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Stars Abe Hiroshi and Takeuchi Yuko return for The Triumphant General Rouge, a sequel to the hit 2008 thriller The Glorious Team Batista. Like Batista, Triumphant General Rouge is drawn from a series of popular novels by Takeru Kaido. This time, the filmmakers shine a spotlight on the emergency room, where saving lives must be balanced against fiscal responsibility. Returning director Yoshihiro Nakamura takes a look at corruption within the Japanese health care system, using real-life issues as the basis for a gripping and intelligent medical mystery. Abe and Takeuchi reprise their roles as the sparring investigative duo from the first film, with Sakai Masato (After School) joining the cast in the titular role of ER chief Hayami Koichi a.k.a. "General Rouge".

After solving the chilling Batista murders, hospital therapist Taguchi (Takeuchi Yuko) is assigned to investigate ER chief Hayami (Sakai Masato) on charges of corruption. Hayami is accused of receiving kickbacks from medical supply company Medical Arts, and while Taguchi's tentative investigation does not reveal immediate answers, it does lift the veil on an intricate web of internal politics and issues affecting the hospital and in particular Hayami. Nicknamed "General Rouge", supposedly because of 10 year-old incident where he neglected to remove his blood-stained smock during an overwhelming medical emergency, Hayami is a brilliant surgeon whose talent and professionalism are matched only by his condescension towards his colleagues. When a Medical Arts salesman turns up dead, the suspects turn out to number more than just Hayami. Amidst the growing unrest, the ER room receives a surprise patient: smarmy and irreverent government bureaucrat Shiratori (Abe Hiroshi), ready and willing to help Taguchi with yet another investigation.

This 2-disc special edition comes with English subtitles, plus a making-of documentary, cast and staff interviews, footage from the premiere, and other bonus features.

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Product Title: The Triumphant General Rouge (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) The Triumphant General Rouge (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) The Triumphant General Rouge (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) ジェネラル・ルージュの凱旋 The Triumphant General Rouge (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: General Rouge no Gaisen General Rouge no Gaisen General Rouge no Gaisen General Rouge no Gaisen General Rouge no Gaisen
Artist Name(s): Takeuchi Yuko | Abe Hiroshi | Omi Toshinori | Yamamoto Taro | Sano Shiro | Kunimura Jun | Takashima Masanobu | Hayashi Yasufumi | Tamayama Tetsuji | Hata Michiko | Nogiwa Yoko | Sakai Masato | Hiraizumi Sei | Kanjiya Shihori | Nakabayashi Taiki 竹內結子 | 阿部寬 | 尾美利德 | 山本太郎 | 佐野史郎 | 國村準 | 高嶋政伸 | 林泰文 | 玉山鐵二 | 羽田 美智子 | 野際陽子 | 堺雅人 | 平泉成 | 貫地谷栞 | 中林大樹 竹内结子 | 阿部宽 | 尾美利德 | 山本太郎 | 佐野史郎 | 国村准 | 高嶋政伸 | Hayashi Yasufumi | 玉山铁二 | 羽田 美智子 | 野际阳子 | 堺雅人 | 平泉成 | 贯地谷栞 | 中林大树 竹内結子 | 阿部寛 | 尾美としのり | 山本太郎 | 佐野史郎 | 國村隼 | 高嶋政伸 | 林泰文 | 玉山鉄二 | 羽田美智子 | 野際陽子 | 堺雅人 | 平泉成 | 貫地谷しほり | 中林大樹 Takeuchi Yuko | Abe Hiroshi | Omi Toshinori | Yamamoto Taro | Sano Shiro | Kunimura Jun | Takashima Masanobu | Hayashi Yasufumi | Tamayama Tetsuji | Hata Michiko | Nogiwa Yoko | Sakai Masato | Hiraizumi Sei | Kanjiya Shihori | Nakabayashi Taiki
Director: Nakamura Yoshihiro 中村義洋 中村义洋 中村義洋 Nakamura Yoshihiro
Release Date: 2009-09-09
Publisher Product Code: TCED-574
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, 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: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020319461

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
竹内結子 / 阿部寛 / 堺雅人 / 中村義洋 (監督、脚本) / 海堂尊 (原作) / 佐藤直紀 (音楽)


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製作国 : 日本 (Japan)

