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Hakase No Aishita Sushiki (DVD) (Taiwan Version)

Terao Akira (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Yoshioka Hidetaka (Actor) | Saitou Ryuusei (Actor)
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This is the heart-warming tale of a mathematical genius, a man who earned his doctorate at Cambridge University and was all set to become a mathematics professor at the University of Japan until a traffic accident shattered his dreams and ambitions. Now the poor man has lost his short-term memory and can only remember the last 80 minutes that have occurred. Everything that happened in his life before the crash remains intact, but his new condition has rendered him practically helpless.

After a succession of different housekeepers have tried and failed to look after the troublesome academic, a young woman and her 10-year-old son come to work for him. They are charmed by his love of mathematics and discover that within his cerebral musings there are words and ideas of great beauty permeating through the equations. Stars Terao Akira, Fukatsu Eri, Yoshioka Hidetaka, and Asaoka Ruriko.

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Product Title: Hakase No Aishita Sushiki (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 博士熱愛的算式 (DVD) (台灣版) 博士热爱的算式 (DVD) (台湾版) 博士の愛した数式 特別版 博士の愛した数式
Also known as: The Professor's Beloved Formula The Professor's Beloved Formula The Professor's Beloved Formula The Professor's Beloved Formula The Professor's Beloved Formula
Artist Name(s): Terao Akira (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Yoshioka Hidetaka (Actor) | Saitou Ryuusei (Actor) 寺尾聰 (Actor) | 深津繪里 (Actor) | 吉岡秀隆 (Actor) | 齋藤隆成 (Actor) 寺尾聪 (Actor) | 深津绘里 (Actor) | 吉冈秀隆 (Actor) | Saitou Ryuusei (Actor) 寺尾聰 (Actor) | 深津絵里 (Actor) | 吉岡秀隆 (Actor) | 齋藤隆成 (Actor) Terao Akira (Actor) | Fukatsu Eri (Actor) | Yoshioka Hidetaka (Actor) | Saitou Ryuusei (Actor)
Director: Koizumi Takashi 小泉堯史 Koizumi Takashi 小泉堯史 Koizumi Takashi
Release Date: 2011-03-31
Duration: 117 (mins)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024264412

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導演:小泉堯史

一次交通意外,令天才數學博士只剩下80分鐘的記憶,時間一到,所有回憶自動歸零,重新開始。遇上語塞的時候,他總會以數字代替語言,以獨特的風格和別人交流。他身上到處都是以夾子夾著的紙條,用來填補那只有80分鐘的記憶。這次,新來的管家杏子帶著10歲的兒子照顧博士的起居,對杏子來說,每天也是和博士的新開始。博士十分喜愛杏子的兒子,並稱呼他作「根號」,因為根號能容納所有人和事,他讓母子倆認識數學算式內美麗且光輝的世界。因為只有短短80分鐘,三人相處的每一刻都顯得非常珍貴。有人和事,他讓母子倆認識數學算式內美麗且光輝的世界。因為只有短短80分鐘,三人相處的每一刻都顯得非常珍貴。
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Professional Review of "Hakase No Aishita Sushiki (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

April 1, 2006

This professional review refers to The Professor and His Beloved Equation (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

The definition of a Mathematician in relation to a Scientist can be summed up by the fact that, while the latter attempts to discover an approximation of the truth about the world around them, a Mathematician looks only for the absolute truth. To study mathematics is to appreciate the myriad of patterns and links that numbers can tell us about our own little corner of existence. There have been countless films about science over the years - it even has its own form of fiction - but stories centred on mathematics are usually harder to come by. In recent years we've seen two hit films on mathematics: the paranoid indie thriller Pi and the shameless Oscar love-in A Beautiful Mind. When I saw that Japan was to make a character drama dealing with the effect numbers can have on someone's life, I was instantly intrigued.

Based on the best-selling novel by Ogawa Yoko, The Professor's Beloved Formula tells the story of a housekeeper (Fukatsu Eri) who is hired by an aloof heiress (Asako Ruriko) to look after her brother-in-law (Terao Akira) who, ever since a car crash ten years ago, periodically has his memory reset every eighty minutes. In his former life, the man was a celebrated math professor, and it is through his love of numbers and the housekeeper's willingness to learn anything new that the two form a strong friendship. In time, the Professor meets the housekeeper's young son (Saito Ryusei) and nicknames him Root after the mathematical symbol. Together the trio manages to form a makeshift family despite the challenges that the Professor's brain damage represent.

Having cut his teeth as assistant director on Kurosawa Akira's last five films, Koizumi Takashi has since made a name for himself as a director of slow burning, gentle dramas, like After the Rain (Agaru Ame), Letter From the Mountain, and now his third feature, The Professor's Beloved Formula. Slow burning is certainly the way to describe The Professor's Beloved Formula; the story is very simple, but at the same time extremely charming and subtly complicated as the titular professor becomes more self-aware of his condition and how he can move on with his life. When we first meet the Professor, he's an eccentric, affable figure who's prone to becoming self-absorbed in his mathematical theorems and wallowing in self-pity because his memories stop at the time of the crash. Because of these problems his former housekeepers have never lasted long, but the new housekeeper has the patience of a saint and the eagerness to match. She revels in the way the Professor uses numbers and mathematical concepts as a way to break the ice when he's stumped for things to say and always manages to bring him up to speed after each memory failure. The result of this dedication is that the Professor can stop worrying about what he's forgotten and start living in the moment. Once the housekeeper's son Root starts visiting the house, the Professor is overcome with excitement, taking to the boy like he was his own child. This (completely platonic) family unit is what ultimately saves the Professor from the abject loneliness his condition can cause.

