Yet another tradition in the tradition of "ragtag misfits" in Japanese comedy...Sumo Do, Sumo Don't tells the story of a university sumo club in Japan. In today's Japan, the younger ... See full summary »
A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »
The humanity is suffering from murders all over the globe, called "Mincemeat murders". High school student, Izumi Shinichi has a parasite living off him, having replaced his right hand, and he might be the discoverer of truth.
Every Monday at 6 pm a young woman is murdered in the subway. The psychiatrist Setsuko Suma is called in to assist the police. The trail leads to another psychiatrist - Dr Rei Aku - who ... See full summary »
Bombing during World War II resulted in whole urban populations fleeing to the countryside, and this created a meeting of urban and rural cultures. Shinji (a young boy evacuated from Tokyo)... See full summary »
Another actress sells (or perhaps pawns) her soul for stardom
The lead actress in this movie, Hiroko Yakushimaru, was highly popular in Japan in the 80's. Here she proves herself at least competent, and perhaps a bit more than that, as an actress.
The plot involves a number of college-age drama students auditioning for a part in a play, where they will act together with famous professionals. It is a career-making chance, and one girl nearly gets the coveted part, but soon stumbles upon a chance to snatch the part away from another by compromising her principles a bit (...no, we're not talking about sleeping her way into the cast, or at least not in this case). The real-life drama gradually comes to mirror the story of the play being performed.
Not too bad overall, tho Yakushimaru does overact in places, and there are some painful cliches, particularly toward the end. This story has a lot in common with both All About Eve (some actors will do whatever it takes to become a star), and the musical Chicago (notoriety brings fame, which can be parlayed into stage fame).
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