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About love (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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Consisting of three vignettes about cross-cultural love set in three different cities (Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai), About Love is a film made by three talented directors with six fabulous young idols from Japan, Mainland China, and Taiwan. Cast includes Wilson Chen (Bluegate Crossing), Ito Misaki (Juon), Mavis Fan (popular Taiwanese singer), Kase Ryo (rising Japanese actor), Tsukamoto Takashi (Battle Royale), and Li Xiaolu (Golden Horse Best Actress for Xiu Xiu - The Sent Down Girl). In each segment, a foreigner and a resident, both in their twenties, try to transgress cultural and language barriers and explore something About Love. Beneath the three different types of relationships, there always lie something common that all couples need to go through - moments of uncertainties, confusion, and bittersweet tenderness.

  • Tokyo, by Shimoyama Ten (director of MVs for J-pop stars and Kindaichi TV series)
    A Taiwanese student in Japan (Wilson Chen Bo-lin) yearns to become a successful digital cartoonist. One day he passes by a heartbroken young graphic artist (Ito Misaki), who possesses a quality that trigues him...
    ~ Click to see: (1), (2)

  • Taipei, by Yee Chi-yen (director of Bluegate Crossing)
    A new comer from Japan in Taipei (Kase Ryo) who eagerly hopes for a one-night-stand receives a call from a local girl for help. He speeds to her place but only find out that his task was merely to help A-Su making a bookshelf...
    ~ Click to see: (1), (2)

  • Shanghai, by Zhang Yibai (director of Spring Subway and popular TV commercials)
    A young Japanese (Tsukamoto Takashi) lives in the second floor of a general store in Shanghai. The landlady's daughter (Li Xiaolu) falls in love with him at first sight, but he still too filled with thoughts of his sweetheart in Japan...
    ~ Click to see: (1), (2)
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    Product Title: About love (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 戀愛地圖 (又名: 關於愛) (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 恋爱地图 (又名: 关于爱) (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) about love アバウト・ラブ/関於愛 About love (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Artist Name(s): Osugi Ren | Ito Misaki | Ichikawa Yui | Tsukamoto Takashi 大杉漣 | 伊東美咲 | 市川由衣 | 塚本高史 大杉涟 | 伊东美咲 | 市川由衣 | 冢本高史 オオスギレン | 伊東美咲 | 市川由衣 | 塚本高史 Osugi Ren | Ito Misaki | Ichikawa Yui | Tsukamoto Takashi
    Release Date: 2006-02-24
    Publisher Product Code: TDV-16044D
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English, Japanese
    Place of Origin: China, 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?
    Publisher: Toho
    Other Information: DVD
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004096584

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    タイトル:about love アバウト・ラブ/関於愛
    出演:伊東美咲/チェン・ボーリン/市川由衣/ヤン・ルイ/大杉漣/加瀬亮/メイヴィス・ファン[范曉萱]/塚本高史/リー・シャオルー[李小]
    監督:下山天(監督)/長津晴子(脚本)/山村裕二(脚本)/イー・ツーイェン[易智言](監督)/イー・ツーイェン[易智言](脚本)/チャン・イーバイ[張一白](監督)/シェン・ウェイ[沈葦](脚本)/藤原正道(製作総指揮)/唯敷和彦(製作総指揮)/韓宏飛(製作総指揮)

    東京編》恋人と音信不通になり心が空っぽになってしまったアーティストの美智子(伊東美咲)。漫画の勉強をし日本にやってきたのに何も描けないでいる台湾からの留学生ヤオ(チェン・ボーリン)。ある日、ヤオは泣いている美智子を街中で偶然見かける。なぜか彼女の事が気になってしまうヤオは、彼女を陰から応援しようと決心し、彼女が働くアトリエのガラス戸に似顔絵を張り続けることで元気づけようとする。そして・・・。《台北編》彼にフラれた事実が未だ飲み込めないアスー(メイビス・ファン)は、バーで一度しか会ったことのない鉄ちゃん(加瀬亮)を真夜中に呼び出し、本棚作りを手伝わせる。じゃれあっているうちにいいムードになるが、アスーは突然拒絶する。「あなたの体を借りて、彼を想った。」「理解」。言葉が通じない2人は文字で気持ちを確認しあった。翌日、アスーを乗せた鉄ちゃんのバイクが、海を目指して疾走していく。アスーが愛している人に会うために、そしてアスーが伝えたいことを彼女に代わって伝えるために。《上海編》日本から留学してきた修平(塚本高史)は、浪人中のユン(リー・シャオルー)が住む雑貨屋の2階に住み始める。一人で中国語を学ぼうと留学してきた修平に、徐々に魅かれてゆくユン。ある日、修平が破り捨てた日本の恋人からの絵葉書をユンは拾い集め、その内容を知るために、受験勉強と称して日本語の勉強を始める。「夢」「逃げる」「バルセロナ」....。断片だった言葉が繋ぎ合わさった時、ユンは衝撃の内容を悟ってしまう・・・。
    東京・台北・上海——アジアを舞台に紡がれる”3つの出逢い”、”一途な想い”。

