Japan / Japanese
An introverted schoolgirl falls in love and starts a relationship with one of her classmates. Set in a small seaside town in Japan, the love of her life eventually leaves her for her boyfriend in Tokyo.
No English subs on DVD...
When Blue had its too-short art house theatrical run, it was subtitled
in English. Naturally I missed it, and recently picked up the DVD
having heard raves. The DVD has no subtitles at all, which is somewhat
baffling given that the translation work had already been done. Does
anyone know of a source for a script, or an otherwise easily
translatable source for the dialog? Several small theaters I've
attended actually distributed typed scripts in English for films with
spotty subtitles. If anyone had the dialog for Blue, I'd sure like to
The movie's deliberate pace, calm tone and long uninterrupted takes
(5-10 minutes in some cases) really set it apart from more conventional
Japanese (and American) fare. Mikako Ichikawa, who may be known to some
from her supporting roles in Cutie Honey and Jam Films 2's "Armchair
Theory", is impressive. Her character's restraint and painful shyness
comes across almost completely through her eyes. She seems almost
impenetrable, yet fragile.
This story would have genuine appeal to the U.S. art cinema crowd.
Anyone who enjoyed Ghost World could do a lot worse: Blue captures the
outsider feel of Clowes' characters without the forced quirkiness.
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