Vibrator

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Named Best Japanese Film of the Year by the Japan Times and noted Japanese film authority Donald Richie, Vibrator is a remarkably affecting road movie brimming with cathartic intensity and bold eroticism.

Directed by international rising star Ryuichi Hiroki (I Am an S&M Writer, Tokyo Trash Baby, It's Only Talk) and based on the acclaimed novel by Mari Akasaka, Vibrator follows Rei (the extraordinary Shinobu Terashima), a thirty-something freelance writer wrestling with psychological instability and a penchant for booze. One night while shopping for beer at an urban mini-mart, Rei runs into Okabe (Nao Omori, of Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer), a handsome young trucker pit stopping for gas and munchies. Impulsive and captivated, she climbs into his rig for an impromptu road trip. But what begins as a one night pick-up becomes a transformative journey of sexual and emotional self-discovery.

Psychologically raw and surprisingly uplifting, Vibrator represents a creative milestone for director Hiroki. With its frank approach to sexuality, relationships and personal liberation, the film is, as Tom Mes of the online cult Japanese film journal Midnight Eye writes, "one of the most universally resonant and downright important statements cinema today can hope to deliver."

Specifications

Studio Kino Video
SKU 203448924
UPC 698452204338
UPC 14 00698452204338
Format DVD
Release Date 2/6/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Hiroki,Ryuichi
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Cast & Crew
China Hayashi - Production Designer
Haruhiko Arai - Screenplay
Hikaru Ishikawa - Original Music By
Jun Murakami - Actor
Kazuhiro Suzuki - Cinematographer
Kisei Takahashi - Executive Producer
Mari Akasaka - Based On Novel By
Masahiro Toda - Actor
Nao Omori - Actor
Ryuichi Hiroki - Editor
Ryuichi Hiroki - Director
Shinobu Terajima - Actor
Takeshi Aoshima - Producer
Reviews
ReviewSource DVD Times
Review Although made by a male director, Ryuichi Hiroki, Vibrator is based on a novel by Mari Akasaka, and through a road journey the film successfully captures a particular rhythm and authentic interior monologue from a female perspective, that doesn't so much shed light on the lead character's own troubled condition as the condition of many people of a particular age in Japanese society...Like the Japanese road movies of Shinji Aoyama (Eureka, Desert Moon), Ryuichi Hiroki's Vibrator doesn't set up characters with easily identifiable neuroses or character traits or deliver standard redemptive journeys to self-discovery. By leaving much unexplained, the vulnerability of the characters and their lack of direction or motivation is expressed more strongly, making it easy to associate this sense of isolation and loss of identity, like Hou Hsiao-hsien's Millennium Mambo, as a wider societal and generational malaise.
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Reviewer Noel Megahey
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Letterbox, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hiroki,Ryuichi
Label Zeitgeist Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dennis Lim, The Village Voice A standout!...serenely bittersweet take on the intimate-strangers genre recently fetishized in Lost in Translation.
Time Out Film Guide Great performances, plus it's sexy, terrifically good-looking.

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