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The Lady Shogun and Her Men (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
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Five years in the making, Yoshinaga Fuyumi's award-winning comic Ooku: The Inner Chambers finally arrives on the big screen with The Lady Shogun and Her Men. Depicting a fictional world in which women took up traditional male positions after a mysterious disease wiped out a majority of the male population, the series has been lauded for its ability to give a fresh spin on the Japanese period drama through gender reversals of social roles. Planned at the beginning of the comic series' run, the adaptation by writer Takahashi Natsuko (Hana Yori Dango TV series) and director Kaneko Fuminori (Kisarazu Cat's Eye) tells the story of the first series' first chapter. In it, Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari (Letters From Iwo Jima) plays a man who enters the court of the Edo Castle and ends up becoming the chosen lover of the new shogun, played by Shibasaki Kou (Suspect X). The hit period drama also co-stars Horikita Maki (Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac) and Tamaki Hiroshi (Nodame Cantabile).

In the year 1716, a mysterious disease wipes out a majority of men, leaving only one man for every four woman. Gender roles have been reversed, with women taking traditional male roles and men becoming little more than reproduction tools. To save his family, 19-year-old Mizuno (Ninomiya Kazunari) enters the Inner Chamber in the Edo Castle, leaving his girlfriend Onobu (Horikita Maki) behind. There, Mizuno skillfully wins over schemers like Matsushima (Tamaki Hiroshi), eventually becoming the Chamber Groom. Meanwhile, when the young shogun dies, Yoshimune (Shibasaki Kou) is appointed to take over as the shogun. After Mizuno catches her attention, Yoshimune decides to name Mizuno her first bedmate. However, the job comes with potentially fatal consequences for everyone involved.

Normal Edition DVD comes with audio commentary and trailers.

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Product Title: The Lady Shogun and Her Men (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) 大奧 - 男女逆轉 (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) 大奥 - 男女逆转 (DVD) (通常版) (日本版) 大奥 <男女逆転> 通常版 The Lady Shogun and Her Men (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Ooku - Danjo Gyakuten Ooku - Danjo Gyakuten Ooku - Danjo Gyakuten Ooku - Danjo Gyakuten Ooku - Danjo Gyakuten
Artist Name(s): Shibasaki Ko | Ninomiya Kazunari | Tamaki Hiroshi | Horikita Maki | Okura Tadayoshi | Baisho Mitsuko | Wakui Emi | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Abe Sadao | Takewaki Muga | Nakamura Aoi 柴咲幸 | 二宮和也 | 玉木宏 | 堀北真希 | 大倉忠義 | 倍賞美津子 | 和久井映見 | 佐佐木藏之介 | 阿部貞夫 | Takewaki Muga | 中村蒼 柴咲幸 | 二宫和也 | 玉木宏 | 堀北真希 | 大仓忠义 | 倍赏美津子 | 和久井映见 | 佐佐木藏之介 | 阿部贞夫 | Takewaki Muga | 中村苍 柴咲コウ | 二宮和也 | 玉木宏 | 堀北真希 | 大倉忠義 | 倍賞美津子 | 和久井映見 | 佐々木蔵之介 | 阿部サダヲ | 竹脇無我 | 中村蒼 시바사키 코우 | Ninomiya Kazunari | 타마키 히로시 | Horikita Maki | Okura Tadayoshi | Baisho Mitsuko | Wakui Emi | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Abe Sadao | MugaTakewaki | Nakamura Aoi
Director: Kaneko Fuminori 金子文紀 金子文纪 金子文紀 Kaneko Fuminori
Release Date: 2011-04-15
Publisher Product Code: DB-465
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: 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?
Publisher: TBS
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023870275

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タイトル : 大奥 <男女逆転> [通常版]
出演 : 二宮和也/柴咲コウ/堀北真希/大倉忠義/中村蒼/玉木宏/倍賞美津子/竹脇無我/和久井映見/阿部サダヲ/佐々木蔵之介
監督 : 金子文紀(監督)/よしながふみ(原作)/村松崇継(音楽)/高橋ナツコ(脚本)/豊島雅郎(エグゼクティブ・プロデューサー)/濱名一哉(エグゼクティブ・プロデューサー)/荒木美也子(プロデューサー)/磯山晶(プロデューサー)

男女逆転の浮世で最も贅を尽くした場所。それは、1人の女将軍に3000人の美男子が仕える大奥だった・・・/謎の疫病により、男の人口が女の4分の1まで減少した江戸時代。女が労働を担い、男は子孫を残す宝として大切に育てられる男女逆転の世で、今なお武士道を追求する青年、水野祐之進(二宮和也)は、困窮する家を救い、幼馴染のお信(堀北真希)との身分違いの恋を振り切るため、大奥にあがることを決意する。そこは、徳川家の子孫繁栄のため、3000人の美しい男たちが、1人の女将軍の寵愛を求めて 仕える男の園だった。 嫉妬と陰謀渦巻く世界で、剣の腕と才覚で出世を遂げていく水野だったが、ある日、大奥の抜本的改革を目指す女傑、徳川吉宗(柴咲コウ)が、第八代将軍として迎えられ、その運命が大きく動き出す・・・ そこにあるのは過酷な運命か?それとも愛か・・・。
男女逆転!将軍は女、仕えるは美しき男たち三千人二宮和也主演 豪華キャストで贈る、大ヒット・エンターテインメント!/

