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post Mar 28 2012, 02:09 AM
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Just wanted to pass on that I just (yesterday) received my blu-ray copy of Hayabusa and watched it. At first blush I would have to say I was impressed with the film, and that it is a good movie. It was engaging for even my less UMSF enthusiastic wifey-poo, and I would say for the time allotted was a good encapsulation of Hayabusa's journey and trials. It was not dry or boring and was (with my American bias / low expectations for films with a technical heart) well acted.

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post Mar 28 2012, 07:39 AM
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I think you are talking about one of the three films made on Hayabusa's journey. A few weeks ago I also went to see one of them. Whether it was true or not, two things impressed me a lot.

1. Prof Kawaguchi was apparently always scornful of those people around him in the operating team who went to shrines and temples for a safe journey for Hayabusa. He himself, in the end, though, went to a shirne when Hayabusa went missing...

2. When he came out of this shrine he accidentally came across (in the film I watched) a guy who happned to have lathed a part for hayabusa. To him he confided that his dentist had told him that his molar teeth had been so much depleted upon grinding on them during times of difficulties.

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post Mar 28 2012, 05:02 PM
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Hi Pandaneko,

The movie I watched was titled はやぶさ / Hayabusa. I look forward to the others eventual release to Blu-Ray.


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post Mar 29 2012, 08:43 AM
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QUOTE (Pertinax @ Mar 29 2012, 02:02 AM) *
Hi Pandaneko,

The movie I watched was titled はやぶさ / Hayabusa. I look forward to the others eventual release to Blu-Ray.


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Thank you! I have got to tell my brother (a Japanese exporter of local fish to the Japanese market) in Seattle that Hayabusa story is now available at long last on BR. He is also very much interested in Hayabusa's journey.

Yes, the film I watched is the second in the series of three in timeline. Yours is the first.

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post Apr 3 2012, 09:23 PM
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Pertinax, if you are watching it on BluRay, and it is called simply 'はやぶさ ', then it is most likely the version released last year, that just recently came out on BR. Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi.

If Pandaneko saw it recently in a theater, that is probably the latest one, "はやぶさ 遥かなる帰還" starring Ken Watanabe as Kawaguchi and directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto. As far as I know, that one is not yet available on disk. That is the one I am waiting for.

JAXA cooperated with both productions I think.
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post Apr 4 2012, 08:37 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Sky @ Apr 4 2012, 06:23 AM) *
Pertinax, if you are watching it on BluRay, and it is called simply 'はやぶさ ', then it is most likely the version released last year, that just recently came out on BR. Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi.

If Pandaneko saw it recently in a theater, that is probably the latest one, "はやぶさ 遥かなる帰還" starring Ken Watanabe as Kawaguchi and directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto. As far as I know, that one is not yet available on disk. That is the one I am waiting for.

JAXA cooperated with both productions I think.


That is right. The one I saw was with Ken Watanabe as Prof Kawaguchi. Very interstingly, I now hardly remember its technical scenes and details. The advance ad in my area was that V something F? filming technology was used to enhance its visual presentations. However, I hardly remember what they were like. My guess is that I had seen all those things on the Net and they in the end did not leave much impression on me, I think... For the first time viewers the whole thing may appear different.

I was most impressed by the human side of the story.

By the way, JAXA is apparently now inviting private donations (minimum unit is 1,000 JPY, about 10 US dollars) for a lot of their projects, according to the Yomiuri newspaper here (reported today, 4 April 2012). I might upload my translation soon, because that is exactly what I have been thinking about. I think it is good because it will make me feel I am closely involved!

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post May 20 2012, 06:21 PM
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QUOTE (pandaneko @ Apr 4 2012, 02:37 AM) *
That is right. The one I saw was with Ken Watanabe as Prof Kawaguchi. Very interstingly, I now hardly remember its technical scenes and details. The advance ad in my area was that V something F? filming technology was used to enhance its visual presentations. However, I hardly remember what they were like. My guess is that I had seen all those things on the Net and they in the end did not leave much impression on me, I think... For the first time viewers the whole thing may appear different.

