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Woman in Witness Protection (1997)
"Marutai no onna" (original title)

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Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Isono Biwako
Masahiko Nishimura ...
Detective Tachibana
Yuji Murata ...
Detective Chikamatsu
Kazuya Takahashi ...
Oki Tamayo
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Shingyoji temple chief clerk
Tôru Emori ...
Nihonmatsu, Defence lawyer
Akira Nagoya ...
Hatano, Older detective with glasses
Tarô Yamamoto ...
Nakamura
Hôka Kinoshita ...
Eiji
Daisuke Ryû ...
Religious cult leader
Yoshimasa Kondô ...
Koshimizu Maneja
Aki Takejô ...
Assistant Miwa
Noboru Mitani ...
Theatre Producer
Tôru Masuoka ...
Prosecutor
Akira Takarada ...
Police commissioner
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Marutai: Drama, Comedy, Violence & the Triumph of Loyalty
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this made-in-Japan drama/comedy/gangster movie from director Juzo Itami a star actress, Biwako (played by Nobuko Miyamoto), is the sole witness to a grizzly murder. The cops persuade Biwako to play the bait to catch the killers. Two veteran detectives are assigned to protect her at all times, and as the film progresses the guardians have no choice but to deal with the overly dramatic, hilarious, and sometimes harrowing ups-and-downs of Biwako's life. Beautifully shot and dynamically structured in a way that only the Japanese are capable of, Marutai reminds us that sometimes the most loyal friendships are formed under the darkest circumstances.


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