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Hyakuman Yen to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Hyakuman Yen to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (Japan Version)
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Since graduating from junior college, 21-year-old Suzuko (Aoi Yu) hasn't been able to find a good job. Things get even worse when she is unwittingly pulled into an incident that lands her at the police station. Unable to stay at home after that, Suzuko decides to set out alone with a small suitcase, a restless heart, and one goal in mind: one million yen. Traveling from place to place, she takes on different temp jobs and crosses paths with various people, subtly changing their lives and her own. All the while, Suzuko lives by the one rule she's set for herself - work until she saves one million yen, and then skip town. Her travels take her from a seaside guesthouse to a peach plantation to a flower shop where she falls in love with college student Nakajima (Moriyama Mirai). But as the million yen deadline nears, where will life's road take Suzuko and her budding relationship with Nakajima?

Japanese Cinema's most talented young actress Aoi Yu (Hula Girl) embarks on a humorous and heartfelt journey of self-discovery in One Million Yen Girl (a.k.a. Hyakuman Yen to Nigamushi Onna). Written and helmed by female director Tanada Yuki (Moon & Cherry), this refreshing road film of post-college wanderings tunes into the setbacks and aspirations of the free-living freeter generation and the universal yearnings of people from all walks of life. Striking great chemistry with her co-stars including Moriyama Mirai (Crying Out Love in the Center of the World) and Takezai Terunosuke (Cherry Pie), Aoi Yu is never less than charming in her portrayal of a willful young woman trying to take life on her own terms.

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Product Title: Hyakuman Yen to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (Japan Version) 百萬日元與苦虫女 (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (日本版) 百万日元与苦虫女 (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (日本版) 百万円と苦虫女 Hyakuman Yen to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (Japan Version)
Also known as: One Million Yen and the Nigamushi Woman One Million Yen and the Nigamushi Woman One Million Yen and the Nigamushi Woman One Million Yen and the Nigamushi Woman One Million Yen and the Nigamushi Woman
Artist Name(s): Aoi Yu | Sasaki Sumie | Pierre Taki | Morooka Moro | Shimada Kyusaku | Horibe Keisuke | Yajima Kenichi | Ishida Taro | Moriyama Mirai | Takezai Terunosuke | Hiraiwa Kami | Sasano Takashi | Yuge Tomohisa | Saitou Ryuusei | Kimura Midoriko | Yuki Saya | Eguchi Noriko 蒼井優 | Sasaki Sumie | 瀧正則 | Morooka Moro | 嶋田久作 | 堀部圭亮 | Yajima Kenichi | 石田太郎 | 森山未來 | 竹財輝之助 | 平岩紙 | 笹野高史 | 弓削智久 | 齋藤隆成 | Kimura Midoriko | 悠城早矢 | 江口德子 苍井优 | Sasaki Sumie | 泷正则 | Morooka Moro | 嶋田久作 | 堀部圭亮 | Yajima Kenichi | 石田太郎 | 森山未来 | 竹财辉之助 | 平岩纸 | 笹野高史 | 弓削智久 | Saitou Ryuusei | Kimura Midoriko | 悠城早矢 | 江口德子 Noriko 蒼井優 | 佐々木すみ江 | ピエール瀧 | モロ師岡 | 嶋田久作 | 堀部圭亮 | 矢島健一 | 石田太郎 | 森山未來 | 竹財輝之助 | 平岩紙 | 笹野高史 | 弓削智久 | 齋藤隆成 | キムラ緑子 | 悠城早矢 | 江口のりこ | 斎藤歩 Aoi Yu | Sasaki Sumie | Pierre Taki | Morooka Moro | Shimada Kyusaku | Horibe Keisuke | Yajima Kenichi | Taro Ishida | Moriyama Mirai | Takezai Terunosuke | Hiraiwa Kami | Sasano Takashi | Yuge Tomohisa | Saitou Ryuusei | Kimura Midoriko | Yuki Saya | Eguchi Noriko
Director: Tanada Yuki Tanada Yuki Tanada Yuki タナダユキ Tanada Yuki
Release Date: 2009-01-30
Publisher Product Code: PCBE-53129
Language: Japanese
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.: 1012922499

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タイトル:百万円と苦虫女
出演:蒼井優/森山未來/ピエール瀧/竹財輝之助/齋藤隆成/笹野高史/嶋田久作/モロ師岡/石田太郎/キムラ緑子/矢島健一/斎藤歩/堀部圭亮/平岩紙/江口のりこ/悠城早矢/弓削智久/佐々木すみ江
監督:タナダユキ(脚本)/タナダユキ(監督)/安田圭(撮影)/石田健司(照明)/白取貢(録音)/古積弘二(美術)/宮島竜治(編集)/申谷弘美(スタイリスト)/竹下フミ(ヘアメイク)/沖弘美(スクリプター)/塩崎遵(助監督)/阿部豪(製作担当)/緑川徹(音楽プロデューサー)

鈴子は短大を卒業しても就職もできずに、しかたなくアルバイト生活を送っているどこにでもいる女の子。どうにかしてこの生活を変えようと考えている中、ひょうんな事件に巻き込まれてしまう。「百万円貯まったら、この家を出て行きます!」と家族に宣言し、百万円貯めるたびに次から次へと引越しをして、一人で生きていく決心をする。行く先々の街で様々な人々と出会い、笑ったり、怒ったり、素敵な恋をしながら、自分だけの生き方を見つけてゆく女の子の旅物語。
「百万円貯まったら、この家を出て行きます!」

