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Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles) DVD Region 2

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Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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From Kudo Kankuro, writer of Go and Ping Pong, comes the surreal samurai flick Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san. Kudo makes his directorial debut with this film adaptation of a manga by Shiriagai Kotobuki, which itself was based on Jippensha Ikku's classic novel Tokkaidochu Hizakurige. But rather than create a slavish adaptation, Kudo has chosen to re-imagine the world according to his own out-there sensibilities!

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!

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Product Title: Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles) 真夜中的彌次先生與喜多先生 DTS Standard Edition (日本版 - 英文字幕) 真夜中的弥次先生与喜多先生 DTS Standard Edition (日本版 - 英文字幕) 真夜中の弥次さん喜多さん DTSスタンダード・エディション Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Umezu Kazuo | Aso Kumiko | Tsumabuki Satoshi | Omori Nao | Iura Arata | Terajima Susumu | Ken Naoko | Matsuo Suzuki | Namase Katsuhisa | Kudo Kankuro | Abe Sadao | Furuta Arata | Itao Itsuji | Dokumabushi Sandayu | Arakawa Yoshiyoshi | Morishita Aiko | Iwamatsu Ryo | Emoto Tasuku | Nakamura Shichinosuke | Shimizu Yumi | Nagase Tomoya | Koike Eiko | Takeuchi Riki | Yamaguchi Tomomitsu | Nakamura Kanzaburo [木某] 圖一雄 | 麻生久美子 | 妻夫木聰 | 大森南朋 | ARATA 井浦新 | 寺島進 | Ken Naoko | Matsuo Suzuki | 生瀨勝久 | 宮藤官九郎 | 阿部貞夫 | 古田新太 | 板尾創路 | Dokumabushi Sandayu | 荒川良良 | 森下愛子 | 岩松了 | 柄本佑 | 中村七之助 | Shimizu Yumi | 長瀨智也 | 小池榮子 | 竹內力 | 山口智充 | 中村勘三郎 [木某] 图一雄 | 麻生久美子 | 妻夫木聪 | 大森南朋 | Iura Arata | 寺岛进 | Ken Naoko | Matsuo Suzuki | 生濑胜久 | 宫藤官九郎 | 阿部贞夫 | 古田新太 | 板尾创路 | Dokumabushi Sandayu | 荒川良良 | 森下爱子 | 岩松了 | Emoto Tasuku | Nakamura Shichinosuke | Shimizu Yumi | 长濑智也 | 小池荣子 | 竹内力 | 山口智充 | Nakamura Kanzaburo 楳図かずお | 麻生久美子 | 妻夫木聡 | 大森南朋 | ARATA 井浦新 | テラジマススム | 研ナオコ | 松尾スズキ | 生瀬勝久 | 宮藤官九郎 | 阿部サダヲ | 古田新太 | 板尾創路 | 毒蝮三太夫 | 荒川良々 | 森下愛子 | 岩松了 | 柄本佑 | 中村七之助 | 清水ゆみ | しりあがり寿(原作) | ZAZEN BOYS(音楽) | 山中敏康(撮影) | 椎原教貴(照明) | 中澤克巳(美術) | 伊賀大介(スタイリスト) | 藤丸和徳(録音) | 浦田和治(整音) | 上野聡一(編集) | 田中浩征(VFXスーパーバイザー) | 中村勘三郎[十八代目] | 長瀬智也 | 小池栄子 | 竹内力 | 山口智充 | 中村勘三郎 Umezu Kazuo | Aso Kumiko | Tsumabuki Satoshi | Omori Nao | Iura Arata | Terajima Susumu | Ken Naoko | Matsuo Suzuki | Namase Katsuhisa | Kudo Kankuro | Abe Sadao | Furuta Arata | Itao Itsuji | Dokumabushi Sandayu | Arakawa Yoshiyoshi | Morishita Aiko | Iwamatsu Ryo | Emoto Tasuku | Nakamura Shichinosuke | Shimizu Yumi | Nagase Tomoya | Koike Eiko | Takeuchi Riki | Yamaguchi Tomomitsu | Nakamura Kanzaburo
Director: Kudo Kankuro 宮藤官九郎 宫藤官九郎 宮藤官九郎 Kudo Kankuro
Release Date: 2005-10-07
Publisher Product Code: ACBD-10302
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place 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?
Duration: 124 (mins)
Publisher: Asmik Ace Entertainment
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004031902

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
宮藤官九郎 (監督、脚本) / 長瀬智也 / 中村七之助

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2005

[ストーリー]
ディープに愛し合う、ワイルドで男らしい弥次さんとヤク中の喜多さんは“リヤル”を探してお伊勢さまを目指す“てめぇ探しの旅”に出発。しかし、行く手には笑いをとらないと通れない関所、歌い踊る主人のいる茶屋、アーサー王のとろろ汁屋など奇天烈な関門が・・・。果たして二人の旅はどこにたどり着くのだろうか!?

[解説]
爆走!青春ロードムービーお伊勢を目指せ!時代劇の常識をブチ破る奇想天外な冒険!

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Professional Review of "Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

June 30, 2005

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

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Customer Review of "Mayonaka no Yaji San Kita San DTS Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

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

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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)
A new style movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
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!
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