directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
Japan 200

"The third feature of the skilled, astute director Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Cannes competition work "Distance" negotiates the nearly identical terrain of memory, regret and recovery that shaped Shinji Aoyama's moving and deeply impressive at last year's festival "Eureka." In summoning up a work  it cannot possibly equal, the new movie suffers under the deep strain of expectations caused by the seriousness of the subject matter and the past performance of Kore-eda with his previous features "Maborosi" and "After Life." Formally, "Distance" is certainly accomplished, though it lacks the concentration and unity of the Aoyama film.  There are a succession of physically arresting images, though the movie is frustratingly opaque, too emotionally diffuse to capture a necessary nuance and depth of expression.  In never quite finding a vital rhythm or shape, "Distance" is a work more easily admired than genuinely appreciated."

Excerpt from Patrick Z. McGavin's review found on IndieWire HERE


Theatrical Release: May 10th, 2001 - Cannes Film Festival, France

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DVD Review:   Bandai (Japan) - Region 2 - NTSC

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Distribution Bandai -  Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 2:12:32
Video 1.70:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.30 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None

Release Information:
Studio: Bandai

Aspect Ratio:
Anamorphic widescreen- 1.70:1

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 2002
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Chapters: 29

Edition Details:

  • Distance TV spot (2 min)

  • Documentary w/Cannes 2001 footage (15 min)

  • a conversation with Arata (15 min)

  • cast & crew

  • biography/filmography

No subs on Extras!

The film abruptly cuts between the present (shot on handheld camera) and the past, in which the beauty and tranquility of the natural surroundings are stressed; the DVD transfer preserves the associated color schemes very well indeed, especially the "silent blue" that is so important to the film.  There are no obvious DVD compression artifacts.  The DVD was released almost a year prior to the DVD versions of the director's two earlier works Maboroshi and After Life, and, while eminently acceptable with its well-balanced contrasts, it does lack some of the vibrancy of the latter two: image definition is not as sharp, and specks of dust frequently  mar the image. out of    

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