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The Homeless Student (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

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The Homeless Student (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Based on the best-selling autobiography by Tamura Hiroshi of popular manzai duo Kirin, the feature film Homeless Chugakusei (a.k.a. The Homeless Student) details the comedian's poignant experiences as a homeless teen during his junior high school days. Released in 2007, Tamura's book sold over a million copies in just two months, and was quickly picked up in 2008 for a Fuji TV drama special and a silver-screen adaptation directed by Furumaya Tomoyuki (Naoko). Winner of the Best Newcomer award at the 32nd Japan Academy Awards, baby-faced pop idol Koike Teppei (Kids) of WaT stars as the high school student who finds himself suddenly without a home after his parents go bankrupt and separate. With nowhere to turn, he begins to live in the park. Homeless Chugakusei co-stars Ikewaki Chizuru (10 Promises to My Dog) and comedian Nishino Akihiro of comedy duo King Kong as Tamura Hiroshi's siblings.
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Product Title: The Homeless Student (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 無家可歸的中學生 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 无家可归的中学生 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) The Homeless Student (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Homeless Student (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Homeless Chugakusei Homeless Chugakusei Homeless Chugakusei Homeless Chugakusei Homeless Chugakusei
Artist Name(s): Tanaka Yuko (Actor) | Ikewaki Chizuru | Kotegawa Yuko | Uzaki Ryudo (Actor) | Ogata Issei | Kurotani Tomoka | Ishida Ayumi | Nishino Akihiro | Koike Teppei (Actor) 田中裕子 (Actor) | 池脇千鶴 | 古手川祐子 | 宇崎龍童 (Actor) | Ogata Issei | 黑谷友香 | Ishida Ayumi | 西野亮廣 | 小池徹平 (Actor) 田中裕子 (Actor) | 池脇千鹤 | Kotegawa Yuko | 宇崎龙童 (Actor) | Ogata Issei | 黑谷友香 | Ishida Ayumi | Nishino Akihiro | 小池彻平 (Actor) 田中裕子 (Actor) | 池脇千鶴 | 古手川祐子 | 宇崎竜童 (Actor) | イッセー尾形 | 黒谷友香 | いしだあゆみ | 西野亮廣 | 小池徹平 (Actor) Tanaka Yuko (Actor) | Ikewaki Chizuru | Kotegawa Yuko | Uzaki Ryudo (Actor) | Ogata Issei | Kurotani Tomoka | Ishida Ayumi | Nishino Akihiro | 코이케 테페이 (Actor)
Director: Furumaya Tomoyuki 古厩智之 古厩智之 古厩智之 Furumaya Tomoyuki
Release Date: 2009-10-09
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 116 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021394802

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Director: Kogai Tomoyuki

The Homeless Student' is an adaptation of a national best-seller autobiography novel 'The Homeless Junior High School Student.' After a term closing ceremony, Hiroshi (Gokusen the Movie's Teppei Koike) comes up home and finds the door barred by a property seizure notice. "I wish you all the best in yur future endeavors. You are dismissed!" Hiroshi's father says unexpectedly and disappears without a trace. Hiroshi suddenly becomes a homeless at his fourteen. He starts to spend his nights in public parks and eat cardboard to survive. Homeless lifestyle for Hiroshi is both with laughter and tears. Through this, he also learns important things about being a PERSON.
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Customer Review of "The Homeless Student (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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February 2, 2011

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Touchingly rendered family film Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"The Homeless Student" steers clear of mawkish sentimentality by telling its uplifting story with refreshing honesty and a dash of humor. Fourteen year old Hiroshi (Koike Teppei) and his college student brother (Nishino Akihiro) and high school student sister (Ikewaki Chizuru) find themselves suddenly homeless when their widower father can't pay the rent on their apartment and 'dismisses' his children from his life. The despondent Hiroshi meets his shocking new circumstances by turning inward; he chooses not to share his plight with his siblings, but instead strives to be self-sufficient by living within an unusually shaped slide (resembling a giant turd) in a public park.

The film traces his attempt to make a life for himself by finding a few yen in the change slot of vending machines, then reaching out to a friend for help, and, ultimately, through the gracious assistance of some caring adults, rebuilding a semblance of family life with his brother and sister, while coming to grips with his father's abandonment and, even more powerfully with the death of his mother when he was very young. Koike Teppei delivers a brave performance, Nishino Akihiro sets just the right tone of brotherly affection, and Ikewaki Chizuru as the unfailingly loving and cheerful sister becomes the beating heart of the movie.

Although Yamada Yoji apparently had nothing to do with the making of "The Homeless Student", this feels very much like one of his films (one can imagine it as 'Gakko V: The Homeless Student'), particularly because the movie boasts two of the leading ladies from his Tora-San series -- Tanaka Yuko and Ishida Ayumi. Among the very real accomplishments of this film is the way in which it immerses the viewer within the mindset of an ordinary fourteen year old boy struggling to come to grips with extraordinary circumstances. "The Homeless Student" makes for very compelling viewing.
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