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For Love's Sake (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) DVD Region 3

Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Takumi Saito (Actor) | Takei Emi (Actor) | Ando Sakura (Actor)
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Not exactly a director that plays along with genre rules, the prolific Miike Takashi now takes his talent in genre bending to the pure romance world with For Love's Sake (a.k.a. Ai to Makoto), the fourth live-action film based on Kajiwara Ikki's 1973 manga series. An epic story of a rich high school girl who falls in love with a tough young gangster, Miike's take on the story breaks all the rules with musical numbers (with music by popular music producer Kobayashi Takeshi), tongue-in-cheek humor, and in-your-face violence. Starring Tsumabuki Satoshi (Villain) and Takei Emi (Rurouni Kenshin) as the star-crossed lovers, For Love's Sake is a unique and incredibly wild ride that will change your definition of what a pure romance can be.

1972, Tokyo. Ai (Takei Emi) is a naïve rich girl who meets young street punk Makoto (Tsumabuki Satoshi) in the seedy Kabuki-cho district. Ai immediately remembers Makoto as the boy who saved her 11 years ago and falls head over heels in love with him. Using her parents' connection, Ai manages to get Makoto transferred into her fancy private school. However, Makoto gets into a fight with the school's teachers and gets kicked out of the academy. Completely devoted to the love of her life, Ai gives up her life of privilege and follows Makoto to a high school filled with delinquents, only to be challenged by new rivals for Makoto's affections. Will Ai's beautiful, angelic love save Makoto, or will she be swallowed by his dark world of crime?

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Product Title: For Love's Sake (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) 愛與誠 (2012) (DVD) (馬來西亞版) 爱与诚 (2012) (DVD) (马来西亚版) For Love's Sake (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version) For Love's Sake (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version)
Also known as: The Legend of Love & Sincerity / Ai to Makoto The Legend of Love & Sincerity / Ai to Makoto The Legend of Love & Sincerity / Ai to Makoto The Legend of Love & Sincerity / Ai to Makoto The Legend of Love & Sincerity / Ai to Makoto
Artist Name(s): Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Takumi Saito (Actor) | Takei Emi (Actor) | Ando Sakura (Actor) | Ono Ito (Actor) | Ichimura Masachika (Actor) | Ihara Tsuyoshi (Actor) | Maeda Ken (Actor) | Kato Seishiro (Actor) 妻夫木聰 (Actor) | 齋藤工 (Actor) | 武井咲 (Actor) | 安藤櫻 (Actor) | 大野糸 (Actor) | 市村正親 (Actor) | 伊原剛志 (Actor) | Maeda Ken (Actor) | 加藤清史郎 (Actor) 妻夫木聪 (Actor) | 斋藤工 (Actor) | 武井咲 (Actor) | 安藤樱 (Actor) | 大野糸 (Actor) | 市村正亲 (Actor) | 伊原刚志 (Actor) | Maeda Ken (Actor) | 加藤清史郎 (Actor) 妻夫木聡 (Actor) | 斎藤工 (Actor) | 武井咲 (Actor) | 安藤サクラ (Actor) | 大野いと (Actor) | 市村正親 (Actor) | 伊原剛志 (Actor) | 前田健 (Actor) | 加藤清史郎 (Actor) | 余 貴美子 (Actor) | 一青 窈 (Actor) Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Takumi Saito (Actor) | Takei Emi (Actor) | Ando Sakura (Actor) | Ono Ito (Actor) | Ichimura Masachika (Actor) | Ihara Tsuyoshi (Actor) | Maeda Ken (Actor) | Kato Seishiro (Actor)
Director: Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi
Release Date: 2013-03-06
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Malay
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: PMP Entertainment (M) SDN. BHD.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032464114

