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Ozu, there are a lot of other directors worth watching. Just saw "Fires On The Plain" by
Ichikawa, based on the Ooka novel, which I haven't read. Evidently there are quite a few changes. The film is excellent, an anti-war film set in WW2 Philipines at the end of the war;
madness, death and cannibalism among the
japanese soldiers. Beautifully shot in black and white cinemascope.
I saw the film a few years ago at a Japanese film festival in Canberra (with English subtitles) but have not been able to track it down on the internet (except at Amazon.jp where it's all Greek to me!) I understand that it is also known as 'Snowy Love Fallin' in Spring'. I have checked various Amazons (.com, .uk, .fr, .de) & CD Universe with no luck.
Ok, about Amazon.co.jp, you can view the site in English. The option will be on the upper right side of your screen. Thing is though, I don't think that dvd you saw has English subs either. Unfortunately, the picture they have of the box is unclear. It does have one subtitle track and I think it's Japanese.
I'll keep an eye out though and let you know if I find any other leads.
Another note: We should totally start this thread back up!!
Anyway, I'll keep my eye out (as I have been now for a long time). In the long run, anything good eventually ends up on DVD - though I'm mindful of what Keynes said about us all in the long run!
Thanks for your efforts. Cheers, Murray
If you decide to buy a non subtitled version of the DVD, I found that you can d/l the subtitles here: http://tinyurl.com/42ypbsr
If you're computer savvy, you can just rip the vid to your PC then add the subtitles.
This is the best I've got for now.
I think (but I'm guessing because the site only partly translates itself into English) that the problem is that, as occurs with the Amazons in US, UK & France, the seller here is an independent book or DVD shop and doesn't deliver outside Japan.
Thanks once again for your help and I will continue to be patient. M
We could work something out as of means of payment. Let me know if you're interested and we can skype/e-mail the details.
I'm inclined to think it's getting a bit too complicated and I should just leave it for the moment, trusting that Am.com will get round to it in due course.
Why don't we become LT friends anyway? I see from your profile that you've only just joined LT. Still adding books, I assume?
As for the DVD. It could be complicated, since I'm not sure about it having subtitles and all. It would also be Region 2 making it difficult to play in most DVD players. But if you're really interested, we could probably transfer funds via Paypal.
I don't see any English language release date, but who knows, it might be sooner than later. They did release "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" again in 2008.
Many film studies graduates and (I believe) big shots from the distribution industry are members. Certainly someone could answer your request, or any other request of that type you may have.
Is there an English translation of the book of Junpei Gomikawa from which Masaki Kobayashi made his epic? Name of publisher if known please.
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