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The Great Passage (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Matsuda Ryuhei (Actor) | Miura Shiwon (Actor)
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Director Ishii Yuya (Mitsuko Delivers, Sawako Decides) pays tribute to the unsung heroes of the dictionary world in The Great Passage. Based on the best-selling novel by Miura Shiwon, this gentle comedy follows a group of dictionary editors and their decade-long effort to create the ultimate "living dictionary." Matsuda Ryuhei (Nana) gives a hilariously droll performance as Majime, the stone-faced newcomer who discovers his true calling in dictionary editing, while Odagiri Joe steals the show as Majime's charming co-worker. Japan's representative at the 2013 Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film race, The Great Passage is an inspiring dramedy dedicated to wordsmiths everywhere.

When the longtime editor at The Dictionary Editorial Department of Genbu Books resigns, he goes on a search for a word-obsessed replacement that can continue his work. By chance, they stumble upon Majime (Matsuda Ryuhei), an introverted salesperson with zero talent in sales and a passion for words. Majime's first project is The Great Passage, a new venture to create the ultimate "living dictionary" for the modern world. The idea of spending over a decade on a dictionary seems daunting to Majime, co-worker Masashi (Odagiri Joe) and the rest of the team at first, but their dedication to the project carries them through various obstacles. However, when Kaguya (Miyazaki Aoi), the granddaughter of Majime's landlady, moves into their building, Majime discovers a problem that words can't solve: love.

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Product Title: The Great Passage (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 字裡人間 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 字里人间 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 舟を編む The Great Passage (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 宅男的戀愛字典 / 大渡海 / 啟航吧!編舟計劃 宅男的恋爱字典 / 大渡海 / 启航吧!编舟计划
Artist Name(s): Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Matsuda Ryuhei (Actor) | Miura Shiwon (Actor) | Watanabe Takashi (Actor) | Ikewaki Chizuru (Actor) | Kobayashi Kaoru (Actor) | Tsurumi Shingo (Actor) | Kuroki Haru (Actor) | Watanabe Misako (Actor) | Yachigusa Kaoru (Actor) | Kato Go (Actor) | Namioka Kazuki (Actor) 宮崎葵 (Actor) | 小田切讓 (Actor) | 松田龍平 (Actor) | 三浦紫苑 (Actor) | Watanabe Takashi (Actor) | 池脇千鶴 (Actor) | 小林薰 (Actor) | 鶴見辰吾 (Actor) | 黑木華 (Actor) | 渡邊美佐子 (Actor) | 八千草薰 (Actor) | 加藤剛 (Actor) | 波岡一喜 (Actor) 宫崎葵 (Actor) | 小田切让 (Actor) | 松田龙平 (Actor) | 三浦紫苑 (Actor) | Watanabe Takashi (Actor) | 池脇千鹤 (Actor) | 小林薰 (Actor) | 鹤见辰吾 (Actor) | 黑木华 (Actor) | 渡边美佐子 (Actor) | 八千草薰 (Actor) | 加藤刚 (Actor) | Namioka Kazuki (Actor) 宮崎あおい (Actor) | オダギリジョー (Actor) | 松田龍平 (Actor) | 三浦しをん (Actor) | 渡邊崇 (Actor) | 池脇千鶴 (Actor) | 小林薫 (Actor) | つるみしんご (Actor) | 黒木華 (Actor) | 渡辺美佐子 (Actor) | 八千草薫 (Actor) | Kato Go (Actor) | 波岡一喜 (Actor) Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | 오다기리 죠 (Actor) | Matsuda Ryuhei (Actor) | Miura Shiwon (Actor) | Watanabe Takashi (Actor) | Ikewaki Chizuru (Actor) | Kobayashi Kaoru (Actor) | Tsurumi Shingo (Actor) | Kuroki Haru (Actor) | Watanabe Misako (Actor) | Yachigusa Kaoru (Actor) | Kato Go (Actor) | Namioka Kazuki (Actor)
Director: Ishii Yuya 石井裕也 石井裕也 石井裕也 Ishii Yuya
Release Date: 2014-01-03
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, 6.1
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: 133 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034907370

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Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) is, by all accounts, a word person. Physically clumsy and socially awkward, he only truly feels at home within the rules and confines of lexicography. After struggling in the sales division of the Genbu Books publishing company, he manages to land his dream job in the Dictionary Editorial Department, where he can use his talents to compile a new dictionary, called "The Great Passage." Partnering with Majime is a callow young man (Joe Odagiri) who is slow to develop an appreciation for the challenging task ahead. Majime’s love of language, however, leaves him speechless when he meets Kaguya (Aoi Miyazaki), his landlady's granddaughter, who moves into his building and beguiles him with her obsession with cooking knives and fine cuisine. Majime soon finds that the words he has studied his whole life are inadequate to express his true feelings for Kaguya. Meanwhile, complications begin piling up as the dictionary department descends into chaos. Rising Japanese director Yuya Ishii sets this gentle dramatic comedy in the 1990s, well before the Wild West attitude of Google and Wikipedia. THE GREAT PASSAGE is a kindhearted tribute to a time when the written word still contained an element of magic and romance.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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November 21, 2014

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The definition of excellence Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"The Great Passage" might just be the first movie ever made about the creation of a dictionary. Of course, director Ishii Yuya's film actually is about much more. At Genbu Books, Dictionary Department Director Matsumoto (Kato Go) long has dreamed of creating a new dictionary of the Japanese language as it actually is used, including colloquialisms and slang usages. Unfortunately, now that he has received the green light for the project (which is to be called The Great Passage), his right hand man, Editor Araki (Kobayashi Kaoru), reveals his desire to retire in order to devote himself to the care of his seriously ill wife. Matsumoto directs Araki that he must find a suitable replacement to fill his position before he retires.

Finding willing candidates to work in the geeky dictionary department is difficult. Araki stumbles upon Majime Mitsu (Matsuda Ryuhei), an expressionless, tongue-tied 'fish out of water' in the publisher's sales department. Araki assesses that Majime's severe introversion masks a single-minded focus that could prove perfectly appropriate for the meticulous work of compiling a new dictionary.

Majime quickly becomes the obsessive workhorse of the dictionary department. Outside of the workplace, Majime's only human contact is with the kind elderly landlady of his rooming house. When the old woman's quietly beautiful granddaughter Kaguya (Miyazaki Aoi), an apprentice chef, moves into the house to assist her grandmother, Majime is captivated by her sweet nature. A greater mismatch is hard to imagine, but Majime earnestly pleads his love for her in a flowery, brush-written note that Kaguya finds incomprehensible.

The development of the new dictionary and the diligent efforts of the dedicated editorial staff prove strangely involving and Majime's love for Kaguya provides a tasty icing on the top of this cinematic cake. I think something more is afoot in this fine film: Majime's tongue-tied, blank-faced, singularly focused personality suggests someone with either high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. If I am correct in my unscientific diagnosis, then the truly triumphant 'great passage' here is Majime's growth into functioning, successful adulthood. "The Great Passage" is very highly recommended.
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