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Hold Up Down (Normal Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles) DVD Region 2

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Hold Up Down (Normal Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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From cult filmmaker Sabu, the director of the 2003 film Hard Luck Hero, comes yet another wacky comedy caper, Hold Up Down, which just so happens to star the members of the popular boy band V6: Sakamoto Masayuki, Nagano Hiroshi, Inohara Yoshihiko, Morita Go, Miyake Ken, and Okada Junichi! In the film, Inohara and Miyake team up to take on the lead roles, playing Kimata Choji and Sagawa Yutaka respectively, a couple of hapless bank robbers, who make mistake after mistake in their bid to redistribute some wealth in their favor. One of the worst blunders ends up causing their precious getaway car to get towed right in the middle of the big heist!

Dressed head to toe in Santa Claus outfits, this not-so-dynamic duo decide to hide their cash "earnings" in a train station locker, only to discover that neither of them has the correct change to operate the locker itself! Along the way, the two thieves decide to steal from a nearby street musician named Sawamura Koichi (Okada Junichi), but to their complete surprise, he chases after them! Even worse, Hoshino Yusuke (Nagano Hiroshi) and Kiba Masami, two gung-ho police officers, decide to join in on the chase, along with Hiramatsu Masaru (Morita Go), a concerned citizen who becomes an interested party himself! Considering all this manic excitement, just how will it all end for these two Christmas-themed robbers? Find out in Sabu's Hold Up Down, an excellent ensemble piece for the mega popular V6!

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Product Title: Hold Up Down (Normal Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles) Hold Up Down (通常版) (日本版 - 英文字幕) Hold Up Down (通常版) (日本版 - 英文字幕) ホールドアップダウン (通常版) Hold Up Down (Normal Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Morita Go | Miyake Ken | Okada Junichi | Inohara Yoshihiko | Nagano Hiroshi | Sakamoto Masayuki | Takahashi Hitomi | Ito Ayumi | Miyazaki Tomu | Furuta Arata | Kashii Yu | Morimoto Leo | Ibu Masato 森田剛 | 三宅健 | 岡田准一 | 井之原快彥 | 長野博 | 坂本昌行 | Takahashi Hitomi | 伊藤步 | 宮崎吐夢 | 古田新太 | 香椎由宇 | 森本里奧 | 伊武雅刀 森田刚 | 三宅健 | 冈田准一 | 井之原快彦 | 长野博 | 坂本昌行 | Takahashi Hitomi | 伊藤步 | 宫崎吐梦 | 古田新太 | 香椎由宇 | 森本里奥 | 伊武雅刀 森田剛 | 三宅健 | 岡田准一 | 井ノ原快彦 | 長野博 | 坂本昌行 | 高橋ひとみ | 伊藤歩 | 宮崎吐夢 | 古田新太 | 香椎由宇 | 森本レオ | 伊武雅刀 Morita Go | Miyake Ken | Okada Junichi | Inohara Yoshihiko | Nagano Hiroshi | Sakamoto Masayuki | Takahashi Hitomi | Ito Ayumi | Miyazaki Tomu | Furuta Arata | Kashii Yu | Morimoto Leo | Ibu Masato
Director: Sabu (Tanaka Hiroyuki) Sabu Sabu (Tanaka Hiroyuki) SABU Sabu (Tanaka Hiroyuki)
Release Date: 2006-04-26
Publisher Product Code: JABM-8003
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004118265

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
SABU/V6 / 香椎由宇 / 古田新太 / 森本レオ

[特典情報]
永続映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
通常版
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2005

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Professional Review of "Hold Up Down (Normal Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

February 13, 2006

One of the most popular boy bands in Japan working with one of the hottest directors: what could go wrong?

Thankfully, not much. Director Sabu's talent makes a meal of what could have been a simple bank-heist-gone-wrong story, and the six members of V6 apply themselves with much energy and verve to characters that don't tax their skills unduly. There are car chases, almost compulsory in a Sabu film. There's a sudden unexpected curve that pops up at the least likely moment. There's comedy in great big gobs, because Sabu is a master of the background in-joke and the foreground visual humor. And there's a massive fight scene in which all 5 standing V6-ers fight each other.

I say all 5 standing V6ers because poor Okada Junichi spends a lot of the film snap-frozen. Not only that, but since he's a homeless, Christ-like hippie, he's frozen in the wide-armed stance of benediction or crucifixion. If you're wondering how many Jesus gags you can possibly get into one film, then look no further. Sabu pays meticulous attention to the finest details of the visual aspects of scenes, which makes them delightfully sharp. You need to stay alert, though, or you'll miss something.

Once again, as with Hard Luck Hero, Sabu pairs the boys off, although this time Okada and Morita Go are semi-solitary (given that they never get to speak to each other, what with Okada's squid-scented freezing and all). And again, he doesn't ask them to do anything that's beyond their range. Morita and Sakamoto demonstrate potential to be pretty good actors given time.

All in all, this is a fast-paced caper that keeps you on the edge of your seat, complete with all the car chases, visual comedy, and deftness of touch that mark Sabu as one of the hottest directors in Japan. And if you like looking at pretty young Japanese men, well, all your prayers will be answered.

Movie grade: 8 inexplicable crates of frozen squid out of 10

by Alison Jobling - heroic-cinema.com

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