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Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor) | Ohgo Suzuka (Actor) | Tomoya Maeno (Actor)
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Kirishima is the name on the tip of everyone's tongues in The Kirishima Thing, the latest film by director Yoshida Daihachi (Funuke Show Some Love You Losers). Based on the award-winning debut novel by Asai Ryo, the schoolyard drama uses the sudden disappearance of a popular student named Kirishima to explore the social hierarchy that naturally exists in every school, from the popular athletes to the bullied geek, played by Kamiki Ryunosuke (The Borrower Arrietty). Daihachi and co-scriptwriter Kiyasu Kohei eschews a traditional linear narrative, structuring the story based on the different groups of students affected by Kirishima's disappearance. The result is a critically acclaimed film that has been lauded at home and abroad, earning four prizes at the Japan Academy Prize and three nominations at the Asian Film Awards.

One day, popular volleyball player Kirishima decides to quit the team and goes missing. The news spreads around the school like a wave, from Kirishima's upset best friend Hiroki (Higashide Masahiro) to Kirishima's girlfriend, until it reaches the lower end of the social hierarchy with film club geek Maeda (Kamiki Ryunosuke) and volleyball player Kasumi (Hashimoto Ai). Over the course of one day, Kirishima's disappearance will change relationships and the social dynamics of the school. Soon, where Kirishima has gone is no longer the important issue; it's what happens when (or if) he returns.

This edition includes an audio commentary, a 47-minute visual commentary, making of, cast and crew interviews, spin-off movies, stage events and trailers. It also come with a booklet.

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Product Title: The Kirishima Thing (2012) (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) 聽說桐島要退社 (2012) (Blu-ray)(日本版) 听说桐岛要退社 (2012) (Blu-ray)(日本版) 桐島、部活やめるってよ [Blu-ray] The Kirishima Thing (2012) (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo
Artist Name(s): Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor) | Ohgo Suzuka (Actor) | Tomoya Maeno (Actor) | Nakano Taiga (Actor) | Shimizu Kurumi (Actor) | Ochiai Motoki (Actor) | Suzuki Nobuyuki (Actor) | Matsuoka Mayu (Actor) | Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Higashide Masahiro (Actor) 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 橋本愛 (Actor) | 大後壽壽花 (Actor) | 前野朋哉 (Actor) | 仲野太賀 (Actor) | 清水久留巳 (Actor) | 落合扶樹 (Actor) | 鈴木伸之 (Actor) | 松岡茉優 (Actor) | 山本美月 (Actor) | 東出昌大 (Actor) 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 桥本爱 (Actor) | 大後寿寿花 (Actor) | 前野朋哉 (Actor) | 仲野太贺 (Actor) | 清水久留巳 (Actor) | 落合扶树 (Actor) | 铃木伸之 (Actor) | 松冈茉优 (Actor) | 山本美月 (Actor) | 东出昌大 (Actor) 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 橋本愛 (Actor) | 大後寿々花 (Actor) | 前野朋哉 (Actor) | 仲野太賀 (Actor) | 清水くるみ (Actor) | 落合モトキ (Actor) | 鈴木伸之 (Actor) | 松岡茉優 (Actor) | 山本美月 (Actor) | 東出昌大 (Actor) Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor) | Ohgo Suzuka (Actor) | Tomoya Maeno (Actor) | Nakano Taiga (Actor) | Shimizu Kurumi (Actor) | Ochiai Motoki (Actor) | Suzuki Nobuyuki (Actor) | Matsuoka Mayu (Actor) | Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Higashide Masahiro (Actor)
Director: Yoshida Daihachi 吉田 大八 吉田 大八 吉田 大八 Yoshida Daihachi
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2013-02-15
Publisher Product Code: VPXT-71240
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc+DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032179044

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第22回小説すばる新人賞受賞 ベストセラー小説映画化。神木隆之介×吉田大八×朝井リョウ 新しい時代の青春最高傑作! 観客に想像の余白を残す――近年のヒットの法則に逆らう「語りたくなる」魅力が、まさにSNS時代の話題を増幅し、まったく新しいヒットの形で驚異のロングラン。 映画興行の可能性を広げる驚異の口コミヒット作。 <ストーリー> ありふれた時間が校舎に流れる「金曜日」の放課後。1つだけ昨日までと違ったのは、学校内の誰もが認める"スター"桐島の退部のニュースが校内を駆け巡ったこと。彼女さえも連絡がとれずその理由を知らされぬまま、退部に大きな影響を受けるバレーボール部の部員たちはもちろんのこと、桐島と同様に学校内ヒエラルキーの"上"に属する生徒たち、そして直接的には桐島と関係のない"下"に属する生徒まで、あらゆる部活、クラスの人間関係が静かに変化していく。校内の人間関係に緊張感が張りつめる中、桐島に一番遠い存在だった"下"に属する映画部前田が動きだし、物語は思わぬ方向へ展開していく。 特典ディスク (DVD)には、ビジュアルコメンタリー「キャストが語る衝撃の"火曜日"」、メイキング、イベント映像集 (完成披露試写会、早稲田大学特別試写会、初日舞台挨拶)、スピンオフ短編「宮部実果」+短編エチュード「帰宅部」「女子部」、キャスト・スタッフ特別インタビュー「"桐島現象"を振り返って」、松籟高校フェイクインタビュー集、予告&TVスポット集を収録。24P解説ブックレット封入。
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Professional Review of "The Kirishima Thing (2012) (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)"

