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Oppai Volleyball (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Ayase Haruka (Actor) | Nakamura Toru (Actor) | Aoki Munetaka (Actor) | Hasumi Eiichiro (Director)
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Oppai Volleyball (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Ayase Haruka gives hope to teenage boys in the inspirational zero-to-hero sports comedy Oppai Volleyball. Based on Mizuno Munenori's novel, feel-good hit Oppai Volleyball makes its themes clear in the title; it's about volleyball and "oppai" - which means "breasts" in Japanese! Directed by hitmaker Hasumi Eiichiro (Umizaru), the film follows a ragtag boys volleyball team, and their quest for the ultimate prize junior high school athletics can offer - getting flashed by Ayase Haruka. Oppai Volleyball costars Nakamura Toru (K-20) and Aoki Munetaka (Giniro no Season).

Earnest and enthusiastic newbie teacher Mikako (Ayase Haruka) has just started teaching at a junior high school. She volunteers to coach the boys' volleyball team - only to find the team consists of five nerdy teens with no athletic skills, and their minds in the gutter. To motivate them to practice and participate, Mikako promises to show them her breasts if they win a game!

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Product Title: Oppai Volleyball (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 巨乳排球 (VCD) (香港版) 巨乳排球 (VCD) (香港版) Oppai Volleyball (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) Oppai Volleyball (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ayase Haruka (Actor) | Nakamura Toru (Actor) | Aoki Munetaka (Actor) 綾瀨遙 (Actor) | 仲村亨 (Actor) | 青木崇高 (Actor) 绫濑遥 (Actor) | 仲村亨 (Actor) | 青木崇高 (Actor) 綾瀬はるか (Actor) | 仲村トオル (Actor) | あおき むねたか (Actor) 아야세 하루카 (Actor) | 나카무라 토오루 (Actor) | Aoki Munetaka (Actor)
Director: Hasumi Eiichiro 羽住英一郎 羽住英一郎 羽住英一郎 Hasumi Eiichiro
Release Date: 2009-10-29
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIA
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021458342

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Director: Eichiro Hasumi

"If we win the competition, our teacher will show us her boobs?!"

1979, Kitakyushu. Shortly after accepting her new junior high school tacking position, Mikako, who has become advisor to the inept boys of the volleyball team, makes an extraordinary promise to show them her boobs (Oppai) if they win a game. Mikako has mixed feelings about the boob promise, but the members wholeheartedly want to see her boobs and practice with feverish intensity, gaining strength as if they had become different people, What fate befalls Mikako in the face of this conflict?!
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Professional Review of "Oppai Volleyball (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 7, 2009

This professional review refers to Oppai Volleyball (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
All that most male viewers probably need to know is that Oppai Volleyball translates as "Breast volleyball" and that it stars the gorgeous swimsuit model turned actress Haruka Ayase as a teacher who tries to inspire a young school boy volleyball team by promising she will show them her breasts if they manage to win. Adapted from a novel by Mizuno Munenori and supposedly based upon a true story, the film was directed by Hasumi Eiichiro, previously responsible for Umizaru and ski comedy Season of Snow. Surprisingly, despite its potentially sleazy premise, the film is actually a light hearted mixture of underdog sports story and coming of age journey - albeit with probably more mentions of the word "boob" than in any other respectable production in recent memory.

The film is set in back the 1970s and begins as a young female teacher called Mikako (Ayase, who recently also headlined Ichi and Cyborg She) starts at a new high school and is asked to coach the boy's volleyball team. Unfortunately, the lads are a useless bunch, who have never actually played the game, and who spend their time peeping at girls instead of practicing. Determined to encourage them, Mikako, in a round about way, promises to show them her breasts if they manage to win a game in the coming local tournament. Strangely enough, this galvanises the boob-obsessed losers, who suddenly show a great fervour for training, and actually start to look like they might be able to pull it off.

Although Oppai Volleyball is basically a one joke film, it certainly makes the very most of it, and even non Japanese speaking viewers will come away having the word for "boob" burned into their brains after hearing it howled every few minutes. Much like its young characters, the film really is breast obsessed, with lots of gags revolving around associated wordplay or the boys trying to catch an eyeful. However, despite this, and the fact that it is hard to shake the feeling that there is something essentially not quite wholesome about the story, the film is a fairly innocent affair without anything perverse or distasteful. Most of the slapstick is innocuously amusing stuff, and as such its hard not to root for the team as they give their all in the name of getting Ayase to shed her top. This does make for some very funny moments, such as the boys constant chanting of "boobs!" at decidedly inappropriate moments, or Ayase's priceless motivational speech, which involves her whipping them into a battle frenzy by telling them "do your best to see my boobs!" - all things considered, putting the oratories of Mel Gibson in Braveheart or Russell Crowe in Gladiator to shame.

Breast gags aside, the film actually works well as a coming of age story for the young boys, facing parental difficulties, bullying, and the realisation that their lives will soon be taking them on different roads. As things progress, the film increasingly focuses on Mikako's personal journey, revealing her own chequered past and insecurities, as well as her relationships with her ex-boyfriend and a potential new beau. Though she doesn't have anything too substantial to work with, Ayase has real screen presence, and turns in a good performance in her role, managing to flesh out her character beyond mere eye candy - though she certainly provides that as well, looking incredibly cute throughout. The sports aspect of the film is reasonably well handled, though director Hasumi Eiichiro seems to forget all about the volleyball for long stretches of the running time aside from wacky training montages. Things do pick up for the last act, when the lads take on the usual black-clad evil team, and the finale is surprisingly rousing, leading to a satisfying conclusion. Eiichiro throws in plenty of 70s pop songs, which give the film a bright and breezy feel and help it to move along at a cheerful pace. Similarly, the production values are reasonably impressive, and the film does a good job of recreating the time and place, making for a fair amount of nostalgia.

Although undeniably slight, Oppai Volleyball is certainly a great deal of well-meaning fun and manages to entertain throughout. Whilst obviously a must-see for all fans of Haruka Ayase, it should also be enjoyed by anyone looking for sports comedy, light personal journey drama, or a non-stop onslaught of breast jokes.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Oppai Volleyball (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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February 1, 2010

This customer review refers to Oppai Volleyball (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Unexpectedly charming comedy Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In "Oppai Volleyball", Ayase Haruka stars as Mikako, an altruistic and earnest new literature teacher who is placed in charge of her school's boys' volleyball team. The team is the bastion of a group of hormonally-driven nerds who care nothing about athletics and focus all of their energies on ogling girls. Mikako's attempts to inspire them to take volleyball seriously fall flat until the boys trick Mikako unwittingly and against her will into agreeing to show them her, um, 'assets' after they win their first match.

The movie manages to steer clear of truly lurid territory as it shows the volleyball team for once attempting to learn the game and turn themselves from clueless losers to competent players. Its all pretty typical "Bad News Bears"-type film-making, until the boys' motivation becomes known to their school's administrators and costs Mikako her teaching job. Only then does Ayase Haruka get the opportunity to create a well-rounded character and deliver an appealing character, as she did in such films as "Cyborg She" and "Happy Flight". Once Mikako is fired from her job, then the focus of the film shifts to her story as a flawed but caring young woman who just hopes to motivate kids the way she had been motivated by a great teacher.

This added dimension adds a depth to the film's second half that turns "Oppai Volleyball" from a rather tacky and generic comedy into a more well-rounded coming of age tale in which both the boys and their teacher gain maturity through their travails. And, just in case you are curious, no, we never actually see Mikako's 'assets'. "Oppai Volleyball" isn't timeless art, but Ayase Haruka's performance in its second half make it worth watching.
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