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The Handsome Suit (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A

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The clothes make the man in the hilarious comedy The Handsome Suit, the first feature from commercial director Hanabusa Tsutomu. Based on a novel by Suzuki Osami, The Handsome Suit serves as a starring vehicle for slight and portly television comedian Tsukaji Muga from The Mamiya Brothers. Tanihara Shosuke (Lovely Complex) plays his handsome counterpart in a side-tickling self-parodying performance. Also co-starring The Mamiya Brothers' Kitagawa Keiko, The Handsome Suit loads in the visual and verbal gags for a laughing good time at the movies.

Diner owner Takuro (Tsukaji Muga) is the star in the kitchen with his fabulous cooking skills, but his below-average appearances make him a dud with the ladies. While renting a tux for his friend's wedding, Takuro ends up with a "handsome suit" that magically transforms him into a tall and dashing hunk (Tanihara Shosuke)! Suddenly, the world's at Takuro's feet as he becomes the hottest male model on the scene and the apple of every woman's eyes. But it's not so easy juggling two lives, especially when his suit keeps threatening to malfunction and reveal his true face.

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Product Title: The Handsome Suit (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 反轉豬腩是王子 (Blu-ray) (特別版) (英文字幕) (日本版) 反转猪腩是王子 (Blu-ray) (特别版) (英文字幕) (日本版) ハンサム★スーツ スペシャル・エディション 【Blu-rayDisc】 The Handsome Suit (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Tanihara Shosuke | Tsukaji Muga | Kitagawa Keiko | Ikeuchi Hiroyuki | Honjo Manami | Sada Mayumi | Oshima Miyuki 谷原章介 | 塚地武雅 | 北川景子 | 池內博之 | 本上真奈美 | 佐田真由美 | 大島美幸 谷原章介 | Tsukaji Muga | 北川景子 | 池内博之 | 本上 真奈美 | 佐田真由美 | 大岛美幸 谷原章介 | 塚地武雅 | 北川景子 | イケウチ,ヒロユキ | 本上まなみ | 佐田真由美 | 大島美幸 Tanihara Shosuke | Tsukaji Muga | Kitagawa Keiko | Ikeuchi Hiroyuki | Honjo Manami | Sada Mayumi | Oshima Miyuki
Director: Hanabusa Tsutomu 英勉 英勉 英勉 Hanabusa Tsutomu
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: 2012-09-05
Publisher Product Code: TCBD-116
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030977856

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タイトル:ハンサム★スーツ スペシャル・エディション: 【Blu-rayDisc】

理想の外見を手に入れれば、どんな恋も上手くいく!?/大木琢郎、33歳、独身。彼は死んだ母親が残した庶民的な定食屋「こころ屋」を営む心優しいブサイク。料理の腕前も人柄も完ぺきでお店の人気者だが、女性とはまったく縁がない。ある日「こころ屋」に新人アルバイトで超美人の寛子ちゃんが入ってくる。彼女の一挙一動に胸がキュンキュンする豚郎。ついに、思い切って告白するが、あっさり振られてしまう。 その後、琢郎はスーツを買いに行った洋服の青山で、着るだけでハンサムになれる「ハンサム・スーツ」を手に入れる。ハンサムな男に変身した琢郎は、光山杏仁として、瞬く間に人気カリスマモデルとなる。 これで寛子ちゃんにも好かれるはず、だったが……

映像特典:オリジナル・ショート・ムービー「ブサイク☆スーツ feat.ドランクドラゴン鈴木拓」/スペシャルコンテンツ「HOW TO ハンサム!」/劇場イベント「ハンサムへの道のり」/予告編集

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画面:16:9
言語/音声:日本語:dtsHD Master Audio5.1chサラウンド/障害者用音声ガイド:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

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Professional Review of "The Handsome Suit (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

August 5, 2009

This professional review refers to The Handsome Suit (DVD) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Handsome Suit is a hybrid of Japanese pop culture and Hong Kong-style low-brow comedy; with a killer concept – a suit that turns a fat, unattractive cook into a handsome man – that has probably been done before by a “feces-urine-fart” comedy auteur like Wong Jing. And if it hasn't been done yet, the producers of Handsome Suit should get ready to either sell those remake rights (they have apparently made their money back selling distribution rights) or get their lawyers ready in case someone else makes an overseas knock-off.

