• ある父と子の「宿命」を描いたサスペンス・ドラマ

    [From December Issue 2011]

    Blu ray cover. 143 minutes. 4,935 yen
    発売・ 販売元:松竹
    © 1974・2005 松竹株式会社/橋本プロダクション


    The Castle of Sand (Directed by NOMURA Yoshitaro)

    This film is an adaptation of the original novel of the same name written by mystery writer MATSUMOTO Seicho. The novel has been translated into English, French, Italian, Chinese and Korean. Released in 1974, this film won various awards including the Mainichi Award for Best Film and the Golden Arrow Award. Its humanist story, which uncovers the fate of a father and son who had been separated for about 30 years, received rave reviews. This story has also been dramatized on TV over and over again, each time set in different periods.

    The story opens with a murder that occurs in a Tokyo train yard in the wee hours of June 24, 1971. The investigation falters because there are no clues as to the victim’s identity. However, once a man searching for his missing father comes forward, they are able to identify the victim as 65-year-old MIKI Kenichi. Gradually the truth is unraveled, as Detective IMANISHI and his team investigate.

    Miki, the murder victim, had been a police officer in a village in Shimane Prefecture. Dearly loved by the local villagers, he was even compassionate when delivering sermons to criminals. One day, a roaming father and son arrive in the village. The father, Chiyokichi is suffering from leprosy, a condition which was thought to be incurable in those days, fleeing from society’s prejudice, he has constantly been on the road with his son, Hideo.

    Miki admits Chiyokichi to a hospital and takes in the unwanted Hideo. But, because of his sadness caused by the absense of his father, Hideo soon runs away. He ends up in Osaka, and finds work as a live-in employee with the Wagas, a couple who own a bicycle shop. After the couple passes away, Hideo changes his name to WAGA Eiryo, and grows into manhood. Soon, Waga starts his life as a talented young musician.

    Just around that time, Miki finds out that Waga is actually Hideo. Miki who has continued to communicate by letter with the hospitalized Chiyokichi, is aware that Chiyokichi had been praying for his son’s happiness. Miki visits Hideo, who is now known as Waga Eiryo, numerous times and tries to persuade him to visit his father in the hospital. But the prejudice against leprosy at that time was still strong and Hideo, who has become a famous musician, is afraid that a meeting would adversely affect his public image.

    Some months later, Waga is performing his new song “Shukumei” (fate) at a concert hall. Waga has managed to overcome his isolation and achieved success, but he has never been able to discard his complex feelings toward his father, and he is frantic in front of his keyboard. For awhile images of Waga and his father suffering from discrimination as they continue their journey are shown on the screen. It’s as if the beautiful Japanese scenery and melody flow alongside the fate of this man.

    The story includes a vital key – the word “Kameda” -which connects criminal and victim. Detective Imanishi and his team try to figure out whether the word refers to a person or a place. This film is not just an attention-grabbing human drama, but is also an intricate mystery-suspense movie.


    『砂の器 デジタルリマスター2005』
    DVD ¥3,990(税込)/ブルーレイ ¥4,935(税込)
    発売・ 販売元:松竹
    © 1974・2005 松竹株式会社/橋本プロダクション


    砂の器(野村芳太郎 監督)








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  • 侍の誇りと夫婦の愛を描く時代劇

    [From November Issue 2011]

    DVD cover. 121 minutes. 3,990 yen
    発売・ 販売元:松竹
    © 2006 「武士の一分」製作委員会


    Love and Honor (Directed by YAMADA Yoji)

    Released in 2006, following “The Twilight Samurai” and “The Hidden Blade,” “Bushi no Ichibun” or “Love and Honor” is the final chapter of Yamada Yoji’s “Samurai Trilogy.” The main character is portrayed by KIMURA Takuya, a member of the popular idol group SMAP.

    At the end of the Edo era, a lower ranking samurai named MIMURA Shinnojo lives a modest but happy life with his wife, Kayo. One day, Shinnojo tells Kayo that his job as the “food taster” for the feudal lord is “unbearable and pointless.” Then he shares his dream of opening a fencing school for village children of all castes. Sadly a few days later, Mimura eats some bad shellfish at work, and loses his eyesight.

