What happened to... (Plus A New Question)

Michael McCaskey mccaskem at georgetown.edu
Fri Aug 10 11:30:33 EDT 2007

Dear Stefan,

You can buy a DVD of 03+ from Amazon.jp, right now, if you’d like.

坂本真綾 ショートムービー "03+"


There’s also the book Mizu no onna, a novel I think, also by Sugimori, on which he based the film.
水の女 (文庫) 
杉森 秀則 (著) 
•	文庫: 217ページ 
•	出版社: メディアファクトリー (2002/09) 
•	ISBN-10: 4840106290 
•	ISBN-13: 978-4840106290 
It’s listed on Amazon.jp at:


In reality, though, they don’t have any new copies at Amazon.jp, but you can get a good “collector’s copy” from the Amazon Japan Marketplace bookstore URL below (I don’t know whether they will ship overseas or not, though).


I hope this has been of some help. I looked around, and it seems as if there’s a lot of information about Mizu no onna — but I did not see very much more recent information.

A Question in Return—

Recently, while watching the live action version of Gokusen I, with Nakama Yukie, I recalled a 1990s TV series in Germany about a teacher with a class of teen-age “problem students” who were always getting in trouble outside the school, often with the police. In almost every show, she would leave the classroom, track a problem student down, solve the problem, and get them back to school. Sort of like a teacher cum social worker. As I recall, the lead actress seemed very street-wise, like the lead in Gokusen.

I saw the series on TV in Stuttgart ca. 1993, I think. Does anyone recall the name of this German series, or of the actress who played the teacher, so I can try to track it down? (I’d like to compare it briefly with the live action dorama version of Gokusen--if I can somehow track down a reference, some photos, or even a DVD (???) of part of that German series. I had forgotten all about it until I saw Gokusen, but I recall that when I first saw the German series, it seemed quite “Japanese” to me, in terms of the way the teacher went out and helped students in their lives outside school.

Many thanks in advance if anyone can provide information on this.

Michael McCaskey
Georgetown Univ.

----- Original Message -----
From: Stefan Nutz <nuzumaki at gmx.net>
Date: Friday, August 10, 2007 8:41 am
Subject: What happened to...

> After going through my DVD-collection today, i stumbled over MIZU 
> NO ONNA (Woman of Water) by Sugimori Hidenori and i could remember 
> how i enjoyed this film. Then i did a little web-research but 
> wasn't able to track down any information on Sugimori. At least i 
> found out he did a short called "03+", which was screend at the 
> Cineasia-Festival in Cologne. If i am right, which isn't - 
> unfortunately - not always the case, Sugimori was a TV-commercial 
> director. I thought Woman of Water, at least from a visual point 
> of view, was really good. 
> If anybody knows more about Sugimori... please delight me! 
> best regards, 
> Stefan

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