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 »
At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the ... 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 »
Mr. Itami's films sometimes send up Japanese culture and this no exception. Nayoko (played by his wife, the always great to watch Nobuko Miyamoto) plays a bank secretary who was abandoned as a baby and raised as a Geisha. She possesses the luck in her that comes to men who are with her (for them, not for her), at first being a mistress for a bishop, a much older official and especially with Mondo (Masahiko Tsugawa), who is a manager at her bank. Mondo is a womanizer, but she agrees to be with him. The film is fun, there are some funny parts. The question is whether she will stay with Mondo or go back to her life as a Geisha. What I've always liked about Mr. Itami's films is his attention to detail, he tells a story vividly and with verve. Ms. Miyamoto embraces every role she is in and she is a joy to watch in this film, as well as others. Perhaps not as good as "A Taxing Woman" (that is an essential film), this film has more than enough to recommend it. Enjoy!
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