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Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (Korean Version)
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Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu, a Japanese romance novel by Katayama Kyoichi that sold over three million copies in Japan alone, is now adapted into one of the biggest hits of the summer box office in Japan! The film Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World, directed by Yukisada Isao from Go, stars Osawa Takao (Gege)and Shibasaki Kou (One Missed Call), who bring great performances to one of the most loved and romantic films of recent years.

Shikoku is the place where Sakutaro met his first love, Aki (Nagasawa Masami). Sakutaro and Aki were deeply in love with one another, but Aki suffered from a fatal disease and passed away. While Sakutaro is searching for Ritsuko, he looks through objects from his past, and he discovers a message from Aki...

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Product Title: Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (Korean Version) 在世界中心呼喊愛 (韓國版) 在世界中心呼喊爱 (韩国版) Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (Korean Version) 세상의 중심에서 사랑을 외치다 (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Osawa Takao | Shibasaki Kou | Yamazaki Tsutomu | Nagasawa Masami 大澤隆夫 | 柴咲幸 | 山崎努 | 長澤雅美 大泽隆夫 | 柴咲幸 | 山崎努 | 长泽雅美 大沢たかお | 柴咲コウ | 山崎努 | 長澤まさみ Osawa Takao | 시바사키 코우 | Yamazaki Tsutomu | 나가사와 마사미
Release Date: 2006-05-02
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Eos
Other Information: 2 DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004271372

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 & 2.0
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras :
DISC 2
- 주연배우 영상수필
- 뮤직비디오: 김형중 '그대여서'
- 부산국제영화제 감독과 관객의 대화
- 예고편 모음
: 국내예고편 1,2
: TV SPOT 30초, 20초, 15초
: 일본 예고편 1,2
- 스틸갤러리
- 감독 인터뷰
- 감독 및 배우소개

* Director : 유키사다 이사오 (Isao Yukisada)

2004년 5월 8일 일본 전역에서 개봉한 <세상의 중심에서 사랑을 외치다>가 개봉 10주만에 700만 명의 관객을 동원, 2004년 일본 최고의 흥행작으로 떠오르며 전 일본 열도를 ‘세카츄 (세상의 중심에서 사랑을 외치다의 일본어 줄임말)’ 열풍에 빠뜨렸다.

개봉 첫 주 일본 박스오피스 1위로 등장, 2주 연속 박스오피스 1위를 차지하며 17억 4000만 엔이라는 흥행수익을 올리고, 브래드 피트 주연의 <트로이>에 2위로 밀려났다가 폭발적인 관객동원력을 보이며 다시 박스오피스 1위를 탈환하는 기염을 토했던 <세상의 중심에서 사랑을 외치다>는 영화 개봉 이후 폭 넓은 관객층을 형성하며 <투모로우>, <해리포터와 아즈카반의 죄수> 등 강력한 헐리웃 블록버스터들과의 경쟁에서도 10주동안 3위에 랭크되는 저력을 발휘하였다.

영화가 개봉 된지 세 달여가 지난 8월 현재에도 경이로운 관객동원을 유지하고 있는 <세상의 중심에서 사랑을 외치다>는 80억 엔의 흥행수익을 올린 것에 이어 100억 엔 이상의 수익을 목표로 하고 있고, 이는 멜로 영화로서 뿐만이 아니라 실사 영화로도 역대 일본 영화 7위에 해당하는 놀라운 흥행기록이다.
생의 가장 아름다운 순간에 찾아온 투명한 슬픔
결혼을 앞두고 있는 리츠코 (시바사키 코우)는 어느날 이삿짐 속에서 오래된 카세트 테이프 하나를 발견하고는 약혼자인 사쿠타로(오사와 다카오)에게 짧은 편지 한 장만을 남겨두고 사라져버린다. 리츠코의 행선지가 ‘시코쿠’라는 것을 알고 그녀의 뒤를 쫓는 사쿠타로. 하지만 그곳은 사쿠타로의 고향이자, 첫사랑 아키와의 추억이 잠들어있는 곳이다.

그때, 나는 온 세상이 넘칠 정도로 사랑을 했다…

1986년 고등학교 2학년 여름. 동급생인 사쿠(고등학교 때의 사쿠타로: 모리야마 미라이)는 얼굴도 예쁘고 우등생에 스포츠까지 만능이자 모든 남학생들이 동경하던 아키(나가사와 마사미)와 하교 길에 마주친다. 천연덕스럽게 사쿠의 스쿠터를 올라탄 그녀는 이후 라디오 심야방송에 응모엽서를 보내고, 워크맨으로 음성편지를 주고받는 등 투명한 사랑을 키워나간다.

