|Expected release date is Tuesday, November 27|
RYOMA FOREVER – THE LIFE & TIMES OF SAKAMOTO RYOMA
(Ryoma ga Yuku)
1997 – Color - 260 min. 2 DVD – REMASTERED ACADEMY STANDARD (4:3)
Starring: KAMIKAWA Takaiya
SAWAGUCHI Yasuko, TSURUTA Mayu
NISHIDA Toshiyuki, MATSUMOTO Koshiro
Directed by: WAKITA Tokizo
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"Ryoma Forever" is a four and a half hour epic which chronicles the life of Sakamoto Ryoma, a pre-revolutionary who helped shape the face of modern Japan. In order to study swords-manship, Ryoma heads for Edo where he meets many people who influence his thinking. He becomes close friends with men like Katsu Kaishu and Saigo Takamori and later establishes a naval training school in Kobe. Ryoma's controversial political views make him a target for shogunate assassins, but his fervent belief in a classless society helps forge the Sat-Cho Alliance which ultimately brings about the Meiji Restoration.