Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 9th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2001
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Kenichi Endo, Kojiro Hongo, Kouichi Iwaki, Taishu Kase, Ryuji Katagiri, Kazuya Kimura
|Approximate running time:||78m00s||79m11s|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.85:1 Letterboxed||1.85:1 Letterboxed|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Stereo Japnese with English subtitles||Dolby Digital Stereo Japnese with English subtitles|
|DVD Release:||Film 2000 Japan||Tokyo Shock|
|Region Coding:||Region 2 PAL||Region 1 NTSC|
Film 2000 Japan’s Region 2 DVD
Lightning Takashi’s killing a Yakuza boss helps ignite a war between rival Yakuza fractions. During the hit Lighting Takashi let a woman dressed like a nurse get away. The Yakuza are trying to find Lighting Takashi and silence the woman who is now a witness to the hit before the police do.
Both releases present the film in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The Tokyo Shock release has a shaper image and is more colorful. The Film 2000 Japan suffers from some mild ghosting and colors look a tad off.
Both releases are presented the audio in a Dolby Digital stereo. The Tokyo Shock sound cleaner and is more dynamic then the Film 2000 Japan release. The subtitles are removable and easy to read on the Tokyo Shock release. The subtitles are burnt in and hard to read on the Film 2000 Japan release.
Overall the Tokyo Shock release is the better of the two as it has a better audio/video presentation, a collection of Miike trailers and it is the more affordable of the two releases.
Note: The Film 2000 Japan release also comes with the second part of Family. The Tokyo Shock release is only the first part with the second part being released at a later date.