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Library Wars (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Okada Junichi (Actor) | Eikura Nana (Actor) | Tanaka Kei (Actor) | Kuriyama Chiaki (Actor)
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Based on the successful light novel series, Library Wars is now a live-action blockbuster from the director of Gantz! V6's Okada Junichi and Eikura Nana (April Bride) team up as two members of an organization dedicated to protecting books in an alternate reality in which the media censorship authority has become an oppressive organization. Depicting the fight against media censorship as a literal battle, Library Wars is an explosive drama with spectacular action sequences, a politically relevant message about the dangers of censorship and even a heartwarming romance.

Ever since the Japanese government passed a law banning dangerous books, it has gone as far as taking up arms to make sure the wrong books don't get into the wrong hands. To defend the sanctity of the library and to ensure freedom of expression in Japan, the Library Defense force was established, striking a precarious balance. Kasahara (Eikura Nana) has joined the Library Defense Force to pursue her prince, an anonymous Library Force member who protected a book for her when she was in high school. However, her instructor Dojo (Okada Junichi) has devised a difficult training regiment that she is physically incapable to handle. Kasahara manages to prove herself and is assigned to Dojo's task force, putting her in the line of fire in the long-standing war between the oppressive Media Betterment Force and the Library Defense Force.

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Product Title: Library Wars (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 圖書館戰爭 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 图书馆战争 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 図書館戦争 Library Wars (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Okada Junichi (Actor) | Eikura Nana (Actor) | Tanaka Kei (Actor) | Kuriyama Chiaki (Actor) | Suzuki Kazuma (Actor) | Ishizaka Koji (Actor) | Nishida Naomi (Actor) | Shimada Kyusaku (Actor) | Hashimoto Jun (Actor) | Fukushi Sota (Actor) 岡田准一 (Actor) | 榮倉奈奈 (Actor) | 田中圭 (Actor) | 栗山千明 (Actor) | 鈴木一真 (Actor) | 石坂浩二 (Actor) | 西田尚美 (Actor) | 嶋田久作 (Actor) | Hashimoto Jun (Actor) | 福士蒼汰 (Actor) 冈田准一 (Actor) | 荣仓奈奈 (Actor) | 田中圭 (Actor) | 栗山千明 (Actor) | 铃木一真 (Actor) | 石坂浩二 (Actor) | 西田尚美 (Actor) | 嶋田久作 (Actor) | Hashimoto Jun (Actor) | 福士苍汰 (Actor) 岡田准一 (Actor) | 榮倉奈々 (Actor) | 田中圭 (Actor) | 栗山千明 (Actor) | Suzuki Kazuma (Actor) | 石坂浩二 (Actor) | 西田尚美 (Actor) | 嶋田久作 (Actor) | 橋本じゅん (Actor) | 福士蒼汰 (Actor) Okada Junichi (Actor) | Eikura Nana (Actor) | Tanaka Kei (Actor) | Kuriyama Chiaki (Actor) | Suzuki Kazuma (Actor) | Ishizaka Koji (Actor) | Nishida Naomi (Actor) | Shimada Kyusaku (Actor) | Hashimoto Jun (Actor) | Fukushi Sota (Actor)
Director: Sato Shinsuke 佐藤信介 佐藤信介 佐藤信介 사토 신스케
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: 2014-01-29
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 128 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035086604

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Director: Sato Shinsuke

In 2019, public anger at media excess has led to censorsip of television, newspapers, the internet, books, movies, and music under the ‘Media Betterment Act’. To fight the armed ‘Betterment Squads’ that go around destroying objectionable materials, the nation’s libraries have formed their own para-military ‘Library Corps’. Iku Kasahara is a new recruit to the corps, where her instructor and squad leader is Atsushi Dojo. At first repelled by his by-the-book approach to leadership, she is gradually won over by his commitment to their battle for ‘books’ and ‘the freedom to know’.
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Professional Review of "Library Wars (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 27, 2014

This professional review refers to Library Wars (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
The oddly titled blockbuster Library Wars really does offer just that, depicting the armed struggle between paramilitary librarians and fascist censors in Japan's not too distant future. Based on a hugely popular series of light novels by Arikawa Hiro, the film was directed by Sato Shinsuke, who previously did a pretty good job of adapting Gantz for the big screen. Despite its wacky sounding premise, the film is actually a relatively straight faced and politically charged affair which attempts to combine sci fi, action, romance and more with serious philosophical statements.

