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Flying Colors (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Arimura Kasumi (Actor) | Yoshida Yo (Actor) | Tanaka Tetsushi (Actor) | Ito Atsushi (Actor)
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Adapted from Tsubota Nobutaka's best-selling book, Flying Colors (a.k.a. Biri Gal) is based on the inspiring true story of how a delinquent teenage girl went from the bottom of the class to being admitted to one of Japan's top universities in just one year's time. Arimura Kasumi (Strobe Edge) plays heroine Sayaka, a second-year high school student who stands out with her dyed blonde hair and short mini-skirts. Deemed an airhead and a problem student, she is at the academic level of a fourth grader. Sayaka's mother sends her to a private tutoring school where she finally meets a teacher (Ito Atsushi, Mozu) who believes in her. With his help, Sayaka begins to wholeheartedly study for the college entrance exam and strive towards the seemingly impossible goal of entering Keio University. Directed by blockbuster filmmaker Doi Nobuhiro (The Wings of Kirin, Hanamizuki), Flying Colors is an underdog, coming-of-age tale that shows how the right teacher can change a student's life.
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Product Title: Flying Colors (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 奇蹟補習社 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 奇迹补习社 (2015) (Blu-ray) (香港版) ビリギャル Flying Colors (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 墊底辣妹 垫底辣妹
Artist Name(s): Arimura Kasumi (Actor) | Yoshida Yo (Actor) | Tanaka Tetsushi (Actor) | Ito Atsushi (Actor) | Nomura Shuhei (Actor) | Matsui Airi (Actor) 有村架純 (Actor) | 吉田羊 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) | 伊藤淳史 (Actor) | 野村周平 (Actor) | Matsui Airi (Actor) 有村架纯 (Actor) | 吉田羊 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) | 伊藤淳史 (Actor) | 野村周平 (Actor) | Matsui Airi (Actor) 有村架純 (Actor) | 吉田羊 (Actor) | 田中哲司 (Actor) | 伊藤淳史 (Actor) | 野村周平 (Actor) | 松井愛莉 (Actor) Arimura Kasumi (Actor) | Yoshida Yo (Actor) | Tanaka Tetsushi (Actor) | Ito Atsushi (Actor) | Nomura Shuhei (Actor) | Matsui Airi (Actor)
Director: Doi Nobuhiro 土井裕泰 土井裕泰 土井裕泰 Doi Nobuhiro
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-05-13
Language: Japanese, Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049935037

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Dyed-blonde student failure Sayaka mistakes a historical figure for a schoolyard insult, doesn’t know north from south, or even that the earth is round. In her second year of high school, her academic ability is equivalent to that of a fourth-year elementary student. Then a meeting with a certain teacher, Tsubota leads to her taking on the seemingly impossible goal of gaining entrance to prestigious Keio University. Although she once dabbled in delinquency, Sayaka begins to concentrate single-mindedly on her studies, which changes the people around her, including her family. All she needed was a teacher who she could trust wholeheartedly, and his unique approach to education. Sayaka and her mentor take on a challenge that seems utterly impossible, supported by her friends and family.
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To teachers and parents
Different from typical schools, private tutoring schools concentrate on exam preparation which makes them popular among students and parents. However, cram school teacher Tsubota Nobutaka adopts a different teaching approach to help students move from the bottom to the top of the class. He shared the successful story of his student Kobayashi Sayaka in his best-selling novel published in 2013. The inspiring youth tale is retold in the lighthearted Flying Colors (a.k.a. Biri Gal) by blockbuster director Doi Nobuhiro (The Wings of Kirin, Hanamizuki).

Dying her hair blonde and wearing various mini-skirts, Arimura Kasumi (Strobe Edge) takes the starring role of Sayaka, a delinquent second-year high school girl at the academic level of a fourth grader. Worried about whether she can get into a university, Sayaka's mother sends her to a tutoring school where Sayaka meets her teacher Tsubota Yoshitaka played by Ito Atsushi (Mozu). Though it's a big challenge for Tsubota to help Sayaka pass the entrance exam of the prestigious Keio University, he still devotes great effort to teach her. To prove that she is not the airhead labeled by her father and teachers, Sayaka studies very hard though her university dream is almost impossible.

Cram schools have become an alternative for students who can't catch up on lessons or want an extra edge, but they are also criticized for their exam-oriented teaching strategies and money-making policies. However, Flying Colors sheds the negative image of cram schools and fully exhibits the spirit of education: Education is about inspiration, rather than spoon-feeding. Tsubota offers one-on-one lessons and designs tailor-made teaching materials for each student according to their interests. Rather than giving model answers to the students, he encourages them to express their views from different perspectives and explore the world on their own. This kind of teaching is not possible in conventional schools where students at different levels are put together for lessons or at typical tutorial schools that stress efficiency and profits.

Though the film is mainly about the teacher-student relationship between Tsubota and Sayaka, it also illustrates the importance of communication in maintaining healthy family relationships. Many parents don't bother with their children's needs and aspirations, and force them to pursue the goals set by them. Sayaka's father teaches his son Ryuta to play baseball and hopes that one day Ryuta will achieve his long-time dream: becoming a professional baseball player. However, he doesn't know that Ryuta hates baseball. Ryuta may still persist in playing baseball if he knows how important baseball is to his father, but his father never opens his heart and always puts the screws to him. Forced to follow in his father's footsteps of becoming a lawyer, Sayaka's friend Reiji (Nomura Shuhei) gives up his studies in order to take revenge on his father. Yet, after seeing his father's client profusely thank him for winning a case, Reiji finally understands the meaning of being a lawyer, which is never talked about by his father.

Despite the predictable ending hinted by the blatantly hopeful title, Flying Colors arouses the audiences' interest in how Sayaka notches up her success. Moreover, the film's optimistic mood and comedic tones are effectively created thanks to Sayaka's frequent nonsensical dialogue. Apparently packaged as a dream-chasing youth film, Flying Colors is not about how a disobedient student goes from the bottom of the class to entering a top university, but about the spirit of education and the importance of family communication that have been neglected by too many teachers and parents.

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