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Once in a Blue Moon (DVD) (Standard Edition) (Japan Version)
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After a radio station, a luxury hotel, and a small town, popular playwright-screenwriter-director Mitani Koki (The Magic Hour, Suite Dreams) makes the courtroom his latest stage in Once in a Blue Moon. The hilarious supernatural comedy stars Fukatsu Eri (The Magic Hour) as a clumsy lawyer who discovers that the only witness she has to save her latest case is the spirit of a dead samurai, played by Nishida Toshiyuki. As he does with every film, Mitani pays tribute to classic Hollywood cinema with big stars, a grand stage design, and clever writing that will entertain and tickle audiences from start to finish.

In addition to Fukatsu and Nishida, Mitani's latest all-star cast also includes Abe Hiroshi (Still Walking), Nakai Kiichi (Railways), Takeuchi Yuko (Be With You), Asano Tadanobu (Villon's Wife), as well as cameos by SMAP's Kusanaga Tsuyoshi, Sato Koichi (The Magic Hour), Oizumi Yo (Gegege no Kitaro), Fukada Kyoko (Yatterman), and Shinohara Ryoko (Unfair). A hilarious courtroom comedy with genuinely touching moments, Once in a Blue Moon spent four weeks at the top of the Japanese box office, and it's also one of the leading grand prize nominees at the 2012 Japan Academy Prize.

Emi (Fukatsu Eri) is passionate about being a lawyer, but her clumsiness has caused her to mess up one case after another. Finally, her boss Hayami (Abe Hiroshi) issues her an ultimatum: Win the next case, or lose her job. Her latest client is a timid man accused of murdering his wife (Takeuchi Yuko), and the only person who can support his alibi is the ghost of Rokubei (Nishida Toshiyuki), a samurai who's been dead for over 400 years. Realizing that she, too, has the ability to see Rokubei, Emi decides to make Rokubei the defense's key witness. But how will Emi convince the rest of the world that the ghost of a samurai is a credible witness?

Standard Edition includes cast and director commentary, as well as trailers.

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Product Title: Once in a Blue Moon (DVD) (Standard Edition) (Japan Version) 搵鬼打官司 (DVD) (Standard Edition) (日本版) 搵鬼打官司 (DVD) (Standard Edition) (日本版) ステキな金縛り スタンダード・エディション Once in a Blue Moon (DVD) (Standard Edition) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Suteki na Kanashibari, A Ghost of a Chance 鬼壓床了沒 鬼压床了没 Suteki na Kanashibari, A Ghost of a Chance Suteki na Kanashibari, A Ghost of a Chance
Artist Name(s): Toda Keiko | Abe Hiroshi | Fukatsu Eri | Nishida Toshiyuki | Asano Kazuyuki | Kondo Yoshimasa | Yamamoto Koji | Anan Kenji | Nakai Kiichi | Asano Tadanobu | Takeuchi Yuko | KAN | Kohinata Fumiyo | Kajiwara Zen | Namase Katsuhisa | Kobayashi Takashi | Ichimura Masachika | Yamamoto Wataru | Nakamura Yasuhi | Nishihara Aki | Fukada Kyoko | Shinohara Ryoko | Kusanagi Tsuyoshi | Sato Koichi | Oizumi Yo 戶田惠子 | 阿部寬 | 深津繪里 | 西田敏行 | 淺野和之 | 近藤芳正 | 山本耕史 | Anan Kenji | 中井貴一 | 淺野忠信 | 竹內結子 | KAN | 小日向文世 | Kajiwara Zen | 生瀨勝久 | 小林隆 | 市村正親 | Yamamoto Wataru | 中村靖日 | 西原亞希 | 深田恭子 | 篠原涼子 | 草彅剛 | 佐藤浩市 | 大泉洋 户田惠子 | 阿部宽 | 深津绘里 | 西田敏行 | 浅野和之 | 近藤芳正 | 山本耕史 | Anan Kenji | 中井贵一 | 浅野忠信 | 竹内结子 | KAN | 小日向文世 | Kajiwara Zen | 生濑胜久 | 小林隆 | 市村正亲 | Yamamoto Wataru | 中村靖日 | Nishihara Aki | 深田恭子 | 篠原凉子 | 草彅刚 | 佐藤浩市 | 大泉洋 戸田恵子 | 阿部寛 | 深津絵里 | 西田敏行 | 浅野和之 | 近藤芳正 | 山本耕史 | 阿南健治 | 木下隆行 | 中井貴一 | 浅野忠信 | 竹内結子 | KAN | 小日向文世 | 梶原善 | 生瀬勝久 | 小林隆 | 市村正親 | 山本亘 | 中村靖日 | 西原亜希 | 深田恭子 | 篠原涼子 | 草なぎ剛 | 佐藤浩市 | 大泉洋 Toda Keiko | Abe Hiroshi | Fukatsu Eri | Nishida Toshiyuki | Asano Kazuyuki | Kondo Yoshimasa | Yamamoto Koji | Anan Kenji | Nakai Kiichi | Asano Tadanobu | Takeuchi Yuko | KAN | Kohinata Fumiyo | Kajiwara Zen | Namase Katsuhisa | Kobayashi Takashi | Ichimura Masachika | Yamamoto Wataru | Nakamura Yasuhi | Nishihara Aki | Fukada Kyoko | 시노하라 료코 | 초난강 | Sato Koichi | Oizumi Yo
Director: Mitani Koki 三谷幸喜 三谷幸喜 三谷幸喜 Mitani Koki
Release Date: 2012-05-25
Publisher Product Code: TDV-22158D
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: 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?
Publisher: Amuse soft Entertainment
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030357323

