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Koi no Mon Special Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles) DVD Region 2

Sakai Wakana | Otake Shinobu (Actor) | Matsuo Suzuki (Actor, Director) | Kohinata Fumiyo
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Koi no Mon Special Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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Can being an otaku lead to love? Multi-talented actor/writer/playwright/novelist Matsuo Suzuki makes his directorial debut with the quirky romantic comedy Koi no Mon (AKA Otakus in Love). Aoki Mon (Matsuda Ryuhei of Blue Spring and Gohatto) is a manga-obsessed geek who creates his own manga by arranging colored stones in wooden boxes. Love literally strikes him when he meets Akashi Koino (Sakai Wakana of Kisarazu Cat’s Eye and No Problem 2), an amateur manga artist and cosplay fanatic who decides that Mon is the perfect partner for her wacky fantasy cosplay games. But after being dressed up in the costume of her favorite video game character, Mon decides that Koino’s obsessed geek-girl tendencies are even too much for a self-acknowledged otaku like him. Still, that isn’t enough to deter Koino from chasing her chosen knight in shining armor!

Koi no Mon is based on a manga by Hanyunyuu Jun, and director Matsuo Suzuki brings a colorful, energetic, and utterly charming grace to this decidedly oddball romance. Featuring many in-jokes at Japan’s popular manga scene, including cameos from many manga and film professionals, like Anno Hideaki of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and internationally notorious filmmaker Miike Takashi, Koi no Mon is a different and entertainingly offbeat valentine for Japanese media enthusiasts – and everyone else too!

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Product Title: Koi no Mon Special Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles) 戀之門 Special Edition (限定版)(日本版 - 英文字幕) 恋之门 Special Edition (限定版)(日本版 - 英文字幕) 恋の門 スペシャルエディション スペシャル・エディション(初回限定生産) Koi no Mon Special Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Sakai Wakana | Otake Shinobu (Actor) | Matsuo Suzuki (Actor) | Kohinata Fumiyo | Matsuda Ryuhei (Actor) | Otake Makoto (Actor) | Tanabe Seiichi (Actor) | Tsukamoto Shinya | Imawano Kiyoshiro (Actor) | Kojima Hijiri | Matsumoto Koshiro (Actor) | Katagiri Hairi (Actor) 酒井若菜 | 大竹忍 (Actor) | Matsuo Suzuki (Actor) | 小日向文世 | 松田龍平 (Actor) | Makoto Otake (Actor) | 田邊誠一 (Actor) | 塚本晉也 | 忌野清志郎 (Actor) | 小島聖 | 松本幸四郎 (Actor) | 片桐 入 (Actor) 酒井若菜 | 大竹忍 (Actor) | Matsuo Suzuki (Actor) | 小日向文世 | 松田龙平 (Actor) | Otake Makoto (Actor) | 田边诚一 (Actor) | 冢本晋也 | 忌野清志郎 (Actor) | 小岛圣 | 松本幸四郎 (Actor) | 片桐 入 (Actor) 酒井若菜 | 大竹しのぶ (Actor) | 松尾スズキ (Actor) | 小日向文世 | 松田龍平 (Actor) | 大竹まこと (Actor) | 田辺誠一 (Actor) | 塚本晋也 | 忌野清志郎 (Actor) | 小島聖 | 松本幸四郎 (Actor) | 片桐 はいり (Actor) Sakai Wakana | Otake Shinobu (Actor) | Matsuo Suzuki (Actor) | Kohinata Fumiyo | Matsuda Ryuhei (Actor) | Makoto Otake (Actor) | Tanabe Seiichi (Actor) | Tsukamoto Shinya | Imawano Kiyoshiro (Actor) | Kojima Hijiri | Matsumoto Koshiro (Actor) | Katagiri Hairi (Actor)
Director: Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki 松尾スズキ Matsuo Suzuki
Release Date: 2005-04-08
Publisher Product Code: ACBD-10250
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003949262

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
松尾スズキ (監督、脚本) / 松田龍平 / 酒井若菜 / 小島聖 / 塚本晋也 / 小日向文世 / 大竹まこと / 大竹しのぶ

[特典情報]
初回限定生産DVD付

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
製作年:2004年/製作国:日本/カラー/本編114分
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Professional Review of "Koi no Mon Special Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

March 10, 2008

Many might think the presence of Japanese heart-throb Matsuda Ryuhei would be sufficient justification for any film, and the addition of fripperies such as story and character development would merely waste money. For myself, I'd probably watch Matsuda reading the phone book, but I admit that wouldn’t necessarily be compelling viewing for others. Luckily for us all, Otakus In Love has many other things going for it.