    No longer useful as a samurai, Mimura loses his will to live and even considers taking his own life with his sword. But, to his relief, his feudal lord allows him to keep his rank and he is ordered to take some time off to recuperate. With Kayo’s deep love and support from Tokuhei, who has been a servant to the Mimura family from the time Mimura’s father’s was head of the household, Shinnojo soon regains his strength and sense of humor.

    However, one day Mimura finds out that Kayo is having an affair with Shimada, his boss. Mimura confronts Kayo, who confesses in tears that Shimada, her childhood friend promised her that he would ask their lord to maintain Mimura’s rank in exchange for sexual favors. Mimura tells Kayo that he will divorce her on the spot, and kicks her out into the rain.

    Mimura spends a lonely life with Tokuhei. The meals that Tokuhei prepares taste awful, and the dullness of everyday life without Kayo makes them both miserable. After a while, Mimura is informed that the lord’s decision to protect his rank was not made at Shimada’s request but was a personal choice. Mimura makes a pledge on his samurai’s ichibun (pride and honor) to pay Shimada back for tricking Kayo by challenging him to a duel.

    He visits his fencing master and trains to fight by listening to the sound of footsteps and by sensing his enemy’s presence. Wearing Kayo’s sash around his head as a headband, Mimura summons Shimada to a riverbank for a duel. Though in great peril, Mimura manages to cut off Shimada’s left arm, then leaves him without finishing him off. Shimada later commits seppuku and dies without revealing the name of his opponent.

    One day Tokuhira hires a maid to take care of the house and instructs her to make a meal for her master. Mimura takes a bite and then calls the maid to his dinner table. He realizes that the maid is actually Kayo and tells her, “I thought I would never be able to eat your cooking again.” Her eyes filling up with tears, Kayo asks, “Does that mean I can stay by your side?” Mimura replies, “Thank you for coming back home,” and gathers her in his arms.


    DVD ¥3,990(税込)/ブルーレイ ¥4,935(税込)
    発売・ 販売元:松竹
    © 2006 「武士の一分」製作委員会


    武士の一分(山田洋次 監督)

    山田洋次監督の「時代劇三部作」として、「たそがれ清兵衛」「隠し剣 鬼の爪」に続いて映画化され、2006年に公開された。主役を演じる木村拓哉は、人気アイドルグループ、SMAPのメンバー。







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  • 地球の平和を守る月のプリンセスたちの物語

    [From October Issue 2011]


    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon: Super S Sailor 9 Senshi Shuketsu!
    “Black Dream Hole no Kiseki (Miracle of the Black Dream Hole)”
    (Directed by SHIBATA Hiroki)

    Though originally created by TAKEUCHI Naoko for young girls, in the 90s this cartoon series even became popular with male and adult female readers. The series was then adapted into an animation for TV, a musical and a live action TV drama. Both the cartoon and animation series have been translated into numerous languages and are popular all around the globe.

    Heroine TSUKINO Usagi and her junior high school friends, who in the story transform into sailor-suit wearing warriors in order to fight evil, have formed the model for female protagonists in anime ever since. A key part of Sailor Moon is Usagi’s catchphrase “Tsuki-ni Kawatte Oshioki-yo! (in the name of the moon, I will punish you!).”

    Her fellow Sailors include MIZUNO Ami, HINO Rei, KINO Makoto and AINO Minako who also represent Mercury, Mars and other planets in the solar system. Other characters include Usagi’s boyfriend CHIBA Mamoru who disguises himself as Tuxedo Mask to protect the Sailor Senshi (warriors) and Usagi’s future daughter, Chibiusa who comes to the present from the 30th Century.

    This animated film version was released in 1995. The story begins with Usagi, Chibiusa and others baking cookies together. They make fun of the ugly cookies that Chibiusa makes. Upset, Chibiusa takes her cookies and leaves the house.