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タイトル:ステキな金縛り スタンダード・エディション


出演者には、豪華な俳優陣が大集結! 将来性ゼロの三流弁護士・エミに深津絵里、落ち武者の幽霊・六兵衛に西田敏行、エミの弁護士事務所のボスに阿部寛、事件の被害者であり重要証人でもある双子の姉妹に竹内結子、六兵衛の子孫の歴史学者に浅野忠信、著名な人権弁護士だった亡きエミの父に草なぎ剛、そして、エミと六兵衛の前に立ちはだかる敏腕検事に中井貴一と、まさに全員が主役級の超オールスターキャストが顔を揃え、さらに三谷監督作品でしか実現し得ない超豪華出演陣が脇を固める。

失敗続きで後がない弁護士エミが担当したのは、とある殺人事件。被告人は無実を主張、完璧なアリバイがあるという。なんと事件当夜、旅館の一室で金縛りに遭っていたのだ。無実を証明出来るのは、一晩中彼の上にのし掛かっていた、落ち武者の幽霊だけ。エミはその幽霊・六兵衛に会い、彼を証人として法廷に召喚させる。しかし、この六兵衛、すべての人に姿が見えるとは限らなかった。しかもエミの前には、一切の超常現象を信じない、敏腕カタブツ検事・小佐野が立ちはだかり ――。
人生のどん詰まりに立たされたダメダメ弁護士と、421年前に無念の死を遂げた落ち武者の間に生まれた奇妙な友情。果たして、彼らは、真実を導き出す事が出来るのか!? 今、全世界注目の裁判が、幕を開ける―――!!

音声/映像特典: 新収録・三谷監督、深津絵里、西田敏行によるオーディオコメンタリー/特報・予告編・TVスポット集



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This film has received 10 award nomination(s).
  • Japan Academy Prize 2012
    • Picture of the Year Nomination
    • Director of the Year Nomination, Mitani Koki
    • Screen Play of the Year Nomination, Mitani Koki
    • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nomination, Fukatsu Eri
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Music Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nomination
    • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Nomination
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Customer Review of "Once in a Blue Moon (DVD) (Standard 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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September 28, 2014

This customer review refers to A Ghost of A Chance (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Another instant classic from Mitani Koki Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"A Ghost of a Chance" (a.k.a. "Once in a Blue Moon") is writer/director Mitani Koki's latest comic triumph. As with his previous films, Mitani succeeds by imbuing a wonderfully humane warmth into his humor, without ever making his story seem treacly. One leaves the film with an almost blissful feeling of good cheer. How many directors can pull that off?

Lawyer Emi (Fukatsu Eri) is the daughter of a renowned jurist, but, alas, she seems to have inherited none of her late father's legal skill. Instead, the frazzled Emi creates chaos wherever she goes. Her stern employer Hayami (Abe Hiroshi) gives her one last chance; she must defend Yabe Goro (Kan) against charges that he murdered his wife. There's one major problem for the defense: Goro's alibi is that he couldn't have committed the murder because, at the time of the killing, he was in a rustic hotel room trapped beneath the ghost of a vanquished samurai.

Emi journeys to the remote hotel and begins to piece together what might have happened on that fateful night. Unfortunately, she misses the last bus back to Tokyo and so is stuck overnight in the dilapidated place. She chooses to spend the night in the room in which she suspects Goro stayed, only to find herself awakened by the ghastly spirit of Rokubei Sarashina (Nishida Toshiyuki)! Goro's alibi actually is true! But how in the world can hapless Emi prove to a skeptical court the truth of Goro's story, particularly since only a handful of people are capable of seeing this ancient ghost?

Watching Emi's stumbling efforts to develop her defense case is comedic magic. The viewer naturally roots for underdog Emi; Fukatsu Eri does a splendid job of showing Emi strive to overcome her crippling lack of confidence. Nishida Toshiyuki charms as the long-dead samurai. Nakai Kiichi provides a steely counterweight as Goro's relentless prosecutor and Abe Hiroshi smartly humanizes his role as Emi's boss. "A Ghost of a Chance" should not be missed!
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