You Only Live Twice: The LS Cut

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You only live twice... once when you're born... and once when you look death in the face
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Original Release Date:
1967
Original Running Time:
117
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Fanedit Running Time:
108
Time Cut:
9
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Brief Synopsis:
You Only Live Twice - the film where Bond becomes Japanese. Hmmm, I've always struggled with that one. There's loads to enjoy in what was supposed to be Connery's swan song as 007, but it's also a film which has not aged particularly well, primarily because of the awkward plot line which sees Bond literally undergo a cosmetic procedure to look Japanese. It never really worked back in the 60's, but now it just comes across as uncomfortable and insulting in some ways.
On the plus side however, this is a gorgeous looking film, with incredible production design and a proper travelogue feel to it.
Intention:
To remove the plotline of Bond becoming Japanese. Now, he just trains as a ninja and takes a Japanese wife so that he can be more convincing in his undercover attempts to continue his mission to uncover the Spectre base. Have also trimmed back and altered various other scenes, some for pacing reasons, others because some of the jokes haven't aged that well. The emphasis here is on moving the plot forward, whilst maintaining the travelogue nature of the film.
Special Thanks:
Sophie Welch
BionicBob
TM2YC
DwightFry
Toodles
and everyone who has shown an interest in the edit on the forum
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Audio Commentary
Cuts and Additions:
- As Bond chase Aki on foot and falls through the trap door to meet Tanaka, have removed the couple of poor rear projection shots
- Trimmed scene of Tanaka and Bond bathing and being looked after by many Japanese ladies – kept the dialogue relevant to the plot, but dialogue about Japanese men coming before women and Japanese women being fascinated by Bond’s hairy body have gone
- When Aki takes over massaging Bond, ended the scene when she says “no-one will disturb you tonight”, thereby removing the line “I think very much I will enjoy serving under you”
- Altered scene where Bond poses as a buyer and meets Osato, a Spectre agent. In the original version, Osato’s secretary Helga Brandt gives Bond a glass of champagne whilst Osato comments on Bond needing to quit smoking, as they’re very bad for his chest. This is purely to set up a gag where Brandt serves Bond his drink, and she says “Mr Osato believes in a very health chest”, to which Bond looks at her chest and says “really?”. In the fanedit version, Brandt no longer serves Bond a drink and we can just get on with the plot without a pretty terrible joke.
- After Tanaka’s men literally pick up Osato’s henchmen who are pursuing Bond and Aki in a car chase, with a giant helicopter magnet, have trimmed sequence so we don’t see the car dropped into the ocean – reason for this is that somehow we are meant to believe that this is being filmed so Bond can see it live on a small TV monitor in his car.
- Removed some poor rear projection shots as Brandt attempts to kill Bond by jumping out of the free diving plane and leaving him seemingly trapped inside.
- Entire sequence where Bond is supposed to undergo a transformation to make him look Japanese and then get married has been very substantially trimmed. The transformation is now not mentioned or seen, and the wedding is not seen as it purely a charade so Bond can remain undercover. Now, we just see Bond train as a Ninja and take a wife (Kissy) to enable him to go the island .. time to move the story forward! Plus, Aki lives in this cut.
- Removed shot of Kissy being shot at by the helicopter. By this point we know she’s gone back to get Tanaka and his men to attack Blofeld’s Volcanic base, and it just feels a little superfluous
- Removed a couple of the volcanic eruption shots due to poor compositing. This leaves just the one shot of the volcano erupting after Bond, Kissy, Tanaka and his men have escaped
- Removed the awkward jump cuts timed with the music, as we see Bond and Kissy in the dingy.
- Replaced the reprise of Nancy Sinatra singing the theme, with an instrumental version.
- Extended credits to include fanedit credits and some stills/posters from the movie
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9.9
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Removing the transformation scene and wedding greatly improves the pace of You Only Live Twice. In addition to the Transformation being offensive both it and the wedding were just plain stupid. A spy wanting to keep a low profile should not have a big wedding where Bond and the bride are the centre of attention and Connery barely looks any different after his makeup is applied.

Other changes I really appreciated: The sunset shot of Kissy on the boat looks great now, was very distracting before. Removing the back projection shot of Brandt parachuting ( although her plan to kill Bond is still needlessly convoluted.)

The one change I did not like was the cutting of the assasination of Aki. I like the scene and although I would have liked for Aki to remain the Bond girl for the whole film, having her killed increases the sense of jeopardy and for me would have been preferable to her just dropping out of the story.

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While the plot is still ludicrous upon any examination, no longer does it continually grind to a standstill with awkwardness galore to bring the viewer out of the moment. What a relief too to be free of Bond’s valmorification! Since no notice is brought to his change in appearance it is far less distracting, one can assume now that (for what it is worth) he is in temporary makeup to (somehow) draw less attention while in transit rather than undergoing some amazingly advanced procedure to fully assimilate.

Agree with Dwight Fry, the character mentioned definitely deserved better (as did so many others throughout the franchise), one thing dealt with so offhandedly in the original.

The definitive version without question, excellent quality both audially and visually so no need to ever again break out the blu-ray other than for comparison purposes. Next up on my Bond watchlist is LS’s take on Moonraker, maybe a game could be made to count the many similarities between the films of Lewis Gilbert’s trilogy!

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I've always enjoyed You Only Live Twice, but I'll be the first to acknowledge it's less than the sum of its parts. Every scene works individually (with one major exception that I don't even need to point out) but it never really comes together as a whole. A mess, but a fun mess. As such, I wouldn't have known how to fanedit it, really. But along comes LS and does about everything can be done to improve it. It's still flawed, and it's still all over the place, but it does fix, at least to a point, two major problems I had with the movie, both of which I had written out as unremovable. You know what one of them is, and while it's still there in a way, downplaying it and deviating the attention from it does make things considerably stronger. The other has to do with the fate of one of the characters, which I won't spoil, but it was someone who definitely deserved better. And I didn't even think that could be achievable, but it definitely was, and was a very nice surprise.

As always with LS releases, this is a very high quality edit in all aspects (still no 5.1, but I personally don't mind too much as I don't have a fancy home theater setup either). The commentary is always a great bonus, and well worth a listen. A bit disappointed by the lack of subtitles after his previous edit (Jaws 2: The Amity Horror) included them, but well... that is the only less than great thing I can say about this edit. Definitely becoming my new default version of YOLT.

Now, it seems LS can fix anything Bond. I mean, Die Another Day used to be my least favorite Bond movie by far... until Icarus completely fixed it. So, maybe there's more hope for Diamonds Are Forever out there, teased in the commentary as a possible future project, than it seems. It's another one I consider bloody awful, mainly due to Connery's phoned-in and annoyed performance (and I'm an overall Connery fan) around which I don't think there's much of a way... but if anyone can do it, it's Last Survivor!
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