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Toho re-issues 2007

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    Master Thief

    I am not sure if this has been reported previously but Toho re-issued 21 films in Nov/Dec last year. I discovered this when I bought a copy of The Most Beautiful from Yes Asia.

    Here are links to the Toho site for each film: http://kurosawa.jokerman.net/toho.html

    The Most Beautiful is a huge improvement on the very poor Mei Ah (which I think was transferred to DVD from a Laserdisc). Although it has some dirt and scratches it has good contrast throughout most of it. Only problem it has no English sub-titles.

    The Most Beautiful included a brochure for the rest of the collection and I have scanned it and uploaded it here along with the cover & disc for The Most Beautiful. Note there is some sort of ad for the Sanjuro remake on the front.

    Cost of most disc equates to about US$40. Not sure if they ship internationally from this site. Tiger’s Tail might be worth getting next.

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    Master Thief

    I have posted some screen shots here:

    http://kurosawa.jokerman.net/tmb.html

    If you have the Mei Ah version, you will know how brilliant these look in comparison.

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    Vili Maunula

    These, indeed, look really good. How much did it end up costing you after the postage?

    Since I would imagine The Most Beautiful to be among the very last Kurosawa films to be made available in English with a decent transfer, it might be worth our while to work through the Mei Ah subtitles and see if we, even as non-native speakers, could perhaps polish the subtitles somewhat.

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    Master Thief

    It was about US$40 (free postage). I have now also ordered Tigers Tail & Dodeskaden. I also thought that it would be worthwhile trying to adapt the Mei Ah sub-titles for this and Tigers Tail if the Toho is a big improvement in quality.

    Only problem is that my Mei Ah copy is faulty (I got a replacement but it had the same problem). So I have never been able to rip the sub-titles off it.

    I’ll send you my backup copy of the Toho to see if you can add the polished Mei Ah sub-titles.

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    Master Thief

    I forgot to mention, i have already started to fix the Tigers Tail Mei Ah sub-titles. I fixed things like changing “driver” to “porter” and “wine” to “sake” .

    Some of the the other Manglish is not so easy to work out. I have some new local friends who speak some Japanese, so I’ll try and enlist their help.

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    Lewis Saul

    Do you have this?

    I’m not fluent, but I think it’s a very good translation.

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    Lewis Saul

    I think I have every word of the subtitles here, too, btw…

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    Master Thief

    Thanks Lewis. I’ll see if I can match it up with the Mei Ah sub-titles. I have therm here (unedited):

    http://kurosawa.jokerman.net/04_Tigers_Tail-English.srt

    I don’t have the VHS version, but am hoping the Toho DVD will be a big improvement when it arrives in a week or 2.

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    Master Thief

    Lewis, I just had a quick check of the last lines. You have:

    “A turtle lives on top of a rock…”

    Mei Ah has:

    “A fly is on the rock”

    I am off on a business trip for a few days, so I will have a closer look when I get back.

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