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After delighting audiences in 2006 with Kamome Shokudo, director Ogigami Naoko returns with another quirky and affecting tale of odd souls and minor revelations from the ends of the earth. Kamome Shokudo leads Motai Masako and Kobayashi Satomi star again in Megane (a.k.a. Glasses), a hazy-dazy escapist film about finding inspiration in idleness. Set on a beautiful island of blue sea and endless beach, Megane is candy for the eyes and chicken soup for the soul, proffering offbeat humor, low-key storytelling, and charismatic performances from its outstanding cast. In addition to the sassy tag team of Motai Masako and Kobayashi Satomi, Kase Ryo (I Just Didn't Do It), Mitsuishi Ken, and Ichikawa Mikako (Memories of Matsuko) also make welcome supporting appearances in this effortlessly charming film.

Harried and overworked, Taeko (Kobayashi Satomi) leaves the city for a much-needed island vacation. Stepping off a propeller plane onto golden sands, she drags her giant suitcase across the beach to Hamada Inn. Owner Yuji (Mitsuishi Ken) is impressed; it's the first time in three years a guest has made it to his inn without getting lost. The next morning Taeko wakes up to the greetings of peculiar fellow vacationer Sakura (Motai Masako) who leads the townspeople in funny morning calisthenics on the beach. Thus begins Taeko's strange vacation on this strange island full of strange people. At first Taeko finds the laidback attitude and mass idleness hard to bear, but soon she too begins to see the joy in "twilighting".

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Product Title: Megane (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version) 樂活俱樂部 (DVD) (雙碟精裝版) (台灣版) 乐活俱乐部 (DVD) (双碟精装版) (台湾版) めがね Megane (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: Glasses Glasses Glasses Glasses Glasses
Artist Name(s): Kobayashi Satomi (Actor) | Motai Masako | Mitsuishi Ken | Ichikawa Mikako | Kase Ryo | Hata Teruo (Actor) 小林聰美 (Actor) | Motai Masako | 光石研 | 市川實日子 | 加瀨亮 | Hata Teruo (Actor) Kobayashi Satomi (Actor) | Motai Masako | 光石研 | 市川实日子 | 加濑亮 | Hata Teruo (Actor) 小林聡美 (Actor) | もたいまさこ | 光石研 | イチカワ ミカコ | 加瀬亮 | 旗照夫 (Actor) Kobayashi Satomi (Actor) | Motai Masako | Mitsuishi Ken | Ichikawa Mikako | 카세 료 | Hata Teruo (Actor)
Director: Ogigami Naoko 荻上直子 荻上直子 荻上直子 Ogigami Naoko
Release Date: 2009-06-06
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.33 : 1, Letterboxed
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 107 (mins)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 200 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020326357

Product Information

【第58屆柏林影展 特別獎】
【美國日舞影展 出展作品】
【美國舊金山影展 出展作品】
【美國MOMA影展 出展作品】
【香港電影節 出展作品】
≪海鷗食堂≫原班人馬再度攜手獻上最感動人心的作品。 


「什麼是自由,你知道嗎?」
性格各異的五個人相遇在南方海邊。
像是瞬間永恆一般,教您如何度過人生低潮期的故事。 

內容大綱:

一位女性造訪了嚮往許久的南方海邊,這是一切故事的開端。女導演荻上直子前作≪海鷗食堂≫,故事發生在北歐,而這次的舞臺則是日本南部的無名小島。這兩個地方雖然風貌不同,卻都具有某種異國氣息,都同樣被荻上導演用來展現人生和生活的體會。

  在荻上直子導演的前作≪海鷗食堂≫中展現乾淨樸直的一面的小林聰美飾演女主角・妙子。招待她的民宿老闆.祐二,是演出多部電影、電視劇的活躍實力派演員.光石研。屢次在那個民宿出沒的年輕女性.春奈,是獲得同齡女性支持的市川實日子。演出為了追尋妙子而前來的青年.阿蓬,是在電影≪儘管如此我沒有錯≫ 獲得最引人注目演技的加瀨亮。扮演給予民宿的人無限信賴是先到這個島的客人.櫻的罇真佐子,,更有老牌偶像藥師丸博子友情出演隨遇而安的氛圍感染了整部故事。

  與前作≪海鷗食堂≫相比,本片演員陣容的知名度和注目度大幅提升。同時,由於前作的大成功,本片也上映當時獲得了日本各大影院的青睞,首輪上映規模是前作的五十倍。前作≪海鷗食堂≫起初只在2家影院上映(東京、橫濱各一家),後來由於倍受好評而陸續在日本全國150家影院公映,票房收入出人意料的達到5億日元。本劇為荻上直子與小林聰美再度聯手出擊自然倍受矚目。

電影簡介 

多惠子(小林聰美 飾)來到某個南國小島渡假。拖著大行李箱拿著粗糙的手繪地圖找到了海邊小小民宿「濱田」。迎接她的是店長勇治(光石研 飾)和一條名叫高次的狗。勇治對多惠子說:「你有才能,有留在這裡的才能」因此多惠子住進了民宿,開始了不同以往的新生活。

  勇治並不熱衷於做生意,但烹調的技術卻是一流。住在店裡的除了多惠子,還有一名每年都來的老年女性櫻(罇真佐子飾),櫻做的冰沙世界第一,吃過的人都讚不絕口。另外,還有一個叫春菜(市川實日子飾)的女老師也經常來這裡閒逛,還喜歡在這裡吃早餐。每天早晨,大家都要集體在海灘上做著有著逗趣動作的「感謝早操」。

