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Happily Ever After (2009)

Toshiyuki Nishida , Hiroshi Abe , Yukihiko Tsutsumi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Toshiyuki Nishida, Hiroshi Abe, Miki Nakatani, Kenichi Endo, Carrousel Maki
  • Directors: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VIZ Pictures, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JTTJBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a smash hit comic strip series by Yoshiie Gouda, Happily Ever After is a visually striking, dark comedy that follows Yukie Morita, a devoted wife, and Isao Hayama, her boorish, unemployed ex-gangster husband. While Yukie works hard at a noodle shop and struggles to make ends meet, Isao hangs around all day gambling and getting into trouble. Isao's uncontrollable temper often results in the dinner table being overturned and their meal on the floor. Everyone advises Yukie to leave Isao, but her love for him is unconditional because he was the one who initially saved her from her misery. Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (Memories of Tomorrow), and starring Miki Nakatani (Memories of Matsuko) and Hiroshi Abe (Godzilla 2000).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love hurts. And then you suffer. January 14, 2009
Format:DVD
Sometimes you just fall in love with someone, even though you know they are no good. Against the advice of friends and family, and even common sense, you just tumble head-over-heels for the biggest jerk in the room. You know that the smartest move would be to leave, but some how...you just can't help it.

"Happily Ever After" (Japanese title "Jigyaku no Uta" or "Song of the Masochist") is a rather extreme example of this kind of love. Sachie (played by the adorable Nakatani Miki from Train Man) is the sweetest, most patient girl you will ever meet. She is the kind of girl you can take home to mother, who can cook a meal and clean a house and warm a bed with a smile and a song. Her man, Isao (played by the amazing Abe Hiroshi, who should be a familiar face to any Japanese film fan) is just a lout. He is mean to Sachie, doesn't work and takes her money, and flips over the table every time she sets down a delicious homemade dinner in front of him. He offers nothing to the relationship, and just feeds off of her like a maggot. Their relationship is clearly the perfect recipe for a wacky comedy.

A live-action adaptation from the 1996 manga of the same name, "Happily Ever After" is a very funny and touching film. The early scenes with Sachie and Isao had me cracking up, especially with the table flipping scenes. This action, called "chabudai gaeshi" in Japanese, is a typical movie trope that indicates an old-fashioned, chauvinistic man; but here it is taken to extremes. Abe Hiroshi is an innately charming actor, who pulls off this sort of gruff unlikable character with signature flair. Nakatani Miki was also a perfect choice.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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"I'm Poor & Miserable... but it's OK, as long as you're here..."

The popular manga "Jigyaku no Uta" (Happily Ever After) created by Yoshiie Gouda was featured in the weekly business leisure magazine "Shukan Houseki" (1985-1990) and has spawned a total of five books and a collection that has sold over 500,000 copies in Japan.

The popular black comedy was taken from the pages of the manga to the big screen in 2007 and was directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi ("20th Centruy Boys", "Trick: The Movie 2' and popular TV drama series "Black Jack" and "Ikebukuro West Gate Park") with cinematographer Satoru Karasawa and composer Hiroyuki Sawano. And would star the popular singer/actress Miki Nakatani ("Keizoku", "Manatsu no Merry Chrismas" and "Otousan") as the main character Yuki, Hiroshi Abe ("Trick", "HERO", "News no Onna", "Antique" and "At Home Dad") as Isao, her live-in boyfriend and former Yakuza member. Also, starring Toshiyuki Nishida who is well-known in Japan for his fishing comedy films "Tsuribaka Nisshi".

The film focuses on Yukie, as we get to see her difficult life as a teenager and a difficult life as an adult woman. Similar to Yoshiie Gouda's manga series, the story is full of laughter and humor in the beginning but in the second half of the film, the story becomes quite serious.

The first half focuses on Yukie, who is a waitress for a Japanese restaurant. She's tries to make do with her life, trying to make money and live a happy life with her boyfriend Isao. Unfortunately, Isao is a former yakuza member who is unable to find work and has a nasty temper that prevents him from having a stable job.

Isao pretty much spends his time with his thug friends, playing pachinko, taking money from his wife and her employer and getting drunk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very cute movie June 12, 2010
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My 4.5 year old dauther has a lot of Strawberry Shortcake dvd's and this is my personal favorite. She likes it a lot too. And her brothers actually like this one as well- they're 7.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars We LOVE Strawberry Shortcake, but...... April 13, 2009
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We LOVE Strawberry Shortcake! That being said, this video is very hard to watch! My daughter doesn't mind it, but she's too young to care just yet. I cannot STAND listening to it. The voices are shrill when they are in a conflict mode. They are trying to put together a good story with lessons, but my gosh....can we tone down the brattiness and screaming and horrible dialog to show conflict? The older Strawberry Shortcake videos are better at this than the newer ones are I'm noticing. I will have a very hard time buying anymore of the newer videos. Too bad, because we all really LOVE Strawberry and her friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a little 3 year old girl happy! May 3, 2010
Format:DVD
Though I didn't watch this DVD fully, I saw the beginning so I know it worked. I gave it as a Gift to my friends 3 year old girl, and she really likes Strawberry Shortcake, and she was really happy with it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute July 4, 2009
Format:DVD
I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie since I haven't read the comics, but even so, it was still a little different from what I expected (somehow). Overall, it was definitely a funny movie with quite a few unexpected twists and turns, which made it pretty good. Its surely got its sweet parts, but it's not super-terribly mushy, so it's nice. I'd say this movie isn't something I'm regretting purchasing, to me it's a nice little addition to my collection. =]
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Nice story of a couple destined for each other; in a strange yet romantic way. Worth buying. Different role than normal for Abe; with dark character aspects that are understood as the movie unfolds.
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Published on April 23, 2012 by Mama SWA
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay film, not very sympathetic characters ~
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the film okay. I just felt the missing piece here was that I didn't really care about the two main characters or their relationship. Read more
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Published on December 31, 2011 by mommy2007
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun DVD for a pre-schooler
My pre-school daughter watched this DVD from beginning to end. I do not think that the voices were shrill, as was stated in a previous review. Read more
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