For starters, it's funny. The characters are funny, and the situations are funny. It's full of odd, quirky moments that Japanese directors do so wonderfully. In a way, Matsuo is very similar to English director Peter Greenaway, as this film, like most Greenaway films, has a rich and detailed texture. But if Greenaway's rich, dark, oppressive films could be described as the treacle pudding of cinema, Matsuo's work is the pavlova: light, fluffy, and full of strange fruit. And unlike many Hollywood comedy directors, who labour the point interminably, Matsuo doesn't care if you get the joke. Perhaps because he knows that there will be another one along in a few minutes. Matsuo throws humor at you with a shovel, and most of it hits the mark. This richness of texture makes Otakus In Love a film that you can watch several times, and get something new each time.

While we're on the director comparison, Matsuo also shares with fellow Japanese director Sabu (Monday, Drive) the ability to push characters and situations the merest hair's breadth over the line into absurdity. Some viewers might object to Sabu or Matsuo's films with "But that's not very realistic, that won't happen!" Which is missing the point: realism is not the aim. Matsuo and Sabu enmesh their very credible characters in situations that creep beyond the common, giving rise to situations at once believable and absurd.

The cast works wonderfully well, both in their own performances and as an ensemble. Matsuda, hitherto known for extremely serious, and often tragic, drama, essays a lovable loser, and does it with panache. The air of distant sadness that he presented in such films as Taboo and 9 Souls is gone: instead we have a gormless, hungry artist who seeks the perfect rock with which to express his art. In the opening scene we find our hero driven to the extreme act of taking a paid job, although his descent into this mundane world doesn't extend as far as changing his rather tatty clothes or, it seems, bathing. His self-defense against the inevitable jibing from his salaryman boss combines the meekness of one who knows himself to be an underdog with the arrogance of one who believes himself to be an artist, and Matsuda performs with a comic skill surprising in one so frequently subdued.

Wakana, as the cosplaying Koino, manifests a wide-eyed enthusiasm that looks ditzy all the way up to the scene where she loses her cool, which she does with the intensity of a cable snapping. Director Matsuo, as manager of a manga bar where the desperate Mon takes a job, plays the laconic barman to perfection, once again until this stereotype is shaken to pieces. Matsuo looks serious and studious, and it might take you some time to recognize in him the bunny-eared twins he played in Miike's Ichi The Killer. There's even a hysterical cameo from the Master of Extremes himself, Miike Takashi, that you'd miss if you blinked.

Unlike Miike's bloodfest, this film has no violence, and precious little sex. There's an occasional internal monologue from Matsuda that's used sparingly and to good effect. There's dollops of fun being poked at manga fan culture, with a side order of snook being cocked at artistic pretensions, and even a song and dance routine. One thing I noticed was that the names of the main characters, Koino and Mon, combine to form the Japanese title of the film (Koi No Mon). This might make them archetypes, and make the whole film a post-structuralist commentary on something, but that's of little moment to me. What I care about is amusement value, and this film has it in spades. Or, rather, in stones.

Movie Grade: 8.5 uniquely interesting rocks out of 10

By Alison Jobling - Heroic-Cinema.com

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Customer Review of "Koi no Mon Special Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Anonymous

April 25, 2005

2 people found this review helpful

"I love you because you love rocks" Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I bought this movie based on the description alone and was not dissapointed. Its more than a quirky romantic comedy - its the closest to live-action anime that I have ever come across.
Whilst at its heart it is a love story don't expect wall-to-wall sappiness - its a lot stranger and more imaginative than that. The dark humour is quite twisted too.
The tone might be slightly uneven in places (and there are perhaps too many twists in the plot) but its a joy to see a film bursting with lots of ideas rather than having too few.
I was certainly consistantly entertained for all of its 2 hour length.
If you love manga or cosplay then this film is highly reccomended.
The cameo's by famous directors are great fun to spot - especially Miike as a brothel owner.
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