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Since the success of films like Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World and Be With You, Japanese filmmakers and moviegoers have been particularly fond of the pure, tragic love story. Director Togashi Shin (Night of the Shooting Stars) offers another touching entry into the romance genre with Tenshi no Tamago, a.k.a. Angel's Egg, starring screen idols Konishi Manami (Udon) and Sawajiri Erika (1 Litre of Tears) and talented young actor Ichihara Hayato (All About Lily Chou-Chou). Based on an award-winning novel by Murayama Yuka, Tenshi no Tamago is a heartwrenching tale of youth and yearning, and following one's heart, no matter the cost.
Nineteen-year-old Ayuta (Ichihara Hayato) is an aspiring artist studying to retake his university entrance exams. His girlfriend Natsuki (Sawajiri Erika) has already entered university. In everyone's eyes, Natsuki and Ayata seem like the perfect couple. One day, Ayuta sees a beautiful woman (Konishi Manami) on the train, and falls in love with her at first sight. A few days later, he visits his hospitalized father, and discovers that the woman on the train is not only his father's new doctor but also Natsuki's older sister, Haruhi. Already scarred from past relationships, Haruhi cannot possibly accept someone eight years younger than her. And yet Ayuta's determination slowly opens her heart to new possibilities...
|Product Title:||Angel's Egg (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 天使之卵 (DVD) (香港版) 天使之卵 (DVD) (香港版) 天使の卵 （香港版） Angel's Egg (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Sawajiri Erika (Actor) | Ichihara Hayato (Actor) | Konishi Manami (Actor) 澤尻英龍華 (Actor) | 市原隼人 (Actor) | 小西真奈美 (Actor) 泽尻英龙华 (Actor) | 市原隼人 (Actor) | 小西真奈美 (Actor) 沢尻エリカ (Actor) | 市原隼人 (Actor) | 小西真奈美 (Actor) Sawajiri Erika (Actor) | Ichihara Hayato (Actor) | Konishi Manami (Actor)|
|Director:||Togashi Shin Togashi Shin Togashi Shin Togashi Shin Togashi Shin|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5, DVD-14|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Asia Video (HK)|
|Package Weight:||130 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004968845|
* Sound Mix: Dobly Digital
* DVD Type: DVD-5
Director: Shin Togashi
Ayuta Ipponyari (Hayato ICHIHARA) wants to enter Art College, but falled the entrance exam on his first try. One morning, as Ayuta is jostled about on a packed commuter train, he encounters a beautiful woman. Though he has a girlfriend, Natsuki Saito (Erika SAWAJIRI), he just can't get his mind off of the lovely woman he saw on the train, and he is compelled to open his sketchbook and begin drawing that profile that had become etched in his heart. Sometime later he goes to visit his father in the psychiatric hospital where he meets the train woman again. Her name is Haruhi Godou (Manami KONSHI), the new doctor in charge of his father. And, he discover that not only is she eight years older than him, she's also the sister of Natsuki!
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Professional Review of "Angel's Egg (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"
Directed by Shin Togashi, Angel's Egg undoubtedly belongs to the ridiculously popular "pure love" subgenre of romantic movies that have flooded Asian movie theatres in recent years. As I've detailed in past reviews, the plots of these films are rather simple: boy meets girl, love blooms, and tragedy ensues. The latest tearjerker, Angel's Egg, does little in the way of genre manipulation or innovation, although it does have a kind of charm all its own.
Based on the novel by Yuka Muruyama, this 2006 big screen adaptation centers on a talented young artist named Ayuta Ipponyari (Hayato Ichihara). He has big dreams of pursuing a career in art despite the depressing fact that no one around him – even those who love him - seems keen on the idea. His faithful girlfriend Natsuki Saito (Erika Sawajiri) has dreams of her own, but those mostly involve wedded bliss for the two of them. It's initially unclear whether Ayuta shares these ambitions, and their young love is tested early on in the most surprising of ways.
One fateful day, Ayuta pushes his way into a crowded subway car. Just as the door is about to close, a beautiful passenger (Manami Konishi) attempts to enter as well, and Ayuta makes room for her to board the train. Not only does he become immediately smitten by this rare beauty, but he is artistically inspired by her as well. This gorgeous stranger causes Ayuta to crack open his sketchbook and get to the business of drawing. It seems that the lasting image of this woman becomes his own personal muse.
