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Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World Memorial Box (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles) DVD Region 2

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Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World Memorial Box (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu, a Japanese romance novel by Katayama Kyoichi that sold over three million copies in Japan alone, is now adapted into one of the biggest hits of the summer box office in Japan! The film Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World, directed by Yukisada Isao from Go, stars Osawa Takao (Gege)and Shibasaki Kou (One Missed Call), who bring great performances to one of the most loved and romantic films of recent years.

Shikoku is the place where Sakutaro met his first love, Aki (Nagasawa Masami). Sakutaro and Aki were deeply in love with one another, but Aki suffered from a fatal disease and passed away. While Sakutaro is searching for Ritsuko, he looks through objects from his past, and he discovers a message from Aki...

This limited edition comes with a making of DVD, theme song music clip, color visual book (40 pages), as well as Saku and Aki's wedding photo in photo frame!

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Product Title: Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World Memorial Box (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles) 在世界中心呼喊愛 - Memorial Box (限定版)(日本版 - 英文字幕) 在世界中心呼喊爱 - Memorial Box (限定版)(日本版 - 英文字幕) 世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ 完全予約限定生産DVD−BOX 完全予約限定生産 DVD-BOX(初回限定生産) Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World Memorial Box (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Sugimoto Tetta | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Amami Yuki | Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Kudo Kankuro | Tanaka Misato | Kiuchi Midori | Yamazaki Tsutomu | Tsuda Kanji | Nagasawa Masami | Kondo Yoshimasa | Moriyama Mirai 杉本哲太 | 大澤隆夫 (Actor) | 天海祐希 | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 宮藤官九郎 | 田中美里 | Kiuchi Midori | 山崎努 | 津田寬治 | 長澤正美 長澤雅美 | 近藤芳正 | 森山未來 杉本哲太 | 大泽隆夫 (Actor) | 天海佑希 | 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 宫藤官九郎 | 田中美里 | Kiuchi Midori | 山崎努 | 津田宽治 | 长泽雅美 | 近藤芳正 | 森山未来 杉本哲太 | 大沢たかお (Actor) | 天海祐希 | 柴咲コウ (Actor) | 宮藤官九郎 | 田中美里 | 木内みどり | 山崎努 | 津田寛治 | 長澤まさみ | 近藤芳正 | 森山未來 Sugimoto Tetta | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Amami Yuki | 시바사키 코우 (Actor) | Kudo Kankuro | Tanaka Misato | Kiuchi Midori | Yamazaki Tsutomu | Tsuda Kanji | 나가사와 마사미 | Kondo Yoshimasa | Moriyama Mirai
Director: Yukisada Isao 行定勳 行定勋 行定勲 Yukisada Isao
Release Date: 2004-12-23
Publisher Product Code: SDV-3316D
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Country of Origin: 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: Hakuhodo D.Y. Media Partners
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 10 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003831033

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タイトル:世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ 完全予約限定生産DVD−BOX

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日本小売価格:¥10000

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Awards

This film has won 6 award(s) and received 7 award nomination(s).
  • Japan Academy Prize 2005
    • Picture of the Year Nomination
    • Director of the Year Nomination, Yukisada Isao
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nomination, Moriyama Mirai
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Winner, Nagasawa Masami
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Winner
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Music Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Winner
    • Outstanding Achievement Award from the Chairman Winner
    • Popularity Award Winner, Nagasawa Masami
    • Rookie of Year Winner, Moriyama Mirai
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Professional Review of "Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World Memorial Box (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

July 5, 2006

This professional review refers to Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version)
When you die, does love die, too? That's the question at the heart of Crying Out Love in the Center of the World, the 2004 box office sensation directed by Isao Yukisada. Based on the bestselling romance by Kyoichi Katayama, the film stars Takao Osawa as Sakutaro Matsumoto, a brooding thirtysomething male engaged to the beautiful Ritsuko Fujimura (Kou Shibasaki). But the seeming normalcy of this happy couple's life is interrupted by an incident straight out of a Haruki Murakami novel. While packing up for a move, Sakutaro's fiancée discovers a long forgotten cassette tape. After searching the local stores for a Walkman capable of playing the now obsolete technology, she finally listens to the cassette and hears a young girl's voice. Moved to tears by the tape's content, Ritsuko promptly walks out of Sakutaro's life, leaving him with nothing but a cryptic note. The incident eventually sparks Sakutaro's memory banks, plunging the man's thoughts backwards in time, some seventeen years ago. His current situation, it seems, has origins in the past.

The film then shifts perspective to 1986 and focuses on the budding romance between young "Saku" (now played by Mirai Moriyama) and Aki Hirose (Masumi Nagasawa), an intelligent "girl next door" type with a radiant smile and personality to match. Besides getting into a variety of adventures, the two eventually find themselves "dating" by recording messages for each other on cassette tape and exchanging them at school.

The narrative intercuts between the past and the present as we then follow the elder Sakutaro returning to his hometown, visiting old haunts, and eventually finding the cassettes Aki left for him. But it seems that Sakutaro isn't the only one who has returned. Ritsuko, too, seems to wander the same areas as her fiancé. But to what purpose? That question is tabled until the film's final act, but in the meantime, the audience is treated to a refreshingly well-drawn teenage love story, albeit, one that harbors a tragic secret.

