(aka "Mizu no onna" or "Woman of Water")

 

directed by Sugimori Hidenori
Japan 200
2

 

In this lyrical meditation on the elements, Japanese singer   Ua plays Ryo, a woman who becomes entangled with an arsonist   after her father dies and she takes control of the family's   bath house in a small provincial town in Western Japan.   Ryo, whose name means "cool, clear water," is also known as   "Rain Woman" because heavy downpours tend to accompany   important events in her life.  Simple, elegant visual effects   and entrancing cinematography give a mythical atmosphere to   this beautiful directorial debut which utilizes the kind of   impossibly gorgeous imagery found in the films of Tran Anh   Hung.  In what may safely be described as a case of style   over substance, we here have a beautiful nature meditation   and a still sketch of a young Japanese woman.  Nothing more,   nothing less. The film won the Best Script prize at Sundance   in 2001, and was given a Golden Alexander in Thessaloniki 2002. out of    

Trond Trondsen of Masters of Cinema.org

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Theatrical Release: September 12th, 2002 - Toronto Film Festival, Toronto Canada

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DVD Review:   Artist Film / TFC (Japan) - Region 2 - NTSC

Big thanks to Trond Trondsen of Masters of Cinema.org for all the Screen Caps!

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Distribution Artist Film / TFC -  Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 2:04:00 is the Director's Cut - the Theatrical Cut is 1:55:00
Video 1.78:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: unavailable
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Artist Film / TFC

Aspect Ratio:
Anamorphic widescreen- 1.78:1



DVD Release Date: June 25th, 2002
Jewel Case in paper sleeve box
Chapters: 22

Edition Details:

-  Theatrical version and_ Director's Cut
-  Into the Light: Documentary featuring UA &interview w/director
-  Made-for-DVD making-of docu w/footage from Venice Film Festival
-  UA Music Video
-  Trailer
-  TV Spot

No subs on Extras!

Comments:
This is a reference quality DVD transfer - use it to show   off the capabilities of your home theatre system.  The film   abounds with static scenes where the bit rate is allowed to drop significantly, without any discernable loss in image definition whatsoever; blacks are solid and dark areas are clean of blocking artifacts. Water is a particularly tricky   substance to transfer properly onto DVD - but its internal dynamic nature is here preserved perfectly by sending the bitrate through the roof, as required. Yoko Kanno's  ingenious, fluid soundtrack likewise is presented with great attention to detail.out of .

Trond Trondsen of Masters of Cinema.org



 

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