Presumably, Ayuta believes he will never see her again, but while visiting his ailing father in the hospital, he discovers that - lo and behold - the woman from the train is not only his father's new doctor, but (are you ready for this?) Natsuki's older sister, Haruhi. Despite the eight year distance in age, the two have an instant chemistry, but once Ayuta makes his feelings known, Haruhi is resistant. It turns out she's concerned for the feelings of her younger sister and she's also got some nasty skeletons in her closet from her previous marriage. Ayuta, however, isn't discouraged in the least and does his best to woo Haruhi. But even if (when?) he succeeds, can such a love even last?
The answer to that question is actually answered in the initial portions of the film. Angel's Egg begins with a frame story set some years after the events I've just described. These "present-day" sequences are intercut with the main action, as we meet an older Ayuta who is working not as an artist, but a common day-laborer. He crosses paths with Natsuki, who is now a teacher and hasn't herself hasn't gotten over both her break-up with Ayuta and the presumably tragic aftermath. Clearly, Haruhi is out of the picture. Is she dead? Sick? Off with some other man? The film leaves you in suspense until the very end, although if you're at all familiar with this genre, her true fate won't be much of a surprise. But even though the past and present converge in a way that is supposed to be uplifting (it caps off with a sequence that is remarkably similar to that of Heavenly Forest), in actuality, the momentum pretty much fizzles out the moment after Haruhi's final fate is revealed. The denouement isn't the only problematic aspect either, as the actual circumstances involved in the resolution of Haruhi's storyline seems rather haphazard and poorly explained, robbing the film of much of the emotional power it clearly wants us to experience.
Still, what is perhaps most refreshing about the Angel's Egg is the fact that it is not "pure love" in the same chaste sense as Crying Out Love in the Center of the World, Heavenly Forest, or Tears for You. The relationship between Ayuta and Haruhi extends to the sexual realm, although suitably glossy and softly-lit as only a love story can be. Still, the fact that the characters in the film actually act on their own sexual desires is refreshing considering the more or less puritanical love stories that I've watched in recent years.
The overtly formulaic nature of the film means little innovation in terms of storytelling, and thus relies on the performances of the actors. Hayato Ichihara, who played another youngster grappling with coming of age issues in Check it Out Yo!, does an even better job here, once again portraying someone on the cusp of true maturity. Erika Sawajiri does a serviceable job as Natsuki, although she isn't helped by the fact that her character's motivation for pursuing Ayuta seems a lot more like a simple plot device than it should be. As the woman in the middle, Manami Konishi is suitably alluring, although probably not entirely believable as a psychiatrist. Of course, she is undoubtedly a heterosexual man's dream of what a doctor should be, both in terms of looks and bedside manner.
As romantic tearjerkers go, Angel's Egg is by no means the best of the bunch, but its likeable cast, attempts at nonlinear narrative, and slightly more believable attitude towards sex help make it one of the better films of its ilk. For those who are tired of the "pure love" formula, Angel's Egg won't exactly change their opinion. But for those who have a soft spot for these kinds of heartwrenching romances, this tale is probably just what the doctor ordered.
By Calvin McMillin
Customer Review of "Angel's Egg (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"
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December 15, 2009
Ayuta (Ichihara Hayato) failed to gain entrance to art school; he now works construction jobs. His girlfriend Natsuki (Sawajiri Erika) now attends university while trying to maintain the relationship with Ayuta. Ayuta's affections prove fickle, however, when he spots a beautiful young woman on a subway train. He can't get her out of his mind and begins to draw her portrait from his memory. He then encounters her at the mental hospital at which his father resides. As it turns out, the young woman is a medical doctor named Haruhi (Konishi Manami) ... and also happens to be the elder sister of Natsuki. Ayuta can't help himself; he becomes infatuated with the lovely doctor. Ayuta's infatuation crushes Natsuki's dreams and sets sister against sister, as the lonely, recently-divorced Haruhi slowly comes to embrace Ayuta's advances.
"Angel's Egg" features a very attractive young cast and stylish direction, but unfortunately is freighted with a pretentious and manipulative script and a rather improbable story. It is hard to imagine this intelligent, professional medical doctor falling for the 'wet behind the ears' failed art student. Perhaps I would have accepted the theme more readily if Ichihara Hayato had summoned more maturity for his role; he looks every bit the fresh-out-of-high-school kid that he was when this movie was shot. I also was put off by the film's ending, which does not grow organically from the story, but simply is tacked on to draw tears from the audience.
As time passes, some movies grow in your recollection, others fade. "Angel's Egg" has almost entirely evaporated in my memory, although I watched it only yesterday. I suspect that viewers' reactions to it will depend largely on their age. Younger viewers may embrace its romanticism; older viewers may recoil at its manipulations.
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