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Song To The Sun (AKA : Taiyo no Uta) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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Can love really conquer all? That's the question at the heart of Taiyo no Uta, the tragic, yet beautiful love story from twenty-five year-old filmmaker Koizumi Norihiro! Also known by its English titles Song to the Sun and Midnight Sun, this 2006 romance stars YUI, a young idol on the rise, as she takes on the lead role of Amane Kaoru, a sixteen year old with a serious, life-threatening health problem. It seems Kaoru suffers from xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a "sun allergy" of sorts, which makes exposure to direct sunlight a deadly risk for her. Since she cannot go out in the day, Kaoru spends her evenings indulging in her love of music, as she plays her guitar and sings away every night in front of the local train station. Singing is her only joy in life - that is, until one fateful encounter!

One morning, Kaoru returns home before sunrise, only to see a high school student (Tsukamoto Takashi, from Battle Royale) standing outside her bedroom window. Soon, she makes a special effort to watch the young man and his friends head to the beach each morning. Kaoru eventually meets the boy (named Koji), and they gradually fall for one another. Of course, Koji isn't initially aware of her illness. Things take a dramatic turn when an incident reveals her secret, and Kaoru gives up singing. But as her relationship with Koji deepens, Kaoru starts to change her tune and wishes to pick up the guitar once more. Unfortunately, her illness begins to worsen. Will there be a happy ending for this couple?

Having already spawned a TBS drama of the same name, Taito no Uta is strongly reminiscent of such recent "pure love" films as Be With You and Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World, making it one tenderhearted love story that romance fans won't want to miss!

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Product Title: Song To The Sun (AKA : Taiyo no Uta) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Song To The Sun (AKA : Taiyo no Uta) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Song To The Sun (AKA : Taiyo no Uta) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) タイヨウのうた 태양의 노래 DTS 한정판 (한국판)
Artist Name(s): YUI | Asagi Kuniko | Tsukamoto Takashi YUI | 麻木久仁子 | 塚本高史 YUI | Asagi Kuniko | 冢本高史 YUI | 麻木久仁子 | 塚本高史 유이 | Asagi Kuniko | Tsukamoto Takashi
Release Date: 2007-04-23
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Korean
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: KD Media
Other Information: 2 DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004693903

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 & 2.0 / DTS
* Extras :
- 특보
- 예고편
- TV Spot
- Making Film
- Interview (YUI, 츠카모토 타카시, 코이즈미 노리히로)
- Openig Day 무대인사

*Director: 코이즈미 노리히로

태양이 지면 널 만나러 갈게
태양 아래에서는 결코 만날 수 없는 두 사람이지만, 운명은 두 사람을 끌어당긴다.가슴 떨리는 고백의 순간, 첫 키스, 첫 사랑… 보통 사람들이 겪는 조그마한 행복이 꿈처럼 느껴지는 카오루는 자신에게 남겨진 시간이 많지 않다는 것을 알게 된다.

조금만 기다려…너의 노래를 세상에 전해줄께
그러던 어느날 밤,여느 때와 달리 역 앞의 광장이 아닌 시내의 거리에서 우연히 노래를 부르게 된 카오루. 그리고 그녀의 노래에 마음이 흔들리게 된 코지는, 상상 할 수 없는 약속을 하는데…

고독한 운명을 노래와 함께 살다 간 16살 소녀의 슬픈 사랑 이야기

<태양의 노래> 는 노래와 가족, 친구 외에 다른 소중한 것을 가지려고 생각도 하지 않았던 소녀가 처음으로 사랑하면서 겪는 삶의 기쁨과 웃음, 살아갈 용기를 갖게 되는 애절한 사랑을 그린 이야기이다.

주제가 “Good-bye days” 는 유이가 영화 속의 ‘아마네 카오루’의 기분이 되어 촬영이 진행됨과 동시에 써 내려간 곡이기에 가사 하나하나에는 ‘아마네 카오루’로써의 애절한 마음이 그대로 담겨져 있다. 실제로 싱어송 라이터인 그녀의 투명한 목소리는 영화 전체의 분위기를 순수함으로 물들인다.

