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Judge! (2014) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
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Are you a fan of zany Japanese commercials? See the world of the people who create them in Judge!, a hilarious comedy about the intensely competitive world of advertising. Tsumabuki Satoshi (Tokyo Family) stars as a low-level director at an ad agency who is sent to pose as his boss as a judge at an international advertising competition in Los Angeles. Directed by award-winning CM director Nagai Akira and written by award-winning CM planner Sawamoto Yoshimitsu (10 Promises to My Dog), Judge! shows no mercy in lampooning both modern advertisements and their creators, depicting the advertising world as a place filled with egotistic figures who are more interested in promoting themselves than the companies they are hired to represent. Judge! also co-stars Kitakawa Keigo (Roommate) as Tsumabuki's partner-in-crime and Suzuki Kyoka (The Kiyosu Conference) as a fellow judge.

After taking the blame for another disastrous advertising campaign, Ota Kiichiro (Tsumabuki Satoshi) is asked by his arrogant boss Otaki Ichiro (Toyokawa Etsushi) to take his place as a judge at the world's biggest advertising competition in Los Angeles. The catch: Kiichiro must make sure that a lambasted ad created by a potential investor's son wins the contest. Carrying a few words of advice from company veteran Kagami (Lili Franky), Kiichiro – who doesn't even speak any English – goes to Los Angeles with co-worker Hikari (Kitagawa Keiko) in tow. There, Kiichiro discovers a cutthroat world of two-faced friends who are more interested in negotiating secret deals to win votes rather than truly picking the best ad.

This edition includes audio commentary, cast interviews, making of and trailers. It comes with a booklet.

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Product Title: Judge! (2014) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) 廣告祭! 唔制! (2014) (Blu-ray) (初回限定版)(日本版) 广告祭! 唔制! (2014) (Blu-ray) (初回限定版)(日本版) ジャッジ! 豪華版 Blu-ray [初回限定生産] Judge! (2014) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Also known as: 菜鳥評審員 菜鸟评审员
Artist Name(s): Tsumabuki Satoshi | hirasawaatsushi | Nagai Akira | Kitagawa Keiko | Suzuki Kyoka | Toyokawa Etsushi | Arakawa Yoshiyoshi | Tamayama Tetsuji | Kase Ryo | Lily Franky | Kimura Yuichi | Ito Ayumi | Tanaka Yoji | Kazama Morio | Hamano Kenta | Takenaka Naoto | Den Den 妻夫木聰 | hirasawaatsushi | 永井聰 | 北川景子 | 鈴木京香 | 豐川悅司 | 荒川良良 | 玉山鐵二 | 加瀨亮 | 中川雅也 | 木村祐一 | 伊藤步 | 田中要次 | 風間杜夫 | 浜野謙太 | 竹中直人 | 緒方義博 Den Den 妻夫木聪 | hirasawaatsushi | 永井聪 | 北川景子 | 铃木京香 | 丰川悦司 | 荒川良良 | 玉山铁二 | 加濑亮 | 中川雅也 | 木村佑一 | 伊藤步 | 田中要次 | 风间杜夫 | 浜野谦太 | 竹中直人 | 绪方义博 Den Den 妻夫木聡 | 平沢敦士 | 永井聡 | 北川景子 | 鈴木京香 | 豊川悦司 | 荒川良々 | 玉山鉄二 | 加瀬亮 | リリー・フランキー | 木村祐一 | 伊藤歩 | 田中要次 | Kazama Morio | 浜野謙太 | 竹中直人 | 緒方義博 でんでん Tsumabuki Satoshi | hirasawaatsushi | Nagai Akira | Kitagawa Keiko | Suzuki Kyoka | Toyokawa Etsushi | Arakawa Yoshiyoshi | Tamayama Tetsuji | 카세 료 | Lily Franky | Kimura Yuichi | Ito Ayumi | Tanaka Yoji | Kazama Morio | Hamano Kenta | Takenaka Naoto | Den Den
Director: Nagai Akira 永井聰 永井聪 永井聡 Nagai Akira
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2014-07-09
Publisher Product Code: SHBR-243
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Fuji TV
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035481978

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世界一のテレビCMを決める国際広告祭。グランプリをとらなければ、クビ!? CM業界トップクリエイター×超豪華キャストで贈る爆笑あり、恋あり、ほろりと涙ありの最強エンターテインメント! 妻夫木聡、北川景子、リリー・フランキー、鈴木京香、豊川悦司ら超豪華キャストが集結!! ――広告代理店・現通で働く太田喜一郎(妻夫木聡)は、情熱は人一倍、でも腕はイマイチという落ちこぼれクリエイター。ある日、太田は身勝手な上司・大滝一郎(豊川悦司)から、サンタモニカ広告祭の審査員役を押し付けられる。毎夜開かれるパーティーにパートナーの同伴が必要と知った太田に頼まれ、仕事はできるが、ギャンブル好きの同僚・大田ひかり(北川景子)もイヤイヤながら"偽の奧さん"役として同行することに。大滝の指示で、窓際社員の鏡さん(リリー・フランキー)のもと審査員としての怪しげな特訓を受ける太田。しかし、教わったのは英語のフレーズをいくつかと、"ペン回し"のやり方、大量のオタクグッズだけだった・・・。華やかに審査会が開幕する中、太田は「ちくわのCMを入賞させられなければ会社をクビ!」という驚愕の事実を言い渡される。それは、クライアント都合で勝手に作られた「つまらなくて死ぬかと思った」と酷評された代物だった。特製アウターケース仕様、ブックレット封入の豪華版。

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妻夫木聡 / 北川景子 / リリー・フランキー / 永井聡 (監督)

