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on 22 October 2010
If you're looking for depravity and violence similar to that of Visitor Q or Ichi the Killer, or even the warped and complex Yakuza mystery of Gozu, then you will not find it in this film. Here, Miike excells once again as a true masterful director with an awe-inspiring and beautiful drama that left me in floods of tears.

Detailing the story of a businessman sent to a remote village to discover a vein of the precious stone 'jade', and watched closely by a Yakuza gangster who wants a cut of the profit, this story deals heavily with ecology and the mixed morality of Western/Eastern culture. There is a very blurred line between what is right and wrong, and these issues are dealt with in a soft and humanistic manner which is not often found in Miike's films. The resulting film is a touching and life-affirming work of art that explores the influence of the third world on the first world, and vice versa. It's wonderfully unbiased and creates excellent points for both sides in a way that is not just friendly, it's down-right unifying.

This is strongly recommended for those who appreciate Miike's underlying sense of values and also his wonderful sense of humour, and who are also willing to take a break from his more popular forays into gruesome violence and sexuality. A superb Japanese drama, and easily one of his greatest works to date.
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on 5 October 2005
Wada, a Japanese Salaryman is sent on a job to survey a Chinese village for a strain of Jade for his company. On the way though he meets up with a Yakuza collector named Ujjie who wants the money from the jade for his organization. The two set out with their trusty guide Shen for the mysterious village. They travel through forests, on rafts and many other hardships to come to this wonderful land, but once they're there will they want to leave?
ive seen a few miike takashi films so far, and they all had a exellent sense of humor, so its a refreshing change without the violence that usually accompanies it
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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2007
Be warned - I bought this DVD from a marketplace seller on the strength of the technical details given by Amazon. It is in NTSC not PAL and will not play on the normal PAL/region 2 player. It may be a good film and I'd love to see it but until I add a multi-region player to my set-up I'm afraid that's not going to happen.

The one-star relates not to the service from the seller or the quality of the film but the info from Amazon.

PS - I have just (DEC 09) found out from a very nice man who runs Eureka DVDs that you can reset DVD players to cope with NTSC quite simply and I can now watch this film on my current equipment. Haven't had chance to watch it all yet but will let you know what I think in due course. If you don't already know, just go into the operating menus on the DVD player to find the restting for PAL/NTSC and you're away.
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