(aka "Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi" or "A Scene at the Sea")

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/kitano.htm
Japan 1991

After having made two films for Shochiku Fuji, Kitano left and made his own production company. Having a limited budget, Kitano created a minimalist tale, sparse in locations and dialogue, about a deaf mute boy who wants to surf. As the limited budget also meant little post production, Kitano turned this into an advantage, using the long takes to study compositions in space (long shots vs. close ups) and time, thus reducing the editing process.

 

A notable element is that Kitano isn’t present in the film. The problem was that the general audience wouldn’t accept him as serious actor - he is Beat Takeshi, the comedian – and began to laugh whenever he appeared on screen. While he joked about maybe playing a yakuza beach bum, he remained off screen. The public point of view still affects him to this date. He is, and will always be, his greatest critic.

 

It was also the first film where Kitano worked with minimalist composer extraordinaire J Hisaishi, who went on to win an Japanese Academy Award for best score; The film got nominated for best film, screenplay, editing and direction, but Kitano was ignored. But where the Academy chose to ignore him, others didn’t: At the 13th Yokohama Film Festival, Kitano won best directorial award. out of

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: October 19th, 1991 - Japan

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Enter One (Korea) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Panorama - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Chinese Bootleg Region 2 - NTSC

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Distribution Enter One
Korean R0 NTSC

Image Entertainment

Region 1  - NTSC

Panorama Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC

Chinese Bootleg
Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 1:40:22 1:40:30 1:40:18 1:40:33 
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.87 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.43 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.65
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Enter One

Bitrate:

Image

 

Bitrate:

Panorama

 

Bitrate:

 

Chinese Bootleg

 

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, Korean, None English, and none English, Chinese and none English, Chinese and None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Enter One

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
Trailer (1:04)

DVD Release Date: October 29th, 2004
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Chapters 15

 

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen  - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
None

DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama (HK)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen  - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Filmography


DVD Release Date: September 17th, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Bootlegged from: Chinese Bootleg Visuals

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: May 25th, 1999
Plastic sleeves inside Boxset

Chapters 10

 

This release of Scene is part of a 10-disc Kitano Box for sale in China, so Chinese and English subtitles have been added. You would need to find it from a Chinese etailer. My copy was brought back from China rather than purchased online, so I'll have to look for an etailer and post the link.

 

Comments:
ADDITION: (Nov - 04 m) Enter One (Korean) release :

While the Korean has more colour and contrast than the Chinese bootleg, it makes compression elements more visible. So despite a “sharper” image, the Chinese bootleg still is the best image. Please note that both editions are DVD5, and that Enter One has stolen the menus of the Image DVD, which makes one wonder about how its legit-ability.

Comparing all images with each other it appears that all images are overscanned, as each of them has more frame material either left or right and lesser in the opposite side.

Henrik Sylow of http://www.kitanotakeshi.com

NOTE: The Bandai labeled DVD is a Chinese Bootleg.

The anamorphic Chinese Bootleg image quality is easily the best of the three - with both the Image and Panorama showing signs of saturation. Actually they look to be from the same print (similar bitrate peaks and valleys) - with slightly off-kilter framing. The Panorama has a choice of original sound or bumped to 5.1 . None of the edition have any Extra Features aside from  a Filmography on the Panorama.  I personally prefer the subtitles on the Chinese Bootleg and this is the edition we are recommending.

 - Gary W. Tooze

Bandai has only made one boxset of Kitano's film. It was a 9 DVD set called "Kitano Takeshi Kantoku Zenshu" (Complete works of Kitano Takeshi), released January 25 2001, as "Brother" was released theatricly in Japan. The set consists of Kitano's 8 film (Violent Cop to Kikujiro), a special 9th DVD called "Brother Special" with interviews and trailers, and a booklet about all films. All the 9 DVDs are in 16:9 OAR (1,85:1) and has both Japanese and English subtitles.

Henrik Sylow of http://www.kitanotakeshi.com/

 



 

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Region 1  - NTSC

Panorama Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC




 

 

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