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Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Matsu Takako (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Uchida Yayako (Actor)
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Lily Franky's bestselling novel Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad has already spawned a drama special, a TV series, and a 2007 feature film starring Odagiri Joe. As the title suggests, the story focuses on a touching mother-son relationship amidst the lights of 1970s Tokyo. Without bells or whistles, Lily Franky's autobiography has sold over two million copies in Japan on the force of its nostalgic, heart-tugging story, and the film directed by Matsuoka Joji (Sayonara, Kuro) has found similar success at the Japanese box office. Acclaimed actor Odagiri Joe (Yureru), in a markedly restrained performance, stars as the son, alongside real-life mother-and-daughter actresses Kiki Kirin and Uchida Yayako, who play the mother in her young and elder years. The film also co-stars popular actress Matsu Takako (The Hidden Blade) and veteran actor Kobayashi Kaoru, and features a long line-up of unassuming celebrity cameos. Touching a common chord with both critics and moviegoers, Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad has received 14 nominations at the 31st Japan Academy Awards, nods in every possible category.

After moving from the coal mining town of Fukuoka to Tokyo to study art, Masaya (Odagiri Joe) finds himself fumbling in life, unable to set a direction for himself. Masaya takes after both his parents, and is often balancing both the good and the bad he has inherited from his strong, gentle mother and reckless, irresponsible father. Lost in the bright lights of the big city, he struggles to make a living. Everything changes one day when he finds out that his mother has been diagnosed with cancer...

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Product Title: Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 東京鐵塔 - 我的母親父親 (DVD) (香港版) 东京铁塔 - 我的母亲父亲 (DVD) (香港版) 東京タワー オカンとボクと、時々、オトン (香港版) Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Matsu Takako (Actor) | Odagiri Joe (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Uchida Yayako (Actor) | Kobayashi Kaoru | Sasaki Sumie | Harada Chisako | Yuuki Mieko | Watanabe Misako | Tsubaki Nekoze | Tanaka Shohei | Tomiura Satoshi | Tanihata Kanato 松隆子 (Actor) | 小田切讓 (Actor) | 樹木希林 (Actor) | 內田也哉子 (Actor) | 小林薰 | Sasaki Sumie | 原知佐子 | 結城美榮子 | 渡邊美佐子 | 貓背樁 | 田中祥平 | 冨浦智嗣 | 谷端奏人 松隆子 (Actor) | 小田切让 (Actor) | 树木希林 (Actor) | 内田也哉子 (Actor) | 小林薰 | Sasaki Sumie | 原知佐子 | 结城美荣子 | 渡边美佐子 | 猫背桩 | 田中祥平 | 冨浦智嗣 | 谷端奏人 松たか子 (Actor) | オダギリジョー (Actor) | きき きりん (Actor) | 内田也哉子 (Actor) | 小林薫 | 佐々木すみ江 | 原知佐子 | 結城美栄子 | 渡辺美佐子 | 猫背椿 | 田中祥平 | 冨浦智嗣 | 谷端奏人 마츠 타카코 (Actor) | 오다기리 죠 (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Uchida Yayako (Actor) | Kobayashi Kaoru | Sasaki Sumie | Harada Chisako | Yuuki Mieko | Watanabe Misako | Tsubaki Nekoze | Tanaka Shohei | Tomiura Satoshi | Tanihata Kanato
Director: Matsuoka Joji 松岡錠司 松冈锭司 松岡錠司 Matsuoka Joji
Release Date: 2008-02-04
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 143 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010044853

Product Information

* Screen Format: 16:9
* Sound Mix: DTS ES, Dolby Digital EX
* DVD Type: DVD-9
* Special Features:
- 電影預告 Theatrical Trailer
- 相片集 Photo Gallery
- 演員及導演介紹 Cast And Crew Filmographies

導演︰松岡錠司
Director: Matsuoka Joji

故事由六十年代開始,堅強的老媽伴著雅也成長,因為在雅也的一生中,老爸不是經常出場。長大後,雅也到東京追尋理想,卻自甘墮落,頹廢度日。直至一天雅也得知老媽患了癌症,才決定接她來東京共渡最後的日子…… 四十年來的成長與母子關係,被閱讀成同輩日本人的集體回憶。小田切讓的演繹有力動人,樹木希林演老媽,叫人愛得入骨,此外還有松隆子演女友、樹木的愛女內田也哉子演年輕時代的老媽。

Based on Lily Franky's best selling autobiography, the film focuses on a touching mother-son relationship amidst the lights of 1970s Tokyo. Born in the coal mining city in Fukuoka, Masaya grows up with inheriting both sides of the genes of his forever hopeless and reckless Dad and the gentle and strong Mom. After going into a complete downfall, his life suddenly changes when Mom is found sick with cancer, and she comes to live with him under the bright lights of Tokyo...
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Professional Review of "Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 5, 2008

