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20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope (DVD) (Special Price Edition) (Japan Version)
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All-star thriller 20th Century Boys continues with the blockbuster trilogy's second chapter, The Last Hope! The visionary trilogy's first chapter, The Beginning of the End, laid the roots with the tale of a group of friends who emerged as unlikely heroes in the battle against an apocalyptic evil they had unwittingly foretold as children. Picking up the story 15 years after the events of the first film, Chapter 2 introduces viewers to a Japan that has completely fallen under the fascist spell of masked cult leader "Friend" after he stepped in to save the world from the virus he unleashed. Most of the resistance fighters including Kenji (Karasawa Toshiaki) have been missing or imprisoned since the bloody New Year's Eve showdown, and are now branded as terrorists.

Kenji's niece Kanna (Taira Airi) has grown up into a spunky high school student who has inherited her uncle's drive to fight the man. For her rebellious behavior, Kanna gets sent to "Friend Land" for indoctrination, and earns the chance to enter a virtual reality world that holds the secret to Friend's identity. With Kanna's life in danger, faces from the past as well as new joiners to the cause begin to emerge from the shadows, but can this new team fight the sinister conspiracy that Friend is brewing? Who exactly is Friend, and what does his New Book of Prophecy have in store for the world?

Based on Urasawa Naoki's acclaimed manga, 20th Century Boys makes for a positively epic exercise in filmmaking and storytelling that spans multiple generations and genres, and bites into conspiracy theory, pop culture nostalgia, and spectacular special effects. Helmed by hit-making director Tsutsumi Yukihiko, the 20th Century Boys trilogy is certainly one of the greatest undertakings Japan Cinema has ever seen, with its six billion yen budget and staggeringly long cast list that runs 300 deep. Most of the first film's main cast - including Tokiwa Takako (Mamiya Kyodai), Toyokawa Etsushi (The Sinking of Japan), Kagawa Teruyuki (Sukiyaki Western - Django), and Karasawa Toshiaki (Casshern) - return for the second chapter, along with newcomer Taira Airi, Moriyama Mirai (Fish Story), Arata (Snakes and Earrings), and new additions Fujiki Naohito (Hana Yori Dango: Final) and Santamaria Yusuke (Kisaragi).

