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Hitting a homerun at the box office, Rookies -Sotsugyo- (a.k.a. Rookies The Movie: Graduation) is the blockbuster silver-screen finale to the 2008 TBS spring drama Rookies. Based on Morita Masanori's best-selling manga, Rookies revolves around a do-good high school teacher and baseball coach and his adventures reforming his team of delinquent students. After continuing the mini-series' storyline in a TV special in October 2008, the Rookies finally graduated on the big screen in May 2009 to the tune of eight billion yen, making it Japan's highest-grossing film of 2009.

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.

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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
Release Date: 2009-12-04
Publisher Product Code: TCED-635
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: TBS
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021203155

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
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)

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
通常版/本編137分+特典12分
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2009

[ストーリー]
野球部の面々が3年に進級し、川藤が二子玉川学園高校の教師に返り咲いた2009年春の新学期。ニコガク野球部には新入生2人がやって来た。1人は有望選手として中学時代から名を轟かせている赤星奨志、もう1人はひょんな誤解から平塚をヒーローと崇めるようになった濱中太陽。しかし、メジャーリーガーを目指している赤星は「自分には高校野球の練習など必要ない」と横柄で反抗的。本当は頼りのない平塚の実態を知った濱中も、理想のヒーロー像を打ち砕かれ、すっかり拗ねてしまう。そんな中、不良生徒2人にからまれた赤星を庇い、御子柴が下腿骨を骨折。夏の予選大会への出場が絶望的となる。ギブス姿で病院のベッドに横たわる御子柴を前に、大会での活躍を誓う部員たち。そんな彼らの決意が、やがて赤星や濱中の心も溶かしていく。ついに迎えた予選大会。そこには決死のリハビリを経た御子柴の姿もあった。1回戦、2回戦と順調に駒を進め、準決勝でも会心のプレイを見せたニコガクナイン。決勝の相手は、中学時代の安仁屋を生まれて初めての三打席連続三振に追い込んだ相手、川上貞治をピッチャーに擁する笹崎高校だ。その笹崎側の巧妙な作戦と川上のフォークボールを前に、ニコガクは大苦戦。川上に向けられた安仁屋の闘志も空回りしてしまう。そんな中、若菜に悲劇が…。果たして、ニコガク野球部は夢の甲子園に行くことができるのか!?

[解説]
夢が、俺たちを強くした。2008年4月よりTBS系列の土曜8時枠で放送されたTVドラマ「ROOKIES」。高校野球を通して問題児たちに夢を持つことの大切さを教える熱血教師・川藤と、そんな彼に導かれながら甲子園を目指して奮闘する生徒の成長と絆を描いた感動巨編は、若者たちを中心に、幅広い層からの圧倒的な支持を集めた。原作は1998年から2003年まで「週刊少年ジャンプ」に連載され、累計2000万部を売り上げている森田まさのりの同名ベストセラー・コミック。ドラマの続編にあたる映画では、2年生だった野球部メンバーが3年生となり、川藤と共に最後の夏の甲子園を目指す。さらには、野球部員たちの卒業までが描かれるなど、映画ならではのオリジナル・ストーリーとなっている。映画「ROOKIES」のキーワードは“最後の夏、卒業”。ニコガク野球部の情熱は甲子園まで届くのか? 彼らが見た夢の果てとは?

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Professional Review of "Rookies - Sotsugyo (Normal Edition) (DVD) (Japan Version)"

April 7, 2011

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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