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Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Ninomiya Kazunari (Actor) | Tamaki Hiroshi (Actor) | Okura Tadayoshi (Actor)
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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.

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Product Title: The Lady Shogun And Her Men (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 大奧 (電影版) (DVD) (台灣版) 大奥 (电影版) (DVD) (台湾版) 大奥 <男女逆転> The Lady Shogun And Her Men (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Shibasaki Ko (Actor) | Ninomiya Kazunari (Actor) | Tamaki Hiroshi (Actor) | Okura Tadayoshi (Actor) | Nakamura Aoi (Actor) 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 二宮和也 (Actor) | 玉木宏 (Actor) | 大倉忠義 (Actor) | 中村蒼 (Actor) 柴咲幸 (Actor) | 二宫和也 (Actor) | 玉木宏 (Actor) | 大仓忠义 (Actor) | 中村苍 (Actor) 柴咲コウ (Actor) | 二宮和也 (Actor) | 玉木宏 (Actor) | 大倉忠義 (Actor) | 中村蒼 (Actor) 시바사키 코우 (Actor) | Ninomiya Kazunari (Actor) | 타마키 히로시 (Actor) | Okura Tadayoshi (Actor) | Nakamura Aoi (Actor)
Director: Kaneko Fuminori 金子文紀 金子文纪 金子文紀 Kaneko Fuminori
Release Date: 2011-10-12
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Hong Jun International Co., Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024967768

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導演:金子文紀

  一種只會襲擊男性的怪異傳染病在江戶時代的日本蔓延開來,轉眼間男性人口迅速銳減至女性的四分之一,形成了一個男女地位逆轉的母權社會,而就在這樣的背景下,一個名為水野祐之進(二宮和也 飾)的男孩,在某個貧窮的家庭中誕生了。長大後的水野成為一名武士,為了振興家業他來到由三千美男服侍女將軍的後宮「大奧」,不久德川吉宗(柴崎幸 飾)在歷經家族內的激烈鬥爭之後,繼任成為德川第八代女將軍,上任後大刀闊斧改革政治的吉宗堪稱為一位女中豪傑,而俊美的水野也憑著高明的劍術與聰明才智,逐漸獲得吉宗的賞識與喜愛,然而在宮廷的明爭暗鬥之中,水野的仕途是否真能一路順遂?

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Professional Review of "The Lady Shogun And Her Men (DVD) (Taiwan 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) (Taiwan 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

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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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