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Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu, a Japanese romance novel by Katayama Kyoichi, sold over 3 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, starring Osawa Takao (Gege)and Shibasaki Kou (One Missed Call), who brings great performances into one of the most loved and romantic films!

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

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Product Title: Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version) 在世界中心呼喚愛 (香港版) (DTS版) 在世界中心呼唤爱 (香港版) (DTS版) Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version) Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version)
Artist Name(s): Osawa Takao | Shibasaki Ko | Nagasawa Masami | Sugimoto Tetta | Hirai Ken | Amami Yuki | Kudo Kankuro | Tanaka Misato | Kondo Yoshimasa | Moriyama Mirai | Yukisada Isao 大澤隆夫 | 柴咲幸 | 長澤雅美 | 杉本哲太 | 平井堅 | 天海祐希 | 宮藤官九郎 | 田中美里 | 近藤芳正 | 森山未來 | 行定勳 大泽隆夫 | 柴咲幸 | 长泽雅美 | 杉本哲太 | 平井坚 | 天海佑希 | 宫藤官九郎 | 田中美里 | 近藤芳正 | 森山未来 | 行定勋 大沢たかお | 柴咲コウ | 長澤まさみ | 杉本哲太 | 平井堅 | 天海祐希 | 宮藤官九郎 | 田中美里 | 近藤芳正 | 森山未來 | Yukisada Isao Osawa Takao | 시바사키 코우 | 나가사와 마사미 | Sugimoto Tetta | Hirai Ken | Amami Yuki | Kudo Kankuro | Tanaka Misato | Kondo Yoshimasa | Moriyama Mirai | Yukisada Isao
Release Date: 2005-04-06
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: 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?
Duration: 139 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003983438

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix :
- Japanese: DTS ES
- Japanese: Dolby Digital EX 5.1
- Cantonese: Dolby Digital 2.0
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras : N/A


導演︰行定勳
Director: Yukisada Isao

  朔太郎跑到四國找尋他的未婚妻律子,可是原來這塊地方隱藏了他悲痛的回憶,今次重臨舊地,無奈地再碰昔日的感情傷痕。高中時代的朔與亞紀是一對初戀小情人,兩人一起寫信到電台,以Walkman 交換口頭日記、跑到無人島露宿……一切一切都美麗純真。直至一日,兩人要道別分離,一切只留下遺撼……

  除了同原著小說打破了村上春樹【挪威的森林】銷量,榮登日本史上最高銷量的日本小說外,電影亦成為日本史上最賣座的日本愛情片,而平井堅【請閉上眼睛】的電影主題曲亦令人聽出耳油。

  Based on this century's top best-seller which has sold a million and a half copies since published in 2001, the film depicts a tragic romance in the years before the advent of cell phones. It reveals a young man's pang of forfeiture after the death of his first love and the uneasiness of his soul wandering in the world without her.


編劇︰阪元裕二
原著︰片山恭一
製作︰本間英行
攝影︰篠田昇
美術:山口修


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July 5, 2006

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 Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (23)

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July 29, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

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

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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Anonymous

July 31, 2005

absolutely fantastic Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this film is absolutely fantastic.. it simply the best romantic movie i've ever seen.. really... i really like the story line... it makes me feel what happen in the movie.. once again.. beautifull.. amazing movie..
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