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Moonlight Serenade (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Nagatsuka Kyozo (Actor) | Kasahara Hideyuki (Actor) | Yoshikawa Hinano (Actor) | Toba Jyun (Actor)
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Moonlight Serenade (Hong Kong Version)
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Product Title: Moonlight Serenade (Hong Kong Version) 瀨戶內月光小夜曲 (香港版) 濑户内月光小夜曲 (香港版) Moonlight Serenade (Hong Kong Version) Moonlight Serenade (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Nagatsuka Kyozo (Actor) | Kasahara Hideyuki (Actor) | Yoshikawa Hinano (Actor) | Toba Jyun (Actor) 長塚京三 (Actor) | 笠原秀幸 (Actor) | 吉川日奈 (Actor) | Toba Jyun (Actor) 长冢京三 (Actor) | 笠原秀幸 (Actor) | 吉川日奈 (Actor) | Toba Jyun (Actor) 長塚京三 (Actor) | 笠原秀幸 (Actor) | 吉川ひなの (Actor) | 鳥羽潤 (Actor) Nagatsuka Kyozo (Actor) | Kasahara Hideyuki (Actor) | Yoshikawa Hinano (Actor) | Toba Jyun (Actor)
Director: Shinoda Masahiro 篠田 正浩 篠田 正浩 篠田 正浩 Shinoda Masahiro
Release Date: 2006-02-03
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004116470

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital 2.0
* Extras:
- 導演、主角生平及作品年表
 Director's & Lead Actor's Biography and Filmography

Director: Shinoda Masahiro


  "Moonlight Serenade" opens with a journalist reporting on the 1997 Kobe earthquake, as he remembers a trip made as a young boy. Then, he and his family took a boat trip from Awaji to Beppu in order to bury the ashes of his elder brother, killed in the just-ended WWII. He spends much of the trip trying to talk his elder brother out of running away. They encounter an array of characters on their journey. Most prominent among them a black marketeer who, like the elder brother, feels that the "new ways" can only benefit him, and work against the boys' father, who is strict and traditional.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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May 10, 2008

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An emotionally moving journey Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
The story of director Shinoda Masahiro's "Moonlight Serenade" is deceptively simple. It tells of the Onda family, in the aftermath of the Second World War, traveling from their home near Kobe to the father's hometown on Kyushu to bury the cremated remains of their elder son, who was killed in the line of duty during the war.

Layered into this simple story are a number of themes. There is an ongoing struggle between traditionalist father Kokichi (Nagatsuka Kyozo) and middle son Koji (Toba Jun), who believes the old codes of conduct died with the war. There is the theme of obsession with death in the war's wake, as youngest son Keita (Kasahara Hideyuki) worries that the real purpose of the journey is family suicide. There is the blossoming of love between Koji and the lovely orphan Yukiko (Yoshikawa Hinano). And there are a multitude of fascinating side stories concerning the Onda family's colorful travel companions on the ship bound for Kyushu. (The film becomes a kind of Japanese "Canterbury Tales".)

This summary only scratches the surface of the complexity in terms of story and metaphor in this fine film. The film looks great and its excellent cast works wonders. Particularly good is Iwashita Shima (director Shinoda's wife in real life) playing the strong but modest wife of Onda Kokichi; she is the glue that holds this family -- and this movie -- together.

I recommend this fine film very, very highly. I am sure that it will reward multiple viewings.
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