(aka 'The Village" or 'Harakara')

directed by Yji Yamada
Japan 1975

 

  Perhaps not as strong as some of Yamada's other efforts, this is still an excellent film. A quasi-docu-drama pertaining to the monumental process to bring a performance troupe to a small Japanese village to perform for one night. Characters are kept on a very surface level showing both their small-town innocence (most are simple farmers) and so as not to distract from the main event - the upcoming performance. We see glimpses of human drama in the events portrayed by the troupe, but the real crux of the film is the passionate youth group who apprehensively agree to accept the performance and than give their all to ensure it is eventually shown in their village - the most minute ray of culture that their town may ever have. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: April, 1975 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC

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Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 2:07:00 
Video 1.93:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.53 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)
Subtitles English, Chinese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.93:1

Edition Details:

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

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

DVD Release Date: August 25th, 2003

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

Panorama for all their faults are at least bringing some wonderful Japanese classics to a western (and Chinese) market.

The DVD is typically of below current standards, even for Panorama, - non-progressive (lots of bad combing) and non-anamorphic at around 1.95 when I suspect it should be at 2.35. Best suited for tube viewing with dull colors and artifacts but the subtitles are generally acceptable with a few absentee spots. The recommendation is all for the film - a docudrama exploring the passion behind performance art productions.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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