Takashi Miike’s FOR LOVE’S SAKE Coming to UK Blu-ray and DVD
Source: Third Window Films
Official Website: aiandmakoto.jp (Japan)
Special Thanks to Adam Torel
Takashi Miike, the director of 13 ASSASSINS, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI and AUDITION brings us FOR LOVE’S SAKE (愛と誠, Ai to Makoto) — a Bollywood-style technicolor musical action/comedy/love story! The movie comes to Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom from distributor Third Window Films on June 10th.
Not exactly a director that plays along with genre rules, the prolific Takashi Miike now takes his talent in genre bending to the pure romance world with FOR LOVE’S SAKE, based on Ikki Kajiwara’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 Satoshi Tsumabuki (VILLAIN) and Emi Takei (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 (Emi Takei) is a naïve rich girl who meets young street punk Makoto (Satoshi Tsumabuki) 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?
Cast: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Emi Takei, Sakura Ando, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Ikki Kajiwara (original Manga), Takayuki Takuma (screenplay)
Editor: Kenji Yamashita
Assistant Director: Bunmei Katô
Production Designer: Yuji Hayashida
Cinematography: Nobuyasu Kita
Music: Takeshi Kobayashi
Production Company: Kadokawa, Concept Film, Excellent Film, OLM
Blu-ray: Region B
DVD: Region 2, PAL
Release Date: June 10th, 2013
Running Time: 134 mins
Original Language: Japanese in 5.1 Surround Sound
Special Features: Making Of, Theatrical Trailer
About Third Window Films
The Third Window Films brand was born in 2005 when its film-loving founders grew bored of the stream of worn-out shock horror vehicles from the Far East.
Third Window Films works hard to bring you the wonderful world beyond long-haired ghost films and mindless Hollywood action copies, sourcing the finest works in new Far Eastern cinema. We strive to represent a rich variety of film genres, be they dramas, comedies, political satires, action or anything else in between. Expect everything from the unknown and cult to the off-beat and even the occasional mainstream masterpiece… or expect nothing but quality Asian cinema!
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For more information on FOR LOVE’S SAKE please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: