(aka 'Chichi to kuraseba' or 'The Face of Jizo')

Directed by Kazuo Kuroki
Japan 2004

 

  This deceptively haunting film is based on the sensitive play by Inoue Hisashi. Chichi to Kuraseba (English title: The Face of Jizo) is set in Hiroshima in 1948. The film dramatizes the life of a pretty girl, Mitsue (Rie Miyazawa from Twilight Samurai and Peony Pavillion), who continues to be tormented by enormous feelings of guilt for having been the only one in her family and friends to have survived the atomic blast. Subtly detailing the traumatic lives of bombing survivors living in postwar Japan, its narrative focuses on the close relationship between a loving father and his devoted daughter. Her father Takezo (Yoshio Harada from 9 Souls and Azumi), we soon learn, is an apparition built from her imagination. It exists to help her cope. He remains a counselor, a mentor, and a true friend. When a handsome, but shy researcher named Kinoshita (Tadanobu Asano from Zatoichi and Ichi the Killer) enters her library, Takezo encourages his daughter to accept his gentle advances. Despite her father's wishes, Mitsue ignores Kinoshita refusing to accept she is worthy of happiness. We are left with an under-examined issue in typical Japanese under-stated fashion, although when the dialogue ventures to the topic - it is heart wrenching and unforgettable. A powerful and meaningful film - the story of one girl - a survivor of the A-bomb.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: August 31st, 2004 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Bandai Visual - Region 2 - NTSC

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NOTE: There is a 'Premium Edition' of this film also on DVD by Bandai Visuals. It is 2 disc package, only moderately more expensive at this time, does have English subtitles on the main feature but we have no idea about subs on the extras (making-of featurette, press conference footage, trailers). As it was released at the same time we will assume the transfers are identical.

     

Distribution Bandai Visual - Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 1:38:27 
Video 1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.71 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Bandai Visual Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

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DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2005

White Keep Case
Chapters: 4

 

 

Comments:

Bandai usually produce excellent DVDs, and this appears to be no exception. Soft pallet colors and a non-manipulated image show a very film-like appearance. Anamorphic to the correct aspect ratio and progressive there is a slight greenish filter which we have seen before in many Asian films. Audio is clear and consistent and the optional subtitles are easily discernable. I was very moved by this film and strongly recommend the DVD.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Distribution Bandai Visual - Region 2 - NTSC




 

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