Dearest (2012) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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Prison guard Eiji (Takakura Ken) struggles to find meaning in life after the death of his loving wife Yoko (Tanaka Yuko). One day, Eiji gets a letter Yoko left behind, asking him to travel to her hometown 1,200 km away to pick up another postcard from her. Eiji immediately leaves his job behind and goes on the road. Along the way, he meets a retired literature professor (Beat Takeshi), two traveling seafood vendors (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Sato Koichi) and a restaurant owner in the seaside town (Kimiko Yo). Thanks to the help of these strangers, Eiji fulfills his wife's dying wish and learns to move on from his grief.
|Product Title:||Dearest (2012) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 我最親愛的 (2012) (DVD) (台灣版) 我最亲爱的 (2012) (DVD) (台湾版) 我最親愛的 (2012) (DVD) (台湾版) Dearest (2012) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Takakura Ken (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Ayase Haruka (Actor) | Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (Actor) | Tanaka Yuko (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Harada Mieko (Actor) | Okamura Takashi (Actor) | Nagatsuka Kyozo (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor) | Otaki Hideji (Actor) 高倉健 (Actor) | 淺野忠信 (Actor) | 北野武 (Actor) | 綾瀨遙 (Actor) | 草彅剛 (Actor) | 田中裕子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 原田美枝子 (Actor) | 岡村隆史 (Actor) | 長塚京三 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) | 大瀧秀治 (Actor) 高仓 健 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 北野武 (Actor) | 绫濑遥 (Actor) | 草彅刚 (Actor) | 田中裕子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 原田美枝子 (Actor) | 冈村隆史 (Actor) | 长冢京三 (Actor) | 余贵美子 (Actor) | 大泷秀治 (Actor) 高倉健 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 北野武 (Actor) | 綾瀬はるか (Actor) | 草なぎ剛 (Actor) | 田中裕子 (Actor) | 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 原田美枝子 (Actor) | 岡村隆史 (Actor) | 長塚京三 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) | 大滝秀治 (Actor) Takakura Ken (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | 아야세 하루카 (Actor) | 초난강 (Actor) | Tanaka Yuko (Actor) | Sato Koichi (Actor) | Harada Mieko (Actor) | Okamura Takashi (Actor) | Nagatsuka Kyozo (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor) | Otaki Hideji (Actor)|
|Director:||Furuhata Yasuo 降旗康男 降旗康男 降旗康男 Furuhata Yasuo|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)|
|Package Weight:||110 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1033790665|
多年前，洋子（田中裕子 飾）曾以慰問歌手的身份到監獄演出，並結識擔任指導技官的倉島英二（高倉健 飾），15年後洋子因病去世…。某日，英二收到妻子於生前寄來繪有彩圖的明信片，寫著：「希望能回到故鄉那片海洋，將骨灰灑在海上。」不禁產生疑惑，心想為何妻子生前從未表達過的心願，如今卻要用如此特別的形式來轉達？為了得知妻子本意，英二於是懷著忐忑不安的心，決定獨自踏上尋找洋子心意的這段旅程…。
途中，他遇到各式各樣的人與事件－中學教師杉野（北野武 飾）、賣便當的田宮（草彅剛 飾）與南原(佐藤浩市 飾)、食堂老闆娘（余貴美子 飾）與女兒（綾瀨遙 飾），一段段互有難題的親情、愛情及喜怒哀樂，重新啟發他思考生死與家人的關聯；而對於跟妻子曾經美好又溫暖的回憶，也逐漸開始於腦海中浮現。幾經波折，他終於抵達洋子的故鄉。隨著骨灰灑入大海，霎時之間，英二彷彿聽見來自妻子內心深處的聲音…。
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July 31, 2015
This customer review refers to Dearest (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
A dearest final performance by Takakura Ken
Director Furuhata Yasuo's "Dearest" is an unusual sort of road movie. Eiji (Takakura Ken) married late in life a woman who gave musical performances at the prison at which Eiji worked. After 15 years of marriage, Eiji's wife Yoko (Tanaka Yuko) succumbs to lymphoma. Eiji is at loose ends; he had been planning to spend his retirement traveling Japan with Yoko; now those plans are dashed. He is surprised to learn that his wife left him instructions to take her ashes back to the fishing village where she was raised (which Eiji never has visited) and to spread her ashes in the sea there.
Overcoming his reluctance to part with Yoko's ashes, Eiji hits the road on a long, meandering journey, a journey which includes several flashbacks that give glimpses of how Eiji and Yoko met, the lives they shared, and the secrets they hid. En route he encounters a poetry-spouting, talkative man (Kitano Takeshi) driving a deluxe motorhome who may not be what he claims to be and two men (Sato Koichi and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi) who prepare and sell fish dishes at festivals, both of whom also may be hiding secrets. Director Furuhata brings a comic quality to these chance meetings with sad and lonely people. Through these encounters, Eiji begins to turn outward; we realize that this journey was planned intended by Yoko to help him overcome his grief.
The film's culmination in Yoko's hometown seems a missed opportunity. Yes, Eiji has more encounters with lonely (and some not so lonely) people, but he shows little interest in learning about his wife's hometown. He never seeks out family members or friends she might have had there. It seems he's there just to release her ashes into the ocean and head home to a retirement that holds we know not what.
"Dearest" is a quiet film; there are no dramatic breakthroughs. At its heart, Eiji (as is typical of Takakura Ken's characters) is a stoic, almost impassive, presence. Nevertheless, it works its quiet magic in an engaging fashion. Japan's acting elite was eager to participate in a film that paired the director and lead actor who had turned the film "Poppoya" into such a beloved classic; in addition to those named above, the cast boasts Kimiko Yo, Asano Tadanobu, Otaki Hideji, Haruse Ayaka, and other familiar faces. Sadly, this proved to be the final film both for Takakura and Otaki.
While "Dearest" does not fully realize its potential, it serves as a fitting coda to one of Japan's greatest film stars and is well worth a look.