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Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Komatsu Nana (Actor)
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Following the Rurouni Kenshin series, Satoh Takeru and Kamiki Ryunosuke team up again for the live-action adaptation of the popular manga Bakuman by Death Note creators Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi. Directed by One Hitoshi (Love Strikes), the film about the dreams and struggles of two young manga artists is both a dynamic coming-of-age comedy and a detailed introduction into the world of manga creation. Bakuman also features a star-studded supporting cast that includes Komatsu Nana (The World of Kanako), Sometani Shota (Parasyte), Yamada Takayuki (Crows Zero), Kiritani Kenta (Outrage Beyond), Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son) and Kudo Kankuro.

High school student Mashiro Moritaka (Satoh Takeru) has a knack for drawing, but he knows better than to become a manga artist. After all, his uncle was a mangaka, and he worked himself to death. When classmate and aspiring writer Takagi Akito (Kamiki Ryunosuke) discovers Moritaka's drawing skills, he suggests they join forces to create a manga. Moritaka isn't so hot on the idea – that is, until a girl enters the picture to provide some extra motivation. His crush Azuki (Komatsu Nana) is an aspiring voice actress, and she agrees to voice the anime adaptation of his future manga and marry him if they both achieve their dreams. And so begins Moritaka and Akito's staggering journey towards creating a manga serial for Japan's most famous manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump.

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Product Title: Bakuman (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 爆漫 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 爆漫 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) バクマン。 Bakuman (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Komatsu Nana (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki | Kudo Kankuro | Arai Hirofumi | Lily Franky | Kiritani Kenta 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 佐藤健 (Actor) | 染谷將太 (Actor) | 小松菜奈 (Actor) | 山田孝之 | 宮藤官九郎 | 新井浩文 | 中川雅也 | 桐谷健太 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 佐藤健 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) | 小松菜奈 (Actor) | 山田孝之 | 宫藤官九郎 | 新井浩文 | 中川雅也 | 桐谷健太 神木隆之介 (Actor) | 佐藤健 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) | 小松菜奈 (Actor) | 山田孝之 | 宮藤官九郎 | 新井浩文 | リリー・フランキー | 桐谷健太 Kamiki Ryunosuke (Actor) | Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Komatsu Nana (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki | Kudo Kankuro | Arai Hirofumi | Lily Franky | Kiritani Kenta
Director: One Hitoshi 大根仁 大根仁 大根仁 One Hitoshi
Release Date: 2016-04-22
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 119 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049537774

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Gradually influenced by his uncle, high school student Moritaka (Takeru Sato) developed an expertise in drawing, Akito (Ryunosuke Kamiki) notes his classmate’s talent by chance, and asks Moritaka to become the comic artist to his stories. Although their dreams come true as their first creation being published in the renowned comic magazine “WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP” , the duo still have to survive the “Natural Selection” Of the ruthless industry, as well as the challenges from their frenemy – the gifted comic artist Eiji (Shota Sometani)!
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Professional Review of "Bakuman (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 1, 2016

Bakuman is another Japanese live action manga adaptation, in this case one which actually takes place in the manga industry, following the fortunes of two high schoolers trying to win places on the staff of the top Weekly Shonen Jump publication. Based on the manga by Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi, creators of the incredibly popular Death Note series, the film reunites Rurouni Kenshin stars Sato Takeru and Kamiki Ryunosuke in the lead roles, and was directed by One Hitoshi (Love Strikes), boasting an impressive supporting cast including Komatsu Nana (The World of Kanako), Sometani Shota (Parasyte), Yamada Takayuki (Crows Zero), Kiritani Kenta (Outrage Beyond) and Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son).

Sato Takeru plays high school student Mashiro Moritaka, a talented artist who keeps his work to himself after having grown up with a manga artist for an uncle, who tragically worked himself to death. Things change when he meets classmate Takagi Akito (Kamiki Ryunosuke), a writer in need of an artist to join him in chasing his dream of creating a manga worthy of being featured in Weekly Shonen Jump. In no small part inspired by the desire to impress aspiring voice-actress Azuki (Komatsu Nana), Moritaka eventually agrees to team up with Akito, and the two set off on their journey in the manga industry, coming up against editors, publishers, deadlines and creepy though talented high school rival Eiji (Sometani Shota).

Bakuman is clearly a film aimed at manga devotees, packing in a huge amount of pleasing details and references, which should make it interesting viewing for even casual fans. There's an attempt to explore the industry from a semi-realistic perspective, charting the many hurdles in Moritaka and Akito's way, touching on its competitiveness and intense work schedule, and this works well to keep the film grounded, a bizarre lack of any interference from their school or parents/guardians aside. At the same time, One Hitoshi works in plenty of manga and anime style visual touches, with pages coming to life and imagined duels being played out in over the top fashion, adding a sense of exuberance and imagination. The key theme of youthful dreams is well-served, and the film is very fun and dynamic when hitting the right notes, some slapstick comedy and a general all-out charm offensive helping give it a bright and breezy feel.

Unfortunately, the film isn't quite so strong in other areas, and as with many of its type, is let down by the need to distil a large amount of source material into something shorter and with more mass-market appeal. In this case, stripped of most of the manga's subplots and tangents, what's left is essentially a very generic underdog coming of age story, with only the manga industry setting to make it stand out somewhat, the plot being entirely predictable and following the same structure and narrative beats laid down by countless other similarly themed films over the years. Despite its truncated feel, the film also suffers from an overlong two hour running time and some uncertain pacing, going through several stretches of filler material which add very little.

