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June 1988 (USA) See more »
He has a Yen for her, but he won't tell her where it's hidden... [USA Theatrical]
If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
23 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Nobuko Miyamoto ... Ryôko Itakura

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
Jambo Sugita ... Ninagawa no Kobun
Minoru Shiga ... Ninagawa no Kobun
Hideaki Mikoshiba ... Ninagawa no Kobun
Usaburô Ôshima ... Ninagawa no Kobun
Atsushi Yamamoto ... Ninagawa no Kobun
Yukitomo Tochino ... Ninagawa no Kobun
Toshio Tomogane ... Keiji
Yûsuke Koike ... Keiji
Bengaru ... Manshon no Waka Fûfu
Akiko Hatakeyama ... Manshon no Waka Fûfu
Manami Yokota ... Kodomo
Yuzuko Kinoshita ... Rôba
Mahito Tsujimura ... Kikuchi
Eiichi Kikuchi ... Kikuchi no Yôjinbô
Mitsujirô Nakamura ... Kikuchi no Yôjinbô
Susumu Honma ... Daigishi no Hisho
Makoto Kakeda ... Pachinkoya no Ten'in
Takayuki Shioya ... Pachinkoya no Ten'in
Shigeo Ikeda ... Yôkufuya
Gilyak Amagasaki ... Takara Kuji no Otoko (as Giriyâku Amagasaki)
Kan Yanagiya ... Shokuryôhinten Tenshu
Tokuko Sugiyama ... Sono Tsuma
Eitarô Ozawa ... Zeirishi
Bsaku Satô ... Rinen Sâbisu Shachô (as B-saku Satô)
Isao Hashizume ... Ôtani Ginkô Eigyô Kachô

Shirô Itô ... Pachinkoya Shachô
Hideji Ôtaki ... Tsuyuguchi
Mach Fumiake ... Akiyama (as Mahha Fumiake)
Yoshihiro Katô ... Yamada
Zenpei Saga ... Zeimushochô

Tadashi Okuno ... Sômukachô
Masatoshi Kimura ... Zeimushoin
Hiroyuki Yamada ... Zeimushoin
Kazuo Arai ... Zeimushoin
Yusuke Tozawa ... Zeimushoin (as Yûsuke Tozawa)
Yoshiaki Sugitani ... Zeimushoin
Satoru Yoshida ... Zeimushoin
Satohiro Sakai ... Zeimushoin
Ben Ichikawa ... Zeimushoin
Shinji Nomura ... Zeimushoin
Yô Aoto ... Zeimushoin
Yasuo Shimosaka ... Zeimushoin
Kaidô Yamazaki ... Zeimushoin
Mari Sakai ... Zeimushoin
Junko Ishida ... Zeimushoin
Tokiyo Chiba ... Zeimushoin
Hikaru Uchida ... Zeimushoin
Nobuyuki Suzuki ... Zeimushoin
Eimei Esumi ... Kidôbu Tôkatsukan
Katsuhiko Kobayashi ... Kidôbu Tôkatsukan
Yuzo Mikawa ... Kidôbu Tôkatsukan (as Yûzo Mikawa)
Ryo Akashi ... Kidôbu Tôkatsukan (as Ryô Akashi)
Hanbei Kawai ... Sasatsukan
Maki Yonekura ... Sasatsukan
Takashi Yagi ... Sasatsukan
Takashi Kanematsu ... Sasatsukan
Tetsuya Itô ... Sasatsukan
Sadami Sakaguchi ... Sasatsukan
Bin Sasaki ... Sasatsukan
Ryuta Kashiwagi ... Sasatsukan (as Ryûta Kashiwagi)
Sôsuke Kaji ... Sasatsukan
Takushi Iwao ... Sasatsukan
Kazumasa Takemoto ... Sasatsukan
Kaizô Hori ... Sasatsukan
Masaru Sakurai ... Sasatsukan
Takashi Saitô ... Sasatsukan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomomi Akimoto ... Mô Hitokumi no Danjo
Shinsuke Ashida ... Kihachirô Ninagawa
Moeko Ezawa ... Tokushu Kankeinin
Sô Funeda ... Subaru Ginkô no Jitensha no Otoko
Keiju Kobayashi ... Sasatsubu Kanrikachô
Kazuya Kosaka ... Chûnen Otoko
Hideya Maru ... Rabu Hoteru no Shain
Shôhei Matsumoto ... Ôtani Ginkô no Jitensha no Otoko
Harumi Munechika ... Mô Hitokumi no Danjo
Tsugiho Narita ... Jichô
Naomi Oka ... Biyôin no Onna Shujin
Mariko Okada ... Mitsuko Sugino
Noriyuki Okisasaki ... Himei wo Ageru Danjo
Setsuko Shinoi ... Gondôtei no Jochû
Mami Takagi ... Himei wo Ageru Danjo
Chôei Takahashi ... Torihikikachô
Chigusa Takayama ... Yane no Ue no Onna
Maki Takeda ... Memo wo Taberu Onna
Akio Tanaka ... Subaru Ginkô Shitenchô
Shingo Uchida ... Rabu Hoteru no Shain
Daisuke Yamashita ... Tarô Gondô
Yorie Yamashita ... Hana no Yôna Shôjo
Michino Yokoyama ... Rabu Hoteru no Keiri no Onna (as Michiyo Yokoyama)

Directed by
Jûzô Itami 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jûzô Itami 

Produced by
Seigo Hosogoe .... producer
Yasushi Tamaoki .... producer
Original Music by
Toshiyuki Honda 
Cinematography by
Yonezô Maeda 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
Art Direction by
Shuji Nakamura 
Makeup Department
Mayumi Shoji .... assistant makeup artist
Sound Department
Osamu Onodera .... sound recordist
Masatoshi Saitô .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Akio Katsura .... lighting technician

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Marusa no onna" - Japan (original title)
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127 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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.See more »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
They're all guilty, 3 September 2011
Author: ebiros2 from United States

The movie delves into popular Japanese myths about how people hide their money, and how the government investigates people.

This movie made Jyuzo Itami, and his wife Nobuko Miyamoto very famous in Japan. The title "Marusa" became common word in Japanese culture after the release of this film. Very rare that a husband and wife team succeeds so much in the film business for so many years.

The story is about government tax investigators investigating a love hotel magnate's flow of money. Both sides are ingenious in the way they hide the money and how they investigate into the trail of those money. Yakuza, concubine, wife, and even the bank are all in it.

In Japan, where both corporate and personal taxes are astronomical, tax avoidance is topic of most successful people. One such notable individual was Konosuke Matsushita who was the founder of Panasonic. He quoted "If this was in the feudal era, such tax system (as Japan) would have caused a massive revolt by the farmers.". People can be taxed up to 97% in Japan, which makes us wonder if the people in this movie had the right to do what they were doing. Taking 97% of your income is stealing of your income, and that should be deemed a crime, not the ones who are protecting their share of their wealth. People in this movie no doubt were in this tax bracket.

To put this in perspective, in the US, many high income salaried workers working in IT and other higher paying jobs are only facing around 57% tax. Even at this rate, your high wages becomes only a so so income after IRS and local government gets their share (Did you know that IRS is not part of the Federal Government, just as the Federal Reserve ?). Much of these taxes are used or managed in incompetent ways. Taking all this into consideration, I think it's perfectly justifiable for people to try and shelter their wealth.

So, the movie is somewhat gray in who were the real bad guys. If I were in Gondo's shoes, I might have opted for novel ways to avoid tax too. The movie then turns into the real bad guys picking on the weak.

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