(aka 'Sekai no chūshin de, ai o sakebu' or 'Crying Out Love in the Center of the World')

Directed by Isao Yukisada
Japan
2004

 

Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu, the Japanese romance novel by Katayama Kyoichi, sold over 3 million copies in Japan. Adapted into massive hit in the summer 2004 box office in Japan, the film Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World is directed by Yukisada Isao (from Go) and starring Osawa Takao (Gege) and Shibasaki Kou (One Missed Call)

 

Shikoku is the place where Sakutaro met his first love, Aki (Nagasawa Masami). Sakutaro and Aki are deeply with one another, but Aki suffered from a fatal disease and passed away. While Sakutaro is seraching for Ritsuko, he was looking through objects from his past, and he discovers a message from Aki...

 

A great story that, for many, may have crossed the line of over-sentimentality that it so incessantly flirts with throughout the films entire 2+ hours. Filled with memorable star-crossed scenes the cinematic beauty seems more than enough to carry through its finale. An adeptly directed and worthy effort from Yukisada that finds its niche of followers, if not establishing itself quite at the heights of films like Iwai's Love Letter. Don't go by me though, I'm somewhat jaded - I'm sure many will love it if you give yourself over to it's stunning visuals and unique melodramatic conventions. out of     

Gary Tooze

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Theatrical Release: May 2004 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: KAM & RONSON ENTERPRISE - Region 3 - NTSC

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Distribution KAM & RONSON ENTERPRISE  - Region 3 - NTSC
There is also a Toho DVD Japanese version with a slightly superior image and removable English subtitles here:

NOTE: There is a limited edition Japanese DVD Boxset version (with removable English subtitles), with a making of DVD, theme song music clip, color visual book (40 pages), as well as Saku and Aki's wedding photo in photo frame!... overkill at an astonishing price here:

Runtime 2:18:15 
Video 2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.94 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 (DTS-ES), Japanese (5.1 EX), DUB: Cantonese (Dolby 2.0)   
Subtitles Chinese & English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: KAM & RONSON ENTERPRISE

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.31:1

Edition Details:

• trailer

DVD Release Date: April 6th, 2005

Transparent Keep Case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 22

 

 

Comments:

I would say that this anamorphic and progressive image is definitely above average with a slight deduction for the heavy black border around the edge limiting horizontal resolution. It's pretty crisp with muted colors and decent contrast. The audio is wonderful and really powers the great soundtrack of the film. This DVDs failing are the English subtitles which are, for some reason, in conjunction with Chinese ones (see below). The disc takes up 7.5 healthy Gig so there seems to have been enough space to do them separately. A strange and poor choice of DVD production. No extras save a trailer. For those that might be keen you may as well spring for the Japanese version (the standard - not the boxset) as it definitely would improve your viewing experience.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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NOTE: There are two different covers but its the same DVD by Kam and Ronson.

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Distribution KAM & RONSON ENTERPRISE  - Region 3 - NTSC
There is also a Toho DVD Japanese version with a slightly superior image and removable English subtitles here:

NOTE: There is a limited edition Japanese DVD Boxset version (with removable English subtitles), with a making of DVD, theme song music clip, color visual book (40 pages), as well as Saku and Aki's wedding photo in photo frame!... overkill at an astonishing price here:

 





 

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