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A Ghost of A Chance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Takeuchi Yuko (Actor) | Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Nishida Toshiyuki (Actor)
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A Ghost of A Chance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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After a radio station, a luxury hotel, and a small town, popular playwright-screenwriter-director Mitani Koki (The Magic Hour, Suite Dreams) makes the courtroom his latest stage in Once in a Blue Moon (a.k.a. A Ghost of a Chance). The hilarious supernatural comedy stars Fukatsu Eri (The Magic Hour) as a clumsy lawyer who discovers that the only witness she has to save her latest case is the spirit of a dead samurai, played by Nishida Toshiyuki. As he does with every film, Mitani pays tribute to classic Hollywood cinema with big stars, a grand stage design, and clever writing that will entertain and tickle audiences from start to finish.

In addition to Fukatsu and Nishida, Mitani's latest all-star cast also includes Abe Hiroshi (Still Walking), Nakai Kiichi (Railways), Takeuchi Yuko (Be With You), Asano Tadanobu (Villon's Wife), as well as cameos by SMAP's Kusanaga Tsuyoshi, Sato Koichi (The Magic Hour), Oizumi Yo (Gegege no Kitaro), Fukada Kyoko (Yatterman), and Shinohara Ryoko (Unfair). A hilarious courtroom comedy with genuinely touching moments, Once in a Blue Moon spent four weeks at the top of the Japanese box office, and it's also one of the leading grand prize nominees at the 2012 Japan Academy Prize.

Emi (Fukatsu Eri) is passionate about being a lawyer, but her clumsiness has caused her to mess up one case after another. Finally, her boss Hayami (Abe Hiroshi) issues her an ultimatum: Win the next case, or lose her job. Her latest client is a timid man accused of murdering his wife (Takeuchi Yuko), and the only person who can support his alibi is the ghost of Rokubei (Nishida Toshiyuki), a samurai who's been dead for over 400 years. Realizing that she, too, has the ability to see Rokubei, Emi decides to make Rokubei the defense's key witness. But how will Emi convince the rest of the world that the ghost of a samurai is a credible witness?

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Product Title: A Ghost of A Chance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 搵鬼打官司 (2011) (VCD) (香港版) 搵鬼打官司 (2011) (VCD) (香港版) ステキな金縛り A Ghost of A Chance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Once in a Blue Moon / Suteki na Kanashibari 鬼壓床了沒 鬼压床了没 Once in a Blue Moon / Suteki na Kanashibari Once in a Blue Moon / Suteki na Kanashibari
Artist Name(s): Takeuchi Yuko (Actor) | Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Nishida Toshiyuki (Actor) | Karasawa Toshiaki (Actor) | Nakai Kiichi (Actor) | Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (Actor) | Fukada Kyoko (Actor) | Shinohara Ryoko (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Toda Keiko (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Namase Katsuhisa (Actor) | Kobayashi Takashi (Actor) | Kohinata Fumiyo (Actor) | Asano Kazuyuki (Actor) | Kondo Yoshimasa (Actor) | Masachika Ichimura (Actor) | Takayuki Kinoshita (Actor) | Anan Kenji (Actor) 竹內結子 (Actor) | 阿部寬 (Actor) | 深津繪里 (Actor) | 西田敏行 (Actor) | 唐澤壽明 (Actor) | 中井貴一 (Actor) | 草彅剛 (Actor) | 深田恭子 (Actor) | 篠原涼子 (Actor) | 淺野忠信 (Actor) | 戶田惠子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 生瀨勝久 (Actor) | 小林隆 (Actor) | 小日向文世 (Actor) | 淺野和之 (Actor) | 近藤芳正 (Actor) | 市村正親 (Actor) | 木下隆行 (Actor) | Anan Kenji (Actor) 竹内结子 (Actor) | 阿部宽 (Actor) | 深津绘里 (Actor) | 西田敏行 (Actor) | 唐泽寿明 (Actor) | 中井贵一 (Actor) | 草彅刚 (Actor) | 深田恭子 (Actor) | 篠原凉子 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 户田惠子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 生濑胜久 (Actor) | 小林隆 (Actor) | 小日向文世 (Actor) | 浅野和之 (Actor) | 近藤芳正 (Actor) | 市村正亲 (Actor) | 木下隆行 (Actor) | Anan Kenji (Actor) 竹内結子 (Actor) | 阿部寛 (Actor) | 深津絵里 (Actor) | 西田敏行 (Actor) | 唐沢 寿明 (Actor) | 中井貴一 (Actor) | 草なぎ剛 (Actor) | 深田恭子 (Actor) | 篠原涼子 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 戸田恵子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 生瀬勝久 (Actor) | 小林隆 (Actor) | 小日向文世 (Actor) | 浅野和之 (Actor) | 近藤芳正 (Actor) | 市村正親 (Actor) | 木下隆之 (Actor) | Anan Kenji (Actor) Takeuchi Yuko (Actor) | Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Nishida Toshiyuki (Actor) | Karasawa Toshiaki (Actor) | Nakai Kiichi (Actor) | 초난강 (Actor) | Fukada Kyoko (Actor) | 시노하라 료코 (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Toda Keiko (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Namase Katsuhisa (Actor) | Kobayashi Takashi (Actor) | Kohinata Fumiyo (Actor) | Asano Kazuyuki (Actor) | Kondo Yoshimasa (Actor) | Masachika Ichimura (Actor) | Takayuki Kinoshita (Actor) | Anan Kenji (Actor)
Director: Mitani Koki 三谷幸喜 三谷幸喜 三谷幸喜 Mitani Koki
Release Date: 2013-02-08
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIA
Duration: 143 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032361858

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Director: Mitani Koki

Emi (Eri Fukatsu) is a third-rate defense lawyer with zero prospects. One day, her boss, (Hiroshi Abe) assigns her a particularly unusual case. A man is suspected of murdering his wealthy wife (Yuko Takeuchi) but he has an alibi. At the time of the crime he claims to have been staying at a country inn where he suffered an attack of supernatural sleep paralysis or kanashibari. The only individual able to prove his innocence is the ghost of the vanquished samurai warrior who sat astride his chest the whole night.

Emi hurries off to the inn where she too has an attack of kanashibari. She opens her eyes to find the samurai warrior (Toshiyuki Nishida) sitting on top of her. Before she knows what she's doing, she grabs his hand and begs, "Please, come testify in court of law." And thus legal history is about to be made as a ghost takes the stand! A useless lawyer at the end of her tether...a disgraced samurai unjustly killed 421 years ago...a remarkable friendship! Opposing them is the hard-nosed public prosecutor (Kiichi Nakai) who absolutely refuses to entertain any notion of the supernatural. Under a harsh public gaze, the curtain goes up on the ghostly legal proceedings.
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Customer Review of "A Ghost of A Chance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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September 28, 2014

This customer review refers to A Ghost of A Chance (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Another instant classic from Mitani Koki Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"A Ghost of a Chance" (a.k.a. "Once in a Blue Moon") is writer/director Mitani Koki's latest comic triumph. As with his previous films, Mitani succeeds by imbuing a wonderfully humane warmth into his humor, without ever making his story seem treacly. One leaves the film with an almost blissful feeling of good cheer. How many directors can pull that off?

Lawyer Emi (Fukatsu Eri) is the daughter of a renowned jurist, but, alas, she seems to have inherited none of her late father's legal skill. Instead, the frazzled Emi creates chaos wherever she goes. Her stern employer Hayami (Abe Hiroshi) gives her one last chance; she must defend Yabe Goro (Kan) against charges that he murdered his wife. There's one major problem for the defense: Goro's alibi is that he couldn't have committed the murder because, at the time of the killing, he was in a rustic hotel room trapped beneath the ghost of a vanquished samurai.

Emi journeys to the remote hotel and begins to piece together what might have happened on that fateful night. Unfortunately, she misses the last bus back to Tokyo and so is stuck overnight in the dilapidated place. She chooses to spend the night in the room in which she suspects Goro stayed, only to find herself awakened by the ghastly spirit of Rokubei Sarashina (Nishida Toshiyuki)! Goro's alibi actually is true! But how in the world can hapless Emi prove to a skeptical court the truth of Goro's story, particularly since only a handful of people are capable of seeing this ancient ghost?

Watching Emi's stumbling efforts to develop her defense case is comedic magic. The viewer naturally roots for underdog Emi; Fukatsu Eri does a splendid job of showing Emi strive to overcome her crippling lack of confidence. Nishida Toshiyuki charms as the long-dead samurai. Nakai Kiichi provides a steely counterweight as Goro's relentless prosecutor and Abe Hiroshi smartly humanizes his role as Emi's boss. "A Ghost of a Chance" should not be missed!
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