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Dance, Subaru! (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Dance, Subaru!  (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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Based on Masahito Soda's popular manga, Dance, Subaru! is the perfect starring vehicle for singer-actress Kuroki Meisa (Crows Zero) who brings her dancing background to the silver screen. The picture of model beauty and grace, Kuroki plays a tough-cookie ballerina who must overcome many obstacles to fulfill her dancing dreams. Directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Lee Chi Ngai (Sleepless Town, Magic Kitchen), this inspirational dancing film wraps an affecting story of family, friendship, romance, and perseverance in soaring scenes of classical ballet and modern dance. The film co-stars heartthrob Hiraoka Yuta (Swing Girls), plus Korean actress Go Ara (Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea) and Sano Miku (Sunadokei) as friends and rival dancers. Korean boy band Dong Bang Shin Ki, who sing the film's theme song, also make a special cameo appearance in Dance, Subaru!

Walking her own road from a young age, headstrong dancing prodigy Subaru (Kuroki Meisa) is determined to become a professional ballerina, a dream she carries both for herself and her late twin brother. Despite a tough childhood, Subaru grows as a dancer under the guidance of retired ballerina and cabaret club owner Isuzu (veteran actress Momoi Kaori). Shining through with her vibrant but undisciplined talent, she wins a coveted spot in a ballet production, and enters an international competition to vie for entry into the top ballet companies. But in a competitive world where friends are also foes, a very tough road lies ahead for Subaru.

This edition comes with making of, preview screening, premiere, unreleased scenes, and theatrical trailer.

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Product Title: Dance, Subaru! (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version) 舞吧!昴 (DVD) (特別版) (日本版) 舞吧!昴 (DVD) (特别版) (日本版) 「昴−スバル−」特別版 特別版 Dance, Subaru! (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Kaori Momoi | Kakei Toshio | Maeda Ken | Hiraoka Yuta | Kuroki Meisa | Go Ara | Sano Miku | Dong Bang Shin Ki 桃井薰 | 筧利夫 | Maeda Ken | 平岡祐太 | 黑木美紗 | 高雅娜 | Sano Miku | 東方神起 桃井薰 | 笕利夫 | Maeda Ken | 平冈佑太 | 黑木美纱 | 高雅娜 | Sano Miku | 东方神起 桃井かおり | 筧利夫 | 前田健 | 平岡祐太 | 黒木メイサ | Ara(コ・アラ) | 佐野光来 | 東方神起 Kaori Momoi | Kakei Toshio | Maeda Ken | Hiraoka Yuta | Kuroki Meisa | 고 아라 | Sano Miku | 동방신기
Director: Lee Chi Ngai 李志毅 李志毅 リー・チーガイ Lee Chi Ngai
Release Date: 2009-09-09
Publisher Product Code: DLV-F5524
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: South Korea, 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: Warner Entertainment Japan
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020460883

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母を亡くし、父親と3人で暮らす双子の姉弟、宮本すばると宮本和馬。小学生の二人は、学校の帰り道、バレエ教室を覗いてはバレリーナにあこがれていた。しかしある日、和馬は脳腫瘍で倒れてしまう。記憶障害によって消えかける記憶に不安を感じる和馬を勇気付けようと、すばるは毎日のように病室で即興の“猫ダンス”を踊る。けれど、そのかいも無く、和馬は最期の時を迎えてしまう…。弟の死をきっかけに父親から見放され、絶望の淵を彷徨うすばるは、ふと場末の小劇場“パレ・ガルニエ”に足を踏み入れる。そこは、病院で知り合った五十鈴(桃井かおり) がオーナーだった。この運命的な出会いによって、すばるは和馬の残した??ダンス?≠フ世界へと、のめり込んでいく…。美しく育ったすばる(黒木メイサ)は、“パレ・ガルニエ”の酔った客達の前で、大胆なボレロを踊り、客を見事に黙らせる。その姿を遠くから見つめていたのは、アメリカン・バレエ・シアターのリズ・パーク(Ara)。この瞬間から、二人は最大のライバルへとなっていく。そして、幼なじみの呉羽真奈(佐野光来)もまた、友情と競争心という複雑な思いをすばるに向けていた。 街で会ったフリーターのコーヘイ(平岡祐太)は一見軟派だが、一途にすばるを応援し恋心を抱く。サダ(前田健)とマリコ(映美くらら)といった“パレ・ガルニエ”のダンサーたち、そして、ダンス指導を受けた呉羽真子(愛華みれ)先生、熊沢先生、そして著名ダンサー天野(筧利夫)先生たちとの出会いを通じて、いっそうダンスにのめり込んで行くすばる。彼女は、ついに上海でのバレエ・コンクールに出る決意をする。すばる、真奈、リズ3人の人生を賭けた真剣勝負が始まった。いよいよ、上海国家大劇場の幕が上がる…。 

