Rookies - Sotsugyo (Normal Edition) (DVD) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2
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The entire Futakotamagawa team, including director Hirakawa Yuichiro, coach Sato Ryuta (Gachi Boy), and players Ichihara Hayato (Rainbow Song), Koide Keisuke (Cyborg She), Shirota You (Heat Island), Sato Takeru (Mei-chan no Shitsuji), Nakao Akiyoshi (Dragon Zakura), Igarashi Shunji, Kiritani Kenta (Crows Zero), and Takaoka Sousuke (Crows Zero), all return for Rookies -Sotsugyo-. Along with new ikemen additions Yamamoto Yusuke (MW), Ishida Takuya (GS Wonderland), and Takeda Kohei (Kamen Rider Kiva), the team make their final trip to the national high school baseball championships, and that day they thought would never come: graduation.
|Product Title:||Rookies - Sotsugyo (Normal Edition) (DVD) (Japan Version) Rookies - 卒業 : Last DVD Album (通常版) (日本版) Rookies - 卒业 : Last DVD Album (通常版) (日本版) ＲＯＯＫＩＥＳ −卒業− -卒業-（通常版） Rookies - Sotsugyo (Normal Edition) (DVD) (Japan Version)|
|Also known as:||Rookies the Movie: Graduation Rookies the Movie: Graduation Rookies the Movie: Graduation Rookies the Movie: Graduation Rookies the Movie: Graduation|
|Artist Name(s):||Watabe Atsuro | Osugi Ren | Fukiishi Kazue | Ayase Haruka | Ichihara Hayato | Ibu Masato | Asano Kazuyuki | Amano Hiroyuki | Sato Ryuta | Takeda Kouhei | Nakao Akiyoshi | Koide Keisuke | Onoue Hiroyuki | Kiritani Kenta | Murakawa Eri | Shirota Yu | Ishida Takuya | Igarashi Shunji | Satoh Takeru | Yamamoto Yusuke 渡部篤郎 | 大杉漣 | 吹石一惠 | 綾瀨遙 | 市原隼人 | 伊武雅刀 | 淺野和之 | Amano Hiroyuki | 佐藤隆太 | 武田航平 | 中尾明慶 | 小出惠介 | 尾上寬之 | 桐谷健太 | 村川繪梨 | 城田優 | 石田卓也 | 五十嵐隼士 | 佐藤健 | 山本裕典 渡部笃郎 | 大杉涟 | 吹石一惠 | 绫濑遥 | 市原隼人 | 伊武雅刀 | 浅野和之 | Amano Hiroyuki | 佐藤隆太 | 武田航平 | 中尾明庆 | Koide Keisuke | 尾上宽之 | 桐谷健太 | 村川绘梨 | 城田优 | 石田卓也 | Igarashi Shunji | 佐藤健 | Yamamoto Yusuke 渡部篤郎 | オオスギレン | 吹石一恵 | 綾瀬はるか | 市原隼人 | 伊武雅刀 | 浅野和之 | 天野ひろゆき | 佐藤隆太 | 平山広行 | 武田航平 | 中尾明慶 | 川村陽介 | 小出恵介 | 尾上寛之 | 桐谷健太 | 村川絵梨 | シロタユウ | 石田卓也 | 五十嵐隼士 | 能世あんな | 佐藤健 | 山本裕典 Watabe Atsuro | Osugi Ren | Fukiishi Kazue | 아야세 하루카 | Ichihara Hayato | Ibu Masato | Asano Kazuyuki | Amano Hiroyuki | Sato Ryuta | Takeda Kouhei | Nakao Akiyoshi | Koide Keisuke | Onoue Hiroyuki | Kiritani Kenta | Murakawa Eri | Shirota Yu | Ishida Takuya | Igarashi Shunji | Satoh Takeru | Yamamoto Yusuke|
|Director:||Hirakawa Yuichiro 平川雄一朗 平川雄一朗 平川雄一朗 Hirakawa Yuichiro|
|Publisher Product Code:||TCED-635|
|Place 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?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1021203155|
佐藤隆太 / 市原隼人 / 小出恵介 / 平川雄一朗 (監督) / 森田まさのり (原作)
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2009
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Professional Review of "Rookies - Sotsugyo (Normal Edition) (DVD) (Japan Version)"
Rookies the Movie: Graduation works overtime to please, and the film's blockbuster status indicates that fans were indeed satisfied. Non-fans, however, may only be partially convinced. The sequel to a popular 2008 TV drama that was based on a popular manga, Rookies continues the story of the Futakotamagawa High baseball team, a group of thuggish delinquents who were once suspended for getting into a massive on-field brawl. However, as related in the TV drama, the team learned to trust their new coach Koichi Kawato (Ryuta Sato of Gachi Boy) and resolved to make it all the way to Koshien Stadium, the home of Japan's yearly high school championship. Along the way they learned about life and love, plus overacted and got all teary while talking about their dreams. Yep, just like every other J-Drama about reformed delinquents. Tough high school thugs who cry with their teachers - it's practically its own genre.