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Professional Review of "Judge! (2014) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)"

July 28, 2014

This professional review refers to Judge! (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Japanese commercials, known around the world for their colourful eccentricity and frequent lack of sense, are a natural fit for a comedy, and few directors are better qualified for the job than Nagai Akira, himself a former award winning CM helmer. Making his debut with Judge!, Nagai (who also scripted 10 Promises to My Dog) goes behind the scenes of the advertising industry, following Tsumabuki Satoshi (an actor whose star is very much on the rise after roles in Tokyo Family, Villain, Smuggler and more) as a bumbling ad exec pushed into travelling to the US to take part in judging an international competition. Filled with slapstick, visual gags and cultural misunderstandings, the film has another top upcoming star in actress Kitakawa Keigo (Roommate, The After-Dinner Mysteries) in the female lead role, and a fun supporting cast that includes Suzuki Kyoka (The Kiyosu Conference), Toyokawa Etsushi (Twentieth Century Boys), Lili Franky, (Like Father, Like Son), and Arakawa Yoshiyoshi (Fine, Totally Fine).

Tsumabuki Satoshi plays ad worker Ota Kiichiro, whose career runs into trouble after his boss Otaki Ichiro (Toyokawa Etsushi) blames the failure of a disastrous dancing fox noodle commercial on him. To make amends, Kiichiro is forced to take his place at an international advertising competition in California, where he's tasked with serving as a judge and making sure that a shabby commercial by the son of a rich investor wins, with his job and future on the line. Armed only with a few lines of English and odd pieces of advice from basement dwelling company veteran Kagami (Lili Franky), Kiichiro heads to the US with reluctant co-worker Hikari (Kitagawa Keiko), posing as husband and wife. It doesn't take him long to realise that he's got his work cut out for him, with a ruthless chairman presiding over the competition and bribery and corruption being rife.

It's clear from the start that Nagai Akira and screenwriter Yoshimitsu Sawamoto (also an advertising veteran, having worked on campaigns for Toyota and SoftBank) really know their subject matter, and Judge! is at least partly based on their own experiences, packing in lots of anecdotes and amusing details. The industry is spoofed mercilessly throughout, pretty much everyone involved being egotistical, self-obsessed or backstabbing to one degree or another, and most of the adverts being (possibly) exaggerated and suitably bizarre – Nagai certainly gets a great deal of comic mileage out of wacky ad clips. Though it does occasionally flirt with satire, the film is based more around broad humour and slapstick, following the usual comedy of errors structure, protagonist Kiichiro getting into all sorts of mishaps before eventually coming good. Socially awkward situations, gay jokes (which western viewers might find a little non-PC) and daft stereotypes are very much the order of the day, and the film manages a few rude and crude touches without falling into offensiveness. This all works well, and the film is light hearted and playful throughout, with a mix of the kind of wackiness Japanese comedies are known for and Hollywood-style humour – the film is one of the few to come close to nailing the east/west culture clash theme.

It helps that the western acting, though not fantastic, is of a much higher standard than usual, James C. Burns and Australian comedian Chad Mullane both on reasonably convincing form in fairly prominent roles, and this helps avoid the usual bad performance distractions, as well as helping Nagai to make some spot-on observations on western ideas about Japan and Asian in general. Tsumabuki Satoshi is great in the lead, showing himself to be a versatile and talented actor, who's just as at home in comedy as drama, putting in a charismatic turn that makes Kiichiro easy to root for while laughing at. Kitakawa Keigo is also effective and appealing, and the two have a good chemistry together, with plenty of sparky bantering, and Toyokawa Etsushi, Lili Franky and Arakawa Yoshiyoshi all do well in oddball comic role, each managing to steal their fair share of scenes.

Though it's nothing too ambitious or intelligent, Judge! is a very likeable piece of popcorn fun, Nagai Akira doing a great job of mining his own experiences for comic effect. Boosted by leads Tsumabuki Satoshi and Kitakawa Keigo and by Yoshimitsu Sawamoto's nicely balanced script, the film has more than enough funny moments to sustain its premise, and makes for a brisk hour and forty five minutes of amiable entertainment.

by James Mudge -

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Customer Review of "Judge! (2014) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10 (1)

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August 2, 2015

This customer review refers to Judge! (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Promise unfulfilled Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
"Judge!" starts promisingly, but a change in locale sends the movie tumbling rapidly downhill. Tsumabuki Satoshi stars as Ota Kiichiro, a good-natured but bumbling TV ad man. He thanklessly slaves under prima donna ad director Otaki Ichiro (Toyokawa Etsushi) in the creation of a supremely silly ad for udon noodle soup. Otaki then sends Ota to Santa Monica, California to be a judge in an advertising competition. Ota must pull strings to ensure that a terrible advertisement for a fish product wins the competition. If the ad wins, then Ota's agency will win a huge contract; it the ad loses, then Ota will be fired.

The creation of the udon ad, the interactions with Japanese clients, and Ota's quirky efforts to learn English all harvest laughs. Director Nagai Akira, who worked in the advertising industry himself, brings a comic authenticity to these scenes. Unfortunately, when Ota arrives in Santa Monica, authenticity goes out the window. Nothing feels real. The English language script is clumsy; too many of the English language actors are amateurish; the venomous depiction of the competition feels like director Nagai was settling old scores. In short, the sure-handed comedy of the opening scenes turns into leaden, overlong melodrama, ending in a jarringly unconvincing romance between Ota and a comely colleague (Kitagawa Keiko).

Tsumabuki Satoshi always is an amiable screen presence; one never tires of watching him navigate even the most sodden of scenes. Too bad "Judge!" proves to be such a disappointing vehicle for his talents.
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