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Director: Takashi Miike

Tokyo, 1972, Ai’s go skiing in the snowy mountains, she loses control on the slopes but is saved at the last second by a brash little boy named Makoto, leaving him with a giant scar on his forehead. 11 years later, at the underground passageways of Shinjuku, Ai witnesses a gang rumble. A boy takes them all on single-handedly. The scar on his forehead… It’s Makoto! Hardened from years of rage, he sings from a heart already made of stone. Believing Makoto’s troubled life was caused by their childhood incident, Ai is wracked with guilt. She pleads with her parents to rescue Makoto and transferred him to elite High School. Ai declares her love for him, but he remains unmoved. Always pure of heart, Ai exclaims but she efforts are in vain and Makoto is kicked out of Aobadai and transferred to the notorious gang-ridden wasteland of Hanazono High. Ever-devoted, Ai follows him into the midst of danger and Hiroshi in turn follows Ai. Makoto draws the attraction of two members of Hanazono’s vicious girl gang; the truth of who holds the power at Hanazono and the reason for Makoto’s journey to Tokyo are gradually revealed. Hurtling toward their destiny, Makoto is pulled into rescuing Ai once again…
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Professional Review of "For Love's Sake (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Malaysia Version)"

June 25, 2013

Is there a harder working or more versatile director anywhere in the world today than cult Japanese favourite Miike Takashi? Possibly not, the director offering up his third 2012 outing with For Love's Sake(Ai to Makoto), a day-glo coloured pure romance musical revolving around gang fighting high school teens. The film is an new live action version of Kajiwara Ikki's hugely popular 1973 manga series, which has already been adapted for the screen several times previously, and stars Tsumabuki Satoshi (Villain) and Takei Emi (Rurouni Kenshin) as a tough rebel and nice natured rich girl falling for each other. Though this might sound rather tame and straightforward for a director arguably best known for madness and mayhem, Miike fans can rest assured that the film is every bit as exuberantly and eccentrically out there as might be hoped.

The film begins in 1972 in the Kabuki-cho district of Tokyo with the fated meeting between nice natured rich girl Ai (Takei Emi) and street brawler Makoto (Tsumabuki Satoshi). Remembering him as the young boy who saved her from a skiing accident 11 years back, injuring his head in the process, she gets him transferred to her upmarket private school to try and work her way into his life. Unfortunately, the angry young punk gets kicked out for fighting with the teachers, and is transferred to the wretched Hanazone High, a school overrun with tough bullies and criminals, headed up by Gumko (Ando Sakura, The Samurai that Night), Gonto (Ihara Tsuyoshi, Retribution) and Yuki (Ono Ito, High School Debut). Refusing to give up on him, despite his apparent lack of interest in her, Ai follows Makoto and enrols, determined to do anything to win his heart.

Though a teen love musical might seem an unexpected choice for the director of Audition and Ichi the Killer, Miike is certainly no stranger to the genre, having helmed the offbeat 2001 effort The Happiness of the Katakuris and having of late dabbled in 1970s Japanese pop culture with the likes of Zebraman and Yatterman. The film definitely feels like it fits in with his body of work, taking the familiar story of a rich high school girl falling for a tough rebel, and breathes kinetic life into it, infusing the film with wild energy, colourful style, catchy pop numbers and flashes of gangland violence. This is achieved by amplifying pretty much everything, from the melodrama of the plot through to the cartoon like colours of the costumes and sets, and the result is something which approaches parody, while at the same time cynically embracing its pure love concept and revelling in its craziness with tongue in cheek exhilaration and more than a few moments of cruel meanness. Certainly, while some viewers may well find its central romance moving, others will take it as a mocking poke at the genre, though either way, the film engages throughout, flying by at a manic pace despite its two hours plus running time.

Whether taken at face value or not, the film is utterly entertaining in the most unadulterated sense, an over the top, bewildering and hyper-stylised assault on the senses that sees Miike really cutting loose. The musical aspects of the film work very well, with a bouncy soundtrack of 1970s Japanese pop that fits the comic book visuals perfectly, and even those who don;t usually enjoy this kind of thing will likely find themselves smiling and tapping their feet. This combines with a surprising amount of gang violence to give the film a West Side Story type feel, crossed with the director's popular Crows Zero series, which it frequently resembles thanks to its cast of oddball yet likeable bullies and brutes. Though violent, and with the odd scene of disorienting sadism or sexual suggestiveness, this never feels out of place or undermines the mock sugar-coated love theme, which much of its well-choreographed fight scenes being played for laughs (even if quite a few of these do seem to be aimed at members of the female cast being tossed around).

Filled with the director's bizarre creativity, For Love's Sake is a unique and magical film which manages to mix strangeness and silliness with possibly genuine heart and emotion. There really hasn't been anything like this on cinema screens for quite some time, and Miike again shows that he's more than capable of working in any form or genre and of making it unmistakably his own.

by James Mudge –

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