  多惠子想在附近觀光一下,卻被告知這裡並不是觀光旅遊之地,只是個過懶散日子的地方。多惠子無法適應這奇怪的生活步調而離開「濱田」,去了另一家民宿「海之宮」。

「海之宮」的女店主森下(藥師丸博子 飾)雖然熱烈歡迎她,但多惠子最後發現那裡並非自己所要尋找的地方。所以多惠子拖著箱子再次上路,不幸在野外迷了路,碰巧遇到了騎三輪車經過的櫻,於是她再度回到了濱田……

登場人物 

小林聰美(飾 多惠子)
1965年5月24日,東京出身。丈夫是知名劇本家三谷幸喜。在1982年在由大林宣彥導演所主導的≪轉校生≫中提拔為女主角,以精湛的演技獲得好評。2003年、演出日本電視臺連續劇≪西瓜≫女主角,清新優雅的氣質及精湛的演技獲得極高的評價。
電影作品: ≪轉校生≫≪哥吉拉大戰摩斯拉≫
電視作品:≪西瓜≫≪3年B班金八老師≫≪與光同行≫≪上帝不要擲骰子≫

罇真佐子(飾 櫻)
  1952年,東京出身。從舞臺劇跨足電影、電視劇,作品豐富。
電影作品:≪花田少年史≫≪金融腐蝕列島≫≪ALWAYS三丁目的夕陽≫≪續ALWAYS三丁目的夕陽≫
電視作品:≪anego≫≪上帝不要擲骰子≫≪派遣女王≫≪古佃任三郎≫

加瀨亮(飾 阿蓬)
  1974年11月9日生於日本,2000年以石井聰亙的≪五條靈戰記≫首度參與電影演出,他因此片深獲日本電影新銳導演的器重,參演作品多為獨具風格之作,為日本電影界新竄起的耀眼男星。近年來加瀨亮演出的重要作品有,2001年五十嵐匠執導的≪Misuzu ≫﹑2002年行定勳的≪Rock `n` Roll Mishin≫ ﹑2003年黑澤清執導的≪光明前程≫、龍澤洋二郎執導的≪壬生義士傳≫、伊勢谷友介初執導筒的≪Kakuto≫、熊切和嘉執導的≪感應≫。其他作品如庵野秀明執導的≪甜心戰士≫﹑李相日執導的≪69≫﹑石井克人執導的≪茶之味≫﹑是枝裕和執導的≪無人知曉的夏日清晨≫等都是加瀨亮近年參與演出的作品。 2007年演出周防正行執導的≪即使這樣也不是我做的≫一片,榮獲該年5大日本電影獎項影帝,締造驚人紀錄。
電影作品:≪蜂蜜幸運草≫≪來自硫磺島的信≫≪關於愛≫≪無人知曉的夏日清晨≫≪即使這樣也不是我做的≫
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Professional Review of "Megane (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Taiwan Version)"

May 20, 2008

This professional review refers to Megane (AKA : Glasses) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Korea Version)
Going to the movies is rarely as relaxing as watching Glasses, director Naoko Ogigami's follow-up to the arthouse hit The Seagull Diner. This time, Ogigami returns to her native Japan to show that busy urbanites don't necessarily have to leave the country to learn how to appreciate the simple life. Combining eccentric characters with attractive locations and a generally laid-back atmosphere, Glasses doesn't necessarily qualify as a dramatic work, but it succeeds splendidly as a 100-minute island vacation.

Two of the Seagull Diner stars are back as well. This time, Satomi Kobayashi plays Taeko, a stressed-out urbanite who finds her way to an unnamed Japanese island. Guided by a vague map, she somehow finds her way to the seaside Yamada Inn, earning the admiration of the inn owner ("You have the talent to be here", he tells her). However, Taeko doesn't seem to "get" the island - no sightseeing attractions, strange exercises in the morning, people simply sit around "twilighting" (an action which involves staring out into space), and wake-up calls are done by wise old-timer Sakura (Seagull Diner co-star Masako Motai), who simply sits next to Taeko's bed and delivers a polite "good morning" as if it's the most normal thing in the world. Taeko even tries moving to the island's other hotel, but their even stranger method of guest bonding sends her right back to where she started.

Glasses is not a particularly eventful film, and it's easy to guess that Taeko will somehow get used to the island's strange customs and even come to love them. Ogigami develops her transformation at a pace as slow as life on the island itself. The film is filled with empty shots of the beach, the sea, and the food people eat (Look at that lobster! Look at that grilled beef!), though Ogigami never turns it into a tourism ad, partly because she never even names the island. Meanwhile, audiences should have no trouble getting accustomed to the slow pace of the film because what's on screen is so attractive that they may just end up coming out of the theater feeling like doing a little "twilighting" in Japan themselves.

While the film is understandably slow, it's never boring. This is partly thanks to Ogigami's cast of eccentric characters. The most interesting part in the film is easily Motai's Sakura, an old lady who goes to the island every summer and operates a popular shaved ice stall on the beach. Playing the most admired figure on the beach, Motai rightfully earns her character's status, stealing the show every time she appears, and showing a sense of mystery devoid of any diva-like screen presence. In fact, the major characters in Glasses are pleasant and filled with good intentions. Even Taeko's change comes about in a natural fashion that's just pleasant as the island itself.

That may lead some of the more cynical audience to criticize the film for its lack of drama and its slow pace - but it's obvious that's not what Ogigami was trying to achieve. Glasses is a modern fable with a simple message: slow down and enjoy life once in a while. Hence, the slow approach to storytelling is not only understandable, it's perfectly natural. Furthermore, Ogigami manages to effectively deliver the message, thanks to her charming characters, beautiful locations, and top-notch production values. Glasses may not be the best ad for real Japanese beach resorts, but it's the perfect "Sunday afternoon" film for any urbanites looking to get away. Also, it costs less than a plane ticket to Japan, and it may even be more fun than the real thing.

By Kevin Ma

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