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Japanese America 99 Nen no Ai (Japanese Tv Drama Dvd, NTSC All Region) 3 Dvd Boxset (Japanese Audio with English Sub)

3.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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The story follows a family of Japanese immigrants who crossed over to America 99 years ago. Kusanagi plays both the young Hiramatsu Chokichi (later taken over by Nakai) and his son, Ichiro. When the war breaks out the Japanese immigrants face racism and segregation. Ichiro pledges his alliance to America and gets sent to Europe, second son Jiro stays back with Ichiro's beloved Shinobu (who he has a crush on) and tries to protect his parents' farm. Their two sisters Shizu and Sachie are sent back to Japan and have to experience the horrors of war, one in Hiroshima and the other in Okinawa.

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  • Actors: kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Nakama Yukie, Nakai Kiichi, Izumi Pinko, Matsuyama Kenichi
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007YV2ZN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This was a very good story of the lives of a first, second and third generation Japanese family as they immigrate to and try to assimilate in America as told from a Japanese perspective. It tells of the hardships they faced during both the early immigration period and later during World War 2 when they were harshly discriminated against and interned in camps within the US after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The story of these war years is seen through the perspective of both the USA and Japan with some of the family living in the US at that time and some of them residing in Japan during that period. One of the second generation sons joins the army and goes off to fight in Europe during the war while two other second generation daughters, who had returned to Japan, are caught in the horrors of Hiroshima. The story continues after the war with how the family struggles to hold themselves together despite losses and having to start completely over after they leave the internment camp. Although this movie was made for Japanese TV and has somewhat of a "Hallmark movie" feel to it there is still a lot of relevance to it and it sheds a lot of insight into the difficulties and discrimination they faced. I think there are 5 episodes in the 3 disc set so it is a long movie. It covers a time span in the family's life of almost 100 years. I would recommend it as an interesting movie with a different viewpoint than we usually see this historical time period shown in here in the USA both for Japanese Americans and everyone else. You definitely come away with a new respect for all that the Japanese have faced in immigrating to America, for their contributions to this country and the fortitude, love, dignity and support shown each other within their family. Being a first generation immigrant myself, although not from Japan, I found their story very poignant and perhaps a little more compelling. Very nice cinematography too.
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I am in love with this story. Too many Americans do not know of the struggles that the Japanese Immigrants of the early 20th century. How hard they worked for decades, raising families, only to lose everything because of WWII. We grew up watching movies like Tora Tora Tora and hating what happened that fateful morning of Dec 7, 1941. We saw the retaliation of our troops and cheered the victory. Unfortunately, most Americans don't know of the inhumane treatment that we gave to the Japanese Immigrants as well as their American born Japanese children when we singled them out and put them in the prisons we called Internment Camps. They held their dignity high and suffered the humility for those years. And almost NO Americans know of the Japanese Military Unit that fought so bravely and gave up so many lives to save other Americans (the Texas unit trapped by the Nazis). This story should be told on American TV. My only complaint with this DVD is that the 'Subtitles/translations' are off. I saw the original Japanese TV version with it's subtitles and thankfully remember and can 'mentally' correct the errors that I find. I have viewed this many times and have shown it to my daughter who is also enjoying it. Thank you.
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My review is negative because of the poor english translation. I was "Lost in Translation" That film should have never been available with those subtitles. It made a good film frustrating to watch especially over a 3 DVD boxset, about 15 hrs. It was bad enough that the nisei spoke to each other in Japanese but to have the translation come out in garbled english how are you supposed to understand? Is this a pirated copy? Could I return this boxset for a more accurate english translation? I liked the film and would like others to see it but the translation subtitles are a joke at times.
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Aside from some deux ex machina plot twists, it was a very compelling series, and best watched all at one sitting. Score was fabulous, actors were good and the only draw back was that the plot line calls for main characters in the beginning to be in their early to mid 80's and while I concede that some Asians age very well, the actors looked more in their 60's and 70's than 80's. Otherwise, very good series, and highly recommended. (I am buying copies and giving them away.)
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I have yet to watch the discs. But, I am very familiar with the show. My wife and I watched and DVRed it on the NHK cable channel. I then watched it again, several more times. That version was approximately 10 hours, two one hour segments on each of 5 nights. I ordered this copy Amazon so I could erase the 10 hours from my DVR.

I purchased the discs so I could loan them to friends. My wife is Japanese and was very surprised to see the characters on the box were not Japanese, they are Chinese!. I suspect this set was made for the Chinese market. .I just do not have time to watch it again.

I will, however, comment that the version NHK broadcast showed Japanese subtitles when English was being spoken and English when Japanese was spoken. It is a wonderful story, .in the style of a Michener novel. All Americans should watch it to see how unfairly America treated Japanese Americans, putting into concentration camps US citizens, many never having been in Japan and did not speak Japanese.. Since this is a Japanese production it is a chance to overcome the old saying, "After a war, the winners get to write the history books".
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