    Chibiusa meets a boy named Perle in front of a sweet shop. Perle plays music on his flute, making the cookies in the window display dance. Chibiusa befriends Perle and gives him the cookies she baked when they part. In the meantime, Usagi hears the news that children all around the world are mysteriously going missing in the dead of night.

    That night, led by an alluring melody played on the flute, Chibiusa sleepwalks out of the house. Usagi and the girls follow her to discover all the kidnapped children in the town embarking aboard a huge flying ship. The source of the music is a boy named Poupelin, who is Perle’s older brother. The brothers were ordered by Queen Badiane, who is planning to take over the world, to take the children away to her castle in the sky.

    Queen Badiane is using their “energy” to feed her “Black Dream Hole” that will eventually engulf the whole of the Earth. Perle who started to question Queen Badiane’s orders revolts against his brother Poupelin. Poupelin attacks the girls by manipulating weapons with his flute.

    Usagi and her friends transform into Sailor Senshi. They follow the ship back to the castle with Perle, and then defeat Poupelin and the evil fairies. However, Queen Badiane, protected by a charm, tries to draw all of Chibiusa’s special energy.

    Sailor Moon stands up to Queen Badiane alone, while the other Sailor Senshi channel their powers through her and finally succeed in destroying the queen. Finally Chibiusa is rescued.



    美少女戦士セーラームーン Super S
    セーラー9戦士集結! ブラック・ドリーム・ホールの奇跡










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  • 貧しさに負けず、夢を追い求める少女を描くドラマ

    [From September Issue 2011]

    Cupola, Where the Furnaces Glow (Directed by URAYAMA Kirio)

    This is a drama set in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, where numerous foundries stand side by side. The “cupola” in the movie’s title refers to a furnace for heating and melting metals. Released in 1962, the film is famous for having won the Blue Ribbon Award in 1962 for Best Film and YOSHINAGA Sayuri won the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actress. That same year, the film was also entered in the Competition Category at the Cannes International Film Festival.

    Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, located right across the Arakawa River to the north of Tokyo, has been known as a foundry town since the Edo period. Jun (Yoshinaga) is a third-year middle school student whose father works as a laborer at a small foundry. But the foundry is bought out, and her aging father is fired. That night, her mother gives birth to her third brother.

    Her father is invited to work at an automated modern foundry, but as a proud artisan, he resists the idea and soon quits. The family cannot survive on the income from the work that her mother does at home. Moreover, it is Jun who takes care of her naughty brother, a sixth grader, instead of her mother and father.

    Jun, who has good grades and likes studying, wants to go on to a prefectural high school. She tries her best to pay for her tuition by doing a part-time job, but her father, who is out of work and always drunk, objects to her going to high school, saying, “You have to work after graduating from middle school.” Feeling disgusted with her mother, who has started working as a hostess at a bar for good money, Jun gives up on taking the high school entrance exam and decides not to go on a school trip.

    Before long, Jun starts skipping school, telling herself, “If I can’t go to high school, there is no point in studying.” Her homeroom teacher pays her a visit and urges her to attend night school while working, saying, “If you have the motivation, regardless of where you are, you find some way to study.” Around that time, a North Korean friend of hers decides to move to her father’s native country along with her father and younger brother.

    Jun goes to the station with her teacher and classmates to see her friend off. Despite feeling sad about leaving Japan, where she was born and raised, her friend expresses concern for Jun, who has been absent from school. That encourages Jun to choose to work her way through school. At the same time, the foundry where her father used to work expands and he begins to work there again at the start of the New Year. For the first time in a long while, laughter and peace returns to the family.

    Despite this, Jun tells her parents that she will work her way through school without relying on her father. Although they can’t understand Jun’s way of thinking, her parents don’t object to the idea. As he prepares to go on to middle school, her mischievous brother comes to keenly realize the difficulties confronting his sister and starts a part-time job as a newspaper delivery boy. One morning, on the way to a job interview, Jun asks her brother, who is delivering newspapers, to see her off at the station. The film ends with a shot of their silhouettes fading away as they head towards the station.


