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(aka 'Himo no Hiroshi'  or 'The Strange Saga of Hiroshi the Freeloader')

Directed by Yji Tajiri
Japan 200


This comedic Pink film (Japanese) is filled with wild, athletic relations and absurd slapstick. It tells the story of a freeloading slacker who moves in with his very limber, single-mom girlfriend only to have duel it out with her jealous ex in a fierce bout of cricket wrestling.


Theatrical Release: May 2nd, 2006 (Frankfurt Nippon Connection Festival)

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DVD Review: Sacrament - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Sacrament Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:04:12 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.5 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.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Sacrament

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Stills gallery
• Introduction
• trailers

DVD Release Date: November 18th, 200
Keep Case
Chapters: 10





Perhaps an amusing film with a salacious title, but a dreadful DVD. As I said about other similar screeners sent to me - it definitely appeals more to the 'male' in me than the cinephile. This is obviously the production intent though.

The transfer is filled with weaknesses - single-layered, non-anamorphic, and interlaced but at least the English subtitles are optional. It's not particularly detailed and has noise artefacts. Audio is unremarkable but not that far off the original. I don't see any digital manipulation because it appears that nothing was really done but simply taking it from it's analog source. With 1080P being the new 'ideal' for home theater usage - this would be at the very opposite end of the spectrum.

The film seems an honest attempt at... something but it doesn't really evolve beyond just a weaker quality 'pink' exploitation flic. It has some mildly humorous moments. The price for this DVD is ridiculously expensive for what is being offered. Although we don't endorse it - we suggest Man, Woman and a Wall as a far better film of the same 'genre'. 

Gary W. Tooze


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