하지만 단둘이 처음으로 무인도에서 여행을 마치고 집으로 돌아오던 날 갑자기 아키가 쓰러진다. 병원에 입원한 아키는 그녀 특유의 밝음을 잃지 않고, 사쿠는 그런 그녀의 곁에서 애정을 듬뿍 쏟아주지만, 아키가 처한 현실과 직면하게 된 사쿠는 자신이 할 수 있는 일이 아무것도 없음을 깨닫고 큰 슬픔에 빠진다.

점점 약해져만 가는 아키를 위해 사쿠는 아키가 늘 꿈꾸어 오던 세상의 중심이라 불리는 호주의 울룰루에 그녀를 데려가기로 마음 먹고 병원을 몰래 빠져 나오지만, 태풍에 발이 묶여 비행기를 타지도 못한 채 아키는 공항 로비에서 쓰러져 버린다.

그녀와 나누던 음성편지가 다시 들려오기 시작했다.

리츠코를 찾으러 떠났지만 어느덧 자신의 추억 속에 빠져들어 기억 속에?살아 숨쉬는 아키를 만난 성인 사쿠타로와 자신의 기억을 더듬어 과거를 쫓고있던 리츠코. 마침내 두 사람은 추억 저편 한구석에 숨겨져 있던 진실과 마주하게 된다. 그리고 이제 그 곳에서 오래 전 전달되지 못했던 아키의 마지막 음성편지가 십여 년이 넘는 시간을 지나 사쿠타로에게 도착하는데…
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Professional Review of "Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (Korean Version)"

July 5, 2006

This professional review refers to Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version)
When you die, does love die, too? That's the question at the heart of Crying Out Love in the Center of the World, the 2004 box office sensation directed by Isao Yukisada. Based on the bestselling romance by Kyoichi Katayama, the film stars Takao Osawa as Sakutaro Matsumoto, a brooding thirtysomething male engaged to the beautiful Ritsuko Fujimura (Kou Shibasaki). But the seeming normalcy of this happy couple's life is interrupted by an incident straight out of a Haruki Murakami novel. While packing up for a move, Sakutaro's fiancée discovers a long forgotten cassette tape. After searching the local stores for a Walkman capable of playing the now obsolete technology, she finally listens to the cassette and hears a young girl's voice. Moved to tears by the tape's content, Ritsuko promptly walks out of Sakutaro's life, leaving him with nothing but a cryptic note. The incident eventually sparks Sakutaro's memory banks, plunging the man's thoughts backwards in time, some seventeen years ago. His current situation, it seems, has origins in the past.

The film then shifts perspective to 1986 and focuses on the budding romance between young "Saku" (now played by Mirai Moriyama) and Aki Hirose (Masumi Nagasawa), an intelligent "girl next door" type with a radiant smile and personality to match. Besides getting into a variety of adventures, the two eventually find themselves "dating" by recording messages for each other on cassette tape and exchanging them at school.

The narrative intercuts between the past and the present as we then follow the elder Sakutaro returning to his hometown, visiting old haunts, and eventually finding the cassettes Aki left for him. But it seems that Sakutaro isn't the only one who has returned. Ritsuko, too, seems to wander the same areas as her fiancé. But to what purpose? That question is tabled until the film's final act, but in the meantime, the audience is treated to a refreshingly well-drawn teenage love story, albeit, one that harbors a tragic secret.

It's not hard to understand why Crying Out Love in the Center of the World was such a box office smash. Although Takao Osawa and Kou Shibasaki are competent in the lead roles, the fate of the film really hangs on the performances of the two young actors, and they both pull through magnificently. Mirai Moriyama does a fine job as the young Saku, using his unique manga-like mug to great effect for scenes of comedy, romance, and tragedy and imbuing his character's journey from awkward teen to mature adult with a surprising sense of realism. Masami Nagasawa is a revelation as Aki Hirose, and a fine choice to play a character who so effectively changes her loved one's life. Able to convey intelligence, humor, and grace all at once, Nagasawa is a charming screen presence, able to change the tone of scene with little more than a smile. The romance presented here is of the chaste variety, and although some may question the believability of such a thing in the face of impending doom, the actors pull it off extraordinarily well. If anything, this movie is an old fashioned romance made relevant for a contemporary audience.

Ultimately, Crying Out Love in the Center of the World is a film that celebrates the bloom of youth and the thrill of first love. Even so, the film isn't just about nostalgia, but about finding peace and starting over. In a world where real closure is hard - if not impossible - to find, the bittersweet Crying Out Love in the Center of the World provides it in spades. If liking this movie makes me a sentimental fool, so be it.

