(aka "Minnā-yatteruka" )

 

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Japan 1995

 

It should not say Kitano Takeshi as director, it should say “Beat” Takeshi, as this film has little in common with Kitano, but everything with his alter ego, the comedian “Beat”.

This alter ego has a humour which is crude, immature, authority defiant, polemic – and that only to begin with. It ranges from simple fart and gay jokes to sophisticated mockery of established icons and figures. Nothing is safe from “Beat” and he is so popular, that politicians willingly go his talk show, to be ridiculed and humiliated, simply to get more votes.

Having reached the first stage of understanding cinema with “Sonatine”, Kitano felt he had to do something drastic and destructive. Given his increased depression, due to his lack of success in Japan and his failure to stand out as a dramatic actor, which all made him more and more self-destructive, “Getting Any?” is exactly, what Kitano later would describe as a suicide attempt: He wanted not only to break free from, but also make fun not only of him self, but also of Japanese cinema as a whole.

Kitano was very self destructive, even shocking himself, and draws parallels to Kurosawa, who, in the hindsight of Kitano, should have made a total bullshit film, instead of attempting suicide after "Dodeskaden". To Kitano, "Getting Any?" is a beautiful disastrous failure and "suicide".

However I suspect another motif, that Kitano hoped to get a success by transferring his TV humour onto film. If he really made it as a complete bullshit film, it would been liberating and as it was not, I keep my suspicion. “Getting Any?” became a massive flop and drove Kitano further into depression and ultimately his accident.

Asao thinks of nothing else than getting laid. The problem just is, that he has no idea how to attract a woman. When he wakes up from a dream, where a beautiful woman made love to a man, because he had a great car. Asao rushes to a car dealer, asking for a car "that is great to have sex in". But reality and more important his financial situation, doesn't get him laid. This takes Asao on a surreal voyage where he goes from being a bank robber to film star to yakuza hit man to human fly clone.

The original title, Minnā-yatteruka, means "Is everyone getting any (sex)?".

Henrik Sylow of kitanotakeshi.com

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Theatrical Release: February 11, 1995

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DVD Comparison:

21st Century DreamQuest Films - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC vs. ArtsMagic - Region 2 - PAL vs. Chinese Bootleg - Region 3 - NTSC

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for all the Screen Caps!

(21st Century DreamQuest Films Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC - 2nd vs. ArtsMagic - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd vs. Chinese Bootleg - Region 3 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution 21st Century DreamQuest Films Region 1 - NTSC

Panorama

Region 3 - NTSC

ArtsMagic
Region 2 - PAL
Chinese Bootleg
Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:48:07 1:44:30 1:44:30 (4% PAL speedup) 1:49:16
Video

1.78 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.83 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.58 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.96 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.11 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

DreamQuest  +

Panorama

 

 

 

   

Bitrate:

 

ArtsMagic

+Chinese Bootleg

     

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese

2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese

2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese

Subtitles English, None English, Chinese, None English, None (16x9 friendly) English, None (16x9 friendly)
Features Release Information:
Studio: 21st Century DreamQuest Films

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1



Edition Details:
• Alternate Ending (00:53) - Has removable subs.
• Japanese theatrical trailer (2:52) - Has removable subs.
• Takeshi Kitano Biography (6 pages, covers Kitano's work up to & including
Dolls)
• Takeshi Kitano Filmography
• Production Credits
• DVD Credits

DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.78

Edition Details:
• Biography
• Filmography

DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: ArtsMagic

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Kitano Interview (14:40)
• Japanese theatrical trailer (2:48)
• Alternative Sleeves: 8 different covers
• Gallery: 20 stills from the production
• Artworks: Other titles from ArtsMagic
• All extra is in 4:3 full screen with fixed English subtitles.

 

DVD Release Date: April 24, 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Chinese Bootleg

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78

Edition Details:

 

DVD Release Date:
 

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments ADDITION: DreamQuest (Sept 2004) - This has the best image of the 4! Extras still go to Artsmagic and audio and menus to Panarama.

The Panorama DVD simply looks incredible bad. The picture lack sharpness and detail. It is also gritty in terms of grain. Curious though, the framing differs slightly from the Chinese bootleg, as if it was pushed 1% up and 1% to the left.

The ArtsMagic DVD is hazy and "smoothed", and has a greenish picture. It also suffers from ghosting. On the positive side, it has more picture detail than the other editions, having aprx. 2% more detail left and top. It also has an interview with Kitano, most likely the same as the one on the French DVD from Cheyenne: It is simply a must to have for any Kitano fan, very informative and personal.

 - Henrik Sylow of kitanotakeshi.com

 


 

Recommended Reading for Japanese Film Fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

 

The Japan Journals : 1947-2004,

by  Donald Richie

The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film
by Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp

Kon Ichikawa (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs)

by James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario

Shohei Imamura (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 1)
by James Quandt
Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (Midland Book, Mb 469)
by David Desser
The Films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Ritchie

Tokyo Story

by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, Donald Richie, Eric Klestadt

Ozu by Donald Ritchie

A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie

Check out more in "The Library"




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(21st Century DreamQuest Films Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC - 2nd vs. ArtsMagic - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd vs. Chinese Bootleg - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 

 


(21st Century DreamQuest Films Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC - 2nd vs. ArtsMagic - Region 2 - PAL - 3rd vs. Chinese Bootleg - Region 3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 

 

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Region 3 - NTSC

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