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Sakurai Sho (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Kase Ryo (Actor) | Iseya Yusuke
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The hugely popular josei manga and anime series Honey and Clover (a.k.a. Hachimitsu to Kuroubaa) has been adapted into a full-length live action feature film! Starring Sakurai Sho (Kisarazu Cats Eye), Iseya Yusuke (Casshern), Aoi Yu (Hana and Alice), and other rising young stars, Honey and Clover follows a group of wistful students through the ups and downs of college life and young love.

Yuuta (Sakurai Sho), Takumi (Kase Ryo), and Shinobu (Iseya Yusuke) live together whilst studying at art college. Money is tight but they find ways to amuse themselves, especially after they are introduced to new first-year student Hagumi (Aoi Yu). The quiet Yuuta and the forward Shinobu both immediately take a liking to her. Meanwhile, Mayama is off chasing an older woman, blind to the affections of the popular Ayumi (Seki Megumi) who is secretly in love with him.

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Product Title: Honey And Clover (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 蜂蜜與四葉草 (DVD) (香港版) 蜂蜜与四叶草 (DVD) (香港版) ハチミツとクローバー (DVD) (香港版) Honey And Clover (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sakurai Sho (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Kase Ryo (Actor) | Iseya Yusuke | Nakamura Shido | Seki Megumi 櫻井翔 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 加瀨亮 (Actor) | 伊勢谷友介 | 中村 獅童 | Seki Megumi 樱井翔 (Actor) | 苍井优 (Actor) | 加濑亮 (Actor) | 伊势谷友介 | 中村 狮童 | Seki Megumi 櫻井翔 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 加瀬亮 (Actor) | 伊勢谷友介 | 中村 獅童 | 関めぐみ Sakurai Sho (Actor) | 아오이 유우 (Actor) | 카세 료 (Actor) | Iseya Yusuke | Nakamura Shido | Seki Megumi
Director: Takada Masahiro Takada Masahiro Takada Masahiro 高田雅博 Takada Masahiro
Release Date: 2007-06-07
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Hi-Fi Stereo
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 116 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004878191

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : Stereo
* DVD Type : DVD-5
* Special Features:
- 電影預告 Theatrical Trailer
- 相片集 Photo Gallery
- 演員及導演介紹 Cast And Crew Filmographies

導演︰高田雅博
Director: Masahiro Takada

三個美術學院的男生竹本裕太(櫻并翔飾演)、森田忍(伊勢谷友介飾演)和真山巧(加瀨亮飾演),同住一幢簡陋的公寓過着清貧的大學生活,三個人既是好友又是情敵。一天,老師花本修司把侄女花本葉久美(蒼井優飾演)帶進美大,各人的生活開始互相交織。溫柔的竹本對她一見鍾情,但浪子般的森田則令她感到迷惑。森田的若即若離令阿久不知所措,竹本一直在旁照顧着葉久美,卻始終礙於葉久美的才華而不敢透露心跡。

另一邊廂,陶藝精湛的美少女山田步愛上好友真山(加瀨亮飾演),但他卻偏偏放不下喪夫的老板娘…… 一眾主角在畢業進入社會前找尋自我,同時又陷入令人迷惘的多角戀情。青澀歲月的愛情總是突然而來,叫人手足無措又回味無窮,一如蜂蜜與四葉草,淡淡而且清甜並且載滿祝褔。

Students of Hama Art College, Takemoto, Mayama and Morita are leading not necessary a fancy buy fun college life. Takemoto owns deft touch, but is not good with human politics. Mayama is calm and gentle. Morita is a eccentric genius and a rootless wanderer. Hagumi Hanamoto a relative of Prof Hanamoto comes to attend Hama Art College. Takemoto instantly falls in love for Hagumi whose painting conveys dynamism despite her pretty/charming exterior. Morita who returns to Hama Art College after a long break also falls for Hagumi immediately. Meanwhile, Mayama has a feeling for architect designer Rika whom he met at his part time job. Rika still cannot get rid of the memories of her lost father. Highly spirited Ayumi Yamada has an unanswered crush on Mayama. 5-one-sided feelings tangle with no answer. A story of a bitter and sweet love of the young.
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Professional Review of "Honey And Clover (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 30, 2007

