Competition: Two great Japanese film DVDs to add to your collection


Japan Centre in conjunction with Third Windows Films are running a competition giving you the chance to win a set of 2 fantastic DVDs.

Up for grabs we have ‘The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker’, directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story) and available on DVD from January 14th, as well as ‘The Woodsman & the Rain’ directed by Shuichi Okita, the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival and available on DVD from January 28th.

Both are really excellent Japanese films with great casts and high international acclaim. We have three copies of both films to give away to three competition winners. Check the details below to learn a bit more about the movies and how to enter.

Third Window's 'The Woodsman and the Rain' and ' The Foreign Duck, The National Duck and God in A Coin Locker'

‘The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker’

Moving into his new apartment in Sendai, college student Shiina meets his new neighbour Kawasaki. Tall, confident Kawasaki and short, mild-mannered Shiina seem to be unlikely candidates for friendship, but they click over a mutual interest in Bob Dylan.  This bizarre, existential adventure story is funny, touching and sad at the same time.

‘The Woodsman & the Rain’

Screening at the 2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, The Woodsman and the Rain is a very sweet and funny film focusing on the unlikely friendship of Katsu (Koji Yakusho) and Koichi (Shun Oguri).

Katsu (internationally acclaimed actor Koji Yakusho from Shall We Dance and 13 Assassins) plays a 60 year-old lumberjack who lives in a small village in the mountains. When a film crew suddenly arrives to shoot a zombie movie, Katsu finds himself unwittingly roped into assisting the production and becomes increasingly frustrated with the pushy crew, especially the young, seemingly spineless director Koichi (Shun Oguri, star of Crows 0, Sukiyaki Western Django and Space Brothers).

How Can I Enter?

To enter this competition, simply leave a comment on this post or tweet us @JapanCentre with hastag #competition telling us which Japanese movie character or star you would love to meet! We will choose a random winner from everyone who leaves a comment and let you know whether you have been chosen by Thursday, January 24 2013.

Good luck everyone and watch out for our next Japan Centre competition!

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41 Comments on “Competition: Two great Japanese film DVDs to add to your collection”

  1. Pete A
    January 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Haruo Nakajima – love to know what he thought of it all and what he was doing!!

  2. michael mckeown
    January 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Toshiro Mifune

  3. January 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I’d love to meet Nana (played by Mika Nakashima). She’s just so cool!

  4. Smart
    January 17, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Has to beTakeshi Kitano. Hanabi is a must-see, Kikujiro also good.

  5. Lizzy Dickson
    January 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    For me it would have to be Nobuko Myamato as the eponymous Tampopo, I want to make the perfect ramen.

  6. January 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I’d like to meet either Kamenashi Kazuya, Matsumoto Jun, or Mizushima Hiro…or all three! lol

  7. January 18, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Has to be Totoro. He has such a great time in his movie and I’d just want to lay on his tummy looking at the stars listening to the bamboo trees in the wind

  8. January 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Riisa Naka (^_^) !!! She has an amazing persona and loved her performance in ‘Time Traveller’ !

  9. January 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    No doubt on my mind, it has to be a Ghibli character, and I would say Nausicaa, a true humble hero, aven though my husband is very much in love with her, maybe she can bring along her meheve and teach us to fly on it…oh, and the fox-squirrell too!

  10. fenneke
    January 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Utada Hikaru, her album was the soundtrack of my year in Japan

    • fenneke
      January 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      woops, should’ve read better, she’s not a movie star… in that case I’d like to meet the Kodama from Mononoke-hime to see what they’re like

  11. January 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Would love to meet Godzilla, what do you mean he’s not real?

  12. Estefanía
    January 19, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Abe Hiroshi, for sure!

  13. Mrs Hicks
    January 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    L from Death Note. I admire his dedication to お菓子.

  14. January 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Would love too meet Hikari Mitsushima, always plays such cute characters!

  15. January 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Hikari Mitsushima, her character was so cute in Kakera.

  16. Anita
    January 20, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Takeshi Kitano!!!

  17. January 20, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    I’d love to hang out with Momoko and Ichigo from Kamikaze Girls…crazy things would be sure to happen!

  18. January 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Uchida Shungicu. I really like her manga too.

  19. January 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Totoro would be e one for me, under the umbrella in the rain. My daughter and I love that scene. Totoro is so old yet he experiences things as if it is the first time.

  20. ACofDocklands
    January 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    DVD Competition:- Ryoko Yonekura is accomplished on screen and broadway, would be first choice for a chat, especially after watching the rather quirky Doctor X.

  21. Kay
    January 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I’d love to have a ride on the Cat Bus in My Neighbour Totoro! I love cats, and this seems like such a cool way to get around!

  22. Rena
    January 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    best to enjoy a cup of hot green tea while watching great movies

  23. Michelle Woodhead
    January 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Oguri Shun, love the man : )

  24. Rich
    January 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Shinya Tsukamoto for me as he got me into Asian cinema from watching Marebito

    I’d love to ask him his influences for the Tetsuo films

  25. January 21, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Takeshi Kitano indeed. I have always wanted to meet him.

  26. Laura Martin
    January 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I would love to meet Hachikō, the amazing dog from the movie of the same name!

  27. January 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    I’d like to dine with the star-crossed couple from ‘Tampopo’.

  28. John Carter
    January 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I’d love to meet Shion Sono. He’s probably my favourite director and I’d love discuss his methods of production.

  29. January 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Takashi Shimura.

  30. Kim Maupin
    January 22, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    I think it would be cool to meet Abe Hiroshi or Shintaro Morimoto, or any of the awesome voice actors for the animes that I love.

  31. Amy L
    January 22, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I wouldn’t mind meeting a talking cat like Jiji. Perhaps he could explain to my other half that cats are not, in fact, completely evil…

  32. Johanna
    January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I would love to meet Oguri Shun. He’s a very talented and vesatile actor. #competition

  33. Mike
    January 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Hiroshi Abe, I actually saw him in London last year!

  34. January 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Has to be Totoro. I want to ride in that cat bus!

  35. Steph
    January 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    kenichi matsuyama

  36. January 24, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I would love to meet Makoto Nagano(ninja warriors.SASUKE) or Ryuchi SAKAMOTO…YOHJI YAMAMOTO <3

  37. rad242
    January 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Yasujiro ozu if he was not dead and have couple of bottles of sake and watch these two movies and know what he would think of these movies

  38. Nik Galgali
    February 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Would love to meet Tadanobu Asano, especially as Hattori Genosuke. Enjoy the quiet intensity and subtle expressivity he brings to his tragic character in the film.

  39. March 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Competition: Two great Japanese film DVDs to add to your collection | Inside Japan Centre

  40. Maria
    July 31, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Kenichi Matsuyama. He was brilliant in Death Note and Norwegian woods!! Also he is such a babe.

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