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Kakera - A Piece of Our Life [DVD] [2008]

Hikari Mitsushima , Eriko Nakamura , Momoko Ando    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hikari Mitsushima, Eriko Nakamura, Tasuku Nagaoka
  • Directors: Momoko Ando
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Third Window
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DQ66BK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,945 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Based on the best-selling manga Love Vibes by Erika Sakurazawa and featuring a soundtrack by James Iha, former guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins, the debut feature of Momoko Andô, one of the members of this year s festival Jury, is a delicately-nuanced portrait of two very different women. Haru, a college student, is frustrated by the lack of any real spark between her and her slobbish and indifferent boyfriend, who only seems to be interested in her for sex. One day, while brooding over a cappuccino in a cafe, she catches the eye of Riko. Riko joins her table and the two strike up a conversation in which she explains her job as a medical artist , something slightly different from a prosthetics, in that rather than create body parts that attempt to emulate the function of those lost through accident and disease, her role is to cure the psychological traumas arising from the patient s physical deficiencies by balancing body and soul, creating parts that aesthetically make up for the loss. While Haru might be physically intact, Riko sees in her a certain emotional wanting to which she might provide a cure, and the two begin an all-encompassing relationship that draws Haru away from her dissatisfying routine and into a new and more emotionally fulfilling area of her life. Extras: interview with director momoko ando, footage from the london theatrical premiere with post-screening q&a, theatrical trailer, trailers of other third window films releases

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Surround ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling manga Love Vibes by Erika Sakurazawa and featuring a soundtrack by James Iha, former guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins, the debut feature of Momoko Andō, one of the members of this year s festival Jury, is a delicately-nuanced portrait of two very different women. Haru, a college student, is frustrated by the lack of any real spark between her and her slobbish and indifferent boyfriend, who only seems to be interested in her for sex. One day, while brooding over a cappuccino in a cafe, she catches the eye of Riko. Riko joins her table and the two strike up a conversation in which she explains her job as a medical artist , something slightly different from a prosthetics, in that rather than create body parts that attempt to emulate the function of those lost through accident and disease, her role is to cure the psychological traumas arising from the patient s physical deficiencies by balancing body and soul, creating parts that aesthetically make up for the loss. While Haru might be physically intact, Riko sees in her a certain emotional wanting to which she might provide a cure, and the two begin an all-encompassing relationship that draws Haru away from her dissatisfying routine and into a new and more emotionally fulfilling area of her life. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Stockholm Film Festival, ...Kakera: A Piece of Our Life ( Kakera ) ( A Piece of Our Life )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated Beauty 11 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
This is a great film exploring the relationships people have with each other. A great little piece of modern Japanese cinema. A great performance by Hikari Mitsushima brings Haru to life. A girl who is her 'boyfriends' bit on the side. You really feel for Haru and this film sucks you in brilliantly.

A slightly sad tone overtakes the film but it's a great watch. The soundtrack by former smashing pumpkins member, James Iha works perfectly with what's on screen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Er... 27 Jan 2013
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I like quirky Japanese films, so I thought KAKERA would fit the bill.

The cast are fine, and some familiar faces pop up now and then... but I just found it rather dull. I found it hard to connect to the characters, or even like them, rare for a Japanese film in my experience.

Sorry, but although there are fine performances, it's just dull.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a sensitive, gentle Coming of Age film, which balances comedy and sadness to a nice degree. What is most striking about it? Perhaps the undemonstrative, natural cinematography. Perhaps the unforced naturalness of the acting, and the script. Perhaps most of all the delicate realism of the relationships, which time and again had me thinking "yes, that's exactly how it is!".

Films do not have to be "about" something, or major on hot action sexual or violent. Anyone in need of those things should certainly look elsewhere. Anyone interested in a universally truthful "piece of life" focused on the swings and roundabouts of youthful relationships will find this film entertaining, poignant and funny in equal measure. Although the editing is perhaps a little loose in the later stages, "Kakera" is neither depressing nor sad, but an absorbing study of how people do (or don't) rub along together with (or without) the best of intentions.

It's a beautiful film for thoughtful people, and it deserves to be seen.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Aside from being your basic Japanese quirky comedy, Kakera has some incredibly saddening moments. Revolving around the love affair between Haru, a hapless student with a child-like personality and Riko, a bisexual medical artist who creates prosthetic body parts. Not only does Momoko manage to capture the sweet side of innocent romance, she realistically creates the sense of confusion, discomfort and pain that sometimes comes with a relationship. Haru, never quite having the strength to leave her boyfriend, even though she knows he is seeing someone else brings a much needed side-plot to the not-so strong story of a, frankly, strange lesbian relationship. I think this film's heart's in the right place, but it's just not beating in time with the character's. As the film slowly drifts through the second half, it seems more apparent that none of the characters have a clue what's going on and where any relationships are actually going.
and not to forget, Kakera has some absolutely hilarious moments.
It's wasn't a chore to sit through this film at all, but it'll be a while before I watch it again.
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