상대역 ‘코지’ 에는 수많은 영화와 드라마에서 개성 넘치는 끼를 보여준 츠카모토 타카시가 열연했다. 지금까지의 캐릭터와는 다르게, 순수한 사랑을 힘껏 펼치는 이번 역할은 그의 새로운 가능성을 보여주었다.

25살의 코이즈미 노리히로 감독은 많은 히트작을 양산한 제작사 ROBOT 사가 야심 차게 소개하는 신예 감독이다. 뮤지션 유이의 음악성을 생생하게 표현했으며 영화 역시 섬세하면서도 힘이 넘치는 연출로 장편 영화 데뷔를 훌륭히 치렀다. 또한 죽어가는 딸을 위해 최선을 다하는 부모로 등장한 키시타니 고로와 아사니 쿠니코의 연기는 이 영화가 ‘죽음’ 에 대한 것이 아니라 ‘희망’ 에 대한 것이 될 수 있도록 하는 원동력을 제공한다.

리메이크보다 더 오리지널적인 러브 스토리

영화는 운명이라고 밖에 할 수 없는 “우연의 일치” 에서 시작한다. 많은 히트작을 제작한 ROBOT 영화사의 모리야 케이치로 프로듀서는 원영의(아니타 윤) 주연의 [신불료정] (93년 이동승 감독)이라는 홍콩영화 리메이크 기획을 의뢰 받았다. 이 영화는 어머니의 거리 공연단과 함께 노래를 하는 소녀가 불치의 병과 싸우면서도, 행복한 연애를 경험하는 과정을 그린 러브 스토리이다.

이후 모리야 프로듀서는 [내일이 있으니까 THE MOVIE], [연애소설]등을 함께 만든 각본가 반도 켄지에게 이 시나리오에 대해서 제안하자 그는 전부터 염두에 둔 오리지널 스토리를 하나 제안한다. 그것은 바로 노래하는 것을 매우 좋아하는 XP병에 걸린 소녀의 순수한 사랑 이야기이다. 신기하게도 같은 모티프를 공유하면서 완전히 새로운 인상이 감도는 이야기였으며 이후 시나리오 작업을 거쳐 코이즈미 감독과 유이가 만나 <태양의 노래>가 탄생되었다.

감성을 노래하는 YUI & 코이즈미 노리히로의 완벽한 만남

모리야 프로듀서는 드라마 [기분 나쁜 유전자]에서 유이의 “feel my soul” 을 듣고 충격을 받았다.

“요즘의 10대 소녀인데, 어둠이 있다는 점이 맘에 들었어요. 그래서 실제로 본인을 만나보니 좀 더 강한 주체성을 느꼈어요. 새침데기 같은 이미지가 있었는데, 역시 대단한 아티스트였어요. “자기의 발로 서있는 사람” 이라고나 할까요
-모리야 케이치로 -

26세의 나이에 감독으로 발탁된 ROBOT사의 기대주 코이즈미 노리히로도 유이에게 매우 독특한 개성을 느꼈다.

“처음 만났을 때는 어른스런 인상이었지만 갑자기 주위를 놀라게 한다는 것을 느꼈어요. 예측불허의 행동을 할 때가 있어서, 카오루 캐릭터와 완전히 겹쳐진다고 생각했어요”
- 코이즈미 노리히로 -

처음으로 연기에 도전한 뮤지션 유이와 장편영화가 첫 경험인 코이즈미 감독의 공동 작업은 영화에 생생한 빛을 던져 주었다.

