(aka 'The Yellow Handkerchief' or 'Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi')

directed by Yji Yamada
Japan 1977

 

  Another slice of reality from the masterful creator of the Tora-san series, Yji Yamada (My Sons, Home From the Sea). A sublime comedic melodrama reaching tear-jerker proportions. Three unrelated (and unknown to each other) characters share an eventful road-trip with one slowly releasing information in sporadic flashbacks of his recent past. References to the Tony Orlando and Dawn song "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" will abound, but Yamada consistently shows his talented story-telling techniques especially in the area of the affectionate human spirit dramas. A near masterpiece!  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: October 1st, 1977 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Panorama - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:48:08 
Video 1.81:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles English, Chinese, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.81:1

Edition Details:

• Directors Biography (text screens)
• Director's filmography (text screens)

• Collectable handbill with production notes (in English and Chinese)

DVD Release Date: November 15th, 2002

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

Speaking a little more frankly than my above film review - I loved this to bits, and I could tell it was going to appeal to me in the first 15 minutes.

The DVD is nothing to rave about though - non-progressive (lots of bad combing) and non-anamorphic. Best suited for tube viewing. I saw a wee bit of strobing in spots and the subtitles are generally acceptable but display an unusual character for the apostrophe (?). The optional 5.1 audio is totally unnecessary and the recommendation is all for the film - another warm Yamada human expression. Wonderful!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC




 

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