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Distance (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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Director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Maborosi, After Life) fuses fiction and documentary with his powerful 2001 film Distance. Told in a distanced, documentary-like style, the film relates the tale of a group of survivors - people whose relatives were all members of a radical religious cult with a frightening plan. The cult engineered a biological virus with the intent of poisoning most of Japan via the water supply, but the entire group died, leaving the surviving family members to congregate and wonder why. But the group gets stuck on the shores of a forest lake - the location of the cult's demise - and is forced to spend the night in a cabin that once belonged to the cult. They also meet Sakata (Asano Tadanobu), who professes to be one of them, but may hold secrets of his own. Full of haunting details and powerful emotions, Distance features an eerily topical subject that finds real world resonance when compared to the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo Cult's sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system - and perhaps even the 2001 9/11 tragedy.
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Product Title: Distance (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 這麼 ... 遠, 那麼近 (日本版 - 英文字幕) 这么 ... 远, 那么近 (日本版 - 英文字幕) DISTANCE (日本版) Distance (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Iseya Yusuke | Natsukawa Yui | Iura Arata | Terajima Susumu | Ryo | Endo Kenichi | Takehana Azusa 伊勢谷友介 | 夏川結衣 | ARATA 井浦新 | 寺島進 | | 遠藤憲一 | Takehana Azusa 伊势谷友介 | 夏川结衣 | Iura Arata | 寺岛进 | Ryo | 远藤宪一 | Takehana Azusa 伊勢谷友介 | 夏川結衣 | ARATA 井浦新 | テラジマススム | りょう | 遠藤憲一 | 竹花梓 Iseya Yusuke | Natsukawa Yui | Iura Arata | Terajima Susumu | Ryo | Endo Kenichi | Takehana Azusa
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu 是枝 裕和 是枝裕和 是枝裕和 고레에다 히로카즈
Release Date: 2002-06-25
Publisher Product Code: BCBJ-1208
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place 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?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001838281

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ARATA / 伊勢谷友介 / 寺島進 / 夏川結衣 / 浅野忠信 / りょう / 遠藤憲一 / 是枝裕和 (脚本、編集)

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

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July 13, 2004

1 people found this review helpful

Shades of Aum Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Duration: 132 minutes

If one has seen Kore-eda's movies, such as _Maboroshi_ or _Afterlife_, one knows that his films tend to be on the melancholy side, dealing primarily with the theme of death. _Distance definately does not deviate from Kore-eda's tried and tested theme of loss and remorse.

At the beginning of the film the viewer learns that a Japanese suicide cult, the Ark of Truth, recently poisoned a community's water supply which lead to the deaths of over 120 people and the injury of over 8000. However, instead of meeting individuals who had family members who died from the attack or individuals hurt by the virus themselves, we are introduced to four people, three men and one woman, whose family members were the actual perpertrators. The perpetrators were killed and incinerated by their fellow member of the Ark of Truth after they poisoned the water supply.

Every year on the anniversary of the attack, these four individuals meet and pay their respects to their dead loved ones at a dock near the former home of the cult members. Also visiting the site is a man who was a member of the Ark of Truth, played by a very taciturn Asano Tadanobu, but who had run away before the poisoning. However, instead of a brief trip, the four friends are forced to stay at the old residence of the Ark members when theit vehicles are stolen. What follows are sad flasbacks of the foursome's loved ones cutting themselves off from their familes to join the Ark of Truth, and the former member's stories of the contentment the perpetrators found in their new religion, even if that religion asked them to kill the "unsaved".

This film will be much more poignant to individuals familiar with Asahara Shoko and the Aum Shinrikyou, the doomsday cult that bombed the Tokyo subways on March 20, 1995. The film goes into the motivations of why people join groups like the Ark of Truth,i.e. Aum, and it shows the suffering of family and friends who lose their loved ones to these groups.

As with _Afterlife_ there is no soundtrack and the camera work is very dark. A good, but slow film
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