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Bodyguard Kiba: Comparison (Film 2000 Japan vs. Tokyo Shock) 
Written by: on August 11th, 2006

Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1993
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Hisao Maki, Masaru Matsuda, Daisuke Nagekura, Ren Osugi, Megumi Sakita, Shinobu Tanaka

DVD released: 2005 2006
Approximate running time: 93m10s 95m12s
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed 1.85:1 Letterboxed
Rating: 18 NR
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
Retail Price: £15.99 $19.95

Film 2000 Japan’s Region 2 DVD

Tokyo Shock’s Region 1 DVD

Film 2000 Japan’s Region 2 DVD

Tokyo Shock’s Region 1 DVD


The Film :

On down on his luck former boxer named Junpei steals 500 million yen from his Yakuza boss. The Yakuza are unable to get Junpei to talk about the 500 million yen before he is sent to prison for attempted murder. Flash forward five years later Junpei is discharged from prison. He hires a Naoto Kiba a karate expert and professional bodyguard to escort him to Okinawa to recover the money he stole.

Video:

Both releases present the film in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Image wise they look very close and if it weren’t for the burnt in subtitles on the Film 2000 Japan release I would say they were from the same print. The Film 2000 Japan suffers from some mild ghosting and artifacts. The Tokyo Shock release exhibits no problems with ghosting or artifacts and it looks just slightly sharper the imager overall.

Audio:

Both releases are presented the audio in a Dolby Digital stereo. The Film 2000 Japan release sound hollow and lifeless. The English subtitles are burnt in and difficult to read at times. The Tokyo Shock audio is free of any distortion or major sound defects. Dialog is clean and easy to understand. The English subtitles are removable and easy to read and follow.

Extras:

The Film 2000 Japan release comes with eleven trailers which have nothing to do with the main feature. The Tokyo Shock release comes with a Takashi Miike trailers collection which includes the following trailers Fudoh the Next Generation, Visitor Q, Ichi the Killer, Deadly Outlaw Rekka, One Missed Call, Negotiator, Izo, The Way to Fight and The Great Yokai War.

Overall:

This is one of the closer comparisons I have come across with the slight edge going to the Tokyo Shock release which comes with a Takashi Miike trailer collection and it is the more affordable of the two releases.

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