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Kage Hinata ni Saku (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Kage Hinata ni Saku (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version)
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Based on the best-selling novel by comedian Gekidan-Hitori, Flowers in the Shadows (a.k.a. Kage Hinata ni Saku) is an ensemble comedy-drama about nine pathetic, yet lovable people whose unremarkable lives take an unexpected turn. Continuing to show new acting depths after his acclaimed performance in Hana, V6's Okada Junichi leads a talented cast that includes top actress Miyazaki Aoi (NANA), Miura Tomokazu (Adrift in Tokyo), Tsukamoto Takashi (A Song to the Sun), Ito Atsushi (Saiyuuki), Hirayama Aya (Back Dancers!), and veteran actor Nishida Toshiyuki. Director Hirakawa Yuichiro (Sono Tokiwa Kare ni Yoroshiku) brings a warm touch to his second film, giving extraordinary life to anonymous faces in the shadows.

Deeply mired in debt, compulsive gambler Shinya (Okada Junichi) resorts to joining a scam ring to pay off his loans. While living in the gutters, he meets Hisako (Miyazaki Aoi), a young woman tracing the story of her mother's (also Miyazaki Aoi) past love with a comedian (Ito Atsushi). In another parts of town, B-list idol Myako (Hirayama Aya) is on the verge of losing her job, but an opportunity suddenly appears that changes both her career and her relationship with otaku idol-chaser Yusuke (Tsukamoto Takashi). Meanwhile, power businessman Ryutaro (Miura Tomokazu) is so inspired by his encounter with a homeless man (Nishida Toshiyuki) that he too decides to begin a new life on the sidewalks. As a typhoon descends upon Tokyo, unrelated lives begin to cross over and a strange twist of fate befalls these quirky souls.

The Collector's Edition comes with a theme song CD and a bonus DVD of special features:

  • Making Of
  • Hana Sake! Myako (Complete Verison)
  • Production Wrap Press Conference
  • Interview with Cast
  • Trailer
  • Unreleased Scenes
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    Product Title: Kage Hinata ni Saku (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version) 陰天開花 (DVD) (珍藏版) (日本版) 阴天开花 (DVD) (珍藏版) (日本版) 陰日向に咲く 愛蔵版 愛蔵版 Kage Hinata ni Saku (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version)
    Also known as: Flowers in the Shadows Flowers in the Shadows Flowers in the Shadows Flowers in the Shadows Flowers in the Shadows
    Artist Name(s): Okada Junichi | Miyazaki Aoi | Miura Tomokazu | Hirayama Aya | Nishida Toshiyuki | Ogawa Tamaki | Ito Atsushi | Tsukamoto Takashi 岡田准一 | 宮崎葵 | 三浦友和 | 平山綾 | 西田敏行 | 緒川環 | 伊藤淳史 | 塚本高史 冈田准一 | 宫崎葵 | 三浦友和 | 平山绫 | 西田敏行 | 绪川环 | 伊藤淳史 | 冢本高史 岡田准一 | 宮崎あおい | 三浦友和 | 平山綾 | 西田敏行 | 緒川たまき | 伊藤淳史 | 塚本高史 Okada Junichi | Miyazaki Aoi | Miura Tomokazu | Hirayama Aya | Nishida Toshiyuki | Ogawa Tamaki | Ito Atsushi | Tsukamoto Takashi
    Director: Hirakawa Yuichiro 平川雄一朗 平川雄一朗 平川雄一朗 Hirakawa Yuichiro
    Release Date: 2008-07-16
    Publisher Product Code: VPBT-13124
    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?
    Other Information: 2DVDs + CD
    Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010924717

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    [アーティスト/ キャスト]
    岡田准一 / 宮?あおい / 伊藤淳史 / 平川雄一朗 (監督) / 劇団ひとり (原作) / 澤野弘之 (音楽)

    2DVD+CD

    [特典情報]
    特典:デジパック、ブックレット付/特典ディスク、特典CD同梱

    [テクニカル・インフォメーション]
    愛蔵版/本編129分
    製作国 : 日本 (Japan)

    [ストーリー]
    夏。 東京には大型台風が接近していた。 そんな東京ではダメダメな人たちが、陰日向の奮闘をしていた。 ギャンブルから足を洗えず、借金まみれになっているシンヤは、とうとうオレオレ詐欺に手を染める。 だが騙したはずの老婆と心の交流が始まってしまい、なかなかカネが引き出せない。 そんな彼が街で知り合った寿子は、若かりし頃に売れない芸人・雷太に恋した母・鳴子の恋の軌跡をたどろうと、母が働いていたストリップ劇場へ足を向ける。 そこで寿子は母の秘められた想いを知っていく。 25歳の崖っぷちアイドル・みゃーこを一途に応援するアキバ系アイドルオタク・ゆうすけは今日もみゃーこが出演するイベントへ。 ところが会場は閑古鳥が鳴く状態。 だが、そんなみゃーこに突然ブレイクのチャンスが訪れて、ふたりの関係は徐々に変わっていく。 エリートサラリーマンのリュウタロウは、ある日 “モーゼ” のような風体の大ボラ吹きのカリスマ・ホームレスに出会う。 彼はそのモーゼに憧れ、遂に人生を投げ出して、ダンボール生活を始める。 そしてモーゼの秘められた過去が、リュウタロウの人生を変えていく。 そして、台風が東京に上陸したとき、バラバラのピースがひとつ重なりあって、奇跡の瞬間が訪れる。 その先には思わぬドラマが待っていた—。

    [解説]
    劇団ひとりの大ベストセラー小説が待望の映画化!

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    Customer Review of "Kage Hinata ni Saku (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

    Kevin Kennedy
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    April 9, 2010

    This customer review refers to Flowers In The Shadows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
    1 people found this review helpful

    Complex story yields rewarding results Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    "Flowers in the Shadows" seems to be a movie in the shadows, an overlooked gem about the causes and effects of missed opportunities. Ingeniously constructed like an intertwining set of Mobius loops, the film features fascinating characters whose lives intersect in unexpected ways. At the center of it all are Shinya (Okada Junichi) and Hisako (Miyazaki Aoi, adorably cute as ever).

    Shinya, a tour company bus driver, is nearing the end of his rope; crushed by overweening parental expectations, Shinya has alienated his family and coworkers and angered loan sharks by borrowing money that never gets repaid because he squanders it on his all-consuming pachinko habit. Hisako is a lonely young woman determined to track down the failed burlesque hall comedian who was her late mother's one true love, but who had left her mother in pursuit of the stripper for whom he fruitlessly pined. With nowhere left to turn, Shinya decides to help Hisako in her quest. Filling out the story in delightfully surprising ways are downmarket idol singer Miyako (Hirayama Aya) and her besotted otaku Yusuke (Tsukamoto Takahashi), a homeless man known as Moses (Nishida Toshiyuki) who appears to be the father of a famed baseball pitcher, and salaryman Ryutaro (Miura Tomokazu) who is drawn to Moses's seemingly carefree lifestyle.

    The film's first half effectively mixes zany comedy, affecting human stories, and a bit of violence in a manner akin to the films of Itami Juzo. The second half turns much more sentimental, as the heartbreaking connections between these seemingly disparate lives are revealed. The complexity of the film's story requires an attentive audience, but the superb cast and the multiple resonances of the intriguing stories make "Flowers in the Shadows" a richly rewarding experience.
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