해가지면 피어나는 해바라기
조용한 해변 마을에 살고 있는 16살의 소녀, 카오루(유이)는 태양 빛을 볼 수 없는 XP(색소성 건피증)라는 병을 앓고 있다. 친구들과 학교에 가는 간단한 즐거움조차 누릴 수 없는 그녀의 유일한 일과는 해가 지면 기타를 들고 아무도 없는 역 앞 광장에서 자신이 만든 노래를 부르는 것이다. 낮과 밤이 바뀐 고독한 생활 속에서 노래를 부른다는 것만으로도 살아있다는 것을 실감하는. 그녀에게 아무도 모르는 즐거운 비밀이 하나 있다. 그것은 모두가 잠자리에 드는 동틀 무렵에 친구들과 함께 정류장에 모여 서핑을 즐기러 가는 코지(츠카모토 타카시)를 창문 너머로 보는 것이다.
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Professional Review of "Song To The Sun (AKA : Taiyo no Uta) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

May 14, 2007

This professional review refers to Midnight Sun (AKA: Song to the Sun) (Hong Kong Version)
Midnight Sun belongs to a romantic subgenre dubbed the "Asian terminal illness tearjerker" by Kozo of LoveHKFilm.com in his review of the Korean sob-fest A Moment to Remember. The plot is always the same: boy meets girl, boy finds out girl has a debilitating illness, and boy loses girl permanently. Roll credits. Considering the sheer predictability of such a formula, what accounts for the continued popularity of these three hankie films? What keeps audiences coming back for more? Edgar Allan Poe once wrote, "The death […] of a beautiful woman, is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world." As creepy as that may sound, there must be something to what Poe said, especially if you consider some of the better examples that have emerged from Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong. When it all comes down to it, there is something inherently romantic about people finding love on borrowed time.

On the flipside, however, it's so very easy to be cynical about these movies. There's been a rash of these pictures in the last few years, some worse than others, and there's just something so coldly calculative about using a disease to propel your romantic love plot, as we've seen leukemia, cancer, AIDS, and even Alzheimer's disease become fair game in both Japanese and Korean cinema. Personally, I'm waiting for osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) to get its due, which oddly enough is one condition that would fit perfectly with the "innocent love" theme that typifies these movies.

But until then, I'll happily make do with Midnight Sun, which adds a new disease to the list, xeroderma pigmatosa. Also known as Taiyo no Uta ("A Song to the Sun"), the film centers on Kaoru Amane (YUI), a sixteen year old girl who suffers from the aforementioned skin condition, which makes her fatally vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. As a result, Kaoru sleeps in the daytime and lives by night. After having a quick meal with the folks upon waking up in the evening, Kaoru takes her guitar in hand and sings in the street for fun. When she returns to her home before sunrise, she begins to take notice of a high school student named Koji Fujishiro (Takashi Tsukamoto), who usually waits at the bus stop outside her house to go surfing with his pals. After developing a crush on the young would-be surfer, Kaoru summons up the courage to talk to him, and although there's some initial confusion, the two decide to meet up in what becomes a whirlwind first date to end all first dates. But of course, they're having so much fun that Kaoru loses track of time. Can she get home in time to beat the sunrise? And will Koji still want to date her, considering her illness?

The answer to both questions is, of course, a great big yes. From this point forward, I'll try to be coy with the rest of the details, but any viewer even remotely familiar with the conventions of the genre will be able to plot out much of the remaining story. Even so, the filmmakers behind Midnight Sun should be commended for not pouring on the Korean-style melodrama, as the film takes a fairly matter-of-fact approach to both Kaoru's disease and the romance between the two teenagers. Even better, humor is often employed to deflate scenes just as they seem to be on the verge of becoming overly manipulative or emotional. Although the two young leads maintain much of this balance, Goro Kishitani turns in a nice performance as Kaoru's father, who alternates between grieving parent and comic relief in an utterly believable and welcome way.

But while it's refreshing that Midnight Sun doesn't try to force the tears from its audience with overblown pathos, it is worth mentioning that the film loses a bit of momentum sometime after Kaoru's illness is made known to Koji (which itself unfolds in a way strongly reminiscent of Crying Out Love in the Center of the World). Furthermore, the speed at which Koji goes from "Be my girlfriend" to "I love you!" is ridiculously fast, and while I'll agree that teenage love often goes like that, one would've hoped for a more extended, one-on-one development of their relationship, particularly since the film itself seems to slow down at this point. The actors do what they can to convey the increased emotional attachments they have for one another, but there's definitely something missing in the Kaoru/Koji relationship from the time he's told of her condition to the film's conclusion.

