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Eureka [DVD] [2001]

Kji Yakusho , Aoi Miyazaki , Shinji Aoyoma    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki, Yoichiro Saito, Sayuri Kokusho
  • Directors: Shinji Aoyoma
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2002
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065BZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,552 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English
Letterbox 4:3 Aspect Ratio

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When a bus is violently hijacked in a small Japanese town, only three people survive: the guilt wracked driver Makoto (Koji Yakusho), and younger brother and sister, Kozue and Naoki. Two years on, each of them, still traumatized by their ordeal, struggle to re-engage with life. But then one day Makoto impulsively buys a bus, and sets off with Kozue and Naoki on a long journey across Japan, which becomes a carthartic odyssey of spiritual self-discovery. Shinji Aoyama’s beautifully shot drama is a serene and resonant meditation on the psychological scars wrought upon the victims of terror and violence and of the courage and inner-strenght they must find to survive.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This is an eerily entrancing experience delivered up by director Shinji Aoyama. Shot in black and white, but on colour film, the images drift into sepia or become almost pastel tones. "Eureka" is primarily a visual experience, one of the most lyrically beautiful pieces of cinema I've ever seen.
Yet such a bleak story! A bus is hijacked. People die. There is no evident reason - the crime is random, chaotic, motiveless. The survivors are the driver and two school children, a brother and sister. Now, leap forward two years. How have they coped? What effect has the violence had on their lives?
The children have lost their parents and are alone in a big house. They do not speak. The bus driver moves in with them, acting as their parents, or simply as someone who can understand their pain and confusion. Perhaps the only one who can. The children appear to communicate telepathically. Meanwhile, a series of murders has begun and the prime suspect is the bus driver.
The driver looks for some cathartic experience to help them get on with their lives. He buys a bus. Together they transform it into a mobile home and set off on a journey. Bus drivers follow the same route day in, day out. But this is a magical mystery tour, a process of self-discovery.
Shinji Aoyama says that he was influenced by John Ford's "The Searchers", in which John Wayne searches for a young Natalie Wood, a child kidnapped in an Indian raid. "Eureka" doesn't have the overt violence and anger of Wayne's character. Makoto, the driver, is a much gentler individual. But the theme of the film is one of searching - for the lost voices, the lost emotions, the loss of self.
Does violence contaminate the victim? Makoto wonders if it has infected them all.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Masterpiece 25 Mar 2004
You spend your whole life looking for a film that works for you. When you feel depressed or are just looking for something to understand you, you look towards film when people are incapable. EUREKA did it for me. A four-hour long epic that reached straight into my heart and soul and refused to let go. Shinji Aoyama has created a breath-taking piece of modern cinema.
Many people will never have sat through a film of this calibre, and many just don't have the patience. Which is such a shame because, it beats most films out there today.
"Mesmerising, ravishing" says Time Out; "Moving... the acting is sublime" says Uncut; "Stunning.. deeply affecting" says The Independent; "Beautiful.. a moving pschological fable about trauma, loss, mourning and healing - a mesmerising journey across genre boundaries" says Fiilm Comment.
Shinji Aoyama's film will speak to me for the rest of my life and I will speak of it whenever I speak of film. Not to see this is a crime - pick up your copy today and you will forever be moved by the medium of cinema. No other film will seem worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Hailed as a masterpiece by some, and a near one by others, I liked it
quite a bit, and never felt bored in spite of it's nearly 4 hour
running time. I was quite moved - to the point of tears - by the end.

It looks and feels like no other movie I've seen, shot in a shifting
sepia tone, with very little dialogue, and long silent takes. It's an
intimate epic. Sort of a Japanese version of a Terrence Malick film.

A young brother and sister, and a bus driver are the only survivors of
a random bus-jacking by a madman. The three retreat from the world. But
two years later the bus driver seeks out the brother and sister -
living alone and mute despite their youth - and the long, slow process
of healing begins.

As much as I liked a lot of it, certain plot twists felt clunky or
heavy handed, as did some of the dialogue. A movie so based in unspoken
emotion loses something when the themes suddenly become too literal, in
word or action. But, those are things that might bother me less on a
second viewing, when I was more prepared for this unique, odd, powerful
challenging film.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing 22 Jan 2003
This is a very, very long film, but I sat through it all captivated by the melancholy world created by Shinji Aoyama. Koji Yakusho is superb as the bus driver Makoto who is driven to the very edge by the brutal hijacking that starts the film. The meditation on the psychological scars that terror inflicts on its victims resonates with our times even more now than when this fantastic film was made.
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