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Flowers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Nakama Yukie (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor)
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Japanese ensemble drama Flowers brings together one of the most star-studded lead female cast in contemporary Japanese cinema: Nakama Yukie, Tanaka Rena, Takeuchi Yuko, Aoi Yu, Suzuki Kyoka, and Hirosue Ryoko. The idea for this project came when the six actresses were hired to be in a series of ads for a popular Japanese shampoo, sparking the idea to put all six actresses in a film that touts the ad's theme of showcasing Japanese beauties. The ads' creative director Onuki Takuya, one of the most respected advertising creative directors in Japan, serves as the production supervisor of the film. However, Flowers is far from a shampoo advertisement, as the film, directed by Koizumi Nobuhiro (Midnight Sun), is actually a generations-spanning ensemble film starring the six actresses as Japanese women of different eras facing problems that generations of Japanese women encountered through the last century. To convincingly convey the different eras, Koizumi brilliantly recreates the cinematic style of films from the respective periods, ranging from the black-and-white styles of Ozu Yasujiro to the polished colors of contemporary commercial films. With beautiful images and heartwarming stories, Flowers is an elegant display of the best actresses Japanese cinema has to offer today.

Flowers open in 1936 with the story of Rin (Aoi Yu), an aspiring writer being forced by her overbearing father to marry someone she doesn't love. With little choice, she decides to run away from home. Meanwhile, Kaoru (Takeuchi Yuko) goes out on a day at the seaside with her loving husband in 1964, though the day means more to her than just another day out. In 1969, tough-as-nails Midori (Tanaka Rena) tries to make it in her publishing house job despite her misogynistic co-workers and a slow-working author, though she finds herself at the crossroads when a suitor asks for her hand in marriage. A few years later, Sato (Nakama Yukie) is a woman on the verge of making a life-and-death choice that will change her family forever. The consequences of her choice continues to be felt in 2009, when sisters Kana (Suzuki Kyoka) and Kei (Hirosue Ryoko) reunite at a family funeral.

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Product Title: Flowers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 戀戀凡花 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 恋恋凡花 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) FLOWERS −フラワーズ− Flowers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Nakama Yukie (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Takeuchi Yuko (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) 廣末涼子 (Actor) | 仲間由紀惠 (Actor) | 田中麗奈 (Actor) | 鈴木京香 (Actor) | 竹內結子 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) 广末凉子 (Actor) | 仲间由纪惠 (Actor) | 田中丽奈 (Actor) | 铃木京香 (Actor) | 竹内结子 (Actor) | 苍井优 (Actor) 広末涼子 (Actor) | 仲間由紀恵 (Actor) | 田中麗奈 (Actor) | 鈴木京香 (Actor) | 竹内結子 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Nakama Yukie (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Takeuchi Yuko (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor)
Director: Koizumi Norihiro 小泉德宏 小泉德宏 小泉徳宏 Koizumi Norihiro
Release Date: 2011-04-08
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024199775

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Director: Ounuki Takuya

FLOWERS is a portrait of six women from three different generation,each living their own journey in their respective periods,spanning decades od dramatic changes in Japan from the 1930's to the present.

Spring 1936.Rin (Yu Aoi)is about to be wed to man she's never met, arranged by her stern father according to traditional custom. As a progressive thinker, Rin harbors doubts about the restrictive life of a woman in her time and runs away on her wedding day...

Summer in the 1960s. Rin has three grown daughters. the eldest, Kaoru (Yuko Takeuchi), tries to recover from the trauma of losing her husband in a car accident. while the second daughters, Midori (Rena Tanaka) is a feminist wavering between her professional career and the prospect of marriage. The youngest, Sato (Yukie Nakama), has a heart condition, and braces for her own death as she prepares to give birth to her second child. The journey of the three women are set against the backdrop of the rapid economic growth of postwar Japan.

It's winter in the present day. Sato's elder daughter, Kana (Kyoka Suzuki),has moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream of beoming a pianist while being pregnant with a man who's just dumped her.The younger daughter,Kei (Ryoko Hirosue), is married with a child, and always wears a smile. There's a reason for her cheerful exuberance, though - she's determined to live with her mother she had never met.
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Customer Review of "Flowers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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November 17, 2011

1 people found this review helpful

Overstuffed but lovely Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
As I understand it, the six actresses who star in "Flowers" all serve as spokeswomen for a Shiseido shampoo product. A marketing whiz decided that it would be great to cast them all together in a film based upon the theme of women's strength. Presto, we get "Flowers", a cinematic concoction that feels like the result of such a process. Six wonderful actresses may be terrific for an ad campaign, but, unfortunately, there just isn't enough for all of them to do in this movie. Fortunately, the cinematography (and the actresses) are so stunningly gorgeous that you likely will enjoy it anyway.

Rin (Aoi Yu) is a willful daughter set up for an arranged marriage she doesn't want by her headstrong father. Naturally, daddy-daughter sparks fly. Rin has three daughters, Kaoru (Takeuchi Yuko), Midori (Tanaka Rena), and Sato (Nakama Yukie). Kaoru struggles to overcome the untimely death of her husband. Midori must choose between a career she enjoys and the advances of a persistent suitor. Sato faces a fateful decision over whether to go through with a pregnancy that may cost her life. Sato has two daughters, Kana (Suzuki Kyoka) and Kei (Hirosue Ryoko). Kana is facing the drying up of her career as a pianist and an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Kei bears the burden of knowing that her life caused the loss of her mother.

Each story is potentially engaging, but all are given too little time for full development. The most satisfying of these stories are those involving the third generation daughters, as they simply are given more screen time. The resolution of the story involving Rin, the family matriarch, is handled beautifully. The second generation daughters' stories are trivialized by the short shrift the movie gives them.

As mentioned, the cinematography, which regularly pays tribute to the films of Ozu Yasujiro and Yamada Yoji, is spectacular. I don't think I've ever previously written this about a dramatic film, but "Flowers" definitely is worth watching just to see its astonishing beauty. While the movie would have been improved by eliminating at least a couple of its stories, I am happy to recommend spending these 108 minutes in the company of these fine actresses.
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