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A Taxing Woman (1987)
"Marusa no onna" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Crime  |  June 1988 (USA)
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Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is... See full summary »

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Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Hideki Gondô
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Hanamura
Yasuo Daichi ...
Ijûin
Kinzô Sakura ...
Kaneko
Hajime Asô ...
Himeda
Kiriko Shimizu ...
Kazue Kenmochi
Kazuyo Matsui ...
Kumi Torikai
Hideo Murota ...
Jûkichi Ishii
Machiko Watanabe ...
Kangofu
Shôtarô Takeuchi ...
Rihei Hakamada
Mitsuhiko Kiyohisa ...
Gondô no Untenshu
Akira Shioji ...
Fudôsan'ya
Kôichi Ueda ...
Ninagawa no Fukushin
Yûsuke Nagumo ...
Ninagawa no Kobun
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Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is an art and Gondo is, in effect, Rembrandt. Her job is complicated by a growing sympathy for the rogue and by political pressure to lay off. Written by Reid Gagle

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Hideki Gondo: To save money, you don't spend it. It's as simple as that. You give maybe $100 at a funeral, $200 at a wedding. That's not good. A million is nothing if you spend it. But even $100 is yours if you save it. Say you're trying to fill a glass with dripping water. When it's half-full, you're thirsty, so you drink. But that's stupid. Wait until it's full. But still don't drink. Wait 'til it brims over and lick it. That way you save the water and drink.
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The Buzz of Japan
7 October 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Besides the great performances by the two leads, portraying antagonists with similar world-views while on different sides of the law, I especially liked the permeating atmosphere of Japan that came through with the cinematography, the soundtrack, and the scene set-ups. The final scene culminated the film's strong reminder of the almost unpleasant yet intense fascination I often felt in the urban environments of Japan in the late 80's and early 90's. "That," I thought of the movie when it was over, "after setting aside all the comic exaggeration, is the real Japan." Like the movie "Shall We Dance?", it clearly showed a true aspect of Japan.


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