    キューポラのある街(浦山桐郎 監督)








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  • 原爆を通じて描かれる、世代を越えた人間ドラマ

    [From August Issue 2011]

    Yunagi City, Sakura Country (Directed by SASABE Kiyoshi)

    This movie is adapted from a manga written by the Hiroshima-born artist, KOUNO Fumiyo. The book received many awards, including the Tezuka Osamu Creative Award, and the translated version is published all over the world. This adaptation was released in 2007. The movie consists of two parts: Part one is about the atomic bomb survivors 13 years after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and part two tells the contemporary story of the next generation.

    Part one is set in 1958 Hiroshima. The central character HIRANO Minami, who lives an impoverished life with her mother, Fujimi, is a survivor of the atomic bomb. In order to avoid radiation exposure, her younger brother Asahi has been placed in the care of relatives who live far away.

    One day, one of Minami’s colleagues, UCHIKOSHI, confesses his love to her. Although she secretly has a crush on him, Minami cannot accept his feelings. His confession of love triggers a memory of her younger sister calling “oneechan” (older sister) out to her.

    When the atomic bomb was dropped, Minami was safe inside a warehouse, but Midori was exposed to the blast. Minami found her and then carried Midori on her back as she wandered around the devastated streets. “Oneechan, you live a long life, okay?” said Midori, after which she died, while still on Minami’s back. Ever since, every time Minami feels happiness, she begins to feel guilty for surviving the bomb.

    After hearing her story, Uchikoshi holds Minami in his arms and says, “Thank you for staying alive.” But soon after, Minami starts exhibiting symptoms of radiation exposure. Then, with Asahi and Uchikoshi by her side, she breathes her last and dies.

    Part Two of the film is set in 2007 Tokyo. The story revolves around Asahi who has retired, his daughter Nanami, and son, Nagio. Asahi’s wife was also exposed to radiation when she was young and died when Nanami was in elementary school. One night when Nanami sees that something’s the matter with Asahi, she decides to follow him when he goes out for a walk. By chance, in front of the station, she meets Touko. Touko is her childhood friend and Nagio’s colleague (she works with him at a hospital). Touko becomes interested and joins Nanami in the chase, following her father onto a bus heading for Hiroshima.

    As she tails her father, Nanami finds out that Nagio and Touko are intimate, and that Touko’s parents are against the match as Nagio is the child of a bomb survivor. After returning to Tokyo, Nanami creates an opportunity for Nagio and Touko to talk. Asahi confesses that he went to Hiroshima to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Minami’s death, and that he met Uchikoshi and other people who knew Minami. He says, “Nanami, there’s a slight resemblance between you and my sister. So it’s your turn to become happy.”


    夕凪の街 桜の国(佐々部 清 監督)








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  • お腹をすかせた人を救うスーパーヒーロー物語

    [From July Issue 2011]

    Soreike! Anpanman: The Tear of the Shining Star (Directed by NAGAOKA Akinori)

    “S oreike! Anpanman,” (Go! Anpanman) was the first movie (1989) from the Anpanman anime series which has been broadcast on TV since 1988. This summer, the 23rd Anpanman movie will be released. The TV series, with over 1,000 episodes broadcast, was recognized in the 2009 Guinness World Records for having the highest number of characters in an anime series – the show has featured more than 1,700 characters. Anpanman, one of Japan’s most popular anime characters, appeals to young children, boys and girls alike.

    Ninety-two-year-old YANASE Takashi, the creator of Anpanman, experienced food shortages during the Second World War; as a result, Anpanman lets hungry people bite off part of his head which is made of anpan (bread with sweet bean paste). When most of his head has been eaten, Anpanman can regain his strength by having his father, Jam Ojisan, bake him another anpan head.

    A spaceship that has been struck by lightning crashes into the forest and Anpanman gets Jam Ojisan to fix a broken robot he has found inside. The robot, which calls itself Marude Hender, says that it has come all the way from planet Shining Star with Princess Nanda Nandar in order to recover The Tear of the Shining Star jewel stolen by the evil King Doronko. The jewel has magical powers: it will bring peace if someone with a pure heart possesses it, but it will bring darkness to the world if it falls into the hands of an evil person.