「チーム・バチスタ事件」を解決に導いた?(と思われている)東城大学付属病院の窓際医師・不定愁訴外来の田口公子 (竹内結子) は、院内における諸問題を扱う倫理委員会の委員長に図らずも任命された。そんな彼女の元に、一通の告発文書が届く。その内容は『救命救急の速水晃一センター長 (堺 雅人) は医療メーカーと癒着している。看護師長は共犯だ』という衝撃的なものだった。時を同じくして、告発された医療メーカーの支店長が院内で自殺する、という事件が起こる。またもや高階院長 (國村 隼) から病院内を密かに探るように命を受ける田口。そこに骨折をした厚生労働省の切れ者役人・白鳥圭輔(阿部 寛)が運び込まれ、二人は嬉しくもない再会を果たす。実は白鳥の元にも同様の告発文書が届いていた…


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July 25, 2009

If you couldn't get enough of smarmy health ministry official Keisuke Shiratori (Hiroshi Abe) and endearing hospital therapist Kimiko Taguchi (Yuko Takeuchi), then The Triumphant General Rouge is for you. The investigative duo from the hit medical thriller The Glorious Team Batista returns for yet another medical thriller. However, this time the mystery is a rather slight one, and is merely a hook for larger issues concerning medical funding and hospital politicking in Japan.

Whereas Team Batista dealt with numerous murders in the operating room, General Rouge concerns malfeasance in the purchasing department - plus another possible murder. An anonymous tip fingers maverick emergency room honcho Koichi Hayami (Masato Sakai of Afterschool) as supposedly getting kickbacks from supply company Medical Arts. Because Hayami is talented and smug, he's got a host of enemies at the hospital who'd like to see him ousted.

During her investigation, Taguchi learns of Hayami's reputation as "General Rouge", a nickname he received ten years prior during a terrible emergency, when he commandingly accepted more patients into ER than the doctors could handle. That incident revealed Hayami's holier-than-thou professional character, and it also laid the groundwork for years of political maneuvering and executive backbiting around the hospital.

The current regime at the hospital is looking to divert their funding towards lucrative new treatment like psychotherapy rather than dealing with the common problems like, oh, emergencies and accidents. Hayami is the naysayer of the bunch, but the charges against him could mean the end of his ER command. When a Medical Arts salesperson turns up dead from a supposed suicide, the case becomes even darker. How does the smug Hayami fit into this web of corruption and death, and is his ardent professionalism just a smarmy smokescreen for greedy bribe taking?

General Rouge possesses star power to spare. As the smarmy Shiratori, Hiroshi Abe showboats entertainingly, and Takeuchi provides warm comic relief as the well-meaning Taguchi. However, both characters have little actual development, and are really movie character types playing witness to the melodramatic hospital shenanigans. In the key role of "Master of the ER" Hayami, Masato Sakai exudes a confident, super-cool charisma that's as engaging as it is sometimes cartoonish. Smaller roles are inhabited by a variety of familiar faces, with fans getting a couple of cameos referencing the previous film.

Like Glorious Team Batista, Triumphant General Rouge is a very commercial film, going for showy character flourishes, occasional moments of overacting, and staging that's right out of a television drama. All the big conflicts come to an eventual head in a boardroom showdown where characters clap sarcastically, swivel around dramatically in office chairs, and generally behave in an unrealistic manner. Director Yoshihiro Nakamura has skills with clever narratives (like his recent Fish Story), but he doesn't do much to lift the earnest commercial banality of Team Batista or General Rouge. Then again, Japan is the king of earnest, well-meaning cinema, so it's hard to knock a film with such shining good intentions as General Rouge. Narratively, the film is conventional, serving up a minor mystery, standard characters and themes, and a climax that's both rousing and hackneyed. Yet another mega-accident occurs, leaving the hospital staff to either bicker internally or band together for one big "We're doctors, dammit!" push. Honestly, which of the two outcomes do you expect to occur? And how can you dislike a movie where medical health professionals are so maddeningly well-intentioned?

Expected outcome aside, The Triumphant General Rouge does earn points for shedding some light on the unglamorous world of hospital politics, with its cynical machinations and bottom line maneuvering. This is interesting and even relevant subject matter, and though General Rouge handles it all in a glossy and commercial manner, it's still there, buried beneath the TV drama trappings. Anyway, even if learning about Japanese hospital politics is not to your liking, you may be still interested in the reason behind Hayami's nickname, "General Rouge". Rumor has it that it's because he was once bathed in blood during the emergency ten years ago, but the film reveals another, far more entertaining possibility. Think cosmetics.

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