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Robo-G (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Hamada Gaku (Actor) | Mickey Curtis (Actor) | Ono Takehiko (Actor) | Yoshitaka Yuriko (Actor)
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Water Boys and Swing Girls director Yaguchi Shinobu has a knack for creating hilarious comedies about underdogs overcoming impossible odds, and his latest film Robo-G is a continuation of that tradition. Veteran rocker Mickey Curtis (credited as Igarashi Shinjiro here) stars as a retiree who finds a new purpose in life when a trio of mediocre engineers needs him to save their failed robot project. The setup becomes the beginning of an unlikely and not-so-beautiful friendship that may change the way you see the elder retiree in your own family. A writer-director obsessed with getting his details right, Yaguchi did so much robotics research for Robo-G that the robot blueprint seen in the film can actually be used to create a real robot!

Hiroki (Hamada Gaku), Koji (Chan Kawai), and Shinya (Junya Kawashima) are engineers working at an air conditioning manufacturer ordered to develop a robot to boost the company's reputation. Just before they are due to present their invention, the robot is destroyed in a freak accident. With little time left, the three are forced to go for the last resort: Build a hollow robot suit and put a human being in it. After an audition, the only qualified man for the job is Suzuki (Igarashi Shinjiro), a cranky and lonely retiree who needs the job to kill time. After a public display that puts the robot on the headlines, the three engineers are forced to drag Suzuki on a publicity tour in order to keep up their façade. However, their plans are complicated when passionate robotics student Yoko (Yoshitaka Yuriko) is thrown into the mix.

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Product Title: Robo-G (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 鐵甲耆俠G (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 铁甲耆侠G (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Robo-G (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Robo-G (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Robo Jî 機器人大爺 / 機器老男孩 机器人大爷 / 机器老男孩 Robo Jî Robo Jî
Artist Name(s): Hamada Gaku (Actor) | Mickey Curtis (Actor) | Ono Takehiko (Actor) | Yoshitaka Yuriko (Actor) | Tabata Tomoko (Actor) | Takenaka Naoto (Actor) | Wakui Emi (Actor) | Tanabe Seiichi (Actor) | Morishita Yoshiyuki (Actor) | Tokui Yu (Actor) | Tanaka Yoji (Actor) 濱田岳 (Actor) | Curtis Mickey (Actor) | 小野武彥 (Actor) | 吉高由里子 (Actor) | 田畑智子 (Actor) | 竹中直人 (Actor) | 和久井映見 (Actor) | 田邊誠一 (Actor) | 森下能幸 (Actor) | 德井優 (Actor) | 田中要次 (Actor) 滨田岳 (Actor) | Mickey Curtis (Actor) | 小野武彦 (Actor) | Yoshitaka Yuriko (Actor) | 田畑智子 (Actor) | 竹中直人 (Actor) | 和久井映见 (Actor) | 田边诚一 (Actor) | Morishita Yoshiyuki (Actor) | 德井优 (Actor) | 田中要次 (Actor) 濱田岳 (Actor) | ミッキー・カーチス (Actor) | 小野武彦 (Actor) | 川島潤哉 (Actor) | 五十嵐信次郎 (Actor) | 川合正悟 (Actor) | 吉高由里子 (Actor) | 田畑智子 (Actor) | 竹中直人 (Actor) | 和久井映見 (Actor) | 田辺誠一 (Actor) | 森下能幸 (Actor) | 徳井優 (Actor) | 田中要次 (Actor) Hamada Gaku (Actor) | Mickey Curtis (Actor) | Ono Takehiko (Actor) | Yoshitaka Yuriko (Actor) | Tabata Tomoko (Actor) | Takenaka Naoto (Actor) | Wakui Emi (Actor) | Tanabe Seiichi (Actor) | Morishita Yoshiyuki (Actor) | Tokui Yu (Actor) | Tanaka Yoji (Actor)
Director: Yaguchi Shinobu 矢口史靖 矢口史靖 矢口史靖 Yaguchi Shinobu
Release Date: 2012-12-18
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 111 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032116067

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Professional Review of "Robo-G (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 11, 2013

Although it may sound like a film following the exploits of a robotic gangster, Robo-G is in fact a Japanese outing charting the wackiness that ensues when an old man is hired to masquerade as a robot. The film is the latest from director Yaguchi Shinobu, the man behind a string of hugely successful feel good comedies including Water Boys and Swing Girls with former rocker Igarashi Shinjiro (better known as Mickey Curtis) as the elderly protagonist. An upbeat, family friendly crowd-pleaser, the film proved another hit for Yaguchi at the domestic box office, as well as playing to praise at a variety of international genre festivals.