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色 : カラー
画面 : 16:9/Vista-16:9LB
言語/音声 : 日本語:ドルビーデジタルステレオ

その他の情報
製作年 : 2010
備考 : 1枚組
映像特典収録/音声特典収録
日本小売価格 : ¥3800
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Professional Review of "The Lady Shogun and Her Men (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

July 28, 2011

This professional review refers to The Lady Shogun And Her Men (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Historically, the Ooku were a collection of courtesans in feudal Japan, all dedicated to serving a single Shogun, his pleasure and prestige being their purpose in life. Fuminori Kaneko's The Lady Shogun and Her Men (a.k.a. Ooku) turns historical fact on its ear, supposing that a mysterious plague called "Red Pox" decimated the male population by 75%. A matriarchy is established; women now handle jobs big and small, while men become homemakers and also tools for breeding or pleasure. The Shogun is now a lady while the Ooku is filled top to bottom with a harem of gorgeous men. The problem is that the current Shogun is a young girl, meaning the men don't have to do anything besides keep the Ooku clean and perhaps pleasure each other - if that's their way with things.

Enter two factors, both bringing to the Ooku the winds of change. First, straight-shooting yet humble samurai Mizuno Yunoshin (Kazunari Ninomiya) joins the Ooku, leaving his childhood sweetheart Onobu (Maki Horikita) to find another husband. His initiation comes with an exposition-filled introduction to his new life courtesy of longtime resident Sugishita (Sadao Abe), but as his integrity and skill with a sword propel his rise, he slowly learns of the corruption and decadence of the Ooku. The second factor is the sudden death of the Shogun and the appointment of a new one, the pragmatic and quietly radical Yoshimune (Kou Shibasaki). Eventually, Mizuno and Yoshimune do meet, forming a bond that could topple the inbred power structure of the Ooku. However, with the promise of their union comes an unfortunate price.

The Lady Shogun and Her Men is based on the first arc in Fumi Yoshinaga's award-winning manga Ooku: The Inner Chambers, and its slow, talky narrative is to be expected. Mizuno's introduction to the Ooku takes up a good portion of the film, and it would be impossible to understand the small details and subtle interactions in the Ooku without all that exposition. The alternate Japan presented is certainly interesting, from the ornate costumes given the male courtesans to the ritualized society of the Ooku to the consequences big and small of the world's gender reversal. Lady Shogun is immediately fascinating because of these details, though the credit is largely due to the concept and original story rather than the actors or direction. Director Kaneko rarely raises the film above television level. Cinematography (the film was shot on HD), lighting, music, action, the works - all of it seems appropriate for a primetime J-dorama rather than a feature film.

The static nature of the film extends to the acting. While the characters are required to be superbly mannered, the way the actors move and behave never seems to possess true emotion. Kazunari Ninomiya is likable enough, but he's too small and boyish to convince as the principled, honorable Mizuno. Tamaki Hiroshi and Kuranosuke Sasaki fare better as the conniving members of the Ooku, as their characters require less range. Presiding over everything in a glorified supporting role is Kou Shibasaki, who's commanding in gaze if not actual presence. Everyone and everything here feels confined, like the film never escapes the panels of the manga page, the word balloons and static poses dictating their action. Lady Shogun and Her Men is ultimately a lot less than it could be - though its overarcing story does maintain interest. Still, if it's the story and ideas you're after, the manga is presumably a whole lot better. Aren't they always.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "The Lady Shogun and Her Men (DVD) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)"

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

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January 20, 2012

This customer review refers to The Lady Shogun And Her Men (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Engrossing alternate history Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I eagerly have been reading Yoshinaga Fumi's splendid "Ooku" manga series as it is being published in the US. Its concept is striking: A "red plague" has struck early 18th century Japan; while it has no effect upon women, it has wiped out 75% of the male population. As a consequence, the social order in Japan is turned upside down. Women now do all the work (including being shogun), while men are pampered pets preserved for their "seed". Yoshinaga's manga so vividly creates this alternate 18th century universe that I worried that a film based upon it could not do it justice. No need to worry. "The Lady Shogun And Her Men" very ably brings this story to life.

Mizuno (Ninomiya Kazunari) is the 19 year old son of a poor samurai family. His mother hopes to improve the family fortunes by having him marry the daughter of a prominent tycoon. Instead, Mizuno chooses to provide an income to his family by entering the Lady Shogun's court. He begins by performing menial jobs around Edo Castle, but his looks, charm, and skill at kendo soon have him promoted to the important position of Chamber Groom. In his new position, he catches the eye of the new reform-minded Lady Shogun Yoshimune (Shibasaki Kou), who chooses Mizuno to take her virginity. This great royal favor, however, comes with fateful unanticipated consequences.

The film's set decoration, costuming, soundtrack music, and cinematography create a sumptuous, fully-realized world. The cast does an effective job of depicting the courtly manors and vicious backstabbing that comprise life in the Ooku. The film stumbles by rushing its storyline to a conclusion and adding a closing coda intended only to set up a sequel. However, "Lady Shogun" impresses by making us believe in that intriguingly strange world of the inner chambers. Highly recommended.
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