It's not hard to understand why Crying Out Love in the Center of the World was such a box office smash. Although Takao Osawa and Kou Shibasaki are competent in the lead roles, the fate of the film really hangs on the performances of the two young actors, and they both pull through magnificently. Mirai Moriyama does a fine job as the young Saku, using his unique manga-like mug to great effect for scenes of comedy, romance, and tragedy and imbuing his character's journey from awkward teen to mature adult with a surprising sense of realism. Masami Nagasawa is a revelation as Aki Hirose, and a fine choice to play a character who so effectively changes her loved one's life. Able to convey intelligence, humor, and grace all at once, Nagasawa is a charming screen presence, able to change the tone of scene with little more than a smile. The romance presented here is of the chaste variety, and although some may question the believability of such a thing in the face of impending doom, the actors pull it off extraordinarily well. If anything, this movie is an old fashioned romance made relevant for a contemporary audience.

Ultimately, Crying Out Love in the Center of the World is a film that celebrates the bloom of youth and the thrill of first love. Even so, the film isn't just about nostalgia, but about finding peace and starting over. In a world where real closure is hard - if not impossible - to find, the bittersweet Crying Out Love in the Center of the World provides it in spades. If liking this movie makes me a sentimental fool, so be it.

By Calvin McMillin - LoveHKFilm.com

April 1, 2005

This professional review refers to Crying Out Love In The Center Of The World (DTS Version) (Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Dante once wrote "Places that are empty of you... are empty of all life" as an expression of the void created by the absence or loss of a loved one. It is this obtusely tragic sentiment which is explored by Isao Yukisada's seventh feature film Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World. How does one deal with the loss of a loved one? Do we face it head on or do we turn our back to it; and do those memories linger constantly in our lives or do they become buried, perhaps one day to be remembered when sifting through old boxes and photographs?

The film's premise and rather soppy titling does conjure images of mushiness and glib melodrama, but it ultimately reveals itself to be a very skillfully metered and sincere romantic drama. The narrative of the film begins by centering on Ritsuko, who mysteriously decides to leave her house and go on a "trip", but then shifts its focus permanently to her fiancé, Sakutaro, and his quest to find her and the reason why she left. He then follows her trail - a trail full of questions and many many audio tapes. Once this background has been established, the story then splits into two separate timelines; that of the present day and that of a remembered 1986. The film then employs a concept common to Asian romance films - that of a divisional barrier across which love must survive (as seen in such films as Il Mare, Ditto and Bungee Jumping Of Their Own). However, this film utilises it in a more esoteric and clever form by connecting the two lovers again through the use of audio tapes and an approaching typhoon.

Yukisada has every opportunity to pump those cellos and let the tears flow, but proves he is better than that, and allows the sentiment to delicately hover unspoken for the audience to respond to in their own way. Yes, there are strings and tinkling ivories on occasion but there is a calculated restraint and genuineness running throughout the film, particularly in the first half. Yukisada's direction is exceptional with unobtrusive handheld camerawork and a particularly skillful long-take-turned-tracking-shot that is quite powerful. His experience as an Assistant Director for Shunji Iwai shines almost transparently through this production with its use of "diffused light" in its cinematography and the occasional touches of piano scoring. Based on these common creative elements alone I would recommend this film to fans of Iwai.

The cast is quite exceptional. Takao Osama, who has appeared in some Iwai films and is one of Japan's more versatile actors, pulls off a memorable and sincere performance as the "present day" Sakutaro. Despite this, he is still dwarfed by the heartfelt acting of both of the main actors in the "1986" story, who really make the film a true gem.

Unfortunately, the film begins to falter slightly about three-quarters of the way in. A third element is introduced to the story with a minor twist that comes across feeling a little contrived and the ending felt as if it was dealt with a little carelessly. Apparently both of these elements are extraneous to the original novel and were perhaps not a wise addition to the film.

While the film runs quite liberally over the two hour mark, the pace never falters and never feels too long. There is plenty of story to tell and it's told from the heart. Just remember to keep some tissues handy.

8.5 Sony Walkmans out of 10

by Christian Were - heroic-cinema.com

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Customer Review of "Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World Memorial Box (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (23)

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July 29, 2007

This customer review refers to Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World (Hong Kong Version) (DTS Version)
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Keep a box of Kleenex handy Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Crying Out Love" is a well-acted and beautifully filmed tear-jerker. With a movie of this kind (like "Terms of Endearment"), you know that the film will be manipulative; you just hope that the story flows in a natural manner so that the manipulation isn't a little too obvious. For the most part, the story in "Crying Out Love" works very well.

Strong performances from the entire cast draw you in and make you care. My only problem with this film is that it simply runs too long; it would have been more effective if it had been 15 minutes shorter and had sought to manipulate the viewers heart-strings a couple less times. However, with that lone caveat, I can highly recommend this film for a general audience.
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October 30, 2005

This customer review refers to Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World (DVD) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Very interesting Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie seemed flawless, everything was just perfectly in place.
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October 13, 2005

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iT wAs GOoD Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
iT is A mOviE wiTh tHE pasSioN oF LuB...bUt iT iS oNly GoOd iF YoOh wAtCh It OnCe In A lOnG wHILes Not An EverY dAy MoViE wHErE yOu'D eNjoy WatChIng It As A rE rUn...
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August 30, 2005

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hmm... Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
I came into this move with high expectations and, although the movie had some touching elements, the storyline was a little too unoriginal and predictable. Great performances though. Along with "Be with you", this movie brought the love genre back into the limelight in Japan. Although I think that "Be with you" is a much better movie (and would consider it to be the best movie I've seen), both movies successfully bring through the notion that love is timeless, no matter how long you share that love with a person. Corny stuff I know, but it's good that movies like these can be such great successes.
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July 31, 2005

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absolutely fantastic Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this film is absolutely fantastic.. it simply the best romantic movie i've ever seen.. really... i really like the story line... it makes me feel what happen in the movie.. once again.. beautifull.. amazing movie..
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