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Tokyo Lullaby (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

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Tokyo Lullaby (Hong Kong Version)
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Product Title: Tokyo Lullaby (Hong Kong Version) 東京夜曲 (香港版) 东京夜曲 (香港版) Tokyo Lullaby (Overseas Version) Tokyo Lullaby (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Baisho Mitsuko | Nagatsuka Kyozo | Kamikawa Takaya 倍賞美津子 | 長塚京三 | 上川隆也 倍赏美津子 | 长冢京三 | 上川隆也 倍賞美津子 | 長塚京三 | 上川隆也 Baisho Mitsuko | Nagatsuka Kyozo | Kamikawa Takaya
Release Date: 2004-11-29
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: 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: 88 (mins)
Publisher: Shu Kei Creative Work (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003925563

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導演 :市川準
Director : Ichikawa Jun


  Koichi Hamanaka suddenly returns to the tightly knit community, a shopping district, in a corner of Tokyo that he once called home. His whereabouts and his activities over the past few years are a mystery to everyone, including his parents, and the wife and child he left behind. His wife Hisako is torn between her love for him and her attempt to overcome the pain she suffered when he deserted them. Tami Osawa, Hamanaka's former lover, runs the shop in the neighbourhood. Meanwhile, Asakura, a writer who has taken a liking to Hisako, starts to look into the past to try and find out why Hisako could have married a man like Hamanaka. In doing so, he comes across details from Tami's life. As the past resurfaces and unravels, Koichi, Hisako and Tami's lives are irrevocably affected.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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October 8, 2007

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Lyrical film from Ichikawa Jun Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Tokyo Lullaby" is a lovely, quiet tone poem of a film. Set in an out-of-the-way neighborhood of shopkeepers in Tokyo, the film tells of the return of a man named Hamanaka to the neighborhood after an absence of many years and of all of the ripples in the neighborhood caused by Hamanaka's return.

The film's story (to the extent "Tokyo Lullaby" can be said to have a story) is unveiled slowly and almost inadvertently through overheard conversations and subtle changes in expressions. We learn that Hamanaka and Tami had been in love, that Tami married another man for whom she felt sorry, but for whom she was ill-suited. We learn that Hamanaka married Hisako, then left town because he still was in love with Tami and couldn't bear his situation. Through the intervening years, Tami's husband had died, but she remained in the neighborhood, working at his parents' cafe. Hisako remained living with Hamanaka's parents. And now Hamanaka's return is upsetting the stasis into which their lives had fallen.

Again, I need to emphasize the glancing, indirect approach to storytelling in this film. We don't learn most of these facts until we are more than halfway through the film's running length. Primarily, this film is an ode to the daily rhythms of this quiet neighborhood and to the profound, yet subtle, disturbance caused by Hamanaka's return.

This film is not for everyone; many viewers may joke of "Tokyo Lullaby" that it put them to sleep. However, patient viewers willing to let themselves become immersed within the soothing, lyrical qualities of this contemplative film will be amply rewarded. Very recommended for fans of arthouse movies.
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