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Blu ray Les Mouchoirs jaunes du bonheur 00

a benevolent road-movie (on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD)

Artistic note: Red StarRed StarRed Starhalf red stargray star(3.5/5)


Following a breakup, the exuberant Kinya decides to flee the capital to go by car to Hokkaido, in the north of Japan. At Abashiri station, he meets the shy Akemi who has also just experienced a sentimental disappointment. Despite their opposite characters, the two young people decide to visit the region together. They cross paths with the mysterious Yusaku, but are unaware that he has just been released from prison. Not knowing where to go, the former prisoner agrees to join the duo. A complicity will soon be formed between the three passengers…

• Original title: Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (幸福の黄色いハンカチ)
• Media tested: Blu-ray
• Genre: dramatic comedy
• Year: 1977
• Directed by: Yōji Yamada
• Cast: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baisho, Kaori Momoi, Tetsuya Takeda, Hisao Dazai, Makoto Akatsuka, Mari Okamoto, Sakae Umezu
• Duration: 1 h 48 min 42
• Video format: 16:9
• Cinema format: 2.35/1
• Subtitling: French
• Soundtrack: DTS-HD MA 1.0 monophonic Japanese
• HD Bonuses: Humanityunpublished interview with Claude Leblanc journalist-editorialist at Opinionfounder of Zoom Japan and author of the book “Le Japon vu par Yamada Yôji”, Ed. Ilyfunet (2022, 27 mn 22) – trailer for the restoration (0 mn 48)
• Publisher: Carlotta Films

Art commentary

The yellow handkerchiefs of happinessa cult film in Japan, was directed by Yōji Yamada, a popular Shochiku filmmaker and screenwriter, renowned for his creation of Tora-san in the film series It’s hard to be a man (1969-1995) of which he directs 45 titles out of 48. He also produced a trilogy on the Samurai (2002-2006) and his prolific body of work has won him a plethora of international awards. Adapted from a novel by American author Pete Hamill, The yellow handkerchiefs of happiness is a warm dramatic comedy whose success will motivate a remake in 2008 The Yellow Handkerchief by Udayan Prasad. With his usual generosity and humanism, widely exploited in the adventures of Tora-san, Yōji Yamada tenderly portrays those of this improbable trio traveling the roads of Hokkaido in a brand new red Mazda. Filmed in natural settings, The yellow handkerchiefs of happiness has everything from a nice road movie cleverly combining the rare adventures of an unexpected journey, the encounters of tasty characters and the association of three protagonists as contrasting as they are picturesque. The most heterogeneous trio brings together the whimsical Kin’ya (Tetsuya Takeda), a wacky young man who has trouble controlling his impulses, Akemi (Kaori Momoi), a pretty, more or less naive young girl, and Yusaku Shima (Ken Takakura ), fresh out of prison and eager to reconnect with his ex, Mitsue (Chieko Baishō). It is the disparity of their characters that will cause all the interest of this road movie alternating empathetic scenes and confrontations, punctuated by edifying flashbacks. Among the unforgettable secondary characters, we will notice a particularly warm policeman played by the emblematic interpreter of Tora-san, Kiyoshi Atsumi… Despite his lack of realism and his melodramatic tone, The yellow handkerchiefs of happiness exudes a permanent humanism and a love for the characters, including the murderer, who ultimately become very endearing to the viewer! We can easily imagine that this walk on the roads of northern Hokkaido will lead to redemption and the triumph of love which, without a doubt, fascinated the Japanese. The film was a triumph, won several awards in its country and its filming locations have become essentials. It’s with The yellow handkerchiefs of happiness that actor Ken Takakua demonstrated the extent of his talent by playing this released prisoner who rediscovers people and the world. The directing without affectation and the ultra natural acting of all the performers give the film an irresistible spontaneity that still functions with acuity today. Pleasant.

Blu-ray The Yellow Handkerchiefs of Happiness

Technical Comment

Image : HD copy, new restored Master, good definition, sharpness on details, regular film texture (35 mm shooting with Panavision camera), natural contrast, bright image, deep blacks, shimmering warm color grading, natural colorimetry with bright hues and saturated tones , own image

His : Japanese 2.0 monophonic mixing, clear and balanced dialogues, no distortion, excellent dynamics on the atmospheres (traffic) and the colorful music of Masaru Satō

Our opinion

Image : Red StarRed StarRed StarRed Stargray star(4/5)
Sound mixing: blue Starblue Starblue Starhalf blue stargray star(3.5/5)
Bonuses: Red StarRed Stargray stargray stargray star(2/5)
Packaging: blue Starblue Starblue Stargray stargray star(3/5)

IMDb : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076935/

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