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Sweeping 3.5 billion yen at the box office and 12 trophies at the Japan Academy Awards, Yamazaki Takashi's nostalgic blockbuster Always - Sunset on Third Street was the runaway winner of 2005. The cast and crew return to even greater acclaim and box office in 2007 with Always - Sunset on Third Street 2. Based on Saigan Ryohei's popular manga, Always 2 picks up the story shortly after the events of the first film, returning to the bustling lives of the residents of Third Street as they carve out their own small worlds in 1959 Japan. The film has the same winning formula of heartwarming drama and stunning CGI, recreating the sights, sounds, and sentiments of 1950s Japan with crowd-pleasing precision. The second time around, the characters feel like old friends thanks to great performances from the returning cast of Tsutsumi Shinichi, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Horikita Maki (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e), Koyuki (The Last Samurai), child actor Suga Kenta, and of course Yoshioka Hidetaka, who won his second Best Actor trophy at the 2008 Japan Academy Awards with the same role.

Bad-tempered, but soft-hearted garage owner Suzuki (Tsutsumi Shinichi) isn't any closer to becoming the next Toyota, though country girl Roku (Horikita Maki) is shaping up to be a great mechanic, and attracting some romantic attention, too. Suzuki's family of four plays host to seven-year-old relative Mika (Koike Ayame), but the spoiled city girl is less than impressed with their humble living conditions. Across the lane, struggling writer Chagawa Ryunosuke (Yoshioka Hidetaka) wants to prove himself to adopted son Junnosuke (Suga Kenta) and romantic interest Hiromi (Koyuki). Desperately holding on to his makeshift family and fading dreams, Chagawa is aiming for nothing less than the Akutagawa Prize with his great Japanese novel - and all his neighbors seem to be in it somehow. The frustrating process and financial worries, however, are more likely to push him to the end of the road than great literary fame.

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Product Title: Always - Sunset on Third Street 2 (DVD) Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 續.三丁目之黃昏 (DVD) (通常版) (英文字幕) (日本版) 续.三丁目之黄昏 (DVD) (通常版) (英文字幕) (日本版) ALWAYS 続・三丁目の夕日(通常版) Always - Sunset on Third Street 2 (DVD) Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi
Artist Name(s): Tsutsumi Shinichi | Yoshioka Hidetaka | Koyuki | Suga Kenta | Motai Masako | Kohinata Fumiyo | Miura Tomokazu | Yakushimaru Hiroko | Horikita Maki 堤真一 | 吉岡秀隆 | 小雪 | 須賀健太 | Motai Masako | 小日向文世 | 三浦友和 | 藥師丸博子 | 堀北真希 堤真一 | 吉冈秀隆 | 小雪 | 须贺健太 | Motai Masako | 小日向文世 | 三浦友和 | 药师丸博子 | 堀北真希 堤真一 | 吉岡秀隆 | 小雪 | 須賀健太 | もたいまさこ | 小日向文世 | 三浦友和 | 薬師丸ひろ子 | 堀北真希 Tsutsumi Shinichi | Yoshioka Hidetaka | Koyuki | Suga Kenta | Motai Masako | Kohinata Fumiyo | Miura Tomokazu | Yakushimaru Hiroko | Horikita Maki
Director: Yamazaki Takashi 山崎貴 山崎贵 山崎貴 Yamazaki Takashi
Release Date: 2008-05-21
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-15433
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, 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: 145 (mins)
Publisher: Shogaku Kan
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010703665

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タイトル:ALWAYS 続・三丁目の夕日(通常版)

物語は前作のラストから4ヶ月後、昭和34 年春。東京オリンピックの開催が決定し、日本が高度経済成長に足を踏み入れることになるこの年—。黙って去っていったヒロミを想い続けながら、淳之介と暮らしていた茶川のもとに、川渕が再び淳之介を連れ戻しにやって来る。人並みの暮らしをさせることを条件に淳之介を預かった茶川は、安定した生活をするため、そしてヒロミに一人前の自分を見せるために、一度はあきらめていた“芥川賞受賞”の夢に向かって再び純文学の執筆を始める。一方、鈴木オートでは、六子も一人前に仕事をこなせるようになり、順調に取引先が拡大し始めていた。そんな中、則文の親戚が事業に失敗、その為、娘の美加を鈴木家でしばらく預かることになる。さらに宅間先生や、タバコ屋のキンほか、おなじみの人々はもちろん、六子の幼なじみの中山武雄なども加わり、夕日町三丁目では、以前にも増してにぎやかで、人情味溢れるやり取りが繰り広げられているようで…。




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Professional Review of "Always - Sunset on Third Street 2 (DVD) Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

June 2, 2008

Feel-good collective nostalgia is back. 2005's Always - Sunset on Third Street came out of left field, nearly sweeping the Japan Academy Awards that year and making over 3 billion yen at the box office. Naturally, it's time for director Takashi Yamazaki (previously known for the sci-fi blockbuster Returner) and his team to bring the people of the fictional Third Street back for round two. Despite making even more money than the first installment, Always 2 only took home two awards this time around, and the reason is obvious: Always 2 suffers from the sequel syndrome and doesn't work without knowledge of the events from the first film. That doesn't mean that Always 2 is a bad film - it's even an improvement upon the original.

It's now 1959 Tokyo (a few months after the events of the first film), as aspiring author/candy store owner Chagawa (Hidetaka Yoshioka, in another award-winning performance) is still struggling to get custody of adopted son Junnosuke from his rich father. Knowing that Chagawa can't afford to raise the kid, the father gives him an ultimatum: make it as a writer or lose Junnosuke to the good life. At the same time, Chagawa is also trying to patch things up with Hiromi (Koyuki), who was forced to close her neighborhood bar at the end of the first film and pay off her debt as a stripper.

Meanwhile, the Suzuki Auto family welcomes new member Mika, a spoiled cousin from a family that just lost their fortune and now has to stay with the Suzukis while her father is away on business. Initially displeased by the run-down life, Mika slowly drops her rich-girl façade and begins to become a part of the family. Company employee Mutsuko (mistakenly called Roku because of the kanji characters in her name) is courted by an awkward classmate also trying to make it in Tokyo. Even neighborhood doctor Takuma is back, still feared by the kids and this time seen trying to lure raccoons with yakitori.

In fact, keeping with the neighborhood's feel-good atmosphere, everyone is still happy and well, despite the major changes up ahead in Japanese society. Even the ice man, dismayed by the neighborhood's change from ice boxes to refrigerators in the first film, now finds a fulfilling career as the neighborhood popsicle man. Originally based on a comic, the Always series is an ideal looks at the good ol' days when people in the neighborhood helped each other despite petty arguments, when kids still got along with each other, and small-time businesses could dream of becoming major corporations. The films are all about how these people overcome their difficulties and come out happy in the end. As a result, there's a naturally likeability in the films, mainly because they try so hard to be pleasing.

Also taking on the job of the visual effects director, Yamazaki ups the ante for the second round of his museum of Showa nostalgia, opening the film on a bravura fantasy sequence featuring Godzilla destroying the neighborhood. From then on, the computer visuals simply supplement the film, with nicely rendered images of the newly-built Tokyo Tower and the old Nihonbashi business district prominently in the background. Even though Yamazaki borders on self-indulgence with a few too many cutaway shots of his computer-generated Tokyo, his visual effects nicely adds to the film and is an important factor to its cinematic success.

Fortunately, even though Yamazaki and his co-writer Ryota Furuzawa do sometimes resort to using the usual speeches and swelling music to enhance emotions, much of the emotional moments work in Always 2. Part of that is due to the familiarity of the characters and the fact that some of their issues are carried over to the second film, which means that audiences who liked the first film naturally want to see them resolved this time around. However, that factor can only carry over to those who did watch the first film. Newcomers who try to take on the 145-minute sequel will likely be lost until they figure out on their own who the characters are. That may have been the film's kiss of death with critics: Yamazaki and co. take no time at all to reestablish the characters and simply places the audience into the neighborhood. Despite the introduction of new characters, Always 2 is a film without a beginning. Instead, with its episodic structure, it feels like an extended episode of a television drama. As a result, Always 2 may bring back the same feel-good values and solid storytelling that made the first film a success, but it's also created strictly for the fans, and will only work with the fans.

