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Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (Blu-ray) (Deluxe Edition) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A
| Hashizume Isao
| Yakushimaru Hiroko
| Muro Tsuyoshi
From 2005 to 2012, special effects whiz Yamazaki Takashi turned Saigan Ryohei's Sanchome no Yuhi manga series into three blockbuster Always: Sunset on Third Street films that were hailed for their warm nostalgic stories and technical wizardry. In 2017, he adapts Saigan's Kamakura Monagatari into the fantasy comedy-drama Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura. Set in the city of Kamakura, an area known for its numerous temples and shrines, the moving and magical story stars Sakai Masato (Key of Life) and Takahata Mitsuki (Evergreen Love) as a winsome couple whose love transcends life and death.
Eccentric mystery writer Masakazu (Sakai Masato) just recently married the much younger Akiko (Takahata Mitsuki) and she is adapting to newlywed life in Kamakura. In this ancient city where mystical energy seeps into the moral realm, the naive Akiko soon learns that demons, spirits, deities and grim reapers may turn up on the next corner or even in your home. Most of these otherworldly beings are just minding their own business, but others are less well-meaning. When Akiko loses her soul under mysterious circumstances, Masakazu will have to journey into the afterworld to bring her back.
This edition comes with a 44-page booklet and special features, including previews, making-of featurettes, stage greetings and release commemoration special.
The Crimes That Bind (Blu-ray) (Deluxe Edition) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region All
| Higashino Keigo
| Iitoyo Marie
| Sakurada Hiyori
Detective Kaga Kyoichiro returns in the mystery film The Crimes That Bind, based on Higashino Keigo's 2013 novel Inori no Maku ga Orirutoki. Abe Hiroshi, who played the brilliant police detective in several TV series and the film Wings of the Kirin, is back in the famous role for the Shinzanmono series' concluding chapter that touches on Kaga's past and family. Besides Abe, series regular Mizobata Junpei reprises as Kaga's cousin and fellow detective Matsumiya Yuhei, Tanaka Rena as nurse Kanamori Tokiko, and Yamazaki Tsutomu as Kaga's father. Matsushima Nanako (Ring) joins the cast as a key figure in the mystery. The Crimes That Bind is directed by television veteran Fukuzawa Katsuo, who has helmed many TV dramas including ratings giant Hanzawa Naoki and the Abe vehicle Downtown Rocket.
The body of a strangled woman is found in an apartment in Katsushika, Tokyo, and the apartment's owner is missing. Evidence indicates that the victim came to Tokyo to see stage director Asai Hiromi (Matsushima Nanao), an old acquaintance of Kaga (Abe Hiroshi). However, she has an alibi. In the course of the investigation, Matsuyama (Mizobata Junpei) notices a calendar with the names of 12 bridges written in it at the crime scene. This revelation shakes Kaga to his very core as he realizes that the murder case is connected to his mother who disappeared many years ago.
Maborosi (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region All
Chen Ming Chang
| Kore-eda Hirokazu (Director)
| Asano Tadanobu
| Osugi Ren
One of the most visually beautiful movies ever made, Maboroshi no Hikari (a.k.a. Maborosi) is filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu's impressive first foray into fictional storytelling. For Maborosi, Kore-eda turns his documentary director's eye on the rugged landscape of the Western Japanese coast, which serves as a starkly sublime backdrop for a tale of one young woman's grievous loss and promise for spiritual renewal. The film draws on the traditions of Japan's past directorial masters Ozu and Mizoguchi, but it's also full of gorgeous moments that are purely Kore-eda's own. Maborosi anticipates the director's later narrative filmmaking masterpieces After Life and Nobody Knows, as well as featuring an early performance from international star Asano Tadanobu (Ichi the Killer).
Twentysomething Yumiko (Esumi Makiko, Pistol Opera) and her husband Ikuo (Asano) live in a small, run-down apartment in Osaka with their infant son. The young couple seems content with their life, but when Ikuo inexplicably commits suicide, Yumiko's entire world falls apart around her. Accepting an arranged marriage in a small fishing village, Yumiko and her child attempt a fresh start. Although she soon comes to love the raw beauty of her new home, Yumiko remains haunted by the memory of Ikuo and the mystery surrounding his sudden death.
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