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After taking audiences to Third Street again with the third Always film, director Yamazaki Takashi (Space Battleship Yamato) takes us to the dangerous skies of the Pacific War in The Eternal Zero. Based on the novel by Hyakuta Naoki, the war drama chronicles a young man's investigation into the life of his biological grandfather, a kamikaze pilot who died during the war. Featuring state-of-the-art special effects by Yamazaki – also the special effects supervisor of the film - Eternal Zero has some of the most realistic aerial battles ever created in the history of Japanese cinema. These scenes add significant impact to the emotional story of an honorable man who valued life above all things. Topping the Japanese box office for eight consecutive weeks, The Eternal Zero is the fifth highest-grossing live-action Japanese film of all time.

After his grandmother's funeral, law student Kentaro (Miura Haruma) discovers that his grandfather Oishi isn't actually his biological grandfather. Surprised by the revelation, Kentaro and his sister Keiko begin digging into the story of their biological grandfather Miyabe Kyuzo (Okada Junichi), a kamikaze pilot who died during a mission. While some of the soldiers Kentaro meet insist that Kyuzo was a coward who refused to enter aerial fights, others say that Kyuzo was a brilliant pilot and a devoted family man who only wanted to return home to see his wife (Inoue Mao) and child. From the testimonies of the soldiers, Kentaro pieces together the shocking truth about Kyuzo.

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Product Title: The Eternal Zero (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) 永遠的0 普通版 (DVD)(日本版) 永远的0 普通版 (DVD)(日本版) 永遠の0 通常版 The Eternal Zero (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
Also known as: The Eternal 0 / Eien no Zero The Eternal 0 / Eien no Zero The Eternal 0 / Eien no Zero The Eternal 0 / Eien no Zero The Eternal 0 / Eien no Zero
Artist Name(s): Okada Junichi | Sato Naoki | Yamazaki Takashi | Inoue Mao | Miura Haruma | Hamada Gaku | Arai Hirofumi | Sometani Shota | Fukiishi Kazue | Yamamoto Manabu | Tanaka Min | Fubuki Jun | Hira Mikijiro | Ueda Tatsuya | Miura Takahiro | Hashizume Isao | Natsuyagi Isao 岡田准一 | 佐藤直紀 | 山崎貴 | 井上真央 | 三浦春馬 | 濱田岳 | 新井浩文 | 染谷將太 | 吹石一惠 | Yamamoto Manabu | 田中泯 | 風吹純 | 平幹二朗 | 上田龍也 | 三浦貴大 | 橋爪功 | 夏八木勲 冈田准一 | 佐藤直纪 | 山崎贵 | 井上真央 | 三浦春马 | 滨田岳 | 新井浩文 | 染谷将太 | 吹石一惠 | Yamamoto Manabu | 田中泯 | 风吹纯 | 平干二朗 | 上田龙也 | 三浦贵大 | 桥爪功 | 夏八木勲 岡田准一 | 佐藤直紀 | 百田尚樹 | 山崎貴 | 井上真央 | 三浦春馬 | 濱田岳 | 新井浩文 | 染谷将太 | 吹石一恵 | 山本學 | 田中泯 | 風吹ジュン | 平幹二朗 | 上田竜也 | 三浦貴大 | ハシヅメイサオ | 夏八木勲 Okada Junichi | Sato Naoki | Yamazaki Takashi | Inoue Mao | 미우라 하루마 | Hamada Gaku | Arai Hirofumi | Sometani Shota | Fukiishi Kazue | Yamamoto Manabu | Tanaka Min | Fubuki Jun | Hira Mikijiro | Ueda Tatsuya | Miura Takahiro | Hashizume Isao | Natsuyagi Isao
Release Date: 2014-07-23
Publisher Product Code: ASBY-5783
Language: 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?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035694431

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
岡田准一 / 三浦春馬 / 井上真央 / 山崎貴 (監督、VFX、脚本) / 百田尚樹 (原作) / 佐藤直紀 (音楽)

[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144分
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2013

[ストーリー]
司法試験に落ちて進路に迷う佐伯健太郎は、祖母・松乃の葬儀の日に驚くべき事実を知らされる。実は自分と祖父・賢一郎には血のつながりが無く、“血縁上の祖父”が別に いるというのだ。本当の祖父の名は、宮部久蔵。60年前の太平洋戦争で零戦パイロットとして戦い、終戦直前に特攻出撃により帰らぬ人となっていた。宮部の事を調べるために、かつての戦友のもとを訪ね歩く健太郎。しかし、そこで耳にした宮部の人物評は「海軍一の臆病者」などの酷い内容だった。宮部は天才的な操縦技術を持ちながら、敵を撃破することよりも「生きて還る」ことに執着し、乱戦になると真っ先に離脱したという。「家族のもとへ、必ず還ってくる」…それは宮部が妻・松乃に誓った、たったひとつの約束だった。そんな男がなぜ特攻を選んだのか。やがて宮部の最期を知る人物に辿りついた健太郎は、衝撃の真実を知ることに…。宮部が命がけで遺したメッセージとは何か。そして現代に生きる健太郎は、その思いを受け取ることができるのか。

