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Platinum Data (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ninomiya Kazunari (Actor) | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Suzuki Honami (Actor) | Namase Katsuhisa (Actor)
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In the near future, an advanced system of DNA profiling has been developed that revolutionizes the very nature of crime investigation. Cold and calm scientist Kagura Ryuhei (Ninomiya Kazunari) firmly believes in the infallibility of the DNA profiling system he's created. DNA doesn't lie. Through analysis of evidence found at a crime scene, he can reconstruct the physical and psychological profile of the criminal and identify the likely culprit by following the DNA trail. As the National Police Agency pushes forth a large-scale initiative to compile a database of everyone's DNA, a series of mysterious murders occur and the victims include Ryuhei's partner Saki (Mizuhara Kiko), an autistic savant who programmed the DNA profiling system. Evidence extracted from the crime scene, however, reveals the killer is... Ryuhei. Suddenly on the run from the law, Ryuhei must get to the bottom of the mystery and conspiracy surrounding the system he built – and the first person he needs to confront is himself.

One of the biggest live-action Japanese films of 2013, blockbuster thriller Platinum Data combines sci-fi suspense and crime action with police state conspiracy and psychodrama into an unpredictable roller coaster of a mystery. Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari impresses as the beleaguered hero whose complex character is gradually revealed, while Toyokawa Etsushi (20th Century Boys) co-stars as the dogged detective investigating the case. Based on a Higashino Keigo novel, Platinum Data is directed by Otomo Keishi (Rurouni Kenshin) and also co-stars Mizuhara Kiko (Norwegian Wood), Anne (Yokai Ningen Bem), Suzuki Honami (The Floating Castle) and Namase Katsuhisa (Gokusen).

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Product Title: Platinum Data (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DNA 白金數據 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) DNA 白金数据 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) プラチナデータ Platinum Data (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Platina Data Platina Data Platina Data Platina Data Platina Data
Artist Name(s): Ninomiya Kazunari (Actor) | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Suzuki Honami (Actor) | Namase Katsuhisa (Actor) | Watanabe Anne (Actor) | Mizuhara Kiko (Actor) 二宮和也 (Actor) | 豐川悅司 (Actor) | 鈴木保奈美 (Actor) | 生瀨勝久 (Actor) | (Actor) | 水原希子 (Actor) 二宫和也 (Actor) | 丰川悦司 (Actor) | 铃木保奈美 (Actor) | 生濑胜久 (Actor) | (Actor) | 水原希子 (Actor) 二宮和也 (Actor) | 豊川悦司 (Actor) | 鈴木保奈美 (Actor) | 生瀬勝久 (Actor) | (Actor) | 水原希子 (Actor) Ninomiya Kazunari (Actor) | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Suzuki Honami (Actor) | Namase Katsuhisa (Actor) | Watanabe Anne (Actor) | 미즈하라 키코 (Actor)
Director: Otomo Keishi 大友啓史 Otomo Keishi 大友啓史 Otomo Keishi
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: 2013-10-31
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB, IIA
Duration: 133 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034348857

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Director: Otomo Keishi

Japan, Highly advanced DNA investigation was about to bring 100% criminal arresting and 0% false charge society. Such investigation was backed-up by the DNA data of the people (“Platinum Data”) which was gathered confidentially as a National policy.

Ryuhei Kagura (Kazunari Ninomiya) is a criminal investigation specialist at the “Special Analyzing and Researcing Firm. One day, a serial killing case which can not be solved by DNA investigation ocurs, and finally, the Tateshinas (brother and sister), who invented the DNA investigation system is murdered. Kagura extracts the DNA data from a hair left at the criminal scene, however, the result shown on the computer says “Ryuhei Kagura 99.99% matching!” Kagura suddenly becomes “the chased one” from “the chaser” by his own DNA investigation.
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November 25, 2013

DNA profiling changes the face of crime fighting in sci-fi tinged Japanese blockbuster Platinum Data directed by Rurouni Kenshin helmer Otomo Keishi. Based on a novel by bestselling suspense author Higashino Keigo (Suspect X), the film is set in the near future ("one of these days" according to opening credits, later clarified as 2017) and revolves around Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari as the scientist behind the new system, who ends up accused of murder and on the run. The film also features an impressive supporting cast, which includes Toyokawa Etsushi (20th Century Boys as the detective on his trail, along with Mizuhara Kiko (Norwegian Wood), Anne (Yokai Ningen Bem), Suzuki Honami (The Floating Castle) and Namase Katsuhisa (Gokusen).

The film opens with veteran detective Asma (Toyokawa Etsushi) arriving at the National Police Authority's Special Analysis Research Institute (SARI) to get help in tracking a child murderer through the use of a new DNA profiling system for catching criminals. Although the method works, Asama suspects that the data used was illegal, fact which the seemingly emotionless scientist Kagura Ryuhei (Ninomiya Kazunari) who created the process admits. This is only a temporary setback, with a national DNA act soon to be passed allowing the gathering of data from all citizens. Things get more complicated after a multiple homicide at SARI, including Ryuhei's partner Saki (Mizuhara Kiko), an autistic savant maths genius who programmed the system. Ryuhei analyses the DNA from the scene, and is shocked to find himself suddenly the prime suspect, promptly going on the run, with Asama, the rest of the police, and SARI's own corporate forces after him.

Platinum Data certainly has the look and feel of a big commercial blockbuster, not least since it recalls a variety of Hollywood hits, including Minority Report, The Fugitiveand more. Though its plot may sound complex, it quite quickly boils down to a chase thriller and conspiracy suspenser, with Ryuhei rushing around between clues and revelations while trying to stay one step ahead of his potentially sinister system. This isn't to say that the film lacks intelligence, however, and while the science fiction elements and moral debates are kept to the background, this arguably helps director Otomo Keishi create a far more believable world and story than had they been used in more gimmicky fashion.

With a solid central mystery and plenty going on, the film manages a good balance between Ryuhei's flight and investigation, Asama's pursuit, and other various subplots and scheming by typically corrupt authorities. A mid-film lapse into ponderousness aside, the script is generally satisfactory, and builds towards a finale which, if hardly surprising, is satisfying enough. Though a bit long at two hours and fifteen minutes, the film is for the most part tense, with some well-handled action and twists helping to keep the pace engaging and occasionally exciting - though the constant use of a timelines onscreen never really feels necessary. The production values are high throughout, Otomo making good use of what was obviously a high budget to deliver some impressive set pieces and decent special effects work, and this similarly makes the film a slick and very watchable viewing experience.

This is also due to some good performances from the cast, in particular from Ninomiya Kazunari. His Kagura Ryuhei is an interesting protagonist, whose character goes through some fairly major, and potentially ridiculous, changes during the running time, and the actor manages to keep him grounded and even vaguely likeable. Though playing an essentially straightforward grizzled and hard-nosed detective, Toyokawa Etsushi is similarly effective, and Mizuhara Kiko, despite sadly not getting too much screen time, is appealing in her supporting flashback role.

There's more than enough here to make Platinum Data a perfectly enjoyable blockbuster, and above average for this kind of thing. Capably directed and acted, it entertains and thrills as required, and though scarcely original, it at least has a couple of ideas in its head, which is more than can be said for many other commercial productions of its type.

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