Tokyo Tower - Me, Mom, and Sometimes Dad is a bit of a surprise right out of the gate. The third adaptation of the popular novel within a year (after the television movie and television series by Fuji), this tearjerker about a dying mother and her son could've been written by a standard television writer. However, the producers picked actor/director Suzuki Matsuo as its writer instead, even though he's more known behind-the-scenes for his writing/directing debut, the eccentric and maniacal comedy Koi No Mon. Furthermore, instead of going with a more traditional-looking idol for its leading man, the filmmakers chose Joe Odagiri, whose cool exterior (including that jungle hair) doesn't usually make him the first choice for family melodramas. Most surprising of all is the fact that Tokyo Tower manages to subvert expectations by doing more than just go through the motions of an Asian terminal illness film.

The story is well-known by now: based on an auto-biographical novel by Renaissance man Lili Franky, Tokyo Tower tells the story of Masaya (Joe Odagiri) and his mother Eiko (played by two actresses, more on that later). The film opens on the inevitable: Eiko has already been admitted to the hospital, while Masaya balances spending time with his mother and working at multiple jobs, including one as a perverted radio personality. Meanwhile, the film flashes back to Masaya's childhood, when his mother moved them back to her hometown to get away from his deadbeat dad, who eventually does have a minor presence in his life.

Tired of the countryside, Masaya moves to Tokyo to go to art school, but ends up spending his mother's money to take on some of his father's worst habits. Eiko works even harder to support her son, while he gradually gets deeper into debt. However, by the time he gets back on his feet, his mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Looking for a chance to finally take care of his mother, he asks her to live with him in Tokyo, where she will spend the rest of her days. Believe me, it's not really a spoiler.

Director Joji Matsuoka tones the illness part of the story down considerably, concentrating on Masaya's somewhat fractured relationship with his parents, despite the fact that the flashbacks revolve around Eiko's last moments. Nevertheless, he sticks to the biographical style of the novel by retaining a subdued tone throughout most of the film, only driving up the emotions when the moment calls for it and rarely sensationalizing them. The director's work here is mostly invisible, with very few flashes of directorial showmanship. Meanwhile, Tokyo Tower may be a sobering film about terminal illness and familial relationships, but Matsuo's sometimes-off-putting sense of humor, which sometimes shows up at the oddest moments, adds an amusing edge that may not always be appropriate, but is still strangely effective.

The actors still go through it all with a straight face, especially Joe Odagiri. He turns in a low-key performance that carries a seemingly natural likeability instead of Odagiri's usual cool, making his Masaya an easy character to root for. With less to do, but still excellent are real-life daughter and mother Yayako Uchida and Kirin Kiki playing young and old Eiko, respectively. While Kirin has to do most of the heavy lifting, depicting the cancer-stricken stage of Eiko's life, Uchida holds her own as the young Eiko. On the other hand, Takako Matsu is given a thankless role as Masaya's girlfriend, a vastly underwritten role that seems penciled in to include the obligatory love interest. However, the lack of interest in the character has more to do with the filmmakers trying to fit everything in 140 minutes than Matsu's acting abilities.

While some may not find the film very touching, Matsuoka handles the material in a relatively naturalistic fashion. There are only a handful of moments that can be deemed "emotionally manipulative", but one can't expect a film like Tokyo Tower to completely give up on affecting its audience anyway. Love for family is one of the most basic emotions, and these filmmakers are certainly not the first people to use it to their advantage (remember: third adaptation within a year.). On the other hand, Matsuo's screenplay doesn't always use the age-old tricks to tell its story, which breathes a hint of fresh air into a classic (and nearly stale) genre formula. As a film that balances old-fashioned storytelling with unusual humor, Tokyo Tower deserves more than its "just another adaptation" label. It may not be the most touching version of the story, but if you at least feel the impulse to pick up the phone and call your mother after watching it, then it was successful enough.

By Kevin Ma

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In Praise of Mom and Odagiri Joe's Scarf
On my most recent birthday, my mother told me good-naturedly over the phone that I hadn't returned home in three years. She knew because she had just counted the red pockets under my pillow. After I left the States, my mother continued the tradition of giving out red pockets for New Year's and birthdays, only she would leave mine under the pillow on my old bed. Whenever I think of the unclaimed red pockets waiting for me to come home and the aging hands that placed them there, a tight feeling starts to form in my chest. At its best, Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad brings out this feeling.

