Paradise Kiss (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2
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Yukari Hayakasa (Kitagawa Keiko) is a typical high school senior who spends her days in school and preparing for her university entrance exams. One day, she comes across a group of art students led by George (Mukai Osamu), and they want her to become the model for their fashion label "Paradise Kiss" at their school festival show. Despite her initial hesitation, Yukari eventually agrees and begins to learn about the workings of the fashion world from the eccentric group of artists. Thanks to her friendship with the group and encouragement from George, Yukari realizes that fashion may be her true calling after all.
|Product Title:||Paradise Kiss (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) 天國之吻 (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) 天国之吻 (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) パラダイス・キス 通常版 Paradise Kiss (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Kitagawa Keiko | Mukai Osamu | Igarashi Shunji | Kato Natsuki | Takahashi Hitomi | Yamamoto Yusuke | Ohmasa Aya | Kaku Kento | Ogi Shigemitsu | Hata Michiko | Hirayama Hiroyuki 北川景子 | 向井理 | 五十嵐隼士 | 加藤夏希 | Takahashi Hitomi | 山本裕典 | 大政絢 | 賀來賢人 | 小木茂光 | 羽田 美智子 | 平山浩行 北川景子 | 向井理 | Igarashi Shunji | Kato Natsuki | Takahashi Hitomi | Yamamoto Yusuke | 大政绚 | 贺来贤人 | 小木茂光 | 羽田 美智子 | 平山浩行 北川景子 | 向井理 | 五十嵐隼士 | 加藤夏希 | 高橋ひとみ | 山本裕典 | 大政絢 | 賀来賢人 | 小木茂光 | 羽田美智子 | 平山浩行 Kitagawa Keiko | Mukai Osamu | Igarashi Shunji | Kato Natsuki | Takahashi Hitomi | Yamamoto Yusuke | Ohmasa Aya | Kaku Kento | Ogi Shigemitsu | Hata Michiko | Hirayama Hiroyuki|
|Publisher Product Code:||1000239-467|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Warner Entertainment Japan|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1024808357|
いつもの通学路で、有名進学校に通う女子高生・早坂紫の人生は変わった。 ファッション業界を目指す専門学校生から、学園祭のショーのモデルにスカウトされたのだ。最初は「遊んでるヒマなんかない！」と突っぱねるが、受験を前に成績が伸び悩み、自分の生き方に疑問を抱き始めていた紫は、デザイナーを目指す彼らの情熱に心を打たれる。 仲間のなかでも特に異才を放ち、学園一の天才と称えられるジョージの、常軌を逸した行動に振り回されながらも、強く惹かれていく紫。気がつけば彼女は、胸を焦がす恋と一流モデルになる夢に向かって、走り始めていた———。
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More manga hits the screen with Paradise Kiss, a live action version of the popular comic from Nana creator Yazawa Ai. Another title aimed at the female demographic, the film revolves around the adventures and romances of a young high school girl in the fashion industry, played here by actress Kitagawa Keiko (Placing Me Back Together), herself a real life model. Directed by Shinjo Takehiko, who also adapted the manga I Give My First Love to You and with a script from Bando Kenji (Midnight Sun), the film also stars upcoming talent Mukai Osamu (Hanamizuki), with support from Kaku Kento (Shuffle), Igarashi Shunji (Rookies) and Osama Aya (A Liar and a Broken Girl).
Kitagawa Keiko stars as Yukari Hayakasa, a hard working, though not particularly talented high school student trying to focus on her upcoming university entrance exams, spurred on by her mother. Her life changes when she is approached on the street by the odd looking Arashi (Kaku Kento) and his girlfriend Miwako (Osama Aya), members of the art college fashion label Paradise Kiss. Dragging her back to their studio, they try to convince her to model for them at the upcoming school show, which she angrily refuses to do, at least until she meets their handsome, suave designer George (Mukai Osamu). Eventually agreeing, Yukari is slowly pulled into their world, and comes to realise that she might be better suited to fashion than her studies.
Even without being familiar with the original manga (or being able to judge the faithfulness of it as an adaptation), it's pretty clear that Paradise Kiss is very much a youth oriented affair targeted at the same audience as Nana which it certainly resembles in feel, themes and looks. On this score, it's definitely up to the standard of the mismatched female friendship 2005 hit and its sequel, and is a fun, charming coming of age tale which sees its characters dealing with the same kind of never even remotely life threatening issues whilst learning about themselves and attempting to find happiness. The film as a whole revolves around good looking and basically decent youngsters, with Yukari facing up to the twin choice of whether to abandon her university plans and pursue a career in fashion, and whether to end up with George or her high school crush, in the process working out her own identity. As a fantasy, it's harmless and earnest stuff, and the film is upbeat and positive throughout, allowing its protagonist the luxury of exploring the possibilities of life while leading a lavish princess like existence in good natured and enjoyable style.
Crucially, Kitagawa Keiko is appealing and likeable as Yukari, and though fairly standard for a heroine in this kind of film, she generates enough sympathy and manages to hold the interest despite acting like a bit of a brat at times. Clearly not quite bright enough for university, her character arc is predictable though still engaging, even if the final act itself feels distinctly rushed, with her making the leap to mature decision maker coming across as abrupt ?the process of adapting a lengthy manga to the screen quite possibly resulting in material and details being jettisoned in the need for a reasonable running time and pace. This is likely true of the supporting characters, who aside from George all feel a little sketchy, their various subplots never really rising above the level of filler materials. Still, the cast are all amiable, and though straightforward, the relationships in the film are effective enough to make for a fair amount of romance and a believable set of friendships.
Unsurprisingly, director Shinjo Takehiko goes for a bright and colourful look and a breezy, at times cutesy feel, all of which fits the material very well, accompanied by a suitably fluffy J-pop soundtrack. The film is filled with some pretty interesting fashion creations and accessories, which range from the frilly to the punk to the flamboyant, and are likely to please the intended audience. Like its impeccably dressed cast, the film as a whole looks good, with polished production values throughout adding to a well crafted and glossy viewing experience.
As a manga adaptation and a fun piece of wish fulfilment, Paradise Kiss hits all of its targets with aplomb, and whilst neither challenging nor original, it's a highly genial piece of safe commercial cinema. Definitely one for fans of Nana and the likes, although most immediately of appeal to fans of the source material and female viewers, it's attractively staged and charismatic enough to be enjoyed by a wider audience, whether as a date movie or otherwise.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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February 17, 2012
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Frothy but fun
While "Paradise Kiss" is by no means a classic, it is an enjoyable flick filled with beautiful clothes, beautiful settings, beautiful people, and a fairy-tale like plot. It's not a particularly deep film, but for all the teenage girls in the world, this movie should be engaging.
Kitagawa is convincing enough as Yukari, our protagonist and student-turned-model. She starts out living life only to make her mother happy--by studying hard and trying to get into the best schools. She isn't particularly happy, but she has nothing else to work for in life.
When given an opportunity by the four member fashion team 'Paradise Kiss' to be their brand's exclusive model, Yukari becomes confused as a new path begins to open in front of her. She starts to wonder what she herself wants from life. Does she really want to struggle to fulfill her mothers expectations while having a relatively secure future, or does she want to follow the risky and unforgiving world of professional modeling?
This movie is all about finding the courage to chase your dreams, and follows the process of Yukari growing up and becoming more self-aware--all while following her glamorous exploits in the realms of fashion and romance in Tokyo and later New York. All in all, an enjoyable film that's sure to appeal to fans of a good teenage fairy tale. :)