    特典映像:キャストインタビュー/チェン・ボーリン来日映像/メイキング/予告編/来日記者会見

    テクニカル・インフォメーション
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    画面:Vista-16:9LB
    言語/音声::ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

    その他の情報
    製作年:2005
    備考:1枚組
    特典映像:メイキング、来日記者会見、チェン・ボ-リン来日映像、初日舞台挨拶他
    日本小売価格:¥4800

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    Professional Review of "About love (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

    June 10, 2005

    This professional review refers to About Love (Hong Kong Version)
    There is always a sense of fondness when looking at the short film. Part of that has to do with being exposed too often to ideas and stories forcibly drawn out to meet certain time expectations, so that when one comes across a short film that gets to its point and does it well, it's always refreshing. Besides which, that sense of a bite of culture without the commitment of a full feature appeals to my capricious, contrary nature.

    This certainly does not hurt the reception of the anthology About Love. Made up of three films made by three different directors from three different locales, all 'about love', the problem of do they or don't they and do I have to sit through this once again never really becomes a cognizant thought.

    Of the three, personal preferences lean towards Yee Chi-Yen's middle offering set in Taipei. Following the attempted reconciliation of Mavis Fan's A-Su and her recent ex-boyfriend, there is a definite warmth between the two leads that leads to a little tension but more often adds a certain playfulness to their performances. Most impressive is that, of the three films, this one has the most direct interaction between the two central characters and the greatest attempt to observe cross-language communication.

    Ten Shimoyama's opening film set in Tokyo follows closely. While lacking the direct interaction of the Taiwanese production, there is still a strong exploration of emotion through the art of Ito Misaki's Ichiko and the friends of Chen Bo-Lin's Yao and their little struggles. The Tokyo story tends to be more wistful, but then the main leads only meet face to face twice.

    Zhang Yibai's Shanghai contribution was probably the weakest of the three. While feeling the same degree of longing as the Tokyo story, Shanghai's core premise was the unspoken and tragic love of a teenager, for whom I feel little empathy. While Li Xiao lu's Yun shows a little maturity in her day to day dealings with Takashi Tsukamoto's Shu hei, and his failed romance at home, the way she romanticizes him is not something I find worth exploring short of remembering how dumb one can be as a teenager.

    About Love holds together as a whole quite well and is often entertaining. The simple central theme of characters falling in and out of love is not the most challenging material but definitely sufficient to generate enough warm fuzzies to get you through to the next day.

    7.5 Languages in the Film out of 10

    By Eugene Chan

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    Customer Review of "About love (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (3)
    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (12)

    numinair
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    December 12, 2014

    This customer review refers to About Love (Hong Kong Version)
    1 people found this review helpful

    Variations on communication and breakup Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    ‘About Love’ paradoxes calming motion, difficult communication and disappointments regarding the movie’s easy going aesthetic tones, difficult study displacements and romantic themes but certainly provided me a simple special sentiment. Looking into the glass and receiving feelings of a sanguine composure, but funnily contrasted due to the six main character’s youthful mild frustrations of language barriers, emotional growing pains towards love, getting dumped by first loves and a sad but poignant goodbye for a girl in Shanghai. But whatever the love and study frustrations, the motion love sickness is lessened by the three good directors way of showing it all. They are three sweet and easy vignettes to watch for your soul. And after all, love hurt is a momentary lapse towards transitory happiness, another yin and yang duality. (The more you know the more you’re become free).

    Bolin Chen’s graphic comic artist student rides his bike passionately and daily to leave a Japanese female painter (Misaki Ito – ‘The Grudge’ fame) his comic visage depictions of her pain to joy emotions on the glass door of her study studio – a girl who suffered a love breakup, so paints a scene of a road leading to a new life dawn. In Taipei a broken hearted girl (Mavis Fan) builds a bookcase but cannot lift it, so asks the help of a Japanese visitor (Ryo Kase) to help raise it for her. She then asks the Japanese visitor to talk (well, try to communicate as best as possible) to her localised ex-boyfriend about what the ex bf’s present feelings are now for her. At a rent home in Shanghai a Japanese student (Takashi Tsukamoto) stays there and communicates in various languages with the landlady’s daughter (Li Xiaolu), who the latter becomes concerned about a postcard the Japanese student receives from his homeland and of his sadness after reading the postcard. The girl cannot understand the written Japanese language so slowly translates the writing from the ripped up card by asking the student key words into her Chinese language – learning new words in Japanese the girl begins to fall in love with the Japanese student and his momentary misery.
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    numinair
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    December 12, 2014

