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The Village (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Terao Akira (Actor) | Baisho Chieko (Actor) | Yamada Yoji (Director)
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The Village (Hong Kong Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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Product Title: The Village (Hong Kong Version) 同胞 (香港版) 同胞 (香港版) The Village (Overseas Version) The Village (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Terao Akira (Actor) | Baisho Chieko (Actor) 寺尾聰 (Actor) | 倍賞千惠子 (Actor) 寺尾聪 (Actor) | 倍赏千惠子 (Actor) 寺尾聰 (Actor) | 倍賞千恵子 (Actor) Terao Akira (Actor) | Baisho Chieko (Actor)
Director: Yamada Yoji 山田洋次 山田洋次 山田洋次 Yamada Yoji
Release Date: 2003-08-25
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 124 (mins)
Publisher: Shu Kei Creative Work (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002870503

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Director: Yamada Yoji




  Kawano Shuko, staff of tokyo's Union Theatre, comes to Matsuo Village in Iwate Province hoping to join hands with the local youth association to put on a musical, Hometown. Instead of making profits, the Theatre aims only at sharing a joyful night with the youngsters in the village. Although Shuko earns the support from Sato Takashi, president of the youth association, huge costs result in fierce opposition from other members. They finally consent to stage the musical when Takashi promises to cover the deficit, but Takashi and Shuko still have to overcome such other problems as unsatisfactory box office performance and absence of suitable venue before they can have their dream come true. An early and rarely seen masterpiece by the director of the Tora-sam series and the majestic The Twilight Samurai, The Village is also one of the filmmaker's most cherished films.


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

Kevin Kennedy
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January 24, 2008

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Honest tale of rural life Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"The Village" is a love letter to Japan's rural backwaters, those off-the-beaten track places that Director Yamada Yoji so often depicted in his Tora-San series. The film stars Baisho Chieko as Kawano Shuko, a representative of a Tokyo-based theatre company. Her job is to find local organizations who are willing to sponsor performances of the theatre group.

Shuko arrives in the tiny village of Matsuo and seeks to persuade its youth association to sponsor a performance. They show some interest in the project until they learn that sponsorship means they must foot the bill for the performance if they fail to sell enough tickets. Months of wrangling over whether to make this commitment follow. Finally, the deal is sealed when the president of the association commits to sell his cow and use the funds to help defray any deficit. His commitment leads others to offer similar support.

The performance itself (called "Native Village" in the film's subtitles, but better translated as "Hometown") is a smashing success. The performance, and this film itself, proves to be an affectionate yet honest look at the trials, travails, hopes, and dreams of small-town and rural people. Director Yamada is able to address themes of depth and complexity through this deceptively simple story.

An innate kindness radiates from Baisho Chieko in this and her other movies. If you enjoy her performance in this film, you should check her out in Yamada Yoji's "Home from the Sea" (also available from YesAsia) and in any of the Tora-San films. By the way, Tora-San's entire family shows up in various roles in this film, including Atsumi Kiyoshi himself in a non-speaking cameo.

I have downgraded this DVD slightly because its picture quality is lacking in clarity, but the quality of the tale it tells more than makes up for this minor deficiency. I recommend "The Village" very highly.
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