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Pandemic (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
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A deadly virus outbreak brings Japan to a standstill in the 2009 crisis thriller Pandemic (a.k.a. Kansen Retto). Coming especially relevant in a year marked by real pandemic scares, the film simulates on the silver screen the national crisis that ensues when a horrifying virus strikes Japan, infecting millions of people. Top actor Tsumabuki Satoshi (Dororo) stars as a young, valiant ER doctor who finds himself at the frontline in the fight against a highly contagious illness that begins with flu symptoms and ends in bloody death. Dan Rei (Love and Honor) plays a World Health Organization officer who joins Tsumabuki in the race against time to find a cure for the virus. Directed by Zeze Takahisa (Flying Rabbits), Pandemic features an impressive supporting cast that includes Sato Koichi (The Magic Hour), Ikewaki Chizuru (Strawberry Shortcakes), Fuji Tatsuya (Flavor of Happiness), Kuninaka Ryoko (Train Man), and Mitsuishi Ken.

Special Edition comes with a booklet and the following special features:

  • Making Of
  • VFX Making Of
  • Cast & Crew Interview
  • Event Footage
  • Dante Carver Lecture on Infection Prevention
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    Product Title: Pandemic (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version) 感染列島 (DVD) (Special Edition) (日本版) 感染列岛 (DVD) (Special Edition) (日本版) 感染列島 スペシャル・エディション スペシャル・エディション Pandemic (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
    Also known as: Kansen Rettou / Infected / Pandemic Island Kansen Rettou / Infected / Pandemic Island Kansen Rettou / Infected / Pandemic Island Kansen Rettou / Infected / Pandemic Island Kansen Rettou / Infected / Pandemic Island
    Artist Name(s): Ikewaki Chizuru | Sato Koichi | Kuninaka Ryoko | Tsumabuki Satoshi | Mabuchi Erika | Kaneda Akio | Fuji Tatsuya | Mitsuishi Ken | Shimada Kyusaku | Zeze Takahisa | Komatsu Ayaka | Kimura Midoriko | Miura Akifumi | Natsuo | Nakano Taiga | Dante Carver | Dan Rei 池脇千鶴 | 佐藤浩市 | 國仲涼子 | 妻夫木聰 | Mabuchi Erika | 金田明夫 | 藤龍也 | 光石研 | 嶋田久作 | 瀨瀨敬久 | 小松彩夏 | Kimura Midoriko | Miura Akifumi | Natsuo | 仲野太賀 | Dante Carver | 檀麗 池脇千鹤 | 佐藤浩市 | 国仲凉子 | 妻夫木聪 | Mabuchi Erika | 金田明夫 | 藤龙也 | 光石研 | 嶋田久作 | 濑濑敬久 | 小松彩夏 | Kimura Midoriko | Miura Akifumi | Natsuo | 仲野太贺 | Dante Carver | 檀丽 池脇千鶴 | 佐藤浩市 | 国仲涼子 | 妻夫木聡 | 馬淵英里可 | 金田明夫 | 藤竜也 | 光石研 | 嶋田久作 | 瀬々敬久 | 小松彩夏 | キムラ緑子 | 正名僕蔵 | 三浦アキフミ | カンニング竹山 | 夏緒 | 仲野太賀 | ダンテ・カーヴァー | 田中裕二 | 安川午朗(音楽) | 豊見山明長(照明) | 斉藤幸一(撮影) | 下田淳行(企画) | 瀬々敬久(脚本) | 青木真樹(共同プロデューサー) | 辻本珠子(共同プロデューサー) | 武田吉孝(共同プロデューサー) | 及川義幸(ラインプロデューサー) | 檀れい Ikewaki Chizuru | Sato Koichi | Kuninaka Ryoko | Tsumabuki Satoshi | Mabuchi Erika | Kaneda Akio | Fuji Tatsuya | Mitsuishi Ken | Shimada Kyusaku | Zeze Takahisa | Komatsu Ayaka | Kimura Midoriko | Miura Akifumi | Natsuo | Nakano Taiga | Dante Carver | Dan Rei
    Director: Zeze Takahisa 瀨瀨敬久 濑濑敬久 平野隆(プロデューサー) | 瀬々敬久 Zeze Takahisa
    Release Date: 2009-07-24
    Publisher Product Code: TDV-19096D
    Language: Japanese
    Place of Origin: Japan
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
    Publisher: TBS
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1019744259

    Product Information

    タイトル:感染列島 スペシャル・エディション
    出演:妻夫木聡/檀れい/国仲涼子/田中裕二/池脇千鶴/カンニング竹山/金田明夫/光石研/キムラ緑子/嶋田久作/正名僕蔵/ダンテ・カーヴァー/馬渕英俚可/小松彩夏/三浦アキフミ/夏緒/太賀/佐藤浩市/藤竜也
    監督:平野隆(プロデューサー)/下田淳行(企画)/瀬々敬久(脚本)/瀬々敬久(監督)/青木真樹(共同プロデューサー)/辻本珠子(共同プロデューサー)/武田吉孝(共同プロデューサー)/安川午朗(音楽)/及川義幸(ラインプロデューサー)/斉藤幸一(撮影)/豊見山明長(照明)

