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Flowers (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Nakama Yukie (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor)
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Flowers (DVD) (Korea Version)
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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) (Korea Version) Flowers (DVD) (Korea Version) Flowers (DVD) (Korea Version) Flowers (DVD) (Korea Version) 플라워즈 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Nakama Yukie (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Takeuchi Yuko | Aoi Yu | Koizumi Norihiro 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 | 蒼井優 | 小泉德宏 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 | 苍井优 | 小泉德宏 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 | 蒼井優 | 小泉徳宏 Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Nakama Yukie (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Takeuchi Yuko | Aoi Yu | Koizumi Norihiro
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese, Korean
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Media Hub
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024524380

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플라워즈 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 1.78 : 1 Anamorphic, color
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0

*Director: 코이즈미 노리히로

█ 줄거리
<하나와 앨리스> / 아오이 유우 “엄마처럼 살긴 싫어”
1936년, 린 / 가부장적인 집안의 가풍에 어쩔 수 없이 순종하지만, 늘상 답답하기만 하다. 얼굴도 모르는 사람과의 결혼을 하루 앞두고 마음이 복잡하다. <지금, 만나러 갑니다> / 타케우치 유코 “사랑한다는 건 너무 멋진 일이야” 1964년, 카오루(린의 첫째 딸) / 도쿄의 대학을 졸업해 교수와 결혼했다.평생 남편을 사랑하며 행복한 삶을 살 것 같았지만 뜻밖의 불행을 맞이한다. <개와 나의 10가지 약속> / 다나카 레나 “정말 강한 여자가 될거야” 1969년, 미도리(린의 둘째 딸) / 커리어 우먼이 흔치 않은 시절, 남자에 지지 않으려고 지독하게 일한다. 하지만 연인으로부터 프로포즈를 받고 일과 사랑 사이에서 고민에 빠진다. <고쿠센> / 나카마 유키에 “이 아이에게 세상을 보여주면 좋겠어”
1977년, 사토(린의 셋째 딸) / 남편, 딸과 함께 행복한 삶을 살면서 둘째를 임신하게 된다. 하지만 둘째를 출산할 경우 생명이 위험하다는 진단을 받게 된다. <사토라레> / 스즈키 교카 “마지막 기회야, 내겐 이제 피아노도 없으니까” 2004년, 카나(사토의 첫째 딸) / 뛰어난 재능으로 피아니스트가 되기 위해 도쿄에 왔지만, 현실의 벽에 부딪히며 악보를 넘겨주는 ‘책장’의 삶에 만족해야 했다. 그러던 중 오래된 애인과 헤어진 후, 임신 사실을 알게 되고 갈등에 빠진다. <굿’바이> / 히로스에 료코 “살아가는 것만으로 행복한거야” 2009년, 케이(사토의 둘째 딸) / 대학을 졸업하자마자 결혼하여 남편과 아이와 함께 행복한 삶을 살고 있다. 어릴 때부터 재능 있는 언니와 비교 당하면서도 언제나 밝고 꿋꿋한 모습을 보였지만, 사실은 엄마와의 아픈 사연을 마음 속에 숨기고 있다.
- 100년의 시간, 3대에 걸친 아름다운 인생… 꽃보다 향기로운 6명의 여인들!
- 감성열연, 빼어난 감수성, 공감백배 스토리… 여성들의 필수 공감영화!!
- 일본 영화 역사상 최고의 캐스팅 6명의 꽃 같은 여인들이 선사하는 아름다운 선물!!

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Customer Review of "Flowers (DVD) (Korea Version)"

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

Kevin Kennedy
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November 17, 2011

This customer review refers to Flowers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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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