A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the ... See full summary »
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 »
A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza... See full summary »
Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate ... See full summary »
Goro's supermarket is not doing well; the rival "Bargains Galore" threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail ... See full summary »
This sequel to the original is about the tax inspectors in Tokyo trying to find hidden money amongst a religious group, which at the time, in the age of Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggert, was a very topical subject. Nobuko Miyamoto is back as Ryoko, but she is more just one in an ensemble piece rather than a big star of the film. Still, she is a great character and great fun to watch. This film has more action than the first, but it is also a little confusing. You get a major peek inside what seems like a religious cult and you see the world of greed at your doorstep. If you saw the original, which was better since it had more Ryoko, you'll want to see this also. Its a worthy follow up and its a shame there weren't more films on the subject. I saw the two films within a few days of each other and I enjoyed them. I think you will too.
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