Set in 2019 in a Japan where laws have been passed banning supposedly corrupting books, the film mainly revolves around Kasahara (Eikura Nana, April Bride), a young woman who joins the Library Defense Force to help fight back against the sinister Media Betterment Force. She's also there to try and track down her beloved prince, a mysterious Library Force soldier who once shielded her when trying to protect a blacklisted book. Although she quickly earns the right to join the force's elite task force, she comes up against tough instructor Dojo (former boy band member Okura Junichi), who seems determined to prove her incapable of serving on the front line. With the Media Betterment Force stepping up their campaign things soon get dangerous, and Kasahara and Dojo find themselves caught up in a conspiracy leading back to an infamous 1999 library massacre.

Though it doesn't take itself too seriously, Library Wars is far more coherent and sensible than expected, Sato Shinsuke managing to generally suspend disbelief and to create a political future that's semi-believable. Fahrenheit 451 it might not be, but the film actually does have something to say about the freedom of expression, warning against the gradual erosion of civil liberties and personal privacy. While the film never goes into its themes in much depth, Sato balances them well with its more popcorn leanings, and the multi-genre blend is an effective and entertaining one ?the action works well and is suitably bombastic, the Japanese embarrassment comedy is reasonably funny, and the romance between Kasahara and Dojo is amusingly daft in the way it develops, both of the main stars being on likeable and not too cutesy form. There's always plenty going on, and even the subplots involving Kasahara's best friend Asako (Kuriyama Chiaki, Kill Bill) and other suitor Tezuka (Fukushi Sota, Kamen Rider) never feel too much like unnecessary padding.

The film moves along at a decent pace as a result, and despite a long two hours plus running time, Sato holds the interest throughout, working in some reasonably spectacular set pieces along the way. The action scenes are well-handled and make good use of what must have been a generous budget, and the film certainly feels like a fully-fledged blockbuster, with some great sets and costumes helping make for the kind of convincing setting needed to pull off its outlandish central conceit. Though there's nothing too brutal on show, the war sequences during the final act add an edge of sorts, and while the film would have benefitted from more of a central villain role, it at least does threaten to do away with some of the minor members of the supporting cast.

Perhaps inevitably the film does drag things out a little towards the very end, setting things up for further adventures of the Library Defense Force, though this doesn't leave too sour a taste in the mouth, and more Library Wars would certainly be welcome. Sato Shinsuke again proves himself as one of the better directors when it comes to adapting cult fiction or manga, and the film is thoughtful without neglecting the all-important elements of fun and kinetic escapism.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Library Wars (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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February 19, 2015

This customer review refers to Library Wars (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Library Wars falls short Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"Library Wars", while overly earnest in its approach, effectively tells its story of a future Japan in which a militarized force of government censors fights to destroy literature deemed dangerous and is opposed in those efforts by a separate government force of library defenders. In short, it depicts a world in which one arm of the Japanese government is at war against another arm of the Japanese government. Seen through the eyes of the idealistic young library defender Kasahara (Eikura Nana), the film is particularly strong in its depiction of the thrills and terrors of combat.

However...

Can we really believe that different branches of the Japanese government in 2019 truly are in a shooting war with each other?

In 2019, why would the government censors be concerned only with traditional "dead tree" books, while entirely ignoring books in other formats, such as e-books?

Which books would the government deem so dangerous that they must be eliminated by force? The film never bothers to explain the motivation behind the bans.

Why in one scene do we see the censors removing books from a private bookstore, while in a different scene we are told that the censors have no authority to remove books held in private hands?

There's a lot that just doesn't add up in "Library Wars" and, because these things are left unaddressed, the two opposing forces are treated as superficial good guys and superficial bad guys. I didn't believe it. Ray Bradbury's novel (and Francois Truffaut's movie) "Fahrenheit 451" tackles this subject much more convincingly.
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