(aka 'Man, Woman, and the Wall')

Directed by Masashi Yamamoto
Japan 2007

 

Yuta (Hiroto Kato), a young reporter for "an old-fashioned magazine," moves into a new apartment and almost immediately begins spending a lot of time listening to what his neighbor Satsuki (popular Japanese adult film star Sola Aoi) is up to through their shared, paper-thin wall. In fact, it doesn't take too long before he's literally structured his day around her schedule and improved his listening equipment to get a better quality spying experience. His seemingly benign stalking escalates to the point where he finds out where she works and engineers excuses for them to hang out. Eventually Yuta learns that Satsuki's boyfriend Ryo (Keita Ohno) is also stalking her, making obscene phone calls and watching her with a remote video camera, so he decides to take more direct action to help her out.

Excerpt from FilmMonthly located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 2007 - Tokyo

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Runtime 1:23:36 
Video 1.72:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.22 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, None
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Studio: TLA

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.72:1

Edition Details:

• Making of... (with English subtitles - 21:09)
• Trailer - 4:3 burned-in subs
• Stills Gallery (12 images)

DVD Release Date: July 29th, 200
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Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

Firstly - let me get my comments out of the way. I certainly don't mind TLA (or anyone else) sending me these are screeners but this one definitely appeals more to the 'male' in me than the cinephile. Yes, don't get your hopes up - no matter how it is marketed - there are no obvious artistic aspirations in this Japanese 'Red Shoes Diary' wannabe. Basically - it is a male sexual fantasy. This guy (Hiroto Kato) moves in next to this hottie neighbor (Aoi Sola - hardcore Japanese star) and the rest is straightening out her life (with eavesdropping) - while attempting to, hopefully, bed her. Although he finds that his unhealthy fantasies about her have a stronger appeal than actually getting her clothes off. Production values are a couple of notches above a student film and it's amusing while remaining a, perhaps unintentional, spoof of guy-oriented relationship goals. 

The DVD is filled with weaknesses - single-layered, non-anamorphic, and interlaced but at least the subtitles are optional (although in a large gaudy yellow font). It's not very detailed, has plenty of noise artefacts and colors look faded. Audio is unremarkable but close, I'll wager, to the way it was produced. I don't see any digital manipulation and the image is fairly clean but if there's one gal you'd like to see in a high-definition transfer....

There is a 'making off..' with subs and a stills gallery (12 slides - some cheesecake shots but all images look immensely cleaner than this DVD). There is also a 4:3 trailer and some further adverts for TLA stuff.

Bottom line is that this borders on softcore porn and the price is ridiculously high. We obviously can't recommend but feel we've learned something more about TLA Releasing...  

 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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