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Product Title: 20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope (DVD) (Special Price Edition) (Japan Version) 20世紀少年 - 第2章: 最後之希望 (DVD) (特別價格版) (日本版) 20世纪少年 - 第2章: 最后之希望 (DVD) (特别价格版) (日本版) 20世紀少年 第2章 最後の希望(スペシャルプライス版) 20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope (DVD) (Special Price Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Tokiwa Takako | Fujiki Naohito | Karasawa Toshiaki | Toyokawa Etsushi | Taira Airi | Katase Nana | Koike Eiko | Kuroki Hitomi | Yusuke Santamaria | Ishibashi Renji | Iura Arata | Ken Naoko | Sasaki Sumie | Nishimura Kazuhiko | Ishizuka Hidehiko | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Kagawa Teruyuki | Furuta Arata | Ishimaru Kenjiro | Ukaji Takashi | Kohinata Fumiyo | Tezuka Toru | Tanaka Yoji | Musaka Naomasa | Nakamura Katsuo | Nishimura Masahiko | Mitsuishi Ken | Kinami Haruka | Komatsu Masao | Hanawa | Sato Jiro | Moriyama Mirai | Komoto Masahiro | Maeda Ken | Tokumitsu Kazuo | Himura Yuki | Araki Hirofumi | Osamu Shitara | Fred McQueen 常盤貴子 | 藤木直人 | 唐澤壽明 | 豐川悅司 | 平愛梨 | 片瀨那奈 | 小池榮子 | 黑木瞳 | 中山裕介 | 石橋蓮司 | ARATA 井浦新 | Ken Naoko | Sasaki Sumie | 西村和彥 | Ishizuka Hidehiko | 佐佐木藏之介 | 香川照之 | 古田新太 | 石丸謙二郎 | 宇梶剛士 | 小日向文世 | 手塚通 | 田中要次 | 六平直政 | 中村嘉葎雄 | 西村雅彥 | 光石研 | 木南晴夏 | 小松政夫 | Hanawa | 佐藤二朗 | 森山未來 | 甲本雅裕 | Maeda Ken | 德光和夫 | 日村勇紀 | 荒木宏文 | 設樂統 | Fred McQueen 常盘贵子 | 藤木直人 | 唐泽寿明 | 丰川悦司 | 平爱梨 | 片濑那奈 | 小池荣子 | 黑木瞳 | 中山裕介 | 石桥莲司 | Iura Arata | Ken Naoko | Sasaki Sumie | Nishimura Kazuhiko | Ishizuka Hidehiko | 佐佐木藏之介 | 香川照之 | 古田新太 | Ishimaru Kenjiro | 宇梶刚士 | 小日向文世 | 手冢通 | 田中要次 | 六平直政 | 中村嘉葎雄 | 西村雅彦 | 光石研 | 木南晴夏 | 小松政夫 | Hanawa | Sato Jiro | 森山未来 | 甲本雅裕 | Maeda Ken | 德光和夫 | 日村勇纪 | 荒木宏文 | 设乐统 | Fred McQueen 常盤貴子 | 藤木直人 | 唐沢 寿明 | 豊川悦司 | 平愛梨 | 片瀬那奈 | 小池栄子 | 黒木瞳 | ユースケ・サンタマリア | 石橋蓮司 | ARATA 井浦新 | 研ナオコ | 佐々木すみ江 | 西村和彦 | 石塚英彦 | 佐々木蔵之介 | 香川照之 | 古田新太 | 石丸謙二郎 | 宇梶剛士 | 小日向文世 | 手塚とおる | 田中要次 | 六平直政 | 中村嘉葎雄 | 西村雅彦 | 光石研 | 木南晴夏 | 小松政夫 | はなわ | 佐藤二朗 | 森山未來 | 梅津栄 | 甲本雅裕 | 前田健 | 徳光和夫 | 田鍋謙一郎 | 日村勇紀 | 荒木宏文 | 設楽統 | フレッド・マックィーン | Samat Sangsangium | 陳昭栄 Tokiwa Takako | Fujiki Naohito | Karasawa Toshiaki | Toyokawa Etsushi | Taira Airi | Katase Nana | Koike Eiko | Kuroki Hitomi | Yusuke Santamaria | Ishibashi Renji | Iura Arata | Ken Naoko | Sasaki Sumie | Nishimura Kazuhiko | Ishizuka Hidehiko | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Kagawa Teruyuki | Furuta Arata | Ishimaru Kenjiro | Ukaji Takashi | Kohinata Fumiyo | Tezuka Toru | Tanaka Yoji | Musaka Naomasa | Nakamura Katsuo | Nishimura Masahiko | Mitsuishi Ken | Kinami Haruka | Masao Komatsu | Hanawa | Sato Jiro | Moriyama Mirai | Komoto Masahiro | Maeda Ken | Tokumitsu Kazuo | Himura Yuki | Araki Hirofumi | Osamu Shitara | Fred McQueen
Director: Tsutsumi Yukihiko 堤幸彥 堤幸彦 堤幸彦 Tsutsumi Yukihiko
Release Date: 2011-02-02
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-13522
Language: 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.: 1023752412

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タイトル:本格科学冒険映画 20世紀少年 −第2章− 最後の希望
出演:豊川悦司/常盤貴子/平愛梨/香川照之/ユースケ・サンタマリア/藤木直人/石塚英彦/宇梶剛士/小日向文世/佐々木蔵之介/森山未來/古田新太/小池栄子/木南晴夏/ARATA/前田健/荒木宏文/六平直政/佐藤二朗/片瀬那奈/光石研/石橋蓮司/中村嘉葎雄/黒木瞳/唐沢寿明/西村雅彦/西村和彦/手塚とおる/田鍋謙一郎/甲本雅裕/田中要次/はなわ/設楽統/日村勇紀/フレッド・マックィーン/Samat Sangsangium/陳昭栄/徳光和夫/石丸謙二郎/佐々木すみ江/梅津栄/研ナオコ/小松政夫
監督:堤幸彦(監督)/浦沢直樹(原作)/長崎尚志(脚本)/渡辺雄介(脚本)/浦沢直樹(脚本監修)/白井良明(音楽)/シネバザール(制作プロダクション)/オフィスクレッシェンド(制作プロダクション)/島田洋一(製作指揮)/奥田誠治(エグゼクティブプロデューサー)/長崎尚志(企画)