However, maybe the producers should get ready to defend themselves as well, since a similar concept has indeed been done before. In the hit Korean comedy 200 Pounds Beauty, an obese woman gets plastic surgery and becomes an attractive, thin beauty. Here, overweight and repellent chef Takuro (Muga Tsukaji) is lured into testing out a new product for a suit-maker – a suit similar in appearance the Michelin mascot that can give anyone an attractive exterior.

Tired of the scornful looks of others and rejected by beautiful waitress Hiroko (Keiko Kitagawa), Takuro decides to put on the suit and becomes An-nin, who happens to look and sound like the kind-of handsome Shosuke Tanihara. In what seems like a dream sequence – except it isn't – An-nin bewitches every woman he runs into on the street and immediately attracts the attention of a model agency manager, who decides to make him a star. Finding himself in the glamorous world of pretty people, Takuro has to keep up his An-nin act, that is, as long as his new suit works properly.

First-time director Tsutomu Hanabusa strays expectedly far from reality, directing his actors to exaggerate every expression and every action in a plea for laughs. Handsome Suit has been particularly successful in overseas sales, but its strongest element is actually its references to Japanese pop culture. Popular gags from the 90s, decade-old pop songs, and even the use of the suit-making shop's logo music all provide tongue-in-cheek laughs for audiences in the know. It's unlikely that overseas versions of the film will be successful with the same brand of humor. For example, the Hong Kong dubbed version, featuring the voices of 90s comedy duo SoftHard (Eric Kot and Jan Lam), uses local equivalents for only some of the Japan-exclusive humor. The rest becomes either incoherent throwaway lines or is kept in its original Japanese versions.

Handsome Suit may be about dream fulfillment for the unattractive, but its most engaging sections are when the focus is on the unattractive Takuro. Except for the lure of pretty people, Hanabusa and writer Osamu Suzuki never really explain what attracts Takuro to his new world of stardom. Instead, the film becomes most involving during the relatively down-to-earth sections dealing with Takuro and his new, overweight waitress Motoe (Miyuki Oshima of comedienne trio Morisanchu). Takuro eventually realizes the importance of true beauty – a process that sums up almost every film about the physically unattractive – and while his journey is not as comedy-driven as the absurd An-nin sections, it's easily more involving and worth caring about.

Despite the filmmakers' good intentions about realizing true beauty, they also take a bit of a turn at the very end with a predictable and politically incorrect twist, saying that what they really mean is that the message of true beauty only applies to fat, unattractive men. The filmmakers seem to be so sure that Handsome Suit will only apply to the Takuro-type male audience that even as the film lands back in reality, it feels that it needs to fulfill the projected dreams of its target audience, even at the expense of alienating the women in the crowd. Interesting side note: screenwriter Suzuki is also Oshima's husband. Considering the ending's implications, Oshima must have a great sense of humor, which would make Suzuki a very lucky man.

Up to that point, Handsome Suit is a mildly successful take on a formula, though the actual overlong execution of it is so by-the-book that it doesn't provide much surprise for post-Shrek audiences. What is worth watching here is the cultural-based humor and its lead actors. Both Tsukaji and Tanihara show surprising amount of self-deprecation in their performances, though they surely have no qualms about sharing scenes with attractive actresses like Keiko Kitagawa and Mayumi Sada. Just like the female audience of Handsome Suits, the two male actors have surely learned there's a price for everything. Then again, Handsome Suit features a motorcyclist bouncing into the air off a fat person's butt, so why take it so seriously? We certainly wouldn't if it was Cantonese and made in Hong Kong.

By Kevin Ma

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