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Kikansha Sensei - Special Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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Kikansha Sensei, based on the popular novel by Ijuin Shizuka, is an inspiring movie about a teacher and his young students. The setting of the story is a small island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.

Sakaguchi Kenji, the star of the film, is an actor and model whose popularity has been on constant rise, having appeared in various commercials and television dramas like hit series Pride. In his big screen debut, Sakaguchi takes on an extremely difficult role and handles it with poise and passion. The director is Hiroki Ryuichi, whose 2003 masterpiece Vibrator won five awards at the Yokohama Film Festival, including one for co-star Terajima Shinobu. Kikansha Sensei gives Hiroki, known for his mastery of direction, an opportunity to explore new territories of the human condition. It also gives Hayashi Asuca, an incredible 14-year-old, a chance to showcase her talent performing the theme song. Hayashi’s powerful female vocals flowing in the background enhance the thalassic beauty of Inland Sea and island chains.

The story takes place sometime in the late 50’s to early 60’s. One day, a young man named Yoshioka Seigo (Sakaguchi) arrives at the only elementary school on a small island in the Seto Inland Sea to become a temporary teacher. When the kids encounter their new burly teacher and discover that he is a mute, they quickly tag him with the nickname “Kikansha Sensei (Teacher Locomotive).” Initially, many of the grownup islanders are wary about hiring the mute teacher; but the kind-hearted Yoshioka slowly gains the acceptance of the adults and the love of the children. However, one day, tragedy strikes...

This DVD package includes bonus featurettes such as the making of the film and commentary. It also comes with a specially designed postcard.

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Product Title: Kikansha Sensei - Special Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles) 機關車先生 - Special Edition (日本版 - 英文字幕) Kikansha Sensei - Special Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles) 機関車先生 スペシャル・エディション スペシャル・エディション Kikansha Sensei - Special Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Baisho Mitsuko | Otsuka Nene | Sakaguchi Kenji | Sakai Masaaki | Tokui Yu | Chihara Seiji | Ibu Masato | Shofukutei Matsunosuke 倍賞美津子 | 大塚寧寧 | 阪口憲二 | 堺正章 | 德井優 | Chihara Seiji | 伊武雅刀 | 笑福亭松之助 倍赏美津子 | 大冢宁宁 | 阪口宪二 | 堺正章 | 德井优 | Chihara Seiji | 伊武雅刀 | 笑福亭松之助 倍賞美津子 | 大塚寧々 | 坂口憲二 | 堺正章 | 徳井優 | 千原靖史 | 伊武雅刀 | 笑福亭松之助 | 佐藤匡美 | 森田直幸 | 吉谷彩子 Baisho Mitsuko | Otsuka Nene | Sakaguchi Kenji | Sakai Masaaki | Tokui Yu | Chihara Seiji | Ibu Masato | Shofukutei Matsunosuke
Director: Hiroki Ryuichi 廣木隆一 广木隆一 廣木隆一 Hiroki Ryuichi
Release Date: 2004-12-21
Publisher Product Code: BBBJ-5551
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?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003881874

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タイトル:機関車先生 スペシャル・エディション

 伊集院静の名作小説が原作の映画「機関車先生」。瀬戸内海に浮かぶ小島を舞台に繰り広げられる、ある教師と生徒たちのふれあいを描いた感動作だ。

 主演は、人気ドラマ「プライド」にも出演し、モデル、ドラマ、CMなどで、今最も活躍している人気俳優の坂口憲二。今作で映画初主演となる彼が、これまでにない難役を清々しく熱演している。監督は、ヨコハマ映画祭で5部門を受賞し、主演の寺島しのぶが賞を総なめした傑作「ヴァイブレータ」の廣木隆一。演出力に定評のある監督が、今作では自身にとって新境地といえるジャンルに挑戦している。主題歌を歌うのは、14歳とは思えない圧倒的な歌唱力で話題の林明日香。島々と海の美しい風景をバックに流れる彼女の力強い歌声が、ドラマをより感動的に演出する。

 昭和30年代。瀬戸内海に浮かぶ小島の小学校に、吉岡誠吾という口のきけない青年が臨時教師としてやって来る。生徒たちは、大きくて強そうで「口をきかん」彼を”機関車先生”と呼ぶことに。こうして吉岡と7人の子供たちの交流がはじまる。はじめは口のきけない教師の赴任を快く思わない大人たちもいたものの、徐々に島の人々に受け入れられてゆく吉岡。子供たちも、心優しい彼をすぐに大好きになった。しかし、楽しい日々を過ごす彼らを、突然悲しい事件が襲う。

 このDVDには、メイキング映像や舞台挨拶などの映像特典を収録のほか、特製ポストカードが封入されている。

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

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December 21, 2004

My impression Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I am the first one to leave comment for this movie? OK. The story plot is very touching. It has demonstrated how powerful it is when a teacher can link his/her heart with the students. It is more than just speech can do. My girlfriend is studying education at UBC, and she often loses confident when speaking in front of students. I bought this movie for her as a Xmas gift (I am not trying to be cheap here but it is just too suitable for her)and hope she would like it and be encouraged by this storyline and Kikansha Sensei, and become more confident as she walkes along the road of becoming a great teacher.
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