a short version (your choice of either "bittersweet" or "uplifting" edits)
a long version (included on all DVD's)
extra features (photos, filmmaker info, deleted shots)
Which Version Did You See?
--If you saw Doki-Doki televised on PBS, it was the
--If you saw Doki-Doki at a festival, it was the
--The "long" version is available only on DVD. It has
approximately 15 minutes of additional scenes picking up where the short version
leaves off. There is also a scene in which Yumi telephones Yosuke's boss
while she is spying on Yosuke.
Difference Between the Two "Short" Versions:
SPOILERS) The only difference is the last 15 seconds of the film:
the "uplifting" version shows Makiko (the schoolgirl) blowing
bubbles from the bridge; the "bittersweet" version
shows only bubbles swirling around the bridge and train tracks but doesn't show
Why the Different Versions?
The original concept was the "short bittersweet" version, but the director wanted to experiment with a more traditional and romantic ending, so he wrote and filmed an additional 15 minutes which included the schoolgirl clearly living and interacting with Yumi one final time.
Currently, the director's favorite version is the ambiguous "short bittersweet" version, but PBS preferred to include the 15 seconds of Makiko blowing bubbles from the bridge from the "long" version, thus creating the "short uplifting " version.