The film opens with three engineers called Hiroki (Hamada Gaku, Fish Story), Koji (Chan Kawai), and Shinya (Junya Kawashima, Go Find a Psychic!) failing to produce a working autonomous robot for their company. With an important expo just around the corner, they hatch a plan to hire someone to play the robot in a suit, hoping that a few minutes on stage will be enough to buy them time to finish the real product. Unfortunately, their only choice turns out to be Suzuki (Igarashi Shinjiro), a grumpy 73 year old man who only auditioned to give himself something to fill his empty days. Although Suzuki initially does a decent enough job on stage, the old man puts on a rather flamboyant display, culminating him saving perky young robot-geek student Yoko (Yoshitaka Yuriko, We Were There) from an accident and making headlines as a result. With the whole country believing the robot to be real, Hiroki, Gaku and Shinya are thrown into a very difficult situation, and try to persuade Suzuki to keep up the charade while Yoko and a pushy reporter (Tabata Tomoko) get closer to the truth.

Robo-G is very much in line with Yaguchi Shinobu's previous films, the director choosing not to stray far from the underdog stories which he made his name with. For fans, and anyone looking for two hours of good-natured, cheerful entertainment, this is definitely great news, as the film delivers exactly as promised, Yaguchi taking the amusing old man disguised as a robot premise and milking it for plenty of laughs. Without tugging too much at the heart strings, the film is a kind, humanistic affair that does a good job of gently exploring the marginalisation of the elderly in Japan, portraying Suzuki as a bad-tempered though likeable old cuss, ignored by his family and quietly desperate to find a place in society. With the three engineers and college student Yoko all also trying to make their mark, Yaguchi depicts different generations and societal groups all coming together in unison to basically do their best, and this gives the film a positive, enthusiastic feel which makes for optimistic and reasonably charming viewing.

The Japanese robotics industry also serves as an interesting background for the film, and the many scenes of robots should definitely appeal to sci-fi and technology aficionados - being a particularly meticulous director with an eye for the smallest details, Yaguchi apparently researched and came up with a blueprint for the film's robot that could actually be built into a real life version. Though it might be tempting to read deeper into the man/machine dichotomy, with Suzuki disguised as the kind of robot being invented to take over the manual labour he spent his life doing, such concerns are kept largely to the background, the focus mainly being on humour. Generally revolving around slapstick, the inoffensive comedy mostly hits home, and though the film goes through a slow patch in the middle, it's generally funny throughout, with the standout scenes coming early on during the robot auditions and the old man getting used to the clunky disguise. Igarashi Shinjiro and Yoshitaka Yuriko are both on appealing and entertaining form, the former playing things understated and the latter cutesy and over the top, and this also adds to the overall amiability.

Though there's nothing too challenging or original here and the story is predictable to a fault, Robo-G nevertheless makes for very pleasant viewing. Yaguchi Shinobu again proves himself one of the better directors of uplifting underdog comedies, and the film raises a smile and warms the heart exactly as expected.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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December 31, 2012

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
Japan has a serious population crisis. The nation's average age is going up because people are getting married at an older age and less people are having children. This is creating a situation in which there will eventually be more elderly people than young people, which means the social welfare system won't have enough financial support and physical resource to care for those elderly people. Japanese entertainment has reflected this situation in television dramas like Ninkyo Helper and films like Robo-G, in which the elderly either become the damsels in distress or the heroes who save the day.

I can almost picture director Yaguchi Shinobu coming up with subjects for his films using dart boards. First, it was "high school boys" and "synchronized swimming" (Waterboys), then it became "high school girls" and "big band jazz" (Swing Girls). Now, Yaguchi's darts have landed on "old man" and "robot suit" in his latest film Robo-G, a heartwarming comedy that marks another success for Yaguchi's winning formula.

74-year-old Igarashi Shinjiro stars as Suzuki, a bored retiree whose grumpy demeanor keeps his family away. Looking for a job to keep him occupied, Suzuki goes to an audition held by Hiroki (Hamada Gaku), Koji (Chan Kawai) and Shinya (Junya Kawashima), engineers working for an air conditioning manufacturer. After passing the audition, Suzuki discovers that his job is to hide inside the hollow shell of a robot the three failed to build. After a public exhibition that goes far more successfully than it should have, the three engineers are forced to drag Suzuki along on a publicity tour to keep up the facade.

Yaguchi has always been a patient storyteller, setting up a long, but amusing path that sets up the characters and the situation before getting to the main story. Watching Robo-G is much like the road trip in the center of the story: You don't quite know what to expect, but the journey is often very funny and worth sticking with. The story lacks an obstacle that needs to be overcome with hard work and persistence (an important element in Yaguchi's previous underdog films). Instead, Robo-G is about three hardworking people forced to use deception to save their jobs. While that lack of feel-good element can alienate audiences, Robo-G feels more down-to-earth than any of Yaguchi's previous films.

At the same time, the story doesn't simply hinge on whether the three engineers will be discovered (a nerdy robotics student played by Yoshitaka Yuriko provides that threat). Robo-G is also about the unusual partnership between the trio and Suzuki, as well as about Suzuki's journey to repair his relationship with his family. Despite its slightly cynical core, Robo-G is also a surprisingly sweet film that will hopefully make the younger generation see their elders as more than just a burden on the social welfare system and their everyday lives.

Be sure to stay for the credits, which features a cover of Styx's Mr. Roboto performed by star Igarashi Shinjiro – better known to many as Japanese rock music legend Mickey Curtis.

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