Some people go into a movie like Tokyo Tower hoping to cry their hearts out, but it's really not that kind of film. Other than the ending that was inevitable from the start, Tokyo Tower by and large does not grab for tears, but for empathy, for that slight tug inside when familiar experiences and sentiments connect. Many films that aim for the heart with the parental theme make the mistake of overdoing the drama and falling into cliche, but Tokyo Tower is a decidedly understated affair, save for leading man Odagiri Joe's characteristically fashion-forward wardrobe.

The film gently follows a mother and son who spend years apart before coming back under one roof in the final leg of the mother's life. Odagiri's Masaya leaves home as a teenager to study in Tokyo, while his hardworking single mother remains in Fukuoka. Goofing around for much of his youth, and wasting his mother's money in the process, Masaya comes of age in the city and eventually settles down after years of the life-fumbling typical of today's generation. When his mother finally joins him in the city, over a decade has already passed since his teenage departure, a fact that Masaya notes in a calm observation that holds unspoken depth. There is no grand drama in the separation or reunion, nor deliberate hand-wringing over the past, but rather just a realistic portrait of the passage of time, years that encompass ups and downs but mostly add up happy.

And indeed Tokyo Tower is a mostly happy film, easy and enjoyable to watch with many unassumingly amusing and touching moments. Odagiri Joe is always entertaining, and here he plays it low key and charismatic for one of his most restrained and "normal" roles ever. (His believably filial and flawed character is duly balanced by his unbelievably metrosexual wardrobe.) Mother-daughter actresses Kiki Kirin and Uchida Yayako are equally understated and effective in their portrayals of Masaya's plucky mother, a subtly strong woman who holds up fine on her own without a man by her side. Certain things can be rued, but can't be helped - growing up, growing old, growing apart - and Tokyo Tower's strength is choosing to not dwell on mistakes and misgivings, but presenting life in its bittersweet peculiarities.

Given the bestselling status of Lily Franky's original novel, the success of the television adaptations, and the universal appeal of the film's values, it is no surprise that Tokyo Tower was a hit with Japanese audiences who seem to have a weakness for all things pure love and heartwarming. What is telling though is the critical acclaim that Tokyo Tower has been met with, having been recently nominated in every possible category at the Japan Academy Awards, one-upping even Always - Sunset on Third Street 2. Tokyo Tower is by all accounts a remarkably simple film; it certainly doesn't aim to grandly recreate nostalgia like Always does, or even tell a story beyond that of Masaya and his mother (and sometimes his father). In that simple, personal story though is a film that is well written, well directed, well lensed, well acted, and well scored, but never so much so that it calls attention to itself or becomes bigger than the narrative. When Tokyo Tower calls to you, it's with a few words, a small gesture, a slight ache that slowly rises in the chest.

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Customer Review of "Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)

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July 24, 2008

This customer review refers to Tokyo Tower - Mom & Me, And Sometimes Dad (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Very good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie got many echo ring inside you mind and you will ask yourselves many question, what should I do? Where should I go? When should I leave? It is because most of the situation mention in the movie, you will going to experience and have a really hard time. I am deeply touched by this movie because too many same picture appear in my mind, too. I really wish every child of their parent should watch and love your parent more. Time fly....
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March 2, 2008

A towering achievement Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Tokyo Tower (Mom & Me, and Sometimes Dad)" packs an emotional wallop. It tells of a relationship between mother and son, from the son's childhood through his mature adulthood. Odagiri Joe stars as the son, Masaya, who is shunted between his separated parents as a child, and in the process develops a yearning for his mother's love and an irresponsible streak reflecting his father's thoughtlessness. After he moves to Tokyo, his mother begins a battle with cancer. After the cancer recurs, Masaya brings his mother to Tokyo to live with him.

It is here when the film's emotional grip really takes hold, as we watch the mother's health slowly deteriorate and the son's efforts to hold onto her. It is rare to find a film that so deeply and honestly explores the bond between parent and child. The movie is particularly powerful because its characters are not plaster saints, but flawed human beings.

Mr. Odagiri, Kiki Kirin (as his elderly mother), Uchida Yayako (as Masaya's young mother), Kobayashi Kaoru (as the father), and the luminous Matsu Takako (as Masaya's girlfriend) all give full-bodied, believable performances.

Anyone who has lost a loved one will find "Tokyo Tower" to be a cathartic and uplifting experience. Its emotional power is such that I had to turn the film off and give myself a 5-minute break as it neared its climax. This is no mere manipulative tearjerker; "Tokyo Tower" is real life. Watch it!
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December 26, 2007

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Tokidoki English subtitles Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love this movie but I need it with English subtitles so I can show it in my Asian Literature class here in NYC. The performances are wonderful, you get to see Kokura. Fascinating how different this movie is from the book. For example, Lily Frankie's book, "Boku" talks about how guilty he feels sometimes because Nagasaki was A-bombed instead of Kokura so he is okay but his uncle in Nagasaki was wounded terribly.
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