    正月明けの市立病院。救命救急医・松岡剛(妻夫木聡)のもとに一人の急患が運び込まれてきた。高熱、痙攣、吐血、全身感染とも言える多臓器不全……これらはすべて新型インフルエンザに想定された症状だが、何かが違う。この感染症には、あらゆるワクチンが通用しなかった。有効な治療法が見つからず、ついに患者は死亡してしまった。無力さを嘆く松岡をよそに、事態はさらに深刻化する。同僚の医師・安藤(佐藤浩市)をはじめとする医療スタッフや、外来・入院患者達までもが院内感染してしまい、病院はたちまちパニック状態に陥ってしまった。事態の調査と感染拡大を防ぐため、世界保健機関(WHO)からメディカルオフィサー・小林栄子(檀れい)が派遣されてきた。栄子の姿を見かけて、動揺する松岡。かつてふたりは恋人同士だったが、栄子の海外赴任をきっかけに、今は別々の道を歩んでいた。栄子はただちに病棟全体を隔離し、新規患者の受け入れを拒否するよう、病院側に要請する。そして非情ともいえるトリアージ(患者の重症度・緊急度によって治療の優先順位を決めること)をすすめていく。はじめはその強引なやり方に反発する松岡であったが、栄子を信じて、共に戦っていくことを決める。一方、ウイルスの猛威は留まるところを知らず、恐るべき速度で全国的に蔓延していた。このままでは感染患者は数千万人を超えるという、戦災をはるかに上回る被害が予測された。そうなれば交通網は凍結されて、都市機能は停止、経済が破綻をきたして、日本の社会は崩壊してしまう。そして、ウイルスが世界各国へと拡がれば、人類は滅亡へと向かうことに……。感染爆発(パンデミック)までのカウントダウンが始まった。果たして人類は、未曾有のウイルス・パニックに終止符を打つことができるのか!? 
    極限状況で選択を迫られる人々……そのとき、あなたは愛する人に触れられますか?

    TVスポット/VFXメイキング/イベント映像集/キャスト・スタッフインタビュー/ダンテ・カーヴァーの感染予防講座/マナーCM/メイキング/特報/予告

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    画面:Vista-16:9LB
    言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド/日本語:ドルビーデジタルステレオ/日本語:dts5.1chサラウンド

    その他の情報
    製作年:2009
    備考:2枚組
    本編ディスク+特典ディスク
    封入特典:豪華ブックレット/映像特典収録
    日本小売価格:¥6000

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    YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features

    Professional Review of "Pandemic (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)"

    April 29, 2011

    This professional review refers to Pandemic (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
    Pandemic sees Japanese cinema again taking on the time honoured disaster movie formula, this time with the tale of a deadly virus threatening the country as various stars try to save themselves and their loved ones. Very much in the style of the 1995 Hollywood outing Outbreak, the film was directed by Zeze Takahisa, (best known for the offbeat vampire effort Moon Child), with actor Tsumabuki Satoshi (Dororo) and actress Dan Rei (Love and Honor) in the lead roles, and a supporting ensemble cast including Sato Koichi (The Magic Hour), Ikewaki Chizuru (Strawberry Shortcakes), Fuji Tatsuya (Flavor of Happiness), Kuninaka Ryoko (Train Man), and Mitsuishi Ken. The film was originally released domestically back in 2009, at a time when global virus scares were still very much making headline news, and given recent events in Japan, its scenes of eerily empty cities and destruction still ring sadly true.

    Tsumabuki Satoshi plays a kindly young doctor called Matsuoka, whose latest patient is a man with what seem to be fairly obvious flu symptoms. However, the usual tests come back false, and the unfortunate fellow is soon bleeding from his eyes and nose, before going into violent convulsions and dying. It quickly becomes clear that this is only the start of a new and particularly infectious pandemic, with the hospital being quarantined after a number of staff members also start to show signs of having contracted the killer bug. Although the media latch onto the idea that the virus is a new strain of flu caused by contaminated poultry, Matsuoka and a World Health Organization officer (Dan Rei), who just happens to be his former lover, trace it back to an island in the Northern Philippines, desperately racing against time to find a cure before it can spread to the rest of the country.

    It's clear from early on that Pandemic is sticking closely to the usual virus film template, and that comparisons with Outbreak are entirely justified, with director Zeze Takahisa following the usual path of charting the catastrophe as it spreads from overseas, infects a small town and moves on to threaten the nation, working in a variety of human interest stories along the way. Thankfully, although the film doesn't really add anything new to the genre, it's an efficient and engaging piece of storytelling that never dives too far into melodrama, even as the supporting cast inevitably start to drop off one by one. There are a fair few teary scenes along the way and drawn out noble death scenes, though the film deserves credit for not tugging too hard at the heartstrings, and for maintaining a vaguely scientific and detached demeanour through to the end. The cast are generally on reasonable form, and though Tsumabuki Satoshi's earnest young medic is a little on the obvious side as a protagonist, his relationship with Dan Rei's more hard-nosed health agent is effective at giving the film a pleasing emotional core.

    The premise itself is interesting, with national and global pandemics still being very much of public interest, and the film is all the more believable for taking a measured and grounded approach, with a good balance between set pieces and character drama. Whilst at over two hours it does feel a touch overstretched, it's never dull and manages a decent amount of tension as events escalate, with the third act shift of the action to the Philippines making for a nice change of scenery. Oddly enough, the film does seem to be trying to make some kind of point about the virus and people co-existing, with a theme of acceptance and responsibility taking the fore during the later stages. This actually works quite well, and although it would be going too far to accuse the film of any genuine spirituality, the idea of not treating the disease as an evil enemy is an interesting one.

    Though this isn't quite enough to make Pandemic particularly different to other virus themed disaster movies, it's certainly one of the better examples of the form of recent years and is equal to anything produced by Hollywood on the topic. Well made and acted, it makes for entertaining viewing at the same time as convincingly presenting an all too possible doomsday scenario that will doubtless be revisited by more films in the future.

    by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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