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  • Actors: Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kiki, Kazuyoshi Kushida, Lily
  • Directors: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • Producers: Ittoku Kishibe
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: Feb. 7 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
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  • ASIN: B000C65YMQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,667 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Vital

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa9760c60) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa905ee28) out of 5 stars First masterpece of 21 st century japanese cinema Jan. 25 2006
By Milos Tomin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The evolution of Shinya Tsukamoto from independent extremism of Tetsuo through his polished and festival acclaimed films like Gemini and A Snake of June, is an incredible phenomenon of a great talent developing right before a film fan's eyes.

Vital, at first glance is a dark and lurid tale of a brilliant young medical student suffering from amnesia after surviving a horrific car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.

After deciding to resume his studies and taking up an anatomy class in which dissection is performed on human cadavers his memories start coming back.

Hypnotized by the strange familiarity of the body before him the tale takes an unexpected twist and this film presents us with questions on the purpose of our bodies, memories and love.

Tadanobu Asano is perfectly cast in the role of the student supported by several other luminaries of current Japanese film industry.

Final revelation about the origin of body should come as no surprise to the attentive viewer but the thoughtful way in which this film deals with some very uncomfortable questions that seem to have been completely banished from the western cinema deserves a serious look even by those who might be put off by the subject matter.

I have never seen a film which completely transforms its story and subject matter from a taboo into bliss.

A cinematic experience to cherish!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa905ee88) out of 5 stars Awesome movie Feb. 28 2008
By CCSDAONE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of the Tartan Asia Extreme videos. This one was not as scary as others, but had a lot of good psychological undertones. The main character is very interesting to watch.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa95b8a98) out of 5 stars i liked it! Feb. 1 2009
By ThorBiddlesworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
amazingly weird. weirdly amazing. i don't think it's exactly "horror." it is different. and for someone who has watched a bagillion movies, watching something different is a delight.

the acting and cinematography are excellent. just don't expect it to be a straight forward story that makes complete sense at the end.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa944b12c) out of 5 stars Shinya Tsukamoto rules. May 11 2007
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Vital (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2004)

Shinya Tsukamoto began his career by quickly becoming, as All-Movie Guide calls him, "the master of body horror" with Tetsuo: The Iron Man and its sequel Bodyhammer. He got away from that relatively quickly, though, and starting in the late nineties, Tsukamoto turned his talent to deep, slow-paced psychological dramas. Vital continues on in that tradition, and when you get Shinya Tsukamoto behind the camera and Tadanobu Asano in front of it, you're pretty much guaranteed a winner.

Asano (The Last Life in the Universe) plays Hiroshi Takagi, a man who, on the death of his girlfriend Ryoko, suffers a major psychotic break. When he recovers, he slowly begins to pick up the pieces of his life, including returning to medical school. Once his dissection class begins, he becomes convinced that the body on his table is that of his girlfriend. He becomes more and more obsessed with the idea, drawing her father (Kill Bill's Jun Kunimura) into his fantasies (or are they?).

It's a Shinya Tsukamoto film, so you can count on it being shot dark. I mean, really dark. David Fincher dreams of making a movie with as little light in it as Shinya Tsukamoto's. Asano spends most of his time glowering, as usual, and uttering aphorisms with as little emotion as possible. If you're looking for an Asian version of Clint Eastwood, look no further, though Asano is (obviously) a touch more adventurous in his choice of roles.

There's really nothing bad I can say about this movie. If you're a Tsukamoto fan, it's a must; if you haven't yet discovered the man's work, this is an excellent starting point. ****
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa92fb240) out of 5 stars tsukamoto's masterpiece Jan. 7 2007
By Artos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
i almost cried after watching this film for the first time. not because of the story so much as just the beauty of the film. its just so amazing to see how far tsukamoto has come, from the brilliant independence that was tetsuo to this, the film is just nothing short of magnificent.

the story itself is certainly much deeper than most other films from the director. it also seems a lot more personal as well, maybe it only struck a personal chord with myself. the story was very dark & surreal. each scene was directed beautifully, from start to finish, my eyes were constantly amazed by almost every frame shot.

i also enjoyed the excessive rain, an inspiring trademark i have noticed in tsukamoto as well as takashi miike. he really knows how to use it to affect your mood.

another aspect enjoyed very much was the music, very droned yet beautiful ambience reminiscent of stars of the lid & brian eno.

overall a masterpiece from tsukamoto & another wonderful addition to the world of surreal arthouse cinema. deserves far more above a 3/5 score.


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