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W's Tragedy (1984)

W no higeki (original title)
Young college student Shizuka is given the opportunity to act in a stage play with professionals. Shizuka is willing to go to great lengths to master this role of a lifetime... See full synopsis »

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Hiroko Yakushimaru ...
Shizuka Mita
Yoshiko Mita ...
Sho Hajima
Masanori Sera ...
Akio Moriguchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yumi Kusaka
Kôjirô Kusanagi ...
Yoshikazu Kiuchi
Yoshie Minami ...
Chieko Yasue
Kunihiko Mitamura ...
Jun Godai
Noboru Nakaya ...
Ryozo Dohara
Yukio Ninagawa ...
Theatre director Abe
Mariko Nonaka ...
Toshiko hayashi
Morihiko Saitô
Akiko Shikata ...
Kimiko Miyashita
Kôji Shimizu ...
Hideo Mineta
Jin'ichirô Sudô ...
Paparazzi
Miho Takagi ...
Kaori Kikuchi
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Young college student Shizuka is