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Densha Otoko (Standard Edition) (Japan Version)
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If you enjoyed the American box office hit The 40 Year Old Virgin with Steve Carell, then this similarly-themed Japanese comedy might just be right up your alley! Television director Murakami Shosuke makes his feature length directorial debut with the unconventional, "romantically-challenged" romantic comedy, Densha Otoko!

Based on a supposed true story, the film stars Yamada Takayuki (from Water Boys and Crying Out Love in the Center of the World) as a twentysomething computer nerd who goes by the chat room screen named "Densha Otoko" ("Train Man"). Out of nowhere, he soon finds himself in an unfamiliar role as "protector" when he ends up saving a woman from the advances of a drunken salaryman (Osugi Ren) on a commuter train. Miki Nakatani (from Ring 2) takes on the role of a beautiful office lady who eventually takes a slight interest in this socially-inept otaku. A complete moron when it comes to the ladies, this young computer freak would rather stay in his fantasy land of anime, manga, toys, and computer games than face the real world. Thus, when faced with the proposition of dating this new woman, he turns to the anonymous chatroom pals for support, asking for tips on what just exactly he should do to win this woman's heart.

Densha Otoko is ultimately a nice guy, but for whatever reason, things just haven't happened for him yet in the romance department. Despite his shyness, he's definitely looking to make some changes in his personal life. But will their advice pay off? Can there be chemistry between these two vastly different people? And is there any chance that this guy will actually grow up? The answers await in Densha Otoko, a curious spin on love, life, relationships, and the unabashed glory of otaku geekiness!

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Product Title: Densha Otoko (Standard Edition) (Japan Version) 電車男 Standard Edition (日本版) 电车男 Standard Edition (日本版) 電車男 スタンダード・エディション Densha Otoko (Standard Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Yamada Takayuki | Nakatani Miki | Kuninaka Ryoko | Sasaki Kuranosuke 山田孝之 | 中谷美紀 | 國仲涼子 | 佐佐木藏之介 山田孝之 | 中谷美纪 | 国仲凉子 | 佐佐木藏之介 山田孝之 | 中谷美紀 | 国仲涼子 | 佐々木蔵之介 Yamada Takayuki | Nakatani Miki | Kuninaka Ryoko | Sasaki Kuranosuke
Release Date: 2005-12-09
Publisher Product Code: TDV-15344D
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place 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?
Duration: 101 (mins)
Publisher: Toho
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004070473

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タイトル:電車男 スタンダード・エディション
出演:山田孝之/中谷美紀/国仲涼子/瑛太/佐々木蔵之介/木村多江/岡田義徳/西田尚美/大杉漣
監督:中野独人(原作)/金子ありさ(脚本)/服部隆之(音楽)/村上正典(監督)/島谷能成(製作)/関一由(製作)/細野義朗(製作)/安永義郎(製作)/市川南(エグゼクティブ・プロデューサー)/小岩井宏悦(エグゼクティブ・プロデューサー)/川村元気(企画)/山内章弘(プロデューサー)

電車内で暴れる中年おじさんから若い女性を救った、ヲタク青年22歳。彼女いない歴=年齢の彼は実家在住のシステムエンジニアで、見るからにヲタクを地でいくタイプ。電車で助けたその女性からお礼にエルメスのティーカップをもらうも、どうしていいかもわからない。そして、その彼女をデートに誘うべく、モテない男達が集うインターネットサイトに助けを求める・・・。

特報・予告編・TVスポット集

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2.0chサラウンド/日本語:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

その他の情報
製作年:2005
著作権:(C)2005映画「電車男」製作委員会
備考:1枚組
特典映像:特報、予告編、TVスポット
日本小売価格:¥3800

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Professional Review of "Densha Otoko (Standard Edition) (Japan Version)"

October 25, 2005

To put it simply, the 2005 romantic comedy Train Man is a fairy tale for geeks. As derisive as that comment may sound, it's not really meant as a criticism, just a factual description. Supposedly based on a true story, Train Man (a.k.a. Densha Otoko) centers on a twenty-two-year-old manga enthusiast known only by the online handle "Train Man" (Yamada Takayuki). Unlucky in love his entire life, Train Man has consoled himself to the fact that he probably won't be getting a girlfriend anytime this millennium, so he decides to embrace his nerdy fate and spend his free time prowling for toys in Akihabara.

One evening, our hero's prospects for romance begin to change when he spots a lovely woman (Nakatani Miki) being harassed by a drunken commuter. In a moment of awkward heroism, Train Man intervenes on her behalf. Although he's certainly no Superman, he does delay the drunkard long enough for security to show up. Later, to Train Man's complete surprise, the woman asks for his address so she can properly thank him for his good deed. So energized by this encounter is Train Man that he posts his story on a message board, an act which eventually earns him a faithful, albeit anonymous readership. Little does he know, however, that his story has only just begun.

Things heat up quickly when Train Man receives a set of expensive Hermes teacups in the mail. The sender? You guessed it – the woman on the train. Both ecstatic and highly confused by this surprising turn of events, Train Man turns to his online pals for help, who post back bits of advice on what his next move should be. After much debate, he finally summons up the courage to call her, and amazingly, she agrees to meet him for dinner. But in preparing for his first ever real date with a woman, Train Man smartly makes a few cosmetic adjustments on the advisement of his online peers. It isn't long before he gets a stylish haircut, purchases some designer threads, and doffs his glasses in favor of some contact lenses. The transformation from geek to chic is surprisingly fast, but no matter what he looks like, it's clear that Train Man is still a socially-inept otaku, as his jitteriness and all-around dorkiness in the presence of the woman he dubs "Hermes" is strikingly apparent. Still, Train Man begins to make progress with Hermes, but unfortunately, his deep-seated insecurities just might mess the whole thing up. It's clearly time for Train Man to grow up, but will he do it in time?