By Calvin McMillin - LoveHKFilm.com

April 1, 2005

This professional review refers to Crying Out Love In The Center Of The World (DTS Version) (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Dante once wrote "Places that are empty of you... are empty of all life" as an expression of the void created by the absence or loss of a loved one. It is this obtusely tragic sentiment which is explored by Isao Yukisada's seventh feature film Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World. How does one deal with the loss of a loved one? Do we face it head on or do we turn our back to it; and do those memories linger constantly in our lives or do they become buried, perhaps one day to be remembered when sifting through old boxes and photographs?

The film's premise and rather soppy titling does conjure images of mushiness and glib melodrama, but it ultimately reveals itself to be a very skillfully metered and sincere romantic drama. The narrative of the film begins by centering on Ritsuko, who mysteriously decides to leave her house and go on a "trip", but then shifts its focus permanently to her fiancé, Sakutaro, and his quest to find her and the reason why she left. He then follows her trail - a trail full of questions and many many audio tapes. Once this background has been established, the story then splits into two separate timelines; that of the present day and that of a remembered 1986. The film then employs a concept common to Asian romance films - that of a divisional barrier across which love must survive (as seen in such films as Il Mare, Ditto and Bungee Jumping Of Their Own). However, this film utilises it in a more esoteric and clever form by connecting the two lovers again through the use of audio tapes and an approaching typhoon.

Yukisada has every opportunity to pump those cellos and let the tears flow, but proves he is better than that, and allows the sentiment to delicately hover unspoken for the audience to respond to in their own way. Yes, there are strings and tinkling ivories on occasion but there is a calculated restraint and genuineness running throughout the film, particularly in the first half. Yukisada's direction is exceptional with unobtrusive handheld camerawork and a particularly skillful long-take-turned-tracking-shot that is quite powerful. His experience as an Assistant Director for Shunji Iwai shines almost transparently through this production with its use of "diffused light" in its cinematography and the occasional touches of piano scoring. Based on these common creative elements alone I would recommend this film to fans of Iwai.

The cast is quite exceptional. Takao Osama, who has appeared in some Iwai films and is one of Japan's more versatile actors, pulls off a memorable and sincere performance as the "present day" Sakutaro. Despite this, he is still dwarfed by the heartfelt acting of both of the main actors in the "1986" story, who really make the film a true gem.

Unfortunately, the film begins to falter slightly about three-quarters of the way in. A third element is introduced to the story with a minor twist that comes across feeling a little contrived and the ending felt as if it was dealt with a little carelessly. Apparently both of these elements are extraneous to the original novel and were perhaps not a wise addition to the film.

While the film runs quite liberally over the two hour mark, the pace never falters and never feels too long. There is plenty of story to tell and it's told from the heart. Just remember to keep some tissues handy.

8.5 Sony Walkmans out of 10

by Christian Were - heroic-cinema.com

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Customer Review of "Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (Korean Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.6 out of 10 (24)

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July 29, 2007

This customer review refers to Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version)
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Keep a box of Kleenex handy Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Crying Out Love" is a well-acted and beautifully filmed tear-jerker. With a movie of this kind (like "Terms of Endearment"), you know that the film will be manipulative; you just hope that the story flows in a natural manner so that the manipulation isn't a little too obvious. For the most part, the story in "Crying Out Love" works very well.

Strong performances from the entire cast draw you in and make you care. My only problem with this film is that it simply runs too long; it would have been more effective if it had been 15 minutes shorter and had sought to manipulate the viewers heart-strings a couple less times. However, with that lone caveat, I can highly recommend this film for a general audience.
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October 30, 2005

This customer review refers to Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World (DVD) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Very interesting Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie seemed flawless, everything was just perfectly in place.
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October 13, 2005

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iT wAs GOoD Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
iT is A mOviE wiTh tHE pasSioN oF LuB...bUt iT iS oNly GoOd iF YoOh wAtCh It OnCe In A lOnG wHILes Not An EverY dAy MoViE wHErE yOu'D eNjoy WatChIng It As A rE rUn...
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August 30, 2005

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hmm... Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
I came into this move with high expectations and, although the movie had some touching elements, the storyline was a little too unoriginal and predictable. Great performances though. Along with "Be with you", this movie brought the love genre back into the limelight in Japan. Although I think that "Be with you" is a much better movie (and would consider it to be the best movie I've seen), both movies successfully bring through the notion that love is timeless, no matter how long you share that love with a person. Corny stuff I know, but it's good that movies like these can be such great successes.
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August 11, 2005

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a boring one Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
What a boring depressing movie! And it is so incredibly long - 2 hours and 20 minutes of almost nothing. The plot is primitive and acting is below average. The only good thing about it is the music. Otherwise I regret I bought this DVD (I was attracted by the number of prizes this movie won and positive reviews). My advice - rent it first before buying. About the DVD (HK version): there are no extras. English subtitles are shown together with Chinese.
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