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The most brilliant physicist-detective in the world is back! Following the show's successful second season, the team behind Galileo and Suspect X reunite for Midsummer Formula, the latest feature film based on Higashino Keigo's popular novel series. Based on the sixth book of the series, this new installment sees Dr. Yukawa – once again played by Fukuyama Masaharu – heading to a small seaside town and getting embroiled in a murder mystery that will reveal a family secret that has been buried for decades. Co-starring Yoshitaka Yuriko (Galileo Season Two) and Anne (Platinum Data), this hit mystery drama will keep audiences guessing and move them to tears with its emotional conclusion.

Dr. Yukawa Manabu (Fukuyama Masaharu) goes to a beautiful seaside town to participate in a panel on a local development project. While staying in a local hotel, a former detective is found dead. The police sends Tokyo-based detective – and Yukawa's police liaison – Kishitani (Yoshitaka Yuriko) to investigate. Discovering clues that reveal the case is more complex than it appears, Manabu joins in on the investigation. At the same time, Manabu gets to know the family that owns the inn, including activist daughter Narumi (Anne) and the grandson who has come to visit for the summer.

This edition includes making of, stage events, television special, interviews and trailers. It also comes with a booklet.

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Product Title: Midsummer Formula (Blu-ray)(Special Edition)(Japan Version) 真夏方程式 Blu-ray Special Edition (Blu-ray)(日本版) 真夏方程式 Blu-ray Special Edition (Blu-ray)(日本版) 真夏の方程式 Blu-ray スペシャル・エディション 【Blu-ray Disc】 Midsummer Formula (Blu-ray)(Special Edition)(Japan Version)
Also known as: Manatsu no Hoteishiki / Midsummer's Equation / A Midsummer Equation Manatsu no Hoteishiki / Midsummer's Equation / A Midsummer Equation Manatsu no Hoteishiki / Midsummer's Equation / A Midsummer Equation Manatsu no Hoteishiki / Midsummer's Equation / A Midsummer Equation Manatsu no Hoteishiki / Midsummer's Equation / A Midsummer Equation
Artist Name(s): Kanno Yugo | Fukuyama Masaharu | Yoshitaka Yuriko | Kitamura Kazuki | Anne | Nagashima Toshiyuki | Hakuryu | Shiomi Sansei | Tanaka Tetsushi | Nishida Naomi | Fubuki Jun | Maeda Gin | Higashino Keigo | Nishitani Hiroshi Kanno Yugo | 福山雅治 | 吉高由里子 | 北村一輝 | | 永島敏行 | 白龍 | 鹽見三省 | 田中哲司 | 西田尚美 | 風吹純 | 前田吟 | 東野圭吾 | Nishitani Hiroshi Kanno Yugo | 福山雅治 | Yoshitaka Yuriko | 北村一辉 | | 永岛敏行 | 白龙 | 盐见叁省 | 田中哲司 | 西田尚美 | 风吹纯 | 前田吟 | 东野圭吾 | Nishitani Hiroshi 菅野祐悟 | 福山雅治 | 吉高由里子 | 北村一輝 | | 永島敏行 | 白竜 | 塩見三省 | 田中哲司 | 西田尚美 | 風吹ジュン | 前田吟 | 東野圭吾 | 西谷弘 Kanno Yugo | 후쿠야마 마사하루 | Yoshitaka Yuriko | Kitamura Kazuki | Anne | Nagashima Toshiyuki | Hakuryu | Shiomi Sansei | Tanaka Tetsushi | Nishida Naomi | Fubuki Jun | Maeda Gin | Higashino Keigo | Nishitani Hiroshi
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2013-12-25
Publisher Product Code: PCXE-50324
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Amuse soft Entertainment
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034151677

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日本中を感動で包んだ『容疑者Xの献身』に続く映画『ガリレオ』第二弾! 福山雅治=湯川学が映画で挑むシリーズ史上最も切ない「謎」の方程式。2013年最大の感動超大作! 共演陣は吉高由里子、北村一輝らレギュラー陣をはじめ杏、前田吟、風吹ジュンら本格派俳優が勢揃い。 ――手つかずの美しい海が残る波璃ヶ浦。その海底鉱物資源の開発計画の説明会に招かれた湯川は、旅館「緑岩荘」に滞在することに。そこで湯川は一人の少年・恭平と出会う。恭平は親の都合で、夏休みを伯母一家が経営する旅館で過ごすことになったという。翌朝、堤防下の岩場で男性の変死体が発見された。男は旅館のもう一人の宿泊客・塚原。これは事故か、殺人か・・・思わぬ形で事件に巻き込まれていく恭平、環境保護活動にのめりこむ旅館の一人娘・成実。観光業がふるわず廃業を考える伯母夫婦。死んだ塚原はなぜこの町にやってきたのか。事件を巡る複雑な因縁が、次第に明らかになっていく。そして湯川が気づいてしまった事件の哀しき真相とは・・・。 特典ディスクには、「真夏の方程式」特番、舞台挨拶集、メイキング集、オフィシャルインタビュー集を収録。

[アーティスト/ キャスト]
福山雅治 (出演、音楽) / 吉高由里子 / 北村一輝 / 東野圭吾 (原作) / 西谷弘 (監督) / 菅野祐悟 (音楽)

本編ブルーレイ+特典DVD

[特典情報]
初回特典:豪華アウターケース、デジパック、ピクチャーディスク、ブックレット封入/映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
スペシャルエディション版/本編129分
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Professional Review of "Midsummer Formula (Blu-ray)(Special Edition)(Japan Version)"

February 24, 2014

This professional review refers to Midsummer's Equation (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Japanese detective and logic loving scientist Dr. Yukawa returns in Midsummer's Equation following on from the highly successful Galileo television series and the big screen outing Suspect X. Helmed by series director Nishitani Hiroshi and based on Manatsu no Houteishiki, the sixth book of the popular crime series by author Higashino Keigo, the film sees Fukuyama Masaharu again taking the title role, joined by series co-star Yoshitaka Yuriko, upcoming actress Anne (Platinum Data), plus veterans Fubuki Jun (Like Father, Like Son) and Maeda Gin (known for his roles in the Tora-san series). Revolving around a possible murder in a small seaside town, the film was another hit for the series, ranking as one of the top ten grossing Japanese films of the year.

