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Maborosi (Widescreen) [Import]

4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naitô, Tadanobu Asano, Gohki Kashiyama, Naomi Watanabe
  • Directors: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Writers: Teru Miyamoto, Yoshihisa Ogita
  • Producers: Chikako Nakabayashi, Naoe Gôzu, Takashi Sakurai, Yutaka Shigenobu
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • 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: UNRATED
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 21 2000
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004WIE5
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Hirokazu Kore-eda's haunting, graceful Japanese film features a concentrated and powerfully reserved performance by Makiko Esumi as Yumiko, a young woman whose life is defined by the death and disappearance of her loved ones. As a child, she witnessed her grandmother's walking away from her family; as an adult, she must face the fact that her husband has committed suicide.

Impeccably lit and framed, this self-consciously classical first feature blends characteristics of two of the great Japanese masters: a sensitive portrait of a woman's suffering is reminiscent of Mikio Naruse and a serene, minimalist style is suggestive of Yasujiro Ozu. At times, Kore-eda seems to be trudging too dutifully in the path of his illustrious predecessors, and there is little in the film that could be qualified as original. Yet Maborosi remains convincing in its subtle, sustained moods and the quiet confidence of its approach. --Dave Kehr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

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Format: VHS Tape
This movie is an all-time favorite of mine. I've seen it in the cinema close to ten times. The visual composition is extraordinary. Simple scenes like a bus coming into frame and around a corner--no plot, no action--are stunning and enthralling. The writing and acting are understated and powerful, finding the maximum expression with the minimum gesture.
That said, the second half is too long. Even I get tired and have trouble keeping focus and this is supposed to be one of my favorites.
References to Japanese culture may be slightly opaque, but actually it's really not hard to have some appreciation even without prior familiarity. For instance, a kettle on a flame in a household is a recurrent image. There may be some specific reference or message there, but I think it's sufficient to appreciate it as a sign of the warm interior of the household and the tea ready to serve to family or guests.
Now, the reason for 3 stars only: The transfer is horrendous, abysmal, outrageous--this travesty demands retribution on whoever is responsible. Many reviewers refer to dark, indistinct images where characters can't even be recognized. The screen image is snowy throughout. Let me assure you that this never occurs in a decent print of the film, and to issue this transfer is a crime.
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Format: VHS Tape
Over the recent holiday season I rented this video because my girlfriend is a fan of the leading actress. I was happy to give it a try, given that I am a fan of Japanese culture and have resided there for several years. Judging from the box I expected a gripping story. How disappointed I was.
The film had very little plot to actually engross the viewer. Also the cinematography made it difficult to watch. The director used very poor lighting and constant long shots, making it very difficult to see details in the characters' interactions or the settings used. There were also several scenes where the white subtitles were invisible over white or very light backgrounds - a pet peeve of mine when watching subtitled films.
I confess that half-way through the film I gave up trying to be interested and did something more worthwhile (anything really). My girlfriend endured, insisting that it could only get better. An hour later she screamed "That's all!?!" She was envious of me for bailing out when I did.
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Format: VHS Tape
This movie is the best I've seen that accurately captures the heart of Japanese psyche and its impact on culture that's so different than that of Americans. Each FRAME of this movie is a masterful "painting" that unites the mood of the character with that of the nature. I've rarely seen such (self-conscious) perfection in each frame as in this movie.
I cannot give it five stars, because while this movie has a daring vision that builds power over time, it's difficult
for American audience to relate fully to what amounts to
a slide show, albeit an incredibly artistic one.
Contrast this film with "Red Soghum", which is a virtuoso depiction of the true essence of the Chinese culture.
For those who are fed up with the increasingly formulaic
excuse of a movie from Hollywood, try these two gems,
which actually require you to use your brain to analyze and comprehend.
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Format: VHS Tape
I did enjoy this film, for its focus on the beauty of the Japanese landscape and the potential beauty of life, despite loss. Its relevance to Buddhist culture is undeniable. But for all the Japanese films and Chinese films I've viewed (and collected) over the years, I remain puzzled why the director chose to avoid any closeups of any of the main characters. In this case, the protagonist (who many of us have seen in several Japanese TV drama series) has an unusally expressive face and voice. These were buried in shadow or obscured by distance for most of the film, giving the production a clear distance from the viewer, both from physical and emotional perspectives. This must be viewed several times before the benefit is realized, I think.
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By A Customer on July 15 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I thought I was watching a documentary, not a film
I guess I should appreciate the movie for its artistiuc merit but there are certain things about it that bothered me.
For instance the lack of dialogue, lighting and camera shots made it very difficult for me to keep my eyes open.
At one point in the film, for some reason the widow is depicted cleaning stair steps for a good 1-2 minutes. Scenes like that spoiled the movie for me by making it very dull.
Its not that I'm some spoiled American who only likes watching action movies.
If you are looking to view a more interesting film try "Eel" or "Kikujiro"
I just don't feel that this movie is for everyone. It certainly was not for me.
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Format: DVD
The cinematography gives this film more depth and meaning with the medium and long shots of events as they unfold in the lives of a Japanese couple ... Yumiko, her husband, and 3 month old son live in a small apartment in Osaka, evidently very much in love. We are privileged to view their lives in its elegant simplicity. Her husband bicycles to work at a factory nearby. Yumiko and he bicycle together to a nearby restaurant for coffee. Yumiko is haunted by a past event where her grandmother leaves the family to die in her own village ... It was her last wish.

Sadly, Yumiko gets a knock on the door, as several police officers ask about her husband and his job. She is accompanied to the police station where she is presented his belongings. There she is told, he walked in front of an oncoming train, despite its warnings, he kept on walking ... an apparent suicide. She is discouraged from viewing what is left of his body. She is distaught and receives help from a neighbor and her mother ... As time passes, four years go by, and a kindly neighbor becomes match-maker, as her son and she board a train to northern Japan to a small fishing village.

Yumiko partakes of a wedding celebration with her new husband, a haunting beautiful ballad is sung by a male guest as the wedding guests clap out the rhythm. Her new life begins ... The stark beauty of the mountain scenery, the shore, the village, and ocean are superbly filmed. Yumiko's son and stepdaughter explore the coast in breath-taking scenery ... Yumiko is enculturated into the lifestyle of the village. During one haunting scene, a group of villagers walk along a road to the sea coast ... There is a bonfire which could be a funeral pyre for someone.
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