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Beijing Watermelon (Standard Edition)

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Bengal, Masako Motai, Le Han, Le Jun
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Plot Sypnosis:

Shunzo (Bengal) and his wife Michi (Masako Motai) run a beloved greengrocer on the outskirts of Tokyo. When Lee, a struggling exchange student from China, visits the shop but is unable to afford the produce, an uneasy relationship sprouts. Begrudgingly, Shunzo agrees to lower his prices. Soon, Lee’s classmates begin frequenting the shop. As Shunzo’s generosity sneaks up on him and strains his family’s welfare, he confronts his role as surrogate father to his newfound Chinese friends.

Shot between May - July of 1989 and addressing the historically charged notion of a Sino-Japanese friendship, this lesser-seen masterpiece from director Nobuhiko Obayashi (House) chronicles the end of a decade marked by the Japanese economic bubble and the brutal close of possibility in China. A delicate elegy to the Chinese students of its time, Beijing Watermelon finds Obayashi at his most modern, channeling the style of Yasujiro Ozu, while his experimental flourishes provide the perfect disruption, inviting viewers to fill in the blanks of history.

directed by: Nobuhiko Obayashi
starring: Bengal, Masako Motai, Le Han, Le Jun
1989 / 135 min / 1.85:1 / Japanese, Mandarin DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • 2K restoration 
  • Interview with Chigumi Obayashi 
  • Theatrical Trailer & Teaser
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Booklet with new writing by Aaron Gerow
  • New art by Qiu Jiongjiong of A New Old Play (Kani 010)
  • Logo design by Leo Mak
  • English subtitles


Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1989
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 135
Specs: 2K restoration
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Formats: Japanese, Mandarin DTS-HD MA 2.0
Subtitles/Captions: English