The film opens with Dr. Yukawa Manabu (Fukuyama Masaharu) heading for the small port town of Harigaura, where he has been asked to mediate between the locals and a resources development company keen to start mining offshore. Soon enough, he's caught up in a murder mystery after a former policeman is found dead on the rocks, detective Kishitani (Yoshitaka Yuriko) being sent from Tokyo to lend him a hand. Yukawa quickly uncovers links between the victim and the Kawabata family, with their marine activist daughter Narumi (Anne) seeming to be at the centre of a dark secret from the past. At the same time, he ends up spending time with the family's grandson Kyohei (Yamazaki Hikaru, A Boy and his Samurai), and forms a bond of sorts with the young lad while teaching him about the wonders of science.

Midsummer's Equation is actually quite different to Galileo and other Higashino Keigo adaptations, with much more of a focus on emotions and melodrama than on logic puzzles. Though the film still basically revolves around the theme of love overcoming everything and pushing characters to do desperate things, its exploration of the subject is far less complex or creative. Shying away from major twists or revelations, the central mystery is fairly straightforward and the resolution signposted from early on, the emphasis instead being on the characters and their relationships. While it's still an engaging and well-told story, the plot may come as a bit of a let-down to anyone expecting another Suspect X, lacking the same driving reasoning and application of scientific principles which made it and other Yukawa outings stand out.

This isn't to say that the film isn't engaging, however, and its humanism and focus on the why rather than the who of the crime works well, and it's actually quite moving for all its predictability, making good if manipulative use of past secrets and tragedies. Wisely, Yukawa is at the centre of things throughout and is very much the same as ever, aloof and obsessed with his beloved logic, though likeable and fun to watch as he goes about his investigations - the film does have a potentially sappy subplot involving him and the young lad Kyohei, though thankfully this isn't too overdone, and is vaguely charming in its own way. Fukuyama Masaharu is excellent as ever in a role which he has very much made his own, and it's undoubtedly his performance which anchors the film and should be its main attraction.

Director Nishitani Hiroshi of course knows the series and characters inside out by now, and does a fine job again here, taking a measured and meticulous approach that reflects Yukawa's character and methods. Though deliberately paced the film is never dull, even during several lulls in activity or drama, mainly due to some great cinematography and visually stunning use of the gorgeous rural seaside scenery. The film as a whole has an idyllic feel, partly thanks to some graceful diving scenes and beautiful shots of the crystal waters and corals, which again makes it rather different to other franchise outings.

Obviously a must-see for fans of the series, Midsummer's Equation is another solid adventure for the always interesting Dr. Yukawa. As a well-crafted murder mystery that offers surprisingly emotional rewards, it should also be enjoyed by newcomers, thanks in no small part to Fukuyama Masaharu's entertaining and genial turn as the amusing analytical detective.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Midsummer Formula (Blu-ray)(Special Edition)(Japan Version)"

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

Kevin Kennedy
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November 27, 2014

This customer review refers to Midsummer's Equation (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Doing Higashino proud Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Director Nishitani Hiroshi's "Midsummer's Equation" is another nearly flawless entry in the 'Galileo' franchise based upon Higashino Keigo's superb mystery novels. This time the great physicist Yukawa Manabu (Fukuyama Masaharu) finds himself in the seaside town of Harigaura to participate in a conference concerning whether the mining of heavy metals from the town's spectacularly beautiful bay should be permitted. The conference quickly degenerates into an ill-informed shouting match between pro- and anti-development groups, so the ultralogical Yukawa loses interest and turns his attentions elsewhere.

Yukawa stays at a beachside inn managed by Shigeharu (Maeda Gin) and Setsuko (Fubuki Jun) Kawabata. Another guest at the inn, a retired Tokyo police detective (Shiomi Sansei), seeks to question Setsuko about an obscure episode from her past. Setsuko evades his queries and, later that night, the retired cop turns up dead in his hotel room, an apparent victim of the aged building's faulty heating system. Yukawa's curiosity is piqued and, when not educating the innkeepers' grandson (Yamazaki Hikaru) in the wonders of science, he attempts to untangle the mysteries surrounding the Kawabata family. Those mysteries seem to center upon the Kawabata's environmental activist daughter Narumi (Anne, the striking daughter of actor Watanabe Ken).

"Midsummer's Equation" is brilliant at unfolding its complex story in an engaging manner. The film reveals a more humane, caring side of the great physicist-investigator and also unveils what amounts to his personal creed: "I'm interested in the pursuit of truth. Truth is a map that teaches us how the world works so humans can choose the right way to proceed. The role of science is to create that map." (Another logical thinker, Pontius Pilate, famously asked of Christ, "Truth? What is truth?" Science in the absence of a moral compass yields a very flawed map.)

The performances of Fubuki Jun and Maeda Gin are the keys to the success of this fine film. These two veteran actors do a splendid job of portraying decent people making terrible mistakes in seeking to protect what is most precious to them. Mysteries don't come much better than "Midsummer's Equation".
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