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Dear Docter (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Shofukutei Tsurube (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Nishikawa Miwa (Director) | Eita
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Fresh out of med school, young physician Soma (Eita) takes up a summer position at a small provincial clinic run by Ino (Shofukutei Tsurube). Also an outsider, mild-mannered Doctor Ino suddenly showed up at the village a few years back, and earned the trust of the residents with his kindness and dedication. Soma himself is also soon swayed by his mentor's down-to-earth nature and selfless attitude, but Ino's spotty medical knowledge raises red flags. Through different encounters and cases, it gradually becomes apparent that Ino is in fact a phony.

Award-winning director Nishikawa Miwa (Sway) presents an uncommon character study of a con artist who is neither hero nor villain but fascinatingly human in the drama Dear Doctor. Rakugoka and TV personality Shofukutei Tsurube (I Want to be a Shellfish) puts up an affecting charade as a fake doctor who greatly touches the lives of those around him, including popular actor Eita (April Bride) and the supporting cast of Yo Kimiko, Kagawa Teruyuki, Igawa Haruka, and Yachigusa Kaoru. Like in Sway, Nishikawa uses the pursuit of truth and the fragile balance between lies and reality to reveal the complexities in human nature and relationships.

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Product Title: Dear Docter (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) 親愛的醫生 (Blu-ray)(日本版) 亲爱的医生 (Blu-ray)(日本版) ディア・ドクター (Blu-ray) Dear Docter (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Shofukutei Tsurube (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Eita | Yachigusa Kaoru (Actor) | Yo Kimiko | Igawa Haruka (Actor) 笑福亭鶴瓶 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 瑛太 | 八千草薰 (Actor) | 余貴美子 | 井川遙 (Actor) 笑福亭鹤瓶 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | Eita | 八千草薰 (Actor) | 余贵美子 | 井川遥 (Actor) 笑福亭鶴瓶 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 瑛太 | ヤチグサ (Actor) | 余貴美子 | 井川遥 (Actor) Shofukutei Tsurube (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Eita | Yachigusa Kaoru (Actor) | Yo Kimiko | Igawa Haruka (Actor)
Director: Nishikawa Miwa 西川美和 西川美和 西川美和 Nishikawa Miwa
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2021-01-27
Publisher Product Code: BCXJ-1626
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1097685128

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
笑福亭鶴瓶 / 瑛太 / 余貴美子 / 井川遥 / 香川照之 / 八千草薫 / 西川美和 (監督、原作、脚本) / モアリズム (音楽)

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初Blu-ray化

最新作『すばらしき世界』の公開を控える西川美和監督の過去作が待望のBlu-ray化! "日本で一番顔を知られている男"笑福亭鶴瓶主演で描かれる極上の人間ドラマ! ――山あいの小さな村。唯一の医師として人々から慕われていたひとりの医師が失踪した。警察がやってきて捜査が始まるが、驚いたことに村人は、自分たちが唯一の医者として慕ってきたその男について、はっきりした素性を何一つ知らなかった。やがて経歴はおろか出身地さえ曖昧なその医師、伊野の不可解な行動が浮かびあがってくる――。遡ること二か月。東京の医大を卒業した相馬は、研修医としてその村に赴任してきた。コンビニ一つなく、住民の半分は高齢者という過疎の地。そこで相馬は、伊野という腰の据わった勤務医と出会う。日々の診察、薬の処方からボランティアの訪問健康診断まで。村でただ一人の医者として、彼はすべてを一手に引き受けていた。診療所に住み込み、急患が出れば真夜中でも飛んでくる伊野のことを、村人は「神さま仏さま」よりも頼りにしている。僻地の厳しい現実に最初は戸惑っていた相馬も、村中から親しげに「先生」と呼びかけられる伊野の献身的な働きぶりに共感を覚えるようになっていく。ある日、かづ子という一人暮らしの未亡人が倒れた。彼女は、自分の体がもう大分良くないことに気づいている。「先生、一緒に嘘、ついてくださいよ」。やがて伊野がかづ子の嘘を引き受けたとき、伊野自身がひた隠しにしてきたある嘘も浮かび上がってくる。ずっと言うことができずにいた一つの嘘が――。
映像特典(約13分): 特報、予告編、「ふりかえる『ディア・ドクター』」笑福亭鶴瓶×西川美和 (デビュー19年目を迎えた西川美和と笑福亭鶴瓶が制作当時を"ふりかえる"豪華対談。当時の監督をどう見ていたのか? 対談を通して、改めて作品の魅力に迫る。)
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Professional Review of "Dear Docter (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)"