[解説]
この空に願う、未来—壮大な愛の物語。/その奇跡に、日本中が涙する。

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Professional Review of "The Eternal Zero (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

October 10, 2014

This professional review refers to The Eternal Zero (2013) (DVD) (Limited Collector's Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Second World War kamikaze drama The Eternal Zero has emerged as one of the most popular films at the Japanese box office of recent years, having topped the list for an impressive eight consecutive weeks and now ranking as the country's fifth highest-grossing live-action film of all time. Based on a novel by Hyakuta Naoki, the film was directed by Yamazaki Takashi, helmer of the hit nostalgic Always series and who recently gave audiences the visually stunning Space Battleship Yamato update.

Like many modern Japanese war themed films, The Eternal Zero revolves around a present day framing device, in this case following Kentaro (Miura Haruma, Space Pirate Captain Harlock), a law student who has failed the bar exam several times, and who at his grandmother's funeral finds out that his grandfather Oishi is not in fact his biological grandfather. Aided by his sister Keiko (Fukiishi Kazue, 13 Assassins), he looks into the matter, and finds that his real grandfather was a man called Miyabe Kyuzo (Okada Junichi, Library Wars and of the boy band V6), a fighter pilot during WW2 who died on a kamikaze mission. Determined to find out more, Kentaro contacts a series of Kyuzo's old comrades and pilots, most of whom insist that he was a coward who fled from battle and put the lives of others at risk to save his own skin. However, it gradually emerges that Kyuzo was actually a highly skilled pilot who was simply desperate to return home to his beloved wife (Inoue Mao, The Snow White Murder Case) and young daughter, leading to the burning question as to why he would have volunteered for a kamikaze mission.

The Eternal Zero is undoubtedly one of the glossiest and best-looking Japanese films for some time, a full-on blockbuster with top notch production values. Visually, it's stunning throughout, Yamazaki Takashi making glorious use of the clear blue skies and seas of the pacific and of the various locations as it leaps between a series of major WW2 battles and Pearl Harbour, Battle of Midway and the Bombing of Rabaul. The computer effects work is spectacular, Yamazaki (who also worked on the special effects himself) surpassing Space Battleship Yamato in this respect and choreographing some superb dog fighting action and large scale battle set pieces. As with most Hollywood war epics, this is combined with a fair amount of melodrama, though even at a lengthy two hours and twenty minutes the film never drags too much, and by the standards of the Japanese form there aren't too many tears or hysterics. An interesting set of characters and solid performances from the leads also help to distract from the film feeling rather formulaic in places, and though perhaps not as emotional or moving as it'd like to be, it does keep the viewer interested in the enigmatic Kyuzo through till the end.

To be fair, how engaging The Eternal Zero is may vary between viewers, and it's difficult to discuss the film without mentioning its subject matter and how Yamazaki handles it. Being about kamikaze pilots, and based on a novel by a nationalistic writer who in the past has made statements denying the infamous Nanjing Massacre amongst other things, the film unsurprisingly generated controversy both at home and abroad. Certainly, it walks a fine line between trying to portray the despair of war and the suffering it causes for everyday people, and romanticising blind patriotism and glorious sacrifice, building to an ambiguous conclusion that leaves the viewer to interpret Kyuzo's actions - it's hard not to see this as somewhat of a cop-out. Yamazaki does try to defuse this by taking a generally humanistic approach, and by including present day scenes of young people debating kamikazes at a dinner (some describing them as being brainwashed and like "Muslim terrorist suicide bombers"), though the film's message remains troublingly mixed. As such, perhaps inevitably, the film has attracted criticism both from the Japanese left wing for glorifying the war and kamikazes, and from the right for its vaguely negative portrayal of the country's leaders. Even Hayao Miyazaki, whose The Wind Rises deals with somewhat similar subject matter, chimed in and savaged the film for an apparent lack of authenticity, and with countries like China and Korea decrying it, there's no doubt that it'll divide audiences.

Though unavoidable, this is a shame, as The Eternal Zero is a very solid Japanese blockbuster and an impressive war drama epic by any standard. Well-made and acted, and boosted by some fantastic action scenes and polished production values, it's nevertheless understandable that while some viewers will embrace and appreciate what Yamazaki Takashi has attempted here, others will struggle to see past the film's themes and possible underlying message.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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