The film is also let down by some sketchy writing, its lead characters being underdeveloped and lacking in depth. While Moritaka and Akito are both basically likeable, thanks in no small part to a couple of enthusiastic performances from Sato Takeru and Kamiki Ryunosuke (despite both clearly being a good few years too old for their roles), neither has anything to define them other than their drive to make it big in the manga industry. Though it's easy to support the duo, there's only a passing attachment to their journey as a result, robbing the film of the kind of emotional punch it's clearly aiming for during the final act. The supporting cast are all broad stereotypes, on hand only to add the occasional spot of comedy relief and Azuki, the only female character, is reduced to spending the entire film looking cute and/or surprised, in what is hopefully some kind of ironic reflection of the script's jab at the manga industry for not featuring enough proper female characters. Sometani Shota's Eiji is arguably the most interesting character in the film, somewhat of an ambiguous villain by way of Light from Death Note, though sadly he's kept largely on the side lines, only popping up occasionally for a spot of barbed and obscure banter.

This might sound a little harsh, though as the cinematic adaptations of Death Note itself showed, it's perfectly possibly to mine manga not only for fun or imaginative premises, but strong characters as well, and it's chiefly this which prevents Bakuman from making the leap from good to great. Still, there’s enough here to make it an enjoyable, if forgettable couple of hours, and manga devotees and aficionados of Japanese culture in particular will find themselves entertained and occasionally delighted.

by James Mudge -

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May 17, 2016

Friendship! Struggle! Triumph!
In Japan, manga comprises over 30% of publications, and the king of all manga publications is Weekly Shonen Jump. Founded in 1968, the weekly magazine targeting young readers has published many of Japan's most popular and iconic manga titles over the years including Dr. Slump, Captain Tsubasa, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Slam Dunk, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. At its peak in the nineties, Weekly Shonen Jump reached circulation of over six million. Those numbers have since dropped greatly, but the magazine still leads the industry with a circulation of over two million, and getting serialized in Shonen Jump remains a gold standard for mangaka. However, getting a Shonen Jump serial is not easy – and keeping it is even harder – as laid out in the manga Bakuman by Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi.

Serialized in – what else? – Weekly Shonen Jump from 2008 to 2012, Bakuman follows two high school boys who set out to create a manga with the goal of publishing it in Jump. After crossing swords in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, Satoh Takeru and Kamiki Ryunosuke team up this time as the protagonists of One Hitoshi's dynamic live-action adaptation of Bakuman. The story writer with myriad ideas but subpar drawing skills, Kamiki's excitable Takagi Akito is the one who first proposes forming a mangaka team to his doodling classmate. A self-taught artist whose late uncle was a mangaka, Satoh's Mashiro Moritaka at first refuses but once convinced, he throws himself into the project with stubborn, singular focus.

Over one summer, our heroes go through the long, laborious yet fulfilling process of creating their first manga draft. But that's only the beginning of an even longer and more laborious process. Moritaka and Akito pitch their draft to a Jump editor (Yamada Takayuki), who recognizes their raw talents and sends them back with suggested revisions. The back and forth continues as the boys keep honing their manga and befriend other mangaka seeking their first break. For Moritaka and Akito, another challenge is that Jump already has a genius teen mangaka, played to creepy, cocky effect by Shometani Shota, making comparisons and rivalry inevitable.

With its ikemen leads and colorful, kinetic visual presentation, Bakuman energizes and romanticizes the manga creation process with movie magic, but it also shows just how unglamorous, cutthroat and physically and mentally taxing the manga profession is. For the successful few who manage to land a Jump serial, next comes the grind of putting out a chapter every week. To meet tight deadlines, our young ink-covered mangaka basically resort to sleepless, subhuman lives perennially hunched over a drawing board while writing, drawing, tracing and shading for hours upon hours. That demanding cycle repeats weekly – if you're lucky. Each serial hangs on the thread of reader feedback tallied in a weekly chart, and those who slip to the bottom of the chart get canned. For every One Piece, there are thousands more that meet untimely ends. For a new manga to rise, an old one must die.

Besides being a story about mangaka, the film also qualifies as a coming-of-age youth story about high school boys finding their direction and motivation. In this respect, Bakuman is less convincing. Parents and teachers are suspiciously absent from Moritaka and Akito's lives as the minors sleep and scribble through their final crucial year of high school classes and work themselves to the point of collapse. Komatsu Nana's character of Moritaka's crush also never emotionally resonates as that out-of-reach romantic interest who makes our hero grow. Bakuman, however, readily compensates for the shortcuts taken on depicting the protagonists' non-manga-related life by making its manga-driven world so vibrant and absorbing.

As a love letter to the manga industry, Bakuman opens the audience's eyes to just how much blood, sweat and tears go into making a manga. The film may be brutally honest about how punishing the industry is, but it also effectively conveys the passion and perseverance of the profession and the irreplaceable joy of completing a labor of love. In the hands of director One, who demonstrated his impressive ability to fuse pop visuals and culture into a poignant yet puckish film with Love Strikes!, Moritaka and Akito's quest to create a hit manga is as energetic, exciting and pressing as an adventure manga. The film's myriad references will delight manga fans, as will its hot-blooded spirit. Because in Bakuman, the themes of friendship, struggle and triumph that characterize many a hit manga are also the sentiments that drive the creators into completing the manga.

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