But what a conclusion! Those expecting a heavy downer will be pleasantly surprised by Midnight Sun. While the terminal illness tearjerkers have a tendency to end with a whimper rather than a bang, Midnight Sun crescendos with a surprisingly rousing conclusion that more than makes up for the lost momentum of the film's heel-dragging second act. At the finish, director Norihiro Koizumi uses his female lead's talents to their finest and creates a perfect marriage of image and sound, resulting in an ending that is both exhilarating and fittingly touching. Although the film definitely has some structural and developmental problems, when all is said and done, Midnight Sun defies the genre by ending on a high note, and if you're a sucker for a movie that explores "the most poetical topic in the world," this is one rare cry-fest that's likely to leave you soaring.

By Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "Song To The Sun (AKA : Taiyo no Uta) (DTS) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (6)

Nancee
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August 12, 2009

This customer review refers to Midnight Sun Premium Edition (Japan Version)
Good but... Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I bought this a about a year or so ago and i thought it'd be worth the money coz of the reviews, but i was really dissappointed because i didn't get any of the mentioned extra stuff, like the necklace and the diary. Admittedly though it was a while after the film came out so basically i think it was like a "First come, first serve" basis. This was the only thing wrong, the film however i really like :D even though i can understand very little of what they say! In fact you don't really need to understand Japanese to watch this film, it is very easy to understand (plus not much dialogue) really leaves you to interpret what's going on and the characters feelings. But i'd recommend you just buy the normal edition :]
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yuiiuy
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May 12, 2007

This customer review refers to Midnight Sun Premium Edition (Japan Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Worth The $$ Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Don't let the price fool you. The Premium Edition contains a box with the YUI diary, a necklace, and the movie. Inside the YUI diary, YUI talks about what goes on during the movie and has some nice pictures of her off set. :) Also the necklace is placed in a cardboard box with the city setting and has the words Live Life Love. The movie has one DVD for the actual movie and the other for the making of. As for the story line, it's very sweet and simple. Unlike the drama, I thought that this movie was less dragged out and the actors and actresses actually fit more for the plot. YUI especially showcased her acting scenes well. This movie made me smile alot: it's a feel good movie. I recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a movie to keep that you can watch over and over again. AND, support YUI of course!
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Amy
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March 18, 2007

This customer review refers to Midnight Sun Premium Edition (Japan Version)
Beautiful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie was just absolutely beautiful. The story was great, the music was addicting and the cast were outstanding. After watching this, I've become YUI's new dedicated fan. She has such a haunting voice that gets stuck in your head. All in all I loved this movie. It has become my favorite movie of the year.
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Danny
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March 16, 2007

This customer review refers to Taiyo no Uta Standard Edition (Japan Version)
Really nice to watch Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Really not award winning or anything, but it was really nice to watch. For her acting debut, YUI does pretty well (or I'm just really biased when it comes to YUI). It has a nice tempo and flowed very nicely. It also didn't go overkill on saying how bad the disease is and how she's going to die before she's 20 (unlike in the drama series, which got quite annoying at the beginning). Of course, the best part is of course the music performed by YUI ! ^_^ b Anyways, I loved this movie, hope you guys do, too !

~ ciao
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December 17, 2006

This customer review refers to Taiyo no Uta Standard Edition (Japan Version)
Love you can actually feel Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This the first show that i bought a DVD after watching the movie. N i've never heard of YUI before watching the movie. The romance featured in the movie is one that you can actually appreciate, and it does not give the "paper-thin" feeling u get from 2 hour shows. The movie protray the optimistic side of a person who knows she's dying, not the tears and group hugs you see from shows like "1 litres of tears", ie it does not use the pity factor. YUI's performance may seem awkard at times, but the innocence, the "teenage-in-love" and the strength to live on is protrayed perfectly. Compare this to Mika in Nana and you'll know what i mean. In essence, i think its a great movie, great mood and story flow, good job YUI!
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