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Everyone knows about Tokyo, but what about Saitama? Located just north of Tokyo, the prefecture is home to over seven million people. It's known for soka senbei, agricultural goods, bonsai, sake, shopping centers and... for being close to Tokyo. As the less cool cousin of Japan's capital, Saitama doesn't get much attention or credit, but it's time to rep the region with pride in Fly Me to the Saitama starring rock star Gackt, Nikaido Fumi and Iseya Yusuke! Based on Maya Mineo's manga Tonde Saitama, the over-the-top fantasy comedy parodies the unjustly derided status of Saitama in a tale of revolution, romance, rivalry and general ridiculousness.

Directed by Takeuchi Hideki (Thermae Romae), Fly Me to the Saitama imagines a world in which the people of Saitama are treated as second-class citizens by elitist Tokyoites. Saitama people are abhorred and persecuted as uncouth hillbillies and not allowed free entry into Tokyo. Momomi (Nikaido Fumi), the son of the governor, reigns as class president at Tokyo's most elite high school. He is the coldest and snobbiest of them all until he falls head over heels for dashing and mysterious transfer student Rei (Gackt). However, it turns out that not only is Rei from Saitama, he's also part of the underground Saitama Liberation Front! Momomi throws away everything to join Rei as a revolution brews in Saitama. But then another lower-ranked prefecture, Chiba, jumps in to fight Saitama in order to gain status in Tokyo.

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Product Title: Fly Me to the Saitama (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) 飛翔吧!埼玉 (Blu-ray) (普通版)(日本版) 飞翔吧!埼玉 (Blu-ray) (普通版)(日本版) 翔んで埼玉 (Blu-ray)(通常版) Fly Me to the Saitama (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Tonde Saitama Tonde Saitama Tonde Saitama Tonde Saitama Tonde Saitama
Artist Name(s): Nikaido Fumi | Iseya Yusuke | Gackt | Takenaka Naoto | Aso Kumiko | Kyomoto Masaki | Nakao Akira | Maya Mineo | Shimazaki Haruka | Mamiya Shotaro | Narita Ryo 二階堂富美 | 伊勢谷友介 | Gackt | 竹中直人 | 麻生久美子 | 京本政樹 | Nakao Akira | Maya Mineo | 島崎遙香 | 間宮祥太朗 | 成田凌 二阶堂富美 | 伊势谷友介 | Gackt | 竹中直人 | 麻生久美子 | 京本政树 | Nakao Akira | Maya Mineo | 岛崎遥香 | 间宫祥太朗 | 成田凌 二階堂ふみ | 伊勢谷友介 | Gackt | 竹中直人 | 麻生久美子 | 京本政樹 | 中尾彬 | 魔夜峰央/著 | 島崎遥香 | 間宮祥太朗 | Face 2 fAKE | 成田凌 Nikaido Fumi | Iseya Yusuke | 각트 | Takenaka Naoto | Aso Kumiko | Kyomoto Masaki | Nakao Akira | Maya Mineo | Shimazaki Haruka | Mamiya Shotaro | Narita Ryo
Director: Takeuchi Hideki 武內英樹 武内英树 武内英樹 Takeuchi Hideki
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2019-09-11
Publisher Product Code: BSZS-10104
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Fuji TV
Other Information: Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1074300721

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
二階堂ふみ / GACKT / 伊勢谷友介 / 武内英樹 (監督) / 魔夜峰央 (原作)

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[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
通常版


興行収入、まさかの37億円超えの大ヒット作! 衝撃的な内容は社会現象に! 「テルマエ・ロマエ」シリーズの武内英樹監督が贈る、〈壮大な茶番劇〉。 埼玉への徹底的なディスりが強烈なインパクトを放つ衝撃的コミック「翔んで埼玉」(未完)に、関東圏一帯を巻き込んだ大スペクタクルが加えられ、必要以上にスケールアップした【愛と革命の物語】が誕生! 主演は二階堂ふみ、GACKT。共演に伊勢谷友介、京本政樹、島崎遥香、麻生久美子、竹中直人など、豪華ツワモノ陣!! ――東京にある、超名門校・白鵬堂学院では、都知事の息子の壇ノ浦百美(二階堂ふみ)が、埼玉県人を底辺とするヒエラルキーの頂点に、生徒会長として君臨していた。しかし、アメリカ帰りの転校生・麻実麗(GACKT)の出現により、百美の運命は大きく狂い始める。麗は実は隠れ埼玉県人で、手形制度撤廃を目指して活動する埼玉解放戦線の主要メンバーだったのだ。その正体がばれて追われる身となった麗に、百美は地位も未来も投げ捨ててついていくが・・・。
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March 18, 2020

Saitama forever!
Somehow, this happened: Fly Me to the Saitama won Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 43rd Japan Academy Prize.

Some may want to point out that last year was a particularly weak year for Japanese cinema, and that this is the kind of stuff that happens when Kore-eda Hirokazu uses his one-film-a-year output on a French co-production instead of a Japanese film that everyone can safely award. But I'd like to think that it's all part of the Saitama Liberation Front's master plan to spread the influence of the suburban prefecture.

Directed by Takeuchi Hideki, Fly Me to the Saitama is the kind of crazy Japanese film that you would show your friends to perpetuate the stereotype of Japanese films being crazy. Based on Maya Mineo's manga Tonde Saitama, the fantasy comedy cheekily channels Saitama's unexciting reputation and rivalry with Tokyo into the alternative history of a stratified Japan in which Saitama is oppressed by Tokyo. People from the prefecture to the north are treated as uncouth second-class citizens by elitist Tokyoites, who recoil at the mere thought of Saitama. A dedicated special force sniffs out and descends upon rogue Saitama folks who dare to sneak into Tokyo without permission.

Into this classist society comes rocker Gackt as the princely-looking Rei, who sends everyone into a tizzy when he transfers into a prestigious Tokyo academy. However, he turns out to be – gasp! – a plant from the Saitama Liberation Front. Nikaido Fumi gender-bends as Momomi, the snobby son of the governor of Tokyo. After falling head over heels for Rei, Momomi eventually throws all caution and prejudice to the wind, and runs off to join the resistance. The Saitama Liberation Front plans an uprising against Tokyo, but the power balance is disrupted when Chiba enters the fight. I repeat: this film won Best Screenplay at the Japan Academy Prize. Amazing.

Fly Me to the Saitama is thoroughly over the top in every way. The awesomely ridiculous story is matched by flashy costumes and sets, flamboyant acting, hilariously intense dialogue and colorful visuals that thoroughly embrace the live-action manga aesthetic. The film is chock-full of local jokes and references, with characters even fighting and testing each other by listing out regional specialties and celebrities. Having somehow made the Thermae Romae adaptations work before, Takeuchi Hideki has a good handle on the tone and pacing of Fly Me to the Saitama, balancing between taking the filmmaking seriously and the off-the-wall material in good fun. Anyhow, I sure had a lot of fun watching it. Saitama forever!

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