メイキング オブ 「昴−スバル−」/完成披露試写会/劇場予告編/原画集(静止画コンテンツ)/初日舞台あいさつ/日本未公開シーン集



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Customer Review of "Dance, Subaru! (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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February 5, 2011

This customer review refers to Dance, Subaru! (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Had some technical difficulties Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I bought this VCD version of the movie, and was a little skeptical about it as I have never owned a VCD. Also, it was my first time ordering from YesAsai at the time. Well, I have been scared away from VCDs despite their economical pricing.

I have a portable DVD player I knew would play VCDs and when I put in the movie for the first time there was no problem at the beginning. However, halfway through the movie (during a dance battle scene of all things) it began to act oddly. The image was distorted then the sound until it eventually froze. I took out the VCD and checked it for scratches or dust particles only to find it looking fine. I then proceeded to check my player and it was fine as well. It had been playing other DVDs just fine. I took the VCD to my computer and it did the same thing at around the same point in the movie (though not exact). Later, I tried to play another movie on the same player...and it no longer worked! Now I am afraid to try anything with that VCD. (After a couple months my player is working fine again, though)

Honestly, the only thing that kept me shopping at YesAsia again was that at I had purchased this VCD in a bulk order (I took advantage of the Popcorn Night). The DVDs I have watched thus far have all worked perfectly well. The service here has also been great thus far (I have made three more orders since). I simply stay away from the VCDs. I could have spoken up sooner or tried to return it but the hassle didn't seem worth it over less than nine bucks.

However, I am perhaps rewarding a bad product with more money! Because I enjoyed what I could see of the movie and will be buying the DVD instead. As soon as I get a Region 3 DVD player.....
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October 16, 2010

This customer review refers to Dance, Subaru! (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
For Dance Fans Only Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Dance, Subaru! lives up to its name with plenty of Subaru and plenty of dance, but somehow it seems less than the sum of its parts. While Kuroki Meisa does a commendable job as Subaru I couldn’t really feel her passion for dance, except as a child, during her last dance and a little during her 'bolero’. Most of her ballet comes across as wooden and unexceptional (the other cast members are forced to tell us that she’s actually amazing).

I think the main problem lies in the use of split shots for the dance scenes. Naturally, any movie with an actress in the role of a dancer is going to have difficulties convincing the audience the performer is always the actress, but Dance Subaru! seems to struggle more than usual (it’s quite obvious when it’s Meisa and when it’s not). I found it particularly frustrating when the film forgoes a full-body shot of a leap or jump (from an angle which would conceal the face) for the far less satisfying shot of only Subaru’s upper body (what is the point in a leap if we can’t even see the legs!?!).

Dance, Subaru! is based on a manga and I can see the characters are perhaps more fully fleshed out and explained in the original format but haven’t come across as well in the film adaptation. I think this is probably particularly true of the relationship between Subaru and the other two girls. Similarly, Subaru’s father's reaction to her decision to become a ballerina (and to dance in general) seems unlikely and a little too extreme, even given what happened in the past.

Fortunately there’s some eye-candy in the form of Hiraoka Yuta as the ‘guy friend’ but his character seems to have been thrown in ad-hock and doesn’t really have a purpose.

If you love dance-related movies (as I do) it’s probably worth your while watching this; otherwise I wouldn't recommend it. Sadly, it just doesn't quite have that 'extra something’ to bind all the parts together and make it great instead of average.

Technical Aspects:

English Subtitles: Excellent - I don't remember noticing any mistakes.
Picture Quality: Very Good
Sound Quality: Very Good
Special Features/Packaging: The special features are practically non-existent; a few photo gallery stills and two short trailers. The packaging seems not very well thought out; the images of the faces on the front cover appear to be collected randomly (not from the film) and are partially obscured on the DVD disc. The actual quality of the printing on the DVD and cover seems fine.
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