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映像特典:「<最終章>ぼくらの旗」特報/予告編/「<第2章>最後の希望」予告編集

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画面:Vista-16:9LB
言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

その他の情報
製作年:2008
著作権:(C)1999,2006 浦沢直樹 スタジオナッツ/小学館^/^(C)2009 映画「20世紀少年」製作委員会
備考:1枚組
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日本小売価格:¥2381

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Professional Review of "20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope (DVD) (Special Price Edition) (Japan Version)"

September 10, 2009

This professional review refers to Twentieth Century Boys Chapter 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
The epic Japanese 20th Century Boys trilogy, based upon the hugely popular manga by Urasawa Naoki, continues with its second instalment, The Last Hope. Director Tsutsumi Yukihiko (previously responsible for cult hits such as 5LDK and Forbidden Siren) returns to continue the sprawling tale, with the action again leaping around between different decades and generations, following the characters as they try to prevent the impending self prophesised apocalypse. With the original cast reprising their roles and with even more special effects and grand narrative adventure, the film was unsurprisingly another box office hit on its domestic release, leaving fans even more excited for the final chapter.

The film begins in 2015, with the events which took place at the end of the first film now being referred to as "Bloody New Years Eve" and with the mysterious Friend having expanded his influence and empire. Most of the characters from the first film have been branded terrorists and have either disappeared or are in prison, with the fate of Kenji Endo (Karasawa Toshiaki, also in Casshern) being unknown. The film basically revolves around his niece Kanna (Taira Airi, Arch Angels), a student who works in a Chinese restaurant in her spare time, while threatening to follow in her rebellious uncle's footsteps. Determined to clear Kenji's name, she enlists in the creepy "Friend Land" indoctrination program to try and uncover the face behind his mask. At the same time, the "New Book of Prophecies" foretells that a saviour will arise at a church in Shinjuku, only to be struck down by an assassin, a message which Friend is only too willing to kill to keep secret. Meanwhile, Occho (Toyokawa Etsushi, recently in Takashi Miike's The Great Yokai War) escapes from prison and rejoins the other fugitives, planning to stop Friend by any means necessary.

As should be expected by anyone who has seen the first film or any fans of the manga, this synopsis barely scratches the surface of The Last Hope, which amongst other things also manages to pack in transvestites, mafia turf wars, killer viruses and messianic conspiracies. As with the original, the action jumps around between various time periods, taking place in 1970, 2000, 2002 and 2015, making for a truly piece of cinema, which is at the same time strangely intimate and resolutely character driven. Indeed, the film's best assets are arguably its cast, whose roles have been built up slowly but surely, and the work invested in the first film in fleshing them out really starts to pay off here. Things may still be a bit bewildering for some viewers, simply due to the sheer number of different people and plots it cycles through, though Tsutsumi Yukihiko continues to do a stalwart job of capturing not only the scope, but also the feel of the source material.

The film is gripping and engaging throughout, and even though it clocks in at a not short two hours and twenty minutes, it could have comfortably been even longer. The narrative is not only ambitious and complex, but is also surprisingly clever, often threatening to tackle some pretty lofty themes as it moves into apocalyptic territory. At the same time, it remains obtuse and endearingly daft, not least since it basically charts the whole world coming to bow at the feet of a man with a strange bag mask covering his head. Unsurprisingly, Yukihiko throws in plenty of revelations and hints at what is to come, though the film still stands on its own two feet and is by no means mere filler material.

The film features more action that its predecessor, with shoot outs, assassinations and fight scenes keeping things exciting and moving along at a fast pace. Yukihiko makes great use of futuristic technology, which is worked seamlessly into the film rather than being saved for gimmicky set pieces or "look at me" moments. The overall effect is surprisingly subtle, with touches like the threads of light being played with by students or the omnipresent airships that lurk over Tokyo resulting in a wholly believable and immersive vision, and a world that basically looks like the world of today, if slightly upgraded.

The only real problem with The Last Hope is that, perhaps inevitably, as the second part of the trilogy, it leaves audiences without any real answers and desperate to see what happens next. Of course, this in itself isn't really a criticism, and the film is easily one of the most enjoyable and finely crafted blockbusters from Japan in recent years that should be enjoyed by all viewers, manga fans or not.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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