January 28, 2010

This professional review refers to Dear Doctor (DVD) (Normal Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Unlike your typical award bait movies, Dear Doctor is not a very ambitious film. Dear Doctor takes place in a very remote (i.e. low budget) location, and possesses few attention-getting climatic moments, but somehow it’s beating all the picturesque epics and Western-friendly arthouse films in various Japanese film award competitions. Director Miwa Nishikawa’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Sway is by no means groundbreaking filmmaking, but she's crafted a light, seemingly unassuming drama that's perfectly appropriate for its themes, and also possesses complex characters and compelling storytelling.

The “doctor” in the center of all this is Ino (comedian Tsurube Shofukutei), the only physician in a rural village of 1,500 mostly elderly people. Ino disappears at the beginning of the film, and the police immediately discover that he’s been a fraud all along. However, flashbacks reveal him to be nearly a god-like idol in the town, having charmed the populace thanks to his knowledge of medical textbooks and a long streak of good luck. Though people have suspected Ino's true identity, they've ignored or concealed the truth for their own purposes. Nurse Ohtake (Kimiko Yo) needs him as an employer, and finding a doctor (even a fake one) has given the mayor popularity, as help is hard to find given Japan's failing medical system. For Ino's new intern, Soma (Eita), Ino is a source of idealism and inspiration, as Soma's finds his own doctor father to be far too business-minded.

What remains a mystery is what the town means to Ino. He's grown tired of his scam, but he somehow gets by because he's realized that his patients are suffering more from loneliness than actual illnesses. That is, until he encounters the case of Mrs. Torikai, whose stomach illness may be more serious than Ino first diagnosed. Ignored by her grown daughters (one of them a doctor in Tokyo), Torikai strikes up an ambiguous relationship with Ino, who promises to keep quiet about her disease in order to lessen the burden on the family. Caught between wanting Torikai to get the treatment she needs and the risk of giving up his game, Ino is easily one of the most complex and least glamorized hustlers on screen in recent years. Also, Shofukutei plays him as more of a friendly grandfather type than the smooth criminal that one might expect.

Unlike polished heist films where the criminals are depicted as intelligent people indulging in the game, Nishikawa depicts Ino's scheme as something that has simply grown entirely beyond his control. Even when Ino admits his crime outright to another character, the people subconsciously ignore the truth, and continue to elevate him to be something he's not. Nishikawa's brilliant twist is that Ino may be among his own victims; his dishonesty has made victims of his patients, but it's done something to him as well. This is Shofukutei's first leading role after a long career of supporting roles, and as seemingly strange as it is to see him play the good "doctor", his unassuming comedian persona in Japan actually makes him the perfect choice to play someone as two-faced as Ino.

Nishikawa is more of a storyteller than a director, which makes her actors that much more important. Besides Shofukutei's award-caliber performance, Kimiko Yo is strong as Ino's protective nurse, proving that the acclaim for her work in Departures was no fluke. Teruyuki Kagawa is hilarious as a pharmaceutical salesman, and Eita is also excellent as the young doctor whose ideals come crashing down. However, the actors don't get many scenes to earn awards because of Nishikawa's direction, which opts for fairly flat storytelling, even during a climatic surgery scene. She picks a tone somewhere between an eccentric commercial comedy (Those sick elderly are so funny!) and a slow-burn drama with serious underlying tension - but she tones down the energy of both styles. In the hands of a lesser director, Dear Doctor could have been a melodramatic disaster, but Nishikawa fortunately eschews ham-fisted emoting and sticks to an unflinching depiction of her characters.

For a film about a man who cons hundreds of sick senior citizens with false medical expertise, it's surprising that the closest things to villains are the detectives trying to figure out the whole mess. Like the audience might initially do, the two detectives keep trying to paint Ino as a despicable villain towards his victims, but Nishikawa's script and her characters spend the rest of the film convincing us that he isn't one. Ino may be the man with the plan, but his victims and Nishikawa are the ultimate con artists in the game, and we're glad to buy into the con.

By Kevin Ma

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