On its premise alone, Train Man is essentially a G-rated version of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, although culturally suited to fit Japanese tastes. While both films maintain an underlying message that love is more important than lust, the main character in Train Man seems to operate in a world where sex isn't even something that would cross his mind, a factor which contributes to the fairytale quality of the film. And while technology, particularly computers, is crucial to the plot, Train Man is, at its core, an old-fashioned romance about finding one's true love. Some may balk at the simplicity of the story, but in some ways, that's part of the charm.

As far as performances go, Yamada Takayuki makes for a fine Train Man, particularly once the She's All That-style makeover takes place. It's easy to act nerdy when the character is dressed to the nines in Akihabara geek wear, but once he makes the transformation into a more presentable stud, it would be easy for an actor to slip out of the required geekiness necessary for his performance. However, that's not the case with Yamada; the incongruity between what Train Man looks like post-makeover versus his actual behavior helps give this geek fantasy some semblance of realism. No matter how polished Train Man looks, he's still an otaku at heart.

Also carrying the film along with Yamada is Nakatani Miki, who has the unenviable task of making her character's interest in Train Man seem believable. As likeable as Train Man is as a character is, his appeal seems somewhat elusive. Yes, he's a nice guy, but he's also annoyingly skittish, and as the finale proves, a bit of a crybaby to boot. However, the "crying" scene does make for a funny reversal of expectations as Hermes must console the weeping Train Man with several comical "there, there" reassurances. And while the believability of a relationship between Hermes and Train Man is precarious at best, it would be completely unbelievable if not for Nakatani's performance. She is able to project an inner life, if not an entire past history with men, which gives some indication of why she values Train Man so much.

One of the more interesting aspects of the film is how it focuses not only on Train Man's mission, but also on his ability to touch the lives of his readership. Among his online supporters, there's a young shut-in, a nurse who seems to be recovering from a failed relationship, three overgrown otakus who've had worse luck in life than Train Man, and a husband and wife, who don't realize they're posting on the same board. As each of these characters participates in Train Man's strange coming-of-age story, his amazing strides with Hermes opens their eyes to what's missing in their own lives, showing them that if he can get a girlfriend, then just about anything is possible. Although, these sub-plots could probably be developed even better in a television drama, the small glimmers of their lives given in Train Man are a welcome presence and enhance the main storyline immensely.

After all is said and done, Train Man is more or less just a fun little underdog story, thanks in large part to the likeable performances from its cast members. Sure, things are a bit too chaste and simplistic considering the situation, but in some ways, that's part of the appeal. Unlike the protagonist, the film Train Man may not dramatically change your life, but in it's all-too-true rendering of the anxieties of dating, on some level it's sure to speak to everyone's inner geek.

By Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "Densha Otoko (Standard Edition) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (3)

Kevin Kennedy
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August 26, 2007

This customer review refers to Train Man (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Brilliant romantic fantasy Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Train Man" is the secret fantasy of everyone's inner geek. I think we all have that dream of doing something heroic for our secret Romeo or Juliet and having it pay off in eternal love. Of course, it never quite works out that way in real life. And, given the ambiguous ending of "Train Man", the viewer is left to wonder whether it wasn't all a dream in this superb movie as well.

Yamada Takayuki is spectacular as the emotionally repressed otaku known as Train Man. His character is so wrapped up in his anxieties -- and Yamada does such a wonderful job of projecting those anxieties into Train Man's expressions and movements -- that it at times reminds me of Dustin Hoffman's performance as the autistic savant in "Rain Man". It is really that good.

Nakatani Miki has an enormous challenge in her role. She is the beautiful daughter of a well-heeled family who has a job in the corporate world that involves international travel. Why would such a put-together young woman fall for the ultra-nerdy Train Man? It is a testimony to her acting chops that ultimately she makes us believe that his ham-handed, yet tender attentions to her are just what she seeks.

Train Man's group of cyber-friends serve as a Greek chorus for the film's action. Usually, it is a terrible mistake to have a film's characters spend much time at a computer sending messages; it is an inert activity that it can drain the life out of a movie. I've never seen this technique work so well as it did in this movie. Kudos to the filmmakers for making this community of cyber-buddies a lively, touching, and often hilarious vehicle for moving the story forward.

I can wholeheartedly recommend "Train Man" to everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
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December 25, 2005

This customer review refers to Train Man (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Quite amusing n' somewhat cute Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
The show itself is just an OK one....or maybe I'm just not really into da way the japanese act in movies (except for some series)....but I like how they use the various illustrations in the movie....

luved the ending....(not the expressions of the guy cos I think its kinda pathetic to know there's a guy at the extreme shyness)....Wut's really sweet is that it's really nice to know that some girls still look at certain things in a guy...."What seems insignificant to others may be very special to the two of them"....I personally feel that this should be the case in real life....Also, luved when the girl said: "You've taught me a lot of things"...The show just reminded me about a lot of things....

AS NOT TO GIVE OUT TOO MANY SPOILERS...I'll let u watch it and u'll know wut I mean....:)
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November 17, 2005

This customer review refers to Train Man (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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Funny and Great Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I really like the movie because it contained romance and comedy together in one film. But in real life, the lead actress and actor doesn't matched at all. She is much too older for him. Anyway, good storyline.
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