and author Ryuzo (Sho Sakurai). The four initially meet in a scheme by Eisuke to convince his ailing mother to move to Tokyo. After its success, the four split up believing that they will never meet again. However, everyone ends up moving into Eisuke's small apartment two months later because he happens to be the most successful of the bunch.

    With no income, the three end up relying on Eisuke and the local pawn shop for food money because of their unwillingness to do anything that doesn't involve art ("I won't sell my body for money," one character says.). Eventually, the group does manage to come across some wages, and Eisuke suggests that they take the summer to develop their respective artistic voices before worrying about money again. Thanks to a bit of help from local delivery boy Yuji (fifth Arashi member Jun Matsumoto, whose appearance in the film amounts only to a glorified cameo), the four experience a summer filled with unrequited love, friendship, the pursuit of art, and finding ways to eat cheaply.

    Like last year's comic-based Honey and Clover (which starred Arashi member Sho Sakurai), Yellow Tears deals quite a bit with aspiring artists and what art means to them. However, Honey and Clover became too distracted by its romantic subplots to actually say anything meaningful about the creation of art. While Yellow Tears does have its share of romantic subplots, the screenplay by Shinichi Ichikawa never strays too far from questioning the effect art has on each character. As a director who has spent the last several years alternating between commercial and independent filmmaking, Inudou probably felt a strong connection to the film's themes; Eisuke's dilemma of having to choose between drawing what sells and drawing what the artist wants probably struck a chord with Inudou during the making of the film. Thanks to such sensibilities, Yellow Tears actually feels like a quality piece of cinema with something to say.

    However, don't assume that Yellow Tears is another heavy-handed art film. Most of the time, Inudou actually keeps the film's tone lighthearted, fitting the film's relaxed summer setting. Even the more heavy-handed moments towards the end of the film feel rightfully earned because the characters have been properly set up. The narrative of Yellow Tears favors character development over plot exposition, and the chemistry between the group members makes the friendship between these artists the strongest and the most convincing aspect of the film. Of course, having Ninomiya, the strongest actor in the bunch (as proven by his performance in Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima), play the central character of Eisuke probably helps things considerably.

    When I was doing some research on the film, I came across an Arashi fan message board. When the film's posters were released, all the fans kept discussing how short their idols' haircuts get in the film and how consistently cute they look. Therefore, it should come as a warning (or a blessing, depending on who you are) to learn that this is not an idol-glamorizing film, though the Arashi boys are portrayed in a positive light as the main characters. Yellow Tears successfully transcends your usual idol films to become a bittersweet drama that can appeal to almost any age group. The casting of Arashi actually seems logical because the four actors need a certain amount of chemistry for the setup to work, and the group's real-life friendship shows here. Lazy artists in sixties Japan may not be the most commercially-appealing characters to follow, but Yellow Tears happens to be a movie about those very characters that is more commercially appealing and artistically satisfying than its labels may suggest.

    By Kevin Ma

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