SHADY on UK DVD
SHADY (かしこい狗は、吠えずに笑う, Kashikoi Inu wa, Hoezu ni Warau), one of the most talked about Japanese films of 2013, is now on DVD (Region 2) in the United Kingdom from distributor Third Window Films. See what all the fuss is about!
Director Ryohei Watanabe’s debut film concerns two teenage girls and their friendship. The first is Misa, a stocky girl who is viciously dubbed “Pooh” at school, due to her surname “Kumada” (bear + rice paddy) and masculine frame. She obviously has no friends and can only let down her guard around her pet parrot and the goldfish in the science room at school.
The other is Izumi, a cute and popular classmate who says she can’t make and keep friends because all the other girls are jealous of her looks.
The two become best of friends owed to them both being such firm outsiders. Although somewhat puzzled by Izumi’s interest in her, Misa is excited about having a friend for the first time ever.
Their blossoming friendship starts off as endearing but as the two spend more and more time together the sheen of the relationship peels away and Izumi’s initial angelic demeanor gradually transforms into a demonic one. And as that darkness and violence eventually bleed into the mix, what could just be another tale of teenage friendship gone awry becomes a genuinely disturbing thriller.
Cast: Izumi Okamura, mimpi*β, Isao Nakazawa, Gota Ishida, Ayumi Seko
Producer: Ryohei Watanabe
Assistant Director: Yuki Onoda, Shota Watanabe
Art Director: Naomi Hayakawa, Fumiko Hiramatsu
Cinematography: Katsuki Tsuji
Music: Naoyuki Chikatani
DVD: Region 2, PAL
Release: March 24, 2014
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16:9)
Language: Japanese 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 94 Minutes
DVD Bonus Features: Interviews with Director and Cast
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