音声特典:【音声特典】コメンタリー(蒼井優×タナダユキ監督)

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画面:Vista-16:9LB
言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

その他の情報
製作年:2008
備考:1枚組
音声特典収録
日本小売価格:¥4700

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Professional Review of "Hyakuman Yen to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (Japan Version)"

November 2, 2009

This professional review refers to One Million Yen Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Director Yuki Tanada's One Million Yen Girl charms, in no small part due to its star, the wonderful Yu Aoi. As unlikely ex-con Suzuko, Aoi is reserved yet emotionally strong, and possesses a forthright determination - even if what she's determined to do is keep running away. Suzuko's stint in the big house comes after a series of bad circumstances lands her with an awful roommate, their dislike escalating to bad blood before she inadvertently does something that gets her arrested. The letter of the law dictates Suzuko's sentence, but is she really deserving of a criminal record? Not at all, but that's what she receives. Life is not known for being fair.

Suzuko was also unlucky at the family lottery, and has ineffectual parents and a snotty little brother named Takuya (Ryusei Sato) who's petulant about having a criminal for an elder sister. Fed up with scorn both at home and in town (she's routinely chastised for being an ex-con by snarky neighbors), Suzuko takes to the road, where she decides upon a transient lifestyle dictated by her earnings. Basically, she'll arrive in a new town, save a million yen and then move on, her rationale being that a million is what she'll need to set up (i.e., pay the security deposit for a new rental apartment) at each new stop. Meanwhile, she writes letters to her brother, who - despite his initial disapproval - comes to see something admirable in his elder sister.

Suzuko's plan is to exist below the radar, meeting few people and making no friends. Of course, nobody else gets her memo and she inevitably - and unwillingly - becomes a part of people's lives. The film follows Suzuko as she makes three stops, first at a seaside town, second at a small village renowned for its peach trees, and third in a neighboring city where she takes up a job at a home supply store. In each location she finds connection where she doesn't want it, with Tanada milking quietly quirky situations to pleasing effect. The film contains some off-kilter characters, but they aren't over-the-top, overacting movie types. Mostly, the people Suzuko meets are quite normal, with her desire for a closed off existence making her the real oddball.

Still, you're unlikely to meet an oddball as lovely or with more character than Suzuko. Aoi Yu's performance is naturally reserved, but there's always more going on behind her reticence, whether it's seen in her eyes or through her tentative body language. One Million Yen Girl is essentially about running away, from both others and oneself, and it's a theme relevant to all the main characters - Suzuko, her little brother Takuya, and also Ryohei (Mirai Moriyama of Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World), Suzuko's co-worker at the home supply store. The theme gives the film identifiable audience connection, and is made more effective by its silent, natural development and the characters' admirable growth.

Youth romance fans should dig Ryohei and Suzuko's romance, which starts sweetly and tentatively before giving way to some largely predictable tension. The resolution of their romance is not completely crowd-pleasing; though Suzuko grows as a person, there's a certain open-endedness that's bound to frustrate some. At the same time, the denouement feels absolutely right, ending the film on an optimistic and freeing note that's pitch-perfect in emotion. The film's slower pace, rural settings and smaller details are relaxing and innately pleasing, and make observing Suzuko's situation a low key, but ultimately very enjoyable affair. However, the film succeeds in large part due to its quietly stellar leading lady. As the One Million Yen Girl, Yu Aoi is worth following from city to city, town to town, anywhere she chooses to go.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Hyakuman Yen to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl) (DVD) (Japan Version)"

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

Kevin Kennedy
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May 31, 2010

This customer review refers to One Million Yen Girl (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Hard to categorize, easy to love Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"One Million Yen Girl" begins with waitress Suzuko (Aoi Yu) sharing an apartment with an obnoxious young man she barely knows. The guy infuriates her, but she puts up with it until he throws her pet kitten out of the apartment and the cute kitty is run over by a car. Suzuko tosses her apartmentmate's belongings into the trash. He presses criminal charges against her and poor Suzuko ends up doing jail time. Upon her release, she feels unwelcome at her family home; her parents and little brother clearly are uncomfortable living with an ex-convict. Suzuko chooses to hit the road. So begins an unexpectedly charming road movie.

Suzuko first heads to a seaside town at which she takes a job at a beach concessions stand. Suzuko plans to work there until she has saved one million yen, an amount sufficient to travel to her next destination and make a downpayment on her next apartment. A regular customer at the concessions stand is smitten by her good looks. She fends off the boy's advances and flees to the next town as soon as she is able. There she finds employment picking peaches, until the locals want to feature her image in a promotional campaign. Again, Suzuko decides it's time to move on. She next moves to a city near Tokyo where she works at a home and garden store. Suzuko knows nothing about the store's goods, but kind coworker Nakajima (Moriyama Mirai) takes her under his wing. A romance begins to blossom between the two and this time Suzuko is not inclined to run away. But Nakajima keeps borrowing money from her that he fails to repay and seems interested in another pretty coworker. Is it time for Suzuko to depart for yet another destination?

"One Million Yen Girl" is told with an honesty and modesty that makes it very companionable entertainment. It is a kind of anti-coming of age movie, in which Suzuko seeks not to learn more about herself and grow, but to flee herself, so convinced is she of her own toxic nature. Aoi Yu is perfectly cast as this deeply conflicted young woman; we sense her anguish and root for her to gain the peace she so desperately needs. Did I mention that the film is infused with delightful humor? "One Million Yen Girl" is an unforgettable journey.
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