February 28, 2014

This professional review refers to The Kirishima Thing (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Though another Japanese drama about high school kids and their lives might not sound like anything to get too excited about, The Kirishima Thing arrives riding a wave of impressive critical acclaim, having won top honours at the Awards of the Japanese Academy, as well as other prizes at home and abroad. Adapted from Asai Ryo's popular and much-praised debut novel, the film should also be of considerable interest for the fact that it was directed by Yoshida Daihachi, who was responsible for the amazing Funuke, Show Some Love You Losers! which still ranks as one of the best Japanese comedies of recent years. Co-written by Daihachi and Kiyasu Kohei, the film explores the social hierarchy of the schoolyard through the effects of the abrupt disappearance of the titular student, with a fine ensemble cast of young talent.

Following a fractured, non-linear narrative, the film starts off with the news spreading around school that the popular volleyball player and all round big man on campus Kirishima has quit the team and hasn't been seen since. This has an immediate effect on most of his fellow students, in particular his best friend Hiroki (Higashide Masahiro, Crows Explode) and girlfriend Risa (actress model Yamamoto Mizuki), who try to figure where he is and what's happened. Meanwhile, badminton player Kasumi (Hashimoto Ai, Sadako) starts feeling a tension in her group of friends, while the nerdy Maeda (Kamiki Ryunosuke, The Borrower Arrietty) tries to make a zombie opus around the school with his film club group. With Kirishima's disappearance leaving a gaping void, relationships within the various factions shift, and rivalries grow as the social order struggles to reassert itself.

There's thankfully a great deal more to The Kirishima Thing than the teen angst suggested by its plot - this shouldn't be much of a surprise, given that Yoshida Daihachi is easily one of Japan's most interesting directors, and a master of offbeat, dry humour. Without having read Asai Ryo's novel, it's hard to say how faithfully it sticks to the text, though with it being an omnibus tale with a large set of characters, Daihachi made the decision to focus on a handful of the key and most interesting players, chiefly would-be director Maeda. This works very well, and the film still boasts a considerable cast of characters who pop in and out of the story and its many subplots and threads, enough so to give a real feeling of the vast complexities and many levels of social interaction that make up school life. Impressively, the film still has a very strong sense of character, amongst the supporting cast as well as its leads, with some great attention to personal details across the board, and this really helps to keep the viewer involved. The young stars are all excellent, especially Kamiki Ryunosuke and Hashimoto Ai, and the film rings true throughout, with some surprisingly effective emotional beats and some very rewarding payoffs.

Daihachi also scores highly for the film's ambitiously structured and non-linear narrative, which jumps around in time, repeating scenes from differing perspectives in a delightfully creative manner. It's an excellent example of intelligent storytelling, and serves well to further underline the many facets of the social hierarchy and the groups within the school, and the ways in which Kirishima's vanishing slowly but surely comes to affect them all. As with the director's earlier outings, the film also has a subtle, ironic sense of humour, and this makes for some very funny scenes, the tone being at once playful, grounded and occasionally dark, dealing with bullying, loneliness, social awkwardness and unrequited love. Thankfully, Daihachi never takes the easy route with the comedy or the film's drama, and unlike many other high school films, there's no meanness or laughing at his characters or cheap exploitation of the usual stereotypes, the script having a genuine, even affectionate feel, that really pulls the viewer in.

The film also benefits from some very strong direction, with some creative camera work making sure that the repeated scenes really do feel as if they're coming from differing perspectives and are offering something new. The school itself is shot in a fascinating manner, and rather than resembling a prison as is often the case in the genre, it takes on a character of its own, shifting colours, angles and other visual techniques being skilfully used to represent the emotions and experiences of the kids. Daihachi keeps things moving at a fast pace, and though for the first half hour or so the parade of new faces can be a bit bewildering, it's a fitting reflection of the way anyone might feel during their first day at school, and the film doesn't take long at all to truly grip.

The Kirishima Thing really is captivating from start to finish, and is definitely one of the best films of the year so far, not only from Japan, but anywhere in the world. Well-deserving of its award winning streak and hype, it's another masterful turn from Yoshida Daihachi - certainly, it'll be interesting to see where his career goes from here.

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