Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 7th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2005
Director: Tomoharu Katsumata
Cast: Taisei Miyamoto, Kiyoshi Kawakubo, Nachi Nozawa, Katsuhisa Houki
DVD Released: September 27th, 2005
Approximate Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 & Stereo
DVD Release: Artsmagic
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Yajima Kintaro is the former leader of a biker gang that at one point was 10,000 members strong. He disbanded the gang and decided to go straight after falling in love with a blind girl named Akami. Years later he returns to Hasshu his former stomping ground after the death of his wife Akami who died while giving birth to their son. Now Kintaro with a child to take care of and support works as a salary man at Yamato construction.
Episode #5: Ohshima the new president of Yamato construction along with the help of several board members plot to remove Chairman Yamato from power. Ohshima has also been secretly stealing money from the company to buy up shares of stock to help solidify his control over Yamato construction. A woman from Kintaro’s past needs his help and in the process she puts his life in danger.
Episode #6: Tanaka and Maeda with the help of Ishikawa try to dig up dirt on president Ohshima who has put the final steps in place to gain control of the company. Kintaro is visited by two Yakuza thugs who are out for blood. Will Chairman Yamato go down without a fight or does he have some fight still left ion him?
Episode #7: Kintaro refuses to give up in as a Yakuza henchman beats the living hell out of him. His courage gains him respect with the Yakuza who once were his enemies. Chairman Yamato fires president Ohshima and he regains full control of his company.
Episode #8: Mr. Mita one of the most feared Yakuza bosses invites Chairman Yamato and Kintaro to dinner. Kintaro gets a promotion to the sales department at Yamato construction.
This batch of Salaryman Kintaro episodes features those around Kintaro more then they had been in the past. Despite his reduce presence Kintaro is still the focal point of every episode. The plots are well developed and the action scenes particularly the fight between Kintaro and a Yaukza on a roof top is simply stunning in its execution. Kintaro continues to woo the ladies as they want a piece of him. He is still in morning for his deceased wife and has no time for any romancing as he devotes all of his time to work and raising his son. Kintaro is short tempered which leads to many of his altercations and even though he makes great strides to leave that part of his life behind he struggles with it at times.
Artsmagic presents Salaryman Kintaro Volume 2 is an anamorphic widescreen that preserves its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors look vivid and are nicely saturated through out. The black levels are solid as they exhibit a strong amount of detail in every frame. There are no problems with artifacts, compression or edge enhancement. Overall source material used for this transfer is in excellent shape.
This DVD comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. Both of these audio tracks are presented in this releases original Japanese language. The dialog crisp and the action sound full. There are no problems with hiss or distortion. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow.
Extras for this release consist of two interviews. The first is a eight minute interview with Tomoharu Katsumata and a five minute interview with Toru Nakano. These two interviews consist of more in depth discussion into the series and Kintaro as a character. Overall both interviews are in the same vein as the other interviews conducted for this series and they offer little if any replay value.
Overall Artsmagic have put together another solid DVD presentation that sits perfectly along side their other releases in this series. Salaryman Kintaro continues to get better with each new volume and it is one of those series that you find yourself totally immersed in, recommended.
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