This professional review refers to Honey and Clover (DVD) (Special Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Based on the hit Japanese comic by Chika Umino, Honey and Clover is the latest entry in a long line of Japanese comic adaptations. More in the vein of NANA than Death Note, Honey and Clover is far easier to adopt because of its down-to-earth subject matter - the lives of five art university students and their romantic complications. In the hands of anime veteran Masahiro Takada making his feature debut, Honey and Clover features a charming cast and an oddly amusing screenplay, but does it have enough to draw newcomers such as myself?

Having never read the comic nor watched the anime, the basic story of Honey and Clover's film adaptation has apparently been slightly changed - Takemoto (boy band Arashi member Sho Sakurai) is an art student under the tutelage of Professor Hanamoto, whose parties bring him and art students Mayama (Ryo Kase) and Yamada (Megumi Seki) together. At the party in the opening scene, Takemoto is introduced to Hagu (Yu Aoi), Hanamoto's cousin's daughter who recently entered the school on a scholarship, and Takemoto falls instantly in love. However, trouble enters in the form of Takemoto's neighbor Morita (Yusuke Iseya), a popular talented older student with a bit of an artistic temperament who has just returned from one of his long trips away. Morita is instantly impressed by Hagu's abstract paintings, and Hagu, in turn, begins to admire Morita's sculpting skills.

Meanwhile, Yamada is infatuated with Mayama, but Mayama himself is hopelessly in love with his boss Rika (Naomi Nishida), even to the point of stalking her and collecting her objects. Even when Mayama outright rejects Yamada, she remains head-over-heels in love with him for some inexplicable reason. When these five come together for Morita's gallery opening, an impulsive trip to the beach will change a few things.

Much like its source material, Honey and Clover is more concerned with romance than being a sharp satire of art school (even though it does have gentle nudges here and there), and that's okay for some. Takada obviously cares about the source material enough to make changes that make the adaptation stand on its own rather than a carbon copy, but without the potential bite it might have had as a satire, it's hard to see the appeal of the film beyond the fans of the original comic. Considering Mayama's creepier aspects, it is never quite apparent what Yamada sees in him; despite Takemoto's role as the protagonist, he is the weakest character in the film; and even when Honey and Clover can be a character piece, there's not much character development in the script (co-written by Takada), nor is there much of a plot to drive them.

Nevertheless, there are things to like about Honey and Clover even for outsiders like me. The occasional humor may seem jarring (particularly in the form of two over-the-top gallery owners) even for a dramedy, but much of it works, and it adds amusing moments to an overlong script. Yu Aoi rightfully earns her Best Actress award (for this and her performance in Hula Girls) at the Blue Ribbon Awards by giving the best performances out of the five as the shy and talented Hagu. Having only seen her in Hana and Alice, Hagu is a somewhat more difficult character to play, and Yu injects just the right amount of shyness and cuteness to create a Hagu that is likable instead of eccentric to an annoying degree.

From what I've read about Honey and Clover, it's really a story about the passing days of youth, and that it has been life-changing for some people. Unfortunately, Takada sticks mostly to the romance aspects of the story. While the love triangles in Honey and Clover can be affecting, I wonder if that's what college life is all about. Romance seem to have a real impact on these characters' lives, as it can affect their careers and even their arts. This may be how Takada handles the film's comic origins, but it clashes with the down-to-earthness of his stylistic approach. Honey and Clover may be a serviceable teen romance flick with satisfying performances and enough humor to keep the proceedings interesting, but underneath it all, it's also a little empty.

by Kevin Ma

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