Nevertheless, judging by the amount of money the sequel made at the box office, Toho doesn't have to worry about excessive fan service. Yamazaki's blend of modern cinematic skills and old-fashioned characters help broaden the range of potential audiences. While the elderly will appreciate the glorified look of their youth, the middle-age audience will connect with the solidarity of the neighborhood characters, and the young will be touched by the emotions experienced by the charming characters. Even though the issues are tied up with a neater bow here, there are still plenty of angles to explore in the lives of those in Third Street . If Yamazaki can keep up the standards he has set up with these two films, I say bring on Always 3.

by Kevin Ma

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June 1, 2008

Just as Good the Second Time
With Always - Sunset on Third Street 2, director Yamazaki Takashi has achieved the near impossible: he's made a sequel equal to the original. In comparison to the first film, Always 2 is neither better nor worse, neither bigger nor smaller, but very much the same. It's not just a matter of replicating the success, quality, and formula; Always 2 actually looks, sounds, and feels exactly like the first film. This kind of consistency, continuity, and welcome familiarity feels less like a franchise and more like a family drama - like a 70s family sitcom where every episode is set in the same small world with the same people and same problems, and the audience eagerly tune in everyday to see what trouble junior gets in this time.

Always 2 faithfully continues the world of the first film, returning to the warm and bustling environs of Third Street populated by familiar archetypes. There's the starving writer with too much pride and not enough confidence, the blue-collar father with a bad temper and heart of gold, the exotic dancer dreaming of a better life, the loving mother and wife with endless patience, and the many mischievous, precocious kids and nosy, well-meaning neighbors. The characters, episodic stories, and gentle melodrama convey universal sentiments that anyone can connect to, and present a kind of heart-tugging goodness that can only exist in the nostalgic past. There's a sap in all of us, and the two Always films appeal very successfully to it. The second film doesn't have the complete waterworks finale of the first, but there are still many red-eyed moments.

What makes Always interesting is the way it places these universal sentiments in the specific context of 1950s Tokyo and magnificently recreates the period with CGI. Always 2 is set in 1959 Tokyo, a time when Japan was hurling into modernity, rebuilding itself from rubble into a world metropolis in only one generation. These socioeconomic changes might not be so obvious on small and dusty Third Street with all its old-time neighborhood charms, but the glint of modernity and change peek from every corner - Suzuki's household gadgets, wealthy visitors, Tokyo Tower looming majestically in the background, and the busy boulevards that await whenever the residents round out of Third Street. Always 2 also reminds that Japan of 1959 is still tending to the wounds of the past, wartime memories that will last a lifetime. Two of the most subtly affecting moments of the film is when Suzuki (Tsutsumi Shinichi) expresses his apprehension about attending his wartime buddies reunion because he's afraid to find out who didn't survive, and when Tomoe (Yakushimaru Hiroko) encounters a former love, the man she would have married had the war not happened.

Always - Sunset on Third Street 2 is pretty much a surefire winner for anyone who liked the first film, because everything that worked the first time, works the second time, and just as well. Yamazaki Takashi even throws in a Godzilla for good measure.

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Customer Review of "Always - Sunset on Third Street 2 (DVD) Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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October 26, 2008

Affectionate return to our friends on Third Street Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Always - Sunset on Third Street 2" is a true sequel; its story only makes sense if the viewer already has seen the first "Always" movie. The excellent cast returns for this heartwarming follow-up and the viewer is immersed in the familiar Third Street world right from the first notes of the opening theme. "Third Street 2" begins with a hilarious Godzilla spoof before picking up the threads of the stories left unresolved in the first film. We find the struggling writer still struggling, little Junnosuke struggling to stay with the writer, the garage owner's family embracing a new little resident, the country girl finding an old beau, and poor Hiromi trapped in a life on Tokyo's seamy side. The story in this film feels more manipulative than did the story in the first film, but the characters are so rich and the milieu so brilliantly realized that I for one was happy to be manipulated. This is film-making with real heart! I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and expect that I will watch it again and again in years to come. Very highly recommended.
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