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(aka 'Final Take: The Golden Age of Movies' or 'Kinema no tenchi')

directed by Yji Yamada
Japan 19
86

 

This is Japanese melo-dramatist director Yoji Yamada's ode to 1930s film production during the transition from silent film to talkies (of which Japan was quite late to adopt this feature). Many from that time are fictionalized including Chaplin (very briefly) but mostly the great Yasujiro Ozu, who's name is changed to Yasujiro Ogata (played by Ittoku Kishibe). With many loose associations we can see the rise of a young star Koharu Tanaka (played by Narimi Arimori) for the big New Year release entitled Floating Weeds (you may recall the 34' Ozu film was titled A Story of Floating Weeds and his remake in 59' was Floating Weeds). I suspect certain legality issues must have risen with the poetic licensing of these names and characters and hence the plot is a shade disjointed. A few times I suspect that Koharu Tanaka was possibly portraying a supposed Setsuko Hara but a definite link did not materialize with any historical accuracy. The ending is typical Yamada but even stretches beyond his own dramatic excess, quite possibly to infuse the very era he was attempting to represent. I was quite keen to watch this but it did drag a bit and seemed less cohesive that his other films.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: August 2nd, 1986 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC

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Only available in the 5-disc Yamada Yoji Collection which includes - A Distant Cry from Spring, Home from the Sea, The Village, Final Take and The Yellow Handkerchief..

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Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:56:40 
Video 1.77:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.49 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 5.1)
Subtitles English, Chinese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.77:1

Edition Details:

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

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

DVD Release Date: July 24th, 2004

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Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments:

Although still non-progressive (more combing) and non-anamorphic, this is a step up for the Panorama of old. Still only suitable for tube viewing, the image is sharper and more consistent than others in this boxset. .The subtitles are generally acceptable but the 5.1 audio is totally unnecessary and the recommendation is all for the film. Ozu fans especially will find this interesting even if it is, presumably, dramatized and not totally historically accurate!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Representative of the great Ozu...

 

 


Chaplin... Japanese style.

 

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Thinking of buying from YesAsia? CLICK HERE and use THIS UPDATED BEAVER PAGE to source their very best...

Only available in the 5-disc Yamada Yoji Collection which includes - A Distant Cry from Spring, Home from the Sea, The Village, Final Take and The Yellow Handkerchief..

Available in the 5-disc Yamada Boxset:

   

Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC




 

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