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  • Actors: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Emi Takai, Sakura Ando, Ken Maeda, Tsuyoshi Ihara
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Third Window
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BSX69PI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,684 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Takashi Miike, the director of '13 Assassins', 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai' and 'Audition' brings us as Bollywood-style technicolour musical action/comedy/love story!

Not exactly a director that plays along with genre rules, the prolific Miike Takashi now takes his talent in genre bending to the pure romance world with For Love's Sake (AKA Ai to Makoto), based on Kajiwara Ikki's 1973 manga series. An epic story of a rich high school girl who falls in love with a tough young gangster, Miike's take on the story breaks all the rules with musical numbers (with music by popular music producer Kobayashi Takeshi), tongue-in-cheek humor, and in-your-face violence. Starring Tsumabuki Satoshi (Villain) and Takei Emi (Rurouni Kenshin) as the star-crossed lovers, For Love's Sake is a unique and incredibly wild ride that will change your definition of what a pure romance can be.

1972, Tokyo. Ai (Takei Emi) is a naïve rich girl who meets young street punk Makoto (Tsumabuki Satoshi) in the seedy Kabuki-cho district. Ai immediately remembers Makoto as the boy who saved her 11 years ago and falls head over heels in love with him. Using her parents' connection, Ai manages to get Makoto transferred into her fancy private school. However, Makoto gets into a fight with the school's teachers and gets kicked out of the academy. Completely devoted to the love of her life, Ai gives up her life of privilege and follows Makoto to a high school filled with delinquents, only to be challenged by new rivals for Makoto's affections. Will Ai's beautiful, angelic love save Makoto, or will she be swallowed by his dark world of crime?

EXTRAS

Making Of, Music-Only Version, Theatrical Trailer

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What is a Takashi Miike film? That may be an impossible question to answer. His latest to have a UK release is his second musical. It may not be anyway near as insane as [...] Katakuri's, but that doesn't make it any less good. For Love's Sake is a great companion piece to his Crows Zero movies as a delinquent high school brawler. Its probably going to be appreciated more by anime and manga fans, nevertheless the thing that makes the film stand out is that the director is having fun. He's including music from multiple genres, his integrating anime segments and putting on stage shows in lieu of flashbacks. He may drop musical numbers for a long period mid way in and it may just be another cute girl/tough guy bit, but its a whole load of fun.
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A very underrated Miike Film. I had so much fun watching it. The characters were being so well developed. The songs are the best part of this movie. Each song is specially "tailored" to one character and gives them more depth.
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The lastest Takashi Miike movie is similar to the Crows Zero movies in which the action centred on rival gamgs competing to rule their school. This movie also includes a love interest and is in the Bollywood style with a song every few minutes. It;s never dull though as there is a lot of action and comedy momehts along the way. If like me you love Asian cinema, you will enjoy this.
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This version is the best offered for sale in any dvd region. Third Window dvd and bluray has an English subtitled "making of film" that cannot be found in other versions. Another real plus, for reasons noted below, is that this version has a "music only" track in the extra features that allows the viewer to enjoy just the musical portions of the film. I also enjoy seeing trailers from other Asian films sold by Third Window.

I gave this Miike film three stars because of the extra features and care taken by Third Window. Otherwise I would rank it two stars because of the scriptwriting. It is too long as almost all Japanese films are. The first half is quite enjoyable while the second half gets tiresome. Because I do not understand Japanese I watch these films more than once. Sometimes multiple times to get the full effect. I already own a non-subbed version of the film and watched the first half several times. I turn it off when the second half begins. Now I don't have to do this when watching this version because the music, the only enjoyable part of the film, is edited into a music video excising the tiresome and often violent fillers between songs. Yes it is a Miike film, so violence is normal. But i could only sense the merits of this otherwise well-acted and well-choreographed film when viewing the music video separated from the overall film.
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HASH(0x948d13a8) out of 5 stars Something Different 16 Jun. 2016
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Not comparable with ANYTHING else I have watched before. I view shows from all over the world. I am regularly enjoying Indian Bollywood movies, Japanese Anime and Korean dramas besides what our American and British market has to offer. So I gave this one a shot and I was not disappointed.

The story is similar to Romeo & Juliet about two star crossed lovers. Recommended for all audiences 16+ this Japanese drama has a lot of action, many twists in the story and an open ending where you can sort of make up your own mind does the male lead survive or not. The music is good with a lot of dance numbers in it, they are however completely different than in Bollywood shows.

The disc is a true region code B blu-ray. You MUST have a code free player for playback. It did not play on my second region code A player. There are a couple of extras on the disc, a making off and the musical numbers.

Overall you are in for a treat if you are like me and like to try out something new!
HASH(0x94a3105c) out of 5 stars Surprised? Not really, it is Takashi Miike after all... 28 Jan. 2016
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Something completely different and unexpected from Takashi Miike! The music was interesting, not always in a good way, and the film was fun all around! If I hadn't known who the director was, I would have been surprised by the ending but since it's Miike I really wasn't. The animated sequences were a really nice change of pace and done beautifully. Overall I'm glad I got to add this to my collection.
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