For those that fly United Airlines Business/First, this movie is now available to watch on longer international flights. I watched it on a flight from Newark to Barcelona, and enjoyed it immensely. Hayabusa and Wall-e are the only robots that have made me misty-eyed in movies...so far.


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post May 20 2012, 10:35 PM
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W00t! A date has been set for the DVD/BluRay release of the Watanabe version of the Hayabusa movie, "Hayabusa, Return from Afar" (はやぶさ 遥かなる帰還). August 10, 2012.

Here is a link to the BR entry at Amazon Japan. But, huh? Only Japanese subtitles? That can't be right.

Running time 138 minutes.
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post Jun 28 2012, 11:48 PM
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A short article about the movie and comments by Ken Watanabe. This was published before the movie came out..

Hayabusa 2 space mission will leave lasting legacy to human race

Ken Watanabe: If Hayabusa probe can do the impossible, so can Japan
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post Jun 29 2012, 03:30 PM
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QUOTE (Blue Sky @ May 20 2012, 06:35 PM) *
But, huh? Only Japanese subtitles?


I see an exciting special edition blu-ray version that looks to include "an illustration collection & stand, thermal control polyimide film used in Hayabusa, and a "Hayabusa 2" paper craft"
(http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BSTD-3535), but only with Japanese subtitles sad.gif

There does look to be an English subtitle version (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FXXA-54530) which included a bonus features DVD (Reg2) and "sugoroku, description booklet, and paper craft".

Anyone know anything further about the "thermal control polyimide film used in Hayabusa" in the first link (product ID BSTD-3535)?


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post Jun 29 2012, 11:26 PM
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The disc you refer to with English subtitles is the earlier version from last year, not the Toei version with Watanabe. I am composing an email to Toei to ask if the Amazon listing is correct regarding subtitles.
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post Jun 30 2012, 01:03 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Sky @ Jun 29 2012, 07:26 PM) *
The disc you refer to with English subtitles is the earlier version from last year, not the Toei version with Watanabe.


You are correct. That is an embarrassingly silly mistake on my part! ph34r.gif

I look forward to hearing what you learn, though all the listings for product for BSTD-3535 and BSTD-3534 (and their DVD counterparts) seem to point to only Japanese subtitles. I hope they have an English subtitle version in the works.

My thanks and apologies,


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post Jul 17 2012, 12:30 PM
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My friend in Japan informs me that most Japanese DVDs do *not* have English subtitles, so we may be out of luck on this one (the one with Ken Watanabe). No response yet to my email to Toei headquarters.
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post Jul 19 2012, 12:37 PM
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Thank you for that info. That has been my impression after the last couple of weeks searching (that discs were assumed to be Japanese ST only unless otherwise stated). I can understand that for the vast majority of 'home market' movies. However, while rightly a source of tremendous national pride within Japan, Hayabusa's story was also a source of great honor for Japan across the world. As such, it seems to me to be an amazing oversight on Toei's behalf not to take the trivial (compared with the remainder of the expense in the production of the film and discs) expense of translating this celebratory film and providing subtitles in the worlds lingua franca. I would think that purely from a marketing perspective providing English subtitles, even though counter to the norm, would be a given. Oh well.

I am thankful for the film released earlier this year (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FXXA-54530) with English subtitles.


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PPS - Would a Babel Fish work with a TV?
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post Oct 14 2012, 01:01 PM
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For anyone who still wants to get one of the Hayabusa movies, here is a better source than Amazon Japan.

YesAsia Hayabusa BluRay

This is the version from last year, that does have English subtitles. And since BluRay divides up the world differently from how DVDs do, it will play on North American bluray players.

And free shipping!

$76.99, still not cheap, but that beats $100. This is the special edition that comes with other goodies, including a making-of feature. (I can't say whether the making-of part has subtitles)
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