Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles) DVD Region 2
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The film has all the markings of a period drama, but sports enough anachronisms and non sequiturs to make his audience's collective head spin. The film centers on the gay couple of Yajirobe (Tokio frontman Nagase Tomoya) and Kitachachi (Nakamura Shichinosuke) as they live their lives in Edo. But the two men have their fair share of problems: Kitachachi is an unemployed, drug-addicted actor, while Yaji suffers from nightmares that have pushed him to the brink of sanity. On a whim, the two head off to the Ise Shrine in the hopes of curing what ails them. But since this is an anything goes comedy, the not-so-happy couple don't go by horseback, but instead hop on a modern-day motorcycle!
Things get even stranger when they reach the Inn of Laughs where they meet a stoic gatekeeper (Takeuchi Riie) who demands they make him laugh in order to pass. Making plenty of allies and enemies on their journey, the two eventually reach the Inn of Songs and then finally, the Inn of the King, where they happen to encounter, of all people, King Arthur of Camelot! Needless to say, the deliriously paced Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san is one strange, wild ride not to be missed!
宮藤官九郎 (監督、脚本) / 長瀬智也 / 中村七之助
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2005
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Professional Review of "Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"
I haven't seen any of Kudo Kankuro's work before, but I'm very tempted now. Yaji and Kita: the Midnight Pilgrims is one of the weirdest things I've seen for a long time; it sucks you in to Yaji and Kita's world, and then systematically hits you over the head with a cinematic rubber chicken for two hours.
The plot (which comes from a classic novel, by way of a manga adaptation - it's been filmed before as Yajikita Dochu Sugoroku by Chiba Yasuki in 1958) concerns two samurai-class men, Yajirobei and Kitahachi. They live in Edo in period Japan, and decide to go on a pilgrimage to the Ise Shrine, meeting a variety of colourful characters on the way. This is all the two stories have in common, from what I can tell. In this version, though, there are a few little differences. Yaji and Kita are gay lovers, each with their own personal problems. Yaji suffers from terrible nightmares (one involving people floating down a river on blocks, Tetris-style) and Kita's a drug addict, forever chasing little blue pills, magic mushrooms or a syringe. The journey, then, is an idea hit upon by Yaji; he'll find himself and cure his nightmares, and Kita will go cold turkey and kick his array of habits.
The whole first scene is filmed in black and white, in a period setting, and suddenly the world bursts into colour, as the pair of them go dancing down the road singing (with backing dancers) about being "Born,- Born to be Gay!" At the end of the road, an enormous brightly-painted motorcycle awaits them and they go zooming off into the modern world. Seconds later they're sent back to period Japan by a traffic cop for exceeding the speed limit. Oh well.
The rest of Yaji and Kita... is equally manic and bizarre, with the story weaving drunkenly across a period Japanese landscape and the two lead actors switching quite rapidly between broad physical comedy, wordplay and serious, emotional acting. It's quite a ride, and there are some very funny scenes along the way, including an encounter with King Arthur and his sword Excalibur; Yaji's trip to purgatory, which is a bath-house full of identical men (souls) in yellow towels; and a quiet bar for dead souls who exist only in their lovers' dreams.
It all makes a weird kind of internal sense, though, and is in some ways reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There's a lot of wordplay which will probably make more sense to Japanese speakers (though the subtitlers have done an excellent job and tried to get the point across), but it's very accessible, so long as you're not someone who only watches "serious cinema".
8.5 trails of little blue pills out of 10
by Justin Viiret - heroic-cinema.com
Customer Review of "Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"
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October 18, 2005
This customer review refers to Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San (DVD) (DTS Special Edition) (First Presse Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
|It's really a very special movie! There are mobile, high school girls etc running in the movie, the point is, the background is in the period of Edo(the ancient Japan)!!! The story itself is quite interesting and laughing. The two guys are lovers, and they overcame many problems, and meet different people. There are sad feelings mixed with the laughing scenes. A contradictory story full of meaning truth. Like this movie very very much!|