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Shimizu Hiroshi Collection - Part 2 Kodomo No Shiki (Four Seasons of Children) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Shimizu Hiroshi Collection - Part 2 Kodomo No Shiki (Four Seasons of Children) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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Kodomo no Shiki is the second boxset release in the Shimizu Hiroshi Collection. This four-disc boxset comes with four of Shimizu's representative films: Children in the Wind (1937), Nobuko (1940), Mikaheri no Tou (1941), and Four Seaons of Children (1939), which is only being released with this boxset as a bonus feature.

One of the undisputed masters of Japan cinema, Shimizu Hiroshi (1903-1966) made well over 100 films in his career, ranging from children's films to lighthearted comedies to stories from the fringe. His outstanding cinematic achievements match that of contemporary great and lifelong friend Ozu Yasujiro, though the latter has eclipsed him in recognition. Shimizu Hiroshi is particularly well known for his children's films, but his steady stream of output for Shochiku from the 1920s to 1950s yielded a far wider selection of films, many of which have been sadly lost to time. In comparison to Ozu's films which are readily available, Shimizu's works have been near impossible to find outside of the festival circuit, but Shochiku is now finally releasing Shimizu's films on DVD with English subtitles.

Children in the Wind (1937 / B&W / 86min)
Based on a Tsubota Joji novel, Children in the Wind (a.k.a. Kaze no Naka no Kodomo) is probably Shimizu's most well-known work, and helped establish his reputation as a children's film director. Brothers Zenta (Hayam Masao) and Sanpei (Bakuden Kozo) carelessly wile their summer away in the countryside, bullying neighbor Kintaro and fighting over who gets to deliver their father's daily lunchbox. Sunny days come to an abrupt end when their father is accused of forging documents and put in jail. While his mother looks for work, Sanpei is sent away to stay with his father's retired schoolmaster, but he can't stop getting into trouble.

Nobuko (1940 / B&W / 90min)
Renowned actress/singer Takamine Mieko stars as titular heroine Nobuko, a spirited young teacher working in a conservative school. Based on a novel by Shishi Bunroku, the film follows her experiences as she challenges the school with her liberal thinking and teaching methods.

Mikaheri no Tou (1941 / B&W / 111min)
Starring Ryu Chishu from Ozu Yasujiro's Otoko wa Tsurai Yo, Mikaheri no Tou realistically explores the nature of children's education. Set in a mountain boarding school, the film tells various stories about the school's teachers and problem students.

Four Seasons of Children (1939 / B&W / 146min)
A follow-up to Children in the Wind, Four Seasons of Children(a.k.a. Kodomo no Shiki) is also based on a Tsubota Joji novel. The film is divided into two chapters, following the young protagonists' minor adventures and real-world awakenings over spring and summer, then autumn and winter.

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Product Title: Shimizu Hiroshi Collection - Part 2 Kodomo No Shiki (Four Seasons of Children) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 清水宏 監督作品 - 第二集 小孩子的四季 (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 清水宏 监督作品 - 第二集 小孩子的四季 (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 清水宏監督作品 第二集 子どもの四季 Shimizu Hiroshi Collection - Part 2 Kodomo No Shiki (Four Seasons of Children) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ida Choko | Miura Mitsuko | Kasatomi Shu | Kawamura Reikichi | Takamine Mieko 飯田蝶子 | Miura Mitsuko | 笠智眾 | Kawamura Reikichi | 高峰三枝子 Ida Choko | Miura Mitsuko | 笠智众 | Kawamura Reikichi | 高峰三枝子 飯田蝶子 | 三浦光子 | 笠智衆 | 河村黎吉 | 高峰三枝子 | 吉川満子 | 日守新一 | 森川まさみ | 坂本武 | 三宅邦子 | 忍節子 | 横山準 | 西村青児 | 高松榮子 | 葉山正雄 | 大塚紀男 | 岡村文子 | 春日英子 | 奈良真養 Ida Choko | Miura Mitsuko | Kasatomi Shu | Kawamura Reikichi | Takamine Mieko
Director: Shimizu Hiroshi 清水宏 清水宏 清水宏 Shimizu Hiroshi
Release Date: 2008-06-27
Publisher Product Code: DB-176
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Country 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: Shochiku Home Video
Other Information: 4DVDs
Shipment Unit: 4 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010909089

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タイトル:清水宏監督作品 第二集 子どもの四季
出演:河村黎吉/吉川満子/坂本武/岡村文子/葉山正雄/爆弾小僧/突貫小僧/アメリカ小僧/末松孝行/長船タヅコ/若林廣雄/石山隆嗣/仲英之助
監督:坪田譲治(原作)/斎藤良輔(脚色)/清水宏(脚色)/清水宏(監督)/斎藤正夫(撮影)/伊藤宣二(音楽)/江坂実(美術)/岩井三郎(美術)/土橋武夫(録音)/森武憲(録音)

善太と三平の兄弟は、自然の中で楽しい夏休みを過ごしていたが、父親が私文書偽造の嫌疑で警察に連れて行かれ、家族は苦境に陥る。家計を支える為、母親は働きに出る事になり、まだ幼く手のかかる三平は遠くの叔父の家に預けるられる。家族と離れ田舎での冒険に満ちた一週間を送る三平。手を焼いた叔母は母親の許へ帰すことにした。家財まで差し押さえられるという悲嘆のどん底にも関わらず、兄弟が明るく仲良く母親を励まし合う中で、父親の嫌疑がはれ、一家に明るい日々が甦る。

「風の中の子供」、「信子」、「みかえりの塔」の3作品をニューマスター版で収録するほか、特典ディスクとして幻の大作「子供の四季」を収録。

映像特典:子供の四季

テクニカル・インフォメーション
:モノクロ
画面:Standard
言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタルモノラル

その他の情報
備考:4枚組
本編ディスク3枚+特典ディスク1枚
封入特典:豪華ブックレット
日本小売価格:¥12000

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