The Professor's Beloved Formula is hard to dislike, but it does have a tendency to become very cringeworthy at times. The main problem being that, while the mathematical discussions are genuinely engaging, when the professor starts to link mathematical concepts to human emotions the sentiments can get extremely syrupy. What's more, Koizumi's laid-back directorial style may appear so languid that it could easily bore anyone not prepared to invest in each scene. And you do have to invest to get the most out of the film, as Koizumi's direction is so minimalist, it's possible to sit through the film and fail to pick up on the subtle changes that the Professor goes through. The director relies on the fantastic score by Kako Takashi and the performances of the small cast to dictate the tone of each scene - interjecting only the occasional picturesque shot of the surrounding countryside (one of Koizumi's trademarks). This calls for impeccable acting from each of the leads, but fortunately The Professor's Beloved Formula is cast well. Terao Akira dominates the film in the titular role of the Professor; he's a laid-back actor perfectly suited to Koizumi's style (indeed so far Terao has been the lead in every one of the director's films), and he completely encapsulates the Professor's innate gentleness and sadness over his mental handicap. Fukatsu Eri is one of the most popular actresses in Japan and someone who has a certain childish eagerness about her performances that makes her perfect in the role of the housekeeper, while young Saito Ryusei provides further proof that Japan is second to none when it comes to child actors. Asaoka Ruriko too embodies the sad, contemplative nature of the Professor's sister-in-law and provides a performance that becomes crucial to the effect of the final act.

The Professor's Beloved Formula is a charming, elegantly made film, weaving a straight-forward tale about friendship and coping with mental illness with effective use of mathematical concepts to counterpoint its philosophical musings. However, I can't help thinking that maybe if Koizumi Takashi got a bit more hands-on with the direction then the story could be slightly more gripping and thus more natural to follow - for instance the practicalities of the Professor's amnesia is never even shown, merely hinted at. The most effective addition the director has made to Ogawa Yoko's novel is the inclusion of a "present day" framing where an adult Root is conducting a maths lesson using his story of the Professor as the basis to introduce his class to some of the basics - a clever idea which ensures that even the most mathematically naïve viewer will have no problem keeping up with the Professor's world. The film is certainly a worthwhile character study and provides a surprisingly moving finalé without resorting to melodramatics.

Video
Presented anamorphically at roughly 1.85:1, The Professor's Beloved Formula has been graced with a glorious film-like transfer. Everything about the image is top notch: colours are clean, sharp, and vibrant, contrast and brightness levels are strong, and detail levels are high. What's more, none of the negative artefacts we assign to DVD transfers are present. The print is film-sourced and free of any print damage. There's neither noise in the image nor any Edge Enhancement. This is exactly how film should be transferred onto disc.

Audio
Asmik provided a Japanese DD5.1 track and what sounds like (not being able to speak Japanese) an Audio Descriptive Japanese DD2.0 track. Unsurprisingly, for the purposes of the review, I mostly listened to the DD5.1 track which provides a perfectly adequate aural experience. It's rare to see a character drama like The Professor's Beloved Formula receive a DD5.1 track as they're usually recorded in DD2.0; the 5.1 track on this DVD proves why. There's no real use for the rear channels, they're pretty much there for the when the score kicks in and to provide very gentle ambient sounds during outdoor sequences. The audio quality however is very good; dialogue is audible and free of crackling or distortions, while the bass is suitably rich enough to handle the string-based score.

Subtitles
Optional English subtitles are provided, with no spelling or grammatical errors that I can recall.

Extras
In the Extras menus you are faced with five options: Press Conference Interview with Director Koizumi Takashi and Author Ogawa Yoko, Press Conference Interview with Director and Actor Terao Akira, Premiere Conference with Director and Cast, Maths Tutorials, and TV Spots & Trailers. It's pretty self-explanatory what each feature contains, but unfortunately none of them contain English subtitles.

Overall
The Professor's Beloved Formula represents a continuation in Koizumi Takashi's CV of gentle, slow-moving character dramas. It's a subtle, elegantly made film that even manages to give you a good basic maths lesson into the process, but anyone unwilling to invest in the characters will no doubt be bored to tears by the restrained story. There are no subtitles for any of the extra features on the r2j Asmik dvd represents, but A/V reproduction is so good that the 5000yen/$43 price tag doesn't seem quite so steep.

by Matt Shingleton - DVD Times

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Customer Review of "Hakase No Aishita Sushiki (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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

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November 23, 2006

This customer review refers to The Professor and His Beloved Equation (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
1 people found this review helpful

Feelings + numbers = eternity Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Hold an Eternity in a hour"
Outstanding film in which the fragility of the human feelings are expressed with numbers. This film also demonstrate the love of learning is only tempered by a show of compassion. Eri Fukatsu and Akira Terao teams up for awarding performances. Each performer demonstrates the character's inner strength and depth. Hidetaka Yoshioka makes a brillant turn as the "narrator" of the tale and inspires us all that learning is to experience life to it's fullest, even for 80 minutes worth of memories is eternal. This film will hold your feelings and affection for an eternity.
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