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Troublemaking teen Mamachari (Ichihara Hayato) and his group of friends are experts at causing havoc in their quiet town. One day, the resident police officer, or Chuzai-san (Sasaki Kuranosuke), busts Mamachari's buddy Saijo (Ishida Takuya) for speeding on his scooter. The teens decide to retaliate with a small prank, and Chuzai-san gets them suspended from school. The youth only feel more outraged when they discover that Chuzai-san is somehow married to the beautiful young Kanako (Aso Kumiko, Casshern). Mamachari and company vow to humiliate Chuzai-san with every trick up their sleeves, but this police officer is every bit as immature and inventive as they are when it comes to pranking. Soon the whole town's pulled into the escalating war.
|Product Title:||700 Days of Battle: US vs The Police (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 我和條子的700天戰爭 (DVD) (台灣版) 我和条子的700天战争 (DVD) (台湾版) 700 Days of Battle: US vs The Police (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 700 Days of Battle: US vs The Police (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Also known as:||Bokutachi to Chuzai-san no 700 Nichi Sensou Bokutachi to Chuzai-san no 700 Nichi Sensou Bokutachi to Chuzai-san no 700 Nichi Sensou Bokutachi to Chuzai-san no 700 Nichi Sensou Bokutachi to Chuzai-san no 700 Nichi Sensou|
|Artist Name(s):||Ichihara Hayato | Aso Kumiko | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Takenaka Naoto | Ishino Mako | Waki Tomohiro | Ishida Takuya | Kaji Masaki | Tomiura Satoshi | Koyonagi Yu | Kaku Kento 市原隼人 | 麻生久美子 | 佐佐木藏之介 | 竹中直人 | 石野真子 | 脇知弘 | 石田卓也 | 加治將樹 | 冨浦智嗣 | 小柳友 | 賀來賢人 市原隼人 | 麻生久美子 | 佐佐木藏之介 | 竹中直人 | Ishino Mako | 脇知弘 | 石田卓也 | 加治将树 | 冨浦智嗣 | 小柳友 | 贺来贤人 市原隼人 | 麻生久美子 | 佐々木蔵之介 | 竹中直人 | 石野真子 | 脇知弘 | 石田卓也 | 加治将樹 | 冨浦智嗣 | 小柳友 | 賀来賢人 Ichihara Hayato | Aso Kumiko | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Takenaka Naoto | Ishino Mako | Waki Tomohiro | Ishida Takuya | Kaji Masaki | Tomiura Satoshi | Koyonagi Yu | Kaku Kento|
|Director:||Tsukamoto Renpei 塚本連平 冢本连平 塚本連平 Tsukamoto Renpei|
|Subtitles:||Traditional Chinese, Japanese|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1022186822|
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This professional review refers to Bokutachi to Chuzai-san no 700 Nichi Sensou (DVD) (Collector's Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
After proving itself as a hit genre in Korean cinema, the "alternative novel" phenomenon has hit Japan. First, it was the film adaptation of teen girl-oriented "cell phone novel" Koizora, which surprisingly became one of the biggest hits of 2007 thanks to a loyal female teen fan base. Now it's time for popular "blog novel" Bokutachi to Chuzai-san no 700 Nichi Sensou (700 Days of Battle: Us vs. The Police) to get its big screen treatment, courtesy of TV writer/directors Yuichi Fukuda (as writer) and Renpei Tsukamoto (as director). However, the film only draws from the basic setup and one of the blog's many episodes. With a total of 15 episodes and 700 entries available for future adaptation, Bokutachi is a silly, but promising setup of what could be a long-running film franchise.
The adaptation shifts the original's location from 1970s Yamagata Prefecture to the similarly rural Tochigi prefecture (leading to various Tochigi sight gags throughout). Nevertheless, the setup remains the same: A group of mischievous high school students (led by Mamachari, nicknamed "Granny Bike" in the subtitles and played by Hayato Ichihara) encounters the strict and uptight new cop in town (Kuranosuke Sasaki), who immediately makes everyone play by the rules. Not the type to sit back and be defeated, the group begins a series of juvenile pranks against the policeman, though ultimately with results of little significance. Nevertheless, the officer eventually finds himself brought down to their level with similarly juvenile retaliations, starting a small-town war with no end in sight.
The film's central battle is based on the chapter "Firework Thieves", which uses the most overused Asian cinema cliché as the motivation for the group's most elaborate scheme yet. However, that particular twist doesn’t appear until the third act. Up to that point, 700 Days is an episodic look at the escalation of the war between the teens and the cop. Despite the lack of any real plot progression, the irrelevant and juvenile humor makes the film consistently engaging. Director Tsukamoto even does it with style, making moments of the film literally look like frames of a Japanese comic (the blog was also turned into a popular comic series), thanks to some clever use of CGI. Even though the humor becomes too juvenile and inconsequential for its own good at times (Naoto Takenaka's cameo solidifies him as Japan's official answer to Chim Sui Man), Tsukamoto and Fukada keep the laughs coming almost constantly, making for an entertaining comedy.
However, Hayato Ichihara carries with him an uncomfortable vibe that was present in his other performances, which continues to make him an unconvincing leading man. Even though Ichihara does have the requisite teenage awkwardness for Granny Bike, it's that bumbling awkwardness that highlights his lack of charisma as the group’s courageous leader. On the other hand, Sasaki chews into his antagonistic role, having great fun overacting as the tough-as-nails police officer. The rest of the ensemble also seems to be having a great time, especially Tomotsugu Tomiura as the androgynous Jaime. Tomiura pulls off the character's femininity so convincingly that the audience is guaranteed to scratch their heads trying to figure out the young actor's true gender.
As is the case for most Japanese films, length is 700 Days' second biggest weakness. Even though the film is consistently engaging with its packed doses of humor, the film also turns to inconsequential episodes too often in the name of humor and character development. Characters should be developed concurrently with the plot, but Fukada's script has too little plot to facilitate the development of each character. As a result, the film grows increasingly episodic, to the point where the transition into the story's central challenge doesn't come out of natural plot progression, but seemingly out of a need to get to the third act.
Many fans of the original blog have voiced complaints about the original blog's insights on the world getting lost in the translation to film. However, inserting any world insight in the middle of a film consisting mostly of inconsequential and juvenile humor would only be a contrived attempt to add poignancy. Any insight into deeper issues is best left to the subsequent installments, when the setup and the major players have been established. With the story only coming to an end recently in blog form, the filmmakers have plenty of material to draw from for a successful franchise. 700 Days is packed with enough likeable characters and broad humor to draw plenty of new fans, even though it failed to achieve commercial success during its theatrical run. While fans of recent indie comedies such as Fine Totally Fine may find the humor in 700 Days too broad for their tastes (how many times can a person slip on the floor before it stops being funny?), this is fun and relatively clean entertainment that deserves broader success. Besides, how else would we find out who wins the war?
By Kevin Ma