In keeping with that, Rookies presents a cinematic continuation of the television drama - minus the "cinematic" part. Sure, the movie is shot on film and features the moments where a film camera moves. However, presentation here is only slightly better than normal television, with everything rendered in an obvious and self-indulgent way. Characters don't converse in Rookies - they explain, and everybody seemingly has the infinite patience to hang around and listen. The film also relates its pet themes in constantly repeated dialogue, with characters frequently talking about pursuing their dreams, hoping to see their dreams come true, and likely the dreams they had yesterday as they were having a dream about pursuing their dream. Every time a character talks to another character about their dreams or their respect for someone else's dreams, the music swells unbearably, and sometimes this can happen two or three times within the span of five minutes! As an accomplished piece of cinema, Rookies lacks.
Rookies essentially features two halves with various subplots interspersed throughout. In the first half, the team gears up for their senior season and their run at Koshien, with two new recruits making waves. The fabulously skilled Akahoshi (Yusuke Yamamoto) is too arrogant to play nicely with his new teammates, while Hamanaka (Takuya Ishida) is disappointed that his idol, team jester Hiratsuka (Kenta Kiritani), is all talk and no skill. Not surprisingly, both are integrated into the fold with some cloying, but still effective moments of unspoken honor and respect shining through. Then it's off to the film's centerpiece: an hour-long baseball game where many subplots bubble to the surface, greatest among them a lingering rivalry between star player Aniya (Hayato Ichihara) and the other team's opposing pitcher. The film actually achieves some fine sports tension here, as the players contend with superior pitching, injuries and their own determination to see things through. With the other team pulling ahead, will Futakotamagawa High fold or rise to the occasion?
As expected, they do rise to the occasion, though even doing that doesn't guarantee that they'll win. Despite being a pandering commercial film, Rookies effectively pushes themes of sportsmanship and teamwork, such that one may feel they accomplished something regardless of the outcome. The final hour of baseball action is actually fairly involving, even with plenty of screentime devoted to the handsome boys crying and urging each other on homoerotically. The soulful emoting during the final stretch gets tiring - the rampant stoppages of play during the final game tax any sort of realism - but the characters are much more engaging when emoting on the baseball field than off it. One particular moment of overdone emotional release earns its wings, effectively capturing just how exhausting and utterly overwhelming victory or defeat can be. Rookies goes overboard with the manly weeping, but when the players are on the playing field, it has cause to. If only it didn't happen so much.
The sports lifts Rookies beyond being just a "fan-only" film, making it accessible to those who haven't seen the drama. However, familiarity with the drama would improve the viewing experience by about 9000 percent - otherwise the references, cameos and self-indulgent filmmaking mean a whole lot less. When the ending rolls around, each player on the team gets 1-2 minutes to tell their teacher how they feel about him, and their words are respectful, glowing and overly emotional - and we have to listen to all ten of the players! That final bit of fan service pushes the film to its epic 137 minute running time, which is a long haul for someone who just turned up to watch some baseball. However, if the idea was to watch the same cute guys as the Rookies TV series overact on the big screen, then this is movie is an unqualified home run. On some level, it's impossible to rate a TV-to-film sequel poorly unless it completely, totally diverges from the original's themes and tone. Rookies does not.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
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