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J-Movie: 大奥 (Ōoku)


J-Movie: 大奥 (Ōoku)

Oh-Oku, The Women Of The Inner Palace
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A true story of love and treachery in the greatest harem the world has ever known.

• Opened in Japan theatres on 12/23/06.
Official site: Oh-oku Movie
QT Trailer: Oh-oku Trailer
Wikipedia: Ōoku (大奥)

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Introduction
THE WOMEN OF THE INNER PALACE, the movie, brings to climactic finale three hugely popular mini-series of the same name about the tumultuous lives of the wives and concubines within the veiled, inner corridors of the Shogunate court. The series aired on Fuji Television Network between 2003 and 2005.
Directed by Toru Hayashi, the film delves into what is arguably the most celebrated romance scandal to ever take place in the expansive halls of Edo Castle. Set during the short reign of child Shogun Ietsugu Tokugawa, who assumed rule at the age of four, the plot revolves around a legendary power struggle between the young shogun's natural mother - concubine to the previous Shogun - and his official wife, who must watch her stake in the bloodline fade.

Story
The year is Seitoku 2 (1712), and Japan has a new ruler. But Ietsugu, the 7th Tokugawa shogun, is only four years old. The power vacuum this creates has Edo Castle roiling in political intrigue and personal positioning of all kinds. One of Ietsugu's first acts is to employ a Noh actor, Akifusa Manabe, as his aide-de-camp, which naturally doesn't sit well with senior shogunal councilors. In the Oh-Oku inner palace, the woman who stands to lose the most influence and prestige is the deceased Shogun's wife, Ten'ei-in, for she is not Ietsugu's biological mother. That distinction goes to a beautiful young concubine, Gekkoin, whose usurpation of the Shogunate bloodline has earned her the animosity of Ten'ei-in and her following.

Fortunately, Gekkoin finds an ally in the recently promoted head matron of the inner palace, Ejima, a sagacious women of humble birth who takes pity on Gekkoin and endeavors to protect her from the storm of resentment that is brewing against her. When Ten'ei-in gets wind of a rumor of a secret romance between Gekkoin and Manabe, Gekkoin's only true ally before Ejima, the wheels of conspiracy are set in motion. While Ejima views Gekkoin's affair with Manabe as a terrible error in judgment, she vows to keep the romance a secret. But Ten'ei-in is already in league with disgruntled councilors to bring down Gekkoin and the infant ruler.

Ten'ei-in finds the leverage she's been looking for in Ejima. At a Kabuki play performance, Ejima finds herself reunited and subsequently enamored with a Kabuki actor, Goro Ikushima, who is not only strikingly handsome but proves himself chivalrous as well. Ejima and Ikushima strike up a forbidden romance of their own that burns so strongly, Ejima begins to grow careless. The palace erupts in scandal, largely orchestrated by Ten'ei-in, who is now in a position to force Ejima into a fateful choice between betraying Gekkoin and keeping the love of her life. The stage has been set for a tragic finale of Shakespearean proportions.
The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn… Around Two Love Affairs

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• Cast
     • Yukie Nakama as Ejima
     • Hidetoshi Nishijima as Ikushima Shingorō
     • Haruka Igawa as Gekkō-in
     • Mitsuhiro Oikawa as Manabe Akifusa
     • Kaoru Sugita as Miyaji
     • Shinobu Nakayama as Fujikawa
     • Tae Kimura as Hōshin-in
     • Yumi Aso as Kohagi
     • Kaori Yamaguchi as Yoshino
     • Yūko Asano as Takigawa
     • Yuki Matsushita as Renjō-in
     • Reiko Takashima as Ten'ei-in
     • Washio Machiko
     • Maki Kubota

• Theme Song
      Unmei by Kumi Koda
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• Staff
Executive Producers: Chihiro Kameyama, Sunao Sakagami
Planned by: Toru Ota, Kenji Shimizu, Chiharu Nakasone
Producers: Kenichiro Hobara, Osamu Tezuka
Co Producers: Yasushi Ogawa, Kaoru Matsuzaki, Noriko Koyanagi
Director: Toru Hayashi
Screenwriter: Taeko Asano
Music: Katsunori Ishida
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Being a Yukie and an Ooku fan (having only seen War of the Belles) I am definitely hoping to see this one

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Wow, I'm really anxious to seeing this movie, too bad its only recently been released in Japan and we won't see it on television here for a while. Even when that occures, it'll still unsubbed thanks to Fuji television.
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Do you think Fuji television will ever start releasing subbed versions of their products?

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class blockquote vannessave wrote:
Do you think Fuji television will ever start releasing subbed versions of their products?
• From Fuji TV FAQ:
Provisions of our Japanese language broadcasts overseas has historically been defined as a "service to the Japanese community abroad." As such, the programs are subject to restrictions related to Japanese copyright laws, and therefore are to be aired without subtitles.
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Since 1999, Fuji TV, through FCI, has forbidden foreign TV stations from subtitling its dramas, a practice that is criticized and has alienated some fans of the genre.
FCI: Japanese Language Broadcasting

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Wow...Thanks for the background information Bubu. Hmmm, I thought I had bought a subtitled DVD for something Fuji put out. OOPSImage

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class blockquote vannessave wrote:
ImageWow...Thanks for the background information Bubu. Hmmm, I thought I had bought a subtitled DVD for something Fuji put out. OOPSImage
It could have been a Fansub version of the DVD, or possibly a DVD that Fuji released before 1999?
• More info than you'll ever need on Subtitle (captioning) emoticon
In some Asian television programming, captioning is considered a part of the genre, and has evolved beyond simply capturing what is being said. The captions are used artistically; it is common to see the words appear one by one as they are spoken, in a multitude of fonts, colors, and sizes that capture the spirit of what is being said. Languages like Japanese also have a rich vocabulary of onomatopoeia which are used in captioning.
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