    This customer review refers to About Love (Hong Kong Version)
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    Love that is almost there, but not quite Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    An ‘old’ movie I admit from 2004 (sifting through unwatched DVDs in my ‘material world’ collection boxes) but this puppy sadness of a somewhat indie movie can charm in a cathartic way, is aesthetically pleasing by its lovely cast and occasional camera silence and ‘feel you are there’ points of view ...and quite funny. The casual plot concerning Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese youth in different Asian countries and of the people they meet there is universal to the subconscious seeker. People the ‘alien’ wish to love (ie everybody’s lonely secret heart I guess). The short films in Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai are each centrally about love breakups but also misperceived actions and misunderstandings of what’s truly inside other people’s emotional hearts. Concerning language barriers it’s the difficulty of and in communication, humorously portrayed in the Taipei story the most with Mavis Fan and Ryo Kase about the latter’s ex-bf’s feelings and the Shanghai postcard (that Tower of Babel, eh?). I wasn’t sure myself what the heck the newcomer from Japan was saying and repeating. Thought something like ‘Peen not lighting up the way into my wife as usual? (a bit like a modern online translator software) ‘About Love’ though is very visually rewarding and although depicting characteristics of frustrating emotions, it’s a simple and good film to recommend.

    For the communication isolation thing apparently the English language syntax can be limited in truly expressing complex feelings and emotions – something I came across from a Peter Hammill album. Limited English to communicate fully? Certainly mine is anyway. Actually two interesting albums by UK poet/lyric artist Peter Hammill (known from Van Der Graaf Generator) are his ‘Incoherence’ and ‘Consequences’ albums and his 1976 marital breakup album called ‘Over’ – hard going stuff but brilliant!)

    Lastely although a modest DVD-5 the picture quality was very good with this version.
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    Kevin Kennedy
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    April 17, 2007

    This customer review refers to About Love (Hong Kong Version)
    2 people found this review helpful

    About yearning Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    "About Love" really is about youthful yearning for love and affection. The theme is depicted here in three engaging short films.

    The first film is the slickest and most sentimental and offers a sweet ending. The second film is the edgiest; it resembles a film school project. I identified with the male character's struggle to communicate and found the ending to be the most poignant. The third film is the most heartbreaking.

    The lead actors and actresses in all three films are gorgeous and handle their roles well. The filmmaking is naive, but absorbing.

    The time flew by as I watched this film; that's always a good sign! Highly recommended by your humble servant.
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    Miranda
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    August 30, 2006

    2 people found this review helpful

    Touching, Funny, Romantic Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    This movie of 3 stories has it all; humour, love, loneliness, friendship, sadness...the stories and styles of film-making are very different and each one is excellent. I almost feel like I got 3 movies in one, well worth the money!
    The first story set in Tokyo I would say caters to the romantics in all of us. A modern fairytale of love by chance in a big, lonely city. A good looking, young Chinese guy falls for a Japanese artist.
    The second story is more about realism I think, about the complexities of relationships and it's verious forms. But don't let the realism put you off, it is the most hilarious of the 3 and features the most adorable male character ever in the history of film!
    The third story is much more tragic. A Chinese girl is seretly in love with her Japanese lodger, but does nothing to reveal her feelings. The actress does an amazing job of conveying the innocence of first love, and I must say the ending left me quite speechless.

    To sum it up, watch it! There needs to be more movies like this.
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    nicky
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    June 28, 2006

    wonderful/terrible/acceptable Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
    TOKYO - anyone who enjoyed the photography in Chung King express should love this film. it was all over far too soon for me. i think its a wonderful little story. i know i havent seen anything like it before. its worth buying the dvd simply for this film.
    10/10

    TAIPEI - i hated this one. i thought it was ok at the beginning and just got worse until i couldnt wait for the end. the japanese guys chinese sounded very poor, and while i know chinese is a difficult language to master, to have to listen to an absolute beginner with a very strong accent speak for a long time (and consistently get it wrong) was really grating. towards the end the girl asks the boy to pass on a message for her to her ex. when he gets back she asks him what her ex said. he spends the next 5 mins (literally) trying to tell her, making the same mistake over and over. we never do find out what her ex said! i never want to watch this film again.
    1/10

    SHANGHAI - this film is sweet and gentle, although i didnt sense any chemistry between the boy and girl despite a lot of interaction. i especially liked one scene where the girl looks at the boy through a glass. i thought this was a very clever and unique shot.
    6/10
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