A Century Of Japanese Cinema - Story Of Sorrow & Sadness (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
Harada Yoshio (Actor)
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|Product Title:||A Century Of Japanese Cinema - Story Of Sorrow & Sadness (Hong Kong Version) 日本映畫百年史：悲愁物語(香港版) 日本映画百年史：悲愁物语(香港版) A Century Of Japanese Cinema - Story Of Sorrow & Sadness (Overseas Version) A Century Of Japanese Cinema - Story Of Sorrow & Sadness (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Harada Yoshio (Actor) 原田芳雄 (Actor) 原田芳雄 (Actor) ハラダヨシオ (Actor) Harada Yoshio (Actor)|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1002840023|
Director: Suzuki Seijun
Establishing himself as the prime cult filmmaker in Japan in the 1960's, Suzuki Seijun became the scapegoat of Nikkatsu Studio, of which he was a contracted director, when the studio ran into financial trouble in 1967. He was accused of making "incomprehensible" films that made no money and was openly fired. He sued Nikkatsu for wrongful dismissal, a case which he later won but because of which he was effectively blacklested by all other studios for nearly ten years. Story of Sorrow and Sadness was his return after this long period of suppression. The film tells the bizarre story of a young sportswoman being victimized by big business corporation and the media. Suzuki's direction is as idiosyncratic and stylized as his previous films and fully reflects the spirit of an uncompromising talent.
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December 23, 2007
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December 23, 2007
For diehard Suzuki fans only
"The Story of Sorrow & Sadness" tells of a young woman golfer, who, due to her beauty, is selected by a promotional company to become a big star. The company provides her with a month of intensive training before the national championship tournament. The golfer then wins the championship in dramatic fashion.
The promotional company takes advantage of the golfer's good looks to win her product endorsements and a spot on a daily TV show. As the golfer's popularity rises, the perils of fame begin to encroach upon her life. One envious neighbor, in particular, intrudes on the golfer in a manner that quickly spins out of control, leading to a violent culmination.
While this barebones description of the plot might give you the impression that there is an interesting story being told, the actual execution of that story is so amateurish that the film is nearly unwatchable. I have seen a number of Seijin Suzuki's films and found them to be a mixed bag; some are interestingly idiosyncratic, others are self-indulgently loathesome. But I haven't seen any of Suzuki's films that are nearly as ham-handed as this one.
The acting is spotty, the script is leaden, and the staging of some of the scenes seems almost as if no one working on the movie had ever made a film before. I have to assume that much of the movie is to be understood as tongue in cheek, but a lighter touch is needed to carry off that style.
About the best thing I can say about the film is that the actress who plays the golfer is quite pretty and, if you're into that sort of thing, she takes her clothes off a lot. I can't imagine there are many people other than me who actually managed to sit through this entire film. It is a mess!