Director Yamazaki Takashi takes audiences back to Third Street with the third installment of the blockbuster Always
series. Picking up five years where Always 2
left off, Always '64
depicts another turning point in the lives of Third Street, including the family of Suzuki Auto, aspiring fantasy writer/storeowner Chagawa, his wife Hiromi, and his adopted son Junnosuke. By setting the film during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Takashi and co-writer Kosawa Ryota once again take the chance to show off state-of-the-art special effects with an impressive recreation of 1964 Tokyo while telling a moving story about familial bond, following your dreams, and the importance of having good neighbors. As part of one of the most successful film franchises in recent Japanese cinema, Always '64
(the first installment in the series to be shot in 3D) was again a huge hit with nostalgic baby boomers and those in love with the endearing people of Third Street.
Five years have passed since the events of Always 2, and Tokyo - including the people of Third Street - are swept up by Olympics fever. Suzuki (Tsutsumi Shinichi) is seeing his Suzuki Auto business booming, his son Ippei is falling in love with American rock-and-roll music, and his loyal employee/adopted daughter Mutsuko (Horikita Maki) has fallen in love with a young doctor (Moriyama Mirai). Across the street, writer Chagawa (Yoshioka Hidetaka) is happily married to bar owner Hiromi (Koyuki), and his adopted son Junnosuke is also becoming a talented writer in his own right. However, the happy life is threatened when his writing is pulled from serialization. With modernization coming just around the corner, what does the future hold for the people of Third Street?
Deluxe Edition Blu-ray features both the 2D and 3D versions of the film. It includes an audio commentary, special effects featurette, stills gallery, stage events, deleted scenes, and promotional material. It also comes with a set of 3D photos, the 3D version of the film's poster, a vintage red and green 3D glasses, a pamphlet, and a papercraft.
Note: 3D television, 3D Blu-ray player, and 3D glasses required to watch the 3D version of the film.