    With his friends Currypanman and Shokupanman, Anpanman goes to look for The Tear of the Shining Star. Along the way they rescue Princess Nanda, who’s being held captive on Baikin UFO, Baikinman’s ship. Anpanman rips some anpan off part of his head to give to the hungry Princess Nanda. She hasn’t eaten anpan before and is grateful for Anpanman’s kindness.

    Anpanman and his friends find the giant evil King Doronko. But the king, who is protected by the jewel’s power, is so formidable that they don’t stand a chance against him. However, Jam Ojisan arrives on Anpanman-go (a car made in the shape of Anpanman) and shoots flames at Doronko. Finally, Princess Nanda, who has been watching the battle, faces the Evil King Doronko herself, but unfortunately she gets tangled up in his long snake-like arms.

    Princess Nanda is moved to tears as Anpanman and his friends continue to fight despite taking a beating from the evil King Doronko. As her tears fall on The Tear of the Shining Star, which is located on the head of the Evil King Doronko, the power of justice flows out of the jewel and the king melts to his death. Having recovered the jewel, Princess Nanda thanks Anpanman and the others and then flies back to planet Shooting Star.



    それいけ! アンパンマン キラキラ星の涙(永丘昭典 監督)

    1988年からテレビ放映されている「それいけ! アンパンマン」シリーズの劇場版映画第1作目(1989年)。この夏には23作目が上映される。テレビ版は2009年、放映回数が1,000回を超え、1,700以上のキャラクターが登場する「最もキャラクターの多いアニメシリーズ」としてギネス世界記録に認定された。男女問わず、子どもが最初に親しむアニメキャラクターの1つとしても人気がある。






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  • 震災で焼け残ったゴルフバッグから生まれた実話

    [From June Issue 2011]

    Arigato (Directed by MANDA Kunitoshi)

    This feature film is based on real events that took place following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995. The story unravels around FURUICHI Tadao, a senior professional golfer, and the strength of his family’s bonds as the city and its people tried to recover from the devastation. The educational value of the film’s subject matter was approved, and it was eventually chosen as one of the Selected Works by, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). It was first released in 2006.

    On January 17 at 5:46 am, a big earthquake rocked Furuichi Cameras, one of the many shops sitting along the Nagata-ku shopping avenue in Kobe, Japan. Furuichi Tadao and his wife and two daughters were fast asleep in the residential part of his shop. Once the severe jolts stopped, Tadao and his wife quickly verified their family’s safety. Meanwhile, the arcade covering the shopping avenue had collapsed, as so too did many shops and houses around them.

    The fire that broke out in the distance gradually approached the shopping avenue like sea of flames. Confusion gripped the neighborhood as people just stood there panic-stricken – some pushed others aside while they ran for their lives, while others tried to rescue those desperately in need. Tadao, a member of the local fire fighting squad, instructed his wife and daughters to evacuate while he and his squad members tried to rescue people, pulling them out from beneath the rubble.

    At a mass funeral nineteen days later, Tadao proclaimed to everyone in attendance that “The earthquake was no one’s fault. Natural disasters happen. We must rebuild the city to be more disaster-proof. That is what we can do on behalf of all the people who lost their lives.” Tadao then started to help the people rebuild their city.

    Two years later, the Furuichi family has resumed their lives in a new house. But rather than work, Tadao continues to help rebuild the neighborhood, while relying on his wife and daughters to support their family. Finally, his wife implores him to “start thinking about ‘restoring’ his family,” after which he shows her one of the only things to have survived the fires – a golf bag. Passionately he tells her, “God left me this for a reason. So now, I’m going to become a professional golfer.”

    The professional golf certification exam is extremely competitive. Usually, only 50 out of 1,800 applicants pass, with most of those still in their 20’s. At close to 60, the odds of Tadao turning pro were extremely slim. But he didn’t give up and trained vigorously. His wife tells him that while she doesn’t agree with his decision, neither will she stand in his way. But quietly she keeps watch over him.

    Eventually Tadao makes it to the final round. He tells himself to “make a miracle,” as he heads onto the green. At the final hole, a problem occurs as his ball lands in the woods, but taking his caddy’s advice Tadao hits a miraculous shot to fulfill his destiny of becoming a professional golfer. He calls his wife to tell her the good news, but she just dryly replies: “good for you, but our phone bills are expensive, so I’ll hang up now,” after which she quietly starts to cry.


    ありがとう(万田邦敏 監督)








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  • 6年のときを経て再び結ばれる夫婦の物語

    [From May Issue 2011]

    The Yellow Handkerchief (Directed by YAMADA Yoji)

    This is director YAMADA Yoji’s film adaptation of a New York Post newspaper column written by American journalist Pete HAMILL. It was awarded the 1977 First Japan Academy Prize for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role, among several others. The actual movie location is still preserved and the leading character’s red car can be seen on exhibit in Yubari, Hokkaido. In 2008 the movie was remade independently starring William HURT.

    Kinya, who is disappointed with love, quits his job and buys a red car with his retirement money, in which he takes a ferry ride to Hokkaido. There, he unexpectedly meets Akemi with whom he enjoys a drive down to the beach. Upon their arrival, they ask Yusaku, a recent ex-convict, to take their photo. After doing so, he joins them on their ride.

    They invite Yusaku, who has no immediate plans, on a trip to a hot spring. Slowly, the rashness of Kinya’s character comes to light while Akemi gradually becomes more talkative. Conversely, Yusaku seems reticent and preoccupied by something. Accidentally, Kinya and Akemi are given the same room in which he makes a pass at her, unsuccessfully. Akemi resists and starts crying. Yusaku then enters to scold Kinya for his actions.

    Although they quarrel, the three continue traveling together. A few days later, Kinya gets attacked by a lowly thug, but the three escape by car with Yusaku driving. However, they are soon stopped at a police check point where it was discovered that Yusaku doesn’t have a driver’s license and that he also just got out of prison. Finally, Yusaku explains his past.

    Yusaku used to work in a coal mine and had a wife named Mitsue. When she had a miscarriage, he became very distraught, started to drink heavily, eventually fighting with and killing a man. For that, he was imprisoned. A few days before the end of his six-year sentence, he wrote to his estranged wife. His message was simple: “If you will take me back, please hang a yellow handkerchief from the pole in front of our house.”

    Kinya and Akemi decide to help a fearful Yusaku find out her answer by taking him to Yubari. Once there, on a high pole in front of the house that Yusaku and his wife once shared, they see dozens of yellow handkerchiefs all fluttering in the breeze. As he walked towards the house from the car, he sees Mitsue waiting for him. Then, with tears rolling down her cheeks, she helps him with his bag, as the film comes to an end.


    幸福の黄色いハンカチ(山田洋次 監督)







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  • 初めて明かされるルパンと仲間たちの出会い

    [From April Issue 2011]

    Lupin III Episode 0: First Contact (Directed by OHARA Minoru)

    Lupin III was originally based on an action-manga magazine serial that ran for about two years starting in 1967. It was then turned into an animated TV series years later, at which time the magazine resumed publishing as an accompaniment. Though comical, the Lupin III series are well-liked by all generations for the characters’ philosophies and style.

    Monkey Punch, the writer of Lupin III, was inspired by Maurice LEBLANC’s “Arsène Lupin.” The series’ main character is supposed to be the original character’s grandson. He steals treasures all over the world and is hunted for by each country’s police forces. Millionaires and crime organizations want him dead. But he really isn’t a treasure hunter or collector. His raison d’être is in the art of the steal.

    This program was specially broadcast in 2002. It tells of how four characters encountered one another: Lupin III, who is nimble and good with disguises, but also easily excitable with a weakness for beautiful women; JIGEN Daisuke, quiet and stubborn, but a crack shot; ISHIKAWA Goemon, a master fencer, who is a direct descendent of ISHIKAWA Goemon, a historically famous Japanese thief and, MINE Fujiko, the beauty who uses men to get money and jewels. Inspector ZENIGATA also makes an appearance as he attempts to incessantly track them all down.

    The setting is New York City. At the request of a female journalist, Jigen begins to recount his encounter with Lupin. It happened while he was working as a bodyguard for the mafia boss, Galvez. Jigen spotted Lupin sneaking into Galvez’s residence to steal an unbreakable metal tube harder than diamonds. A shootout ensued and Lupin gave up, fleeing without it.

    Later on, Fujiko, who is being pursued by Japanese police, successfully steals the tube with her boyfriend Brad. However, now she needs the “key” to open it. Brad is then killed by one of Galvez’s men. So, she uses Lupin to get it for her. Meanwhile, Inspector Zenigata and Goemon finally arrive in New York. Zenigata is after Fujiko while Goemon is searching for a special, steel-cutting sword.

    It turns out that the sword that Goeman is after is the key to cutting open the tube. Contained within the tube are instructions detailing how to reproduce the metal’s indestructible formula. The four come into contact with one another as enemies who are all seeking the same treasure. Initially, they deceive and try to kill each other, eventually having no other choice but to join forces in order to bring down the Galvez gang while eluding Zenigata and the New York Police Department.

    As Jigen finishes his story, Goemon, Fujiko and another person also named Jigen all arrive on the scene. It seems that the person the journalist was talking with was really Lupin in disguise. Quickly, the four disappear before the story’s veracity could be checked. The journalist then looks back onto the Federal Reserve Bank, where the four thieves are trying to break in, with Zenigata in hot pursuit, as the film ends.


    ルパン三世 EPISODE 0:ファーストコンタクト(大原実監督)








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  • 愛し合った二人が交わした10年前の約束

    [From March Issue 2011]

    Calmi Cuori Appassionati [Between Calmness and Passion]
    (Directed by NAKAE Isamu)

    This feature film was adapted from the 1999 bestselling novel of the same name. TSUJI Hitonari and EKUNI Kaori ran alternating stories in a monthly magazine, from the points of view of a man and woman in a relationship together. TAKENOUCHI Yutaka and Hong Kong actress Kelly CHEN starred in the 2001 movie version. The film was shot in Tokyo, and in the Italian cities of Florence and Milan. The screenplay was a mixture of three languages – Japanese, English and Italian, effectively portrayed by the cast of characters.

    AGATA Junsei is apprenticing at a workshop in Florence, Italy, hoping to become a fine art restorer – a Restauro. Recognizing his talent, his master entrusts him with restoring a Cigoli painting. His life, and his relationship with Japanese exchange student Memi, seems to be going perfectly. However, in his heart he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Aoi.

    One day, Junsei finds out that Aoi is in Milan. He goes to see her, only to find out she has a boyfriend named Marvin. She tells Junsei: “I’m over the past. I’m happy now.” Heart-broken, Junsei sadly returns to Florence. There, he learns that someone had sliced through the Cigoli painting. Without any suspects, the workshop is temporary closed. Depressed, Junsei returns to Japan.

    Junsei and Aoi had attended the same college, where, at the time, she was an exchange student from Hong Kong. For some reason, Junsei was attracted to this lonesome girl, and soon an intimate relationship developed where they understood each other’s feelings, even when silent. One day Aoi suggest that they promise to climb to Florence’s Duomo cathedral together, on her 30th birthday, in 10 years time. But soon after making their promise, they broke up.

    While the criminal who damaged the painting has not yet been found, the workshop reopens. Junsei, unable to let go of his feelings for Aoi, breaks up with Memi and returns to Florence. On Aoi’s 30th birthday he climbs alone to the top of the Duomo. Aoi also arrives, and they end up spending the night together in each other’s arms. But Junsei, who believes that Aoi is still with Marvin, regrets their reunion.

    Meanwhile, as Aoi leaves his apartment, she tells him how grateful she is that he was a part of her life. After she’s gone, he realizes that Aoi is no longer with Marvin. He then jumps on to the next express train for Milan to catch up to her. On the Milan-bound train Aoi cries, but then sees Junsei looking for her on the station platform, smiling and waving. Relieved, Aoi returns his smile as the film comes to its end.


    冷静と情熱のあいだ(中江 功 監督)







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