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Shining Boy & Little Randy (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Tokiwa Takako (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Yagira Yuya (Actor) | Kawamo Shunsaku (Director)
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Shining Boy & Little Randy (Hong Kong Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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Kawage Shunsaku makes his feature length directorial debut with Shining Boy and Little Randy, a bittersweet tale of a young boy and his pet elephant! Known in Japan as Hoshini Natta Shonen, the film stars Yagira Yuya, winner of the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his work in Nobody Knows, as Tetsu, a lonely teenager with an extraordinary home life. Unlike most kids, Tetsu lives on Hokkaido animal ranch run by his mother (Tokiwa Takako) and his stepfather (Takahashi Katsumi), both of whom make their living by renting out their animals for work in television and film. With a stable of creatures that includes everything from dogs and cats to even a chimp, one would think this kind of fantasy life would appeal to a boy like Tetsu, but unfortunately, his family's unusual business becomes a sore point at school, as he is constantly teased by bullies.

To liven up their sagging business, the family purchases an elephant, and Tetsu quickly comes to like the new arrival. A second elephant named Randy is soon added to the mix, but quickly proves impossible for Tetsu to take care of. Initially, Tetsu is discouraged, but when he learns of a school in Thailand for elephant riders, he begs his mother to let him enroll. She eventually agrees, and Tetsu sets off for a new life, full of various trials and tribulations. With his folksy, tough-talking grandma (Baisho Mitsuko) and cute schoolmate Emi (Yu Aoi) cheering him on, Tetsu seems ready for this new challenge, but what happens next, no audience member will anticipate! Featuring a shocking twist sure to leave viewers talking about it long after the film is over, Kawage Shunsaku's Shining Boy and Little Randy is a winning, unconventional film that is certain to gain an even larger audience on DVD!

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Product Title: Shining Boy & Little Randy (Hong Kong Version) 少年馴象師 (香港版) 少年驯象师 (香港版) 星になった少年 (香港版) Shining Boy & Little Randy (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Tokiwa Takako (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Yagira Yuya (Actor) 常盤貴子 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 柳樂優彌 (Actor) 常盘贵子 (Actor) | 苍井优 (Actor) | 柳乐优弥 (Actor) 常盤貴子 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 柳楽優弥 (Actor) Tokiwa Takako (Actor) | 아오이 유우 (Actor) | Yagira Yuya (Actor)
Director: Kawamo Shunsaku Kawamo Shunsaku Kawamo Shunsaku 河毛俊作 Kawamo Shunsaku
Release Date: 2006-07-08
Language: Japanese, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 113 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004464640

Product Information

* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9
* Language: Japanese & Thai (In Part) Version)

Director: Shunsaku Kawake




Tetsumu is an introverted, sensitive youth who endure bullying at school and the souring relationship of his parents, until the arrival of an elephant named "Mickey" and later another elephant, "Randy" bring him affection and spiritual bonding he has long sought in human beings. In fact, Tetsumu quickly realizes he is blessed with a Thailand to become Japan's first elephant trainer. Having found his place in the world, Tetsumu develops into a strong, confident young man, and his natural rapport with elephants enables him to complete a rigorous training program. Tetsumu returns to Japan with the dream of one day building a spacious, green "paradise" for these gentle giants as opposed to confining them to a concrete cage. Until then, Tetsumu launches into a career as an elephant trainer for touring shows and media performances, along the way meeting and falling for a strong yet compassionate woman seven years his senior named Emi....
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Professional Review of "Shining Boy & Little Randy (Hong Kong Version)"

October 19, 2005

This professional review refers to Shining Boy & Little Randy Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Based on a true story, the oddly titled Shining Boy And Little Randy stars Yagira Yuya in his first role since winning the Best Actor award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for Nobody Knows. In this 2005 film, Yagira plays Tetsu Susumu, an introspective, somewhat rebellious teen who lives with his family on a Hokkaido animal ranch. Owned and operated by his feisty mother Saori (Takako Tokiwa) and his bumbling stepfather (Takahashi Katsumi), the ranch is essentially an animal talent agency, since the family rents out their animals to television stations and movie studios to put food on the table. Unfortunately, Tetsu's unconventional home life makes him the target of constant harassment by his classmates, who claim he stinks of animals. Clearly, Tetsu's days at school aren't exactly the best days of his life.

But as the family business starts to take a turn for the worse, Saori decides to take a risk to improve the situation, selling a few of her barnyard creatures in order to buy an animal she's wanted for years - an elephant! Tetsu quickly bonds with Mickey the elephant, essentially becoming an "Elephant Whisperer" with a knack for communicating with the giant beasts. Soon, a second elephant is added to the mix, but Little Randy proves to be more than the family bargained for as Tetsu himself finds him difficult to train. A solution presents itself when Tetsu learns of a special school in Thailand for "Mahouts" (elephant trainers). After some initial resistance from Saori, she eventually gives in to her son's demands, allowing Tetsu to make the journey to Chang Mai.

In this challenging new phase in his life, Tetsu must learn Thai, win over his skeptical fellow students, and tame a wild little elephant named Farr to prove his mettle. Although it's somewhat predictable that Tetsu will overcome all odds to become the first Japanese Mahout, it's still pretty enjoyable to see him accomplish this feat and also mature into a more confident young man in the process. After completing his stay in Thailand, Tetsu returns to Japan with the dream of one day establishing a sanctuary for elephants. Along the way, he develops a romance with a local girl named Emi (Yu Aoi) and tries to mend the already strained relationship he has with mother and stepfather.

The film's final act contains a dramatic turn of events that I won't spoil here, but it's important to note that a last second surprise isn't the only reason to catch Shining Boy And Little Randy. If anything, it's the performances by the film's human and non-human actors that make the film worth watching. Award-winning actor Yagira Yuya turns in another wonderful performance, effectively projecting the kind of teenage angst one would expect from a boy like Tetsu without going overboard. Similarly Tokiwa Takako does well in her role as Tetsu's mother, giving Saori a believably tough-as-nails, no excuses way of approaching life that's refreshing to see from a Japanese actress.

Sure, the finale may be a bit melodramatic, but considering all that came before, it makes for a suitably emotional clincher. And yes, while it may very well tug at the heartstrings, unlike many a melodrama, Shining Boy And Little Randy earns that right. When all is said and done, Fuji TV director Kawage Shunsaku excels in his first theatrical outing, and considering the polished confidence of Shining Boy And Little Randy, it will be interesting to see what projects the up-and-coming filmmaker helms in the near future.

Review By Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "Shining Boy & Little Randy (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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March 21, 2008

This customer review refers to Shining Boy & Little Randy Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Nice movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I do not know if this is a true to life story, but this animal picture made me cry.

Sad ending but Tetsu's dream of becoming an elephant came true. Worth watching. Animal picture with a heart.
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January 29, 2006

This customer review refers to Shining Boy & Little Randy Standard Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
A Shining Movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
As I winged my way over the Pacific Ocean I discovered this little gem among the many movies on the playlist. For two hours I was enchanted by the story of a boy and his dream, and awed by the scenery in which the story takes place. Having visited some of the very same places where this movie was filmed I could identify with so much of it. Having had a similar dream I cried almost the whole way through.
The based-on-fact story carries with it lessons that the world would do well to heed, about conservation and protection of habitats....and about following your dreams.
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