(aka 'Kanzo sensei' or 'Dr. Akagi')

 

directed by Shohei Imamura
Japan 1998

Dr. Akagi is a rural physician in Japan, on a one-man quest to find the cure for hepatitis. But this is at the time of WWII, and the country seems more interested in winning the war. As his fanatical quest continues, the nicknamed "Dr. Liver" finds himself in disfavor of the Japanese Army. As the war seems more and more hopeless, Dr. Akagi becomes a constant scapegoat. With the cure continuing to elude him, he begins to lose touch with those around him, and the primary reason for being a doctor.
 

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Distribution

SRE Corporation (Korea)

Region 0  - NTSC

Premier Digital 
Region 5 - PAL
Runtime 1:57:12 2:03:44
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.10 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: .4.48
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Bitrate:

SRE

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

Bitrate:

Premier Digital

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Subtitles English, Korean and none Russian and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: SRE Corporation
Theatrical Release Date: May 17th, 1998

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1



Edition Details:
• Interactive Menu
• About the Film
• Theatrical trailer

• Cast and Crew Information
• Widescreen anamorphic format


DVD Release Date: October 20, 2001
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Release Information:
Studio: Premier Digital
Theatrical Release Date: May 17th,m 1998

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1



Edition Details:
• Color, Widescreen, Dolby
• short directors biography and Filmography

• Widescreen anamorphic format

 

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2002
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Comments:

The Region 0 SRE version is cropped vertically and more importantly appears to be significantly shorter than the Premier Digital (including taking into account PAL speedup). In image quality the Premier is superior with a  sharper picture. The Premier also has a 5.1 soundtrack to the SRE's 2.0 . The Premier Digital image, even if quite strongly edge-enhanced, is the winner between these two even if it is only a DVD - 5 (single layered). The obvious problem is the lack of English subtitles for the Premier Disc. The SRE has slightly better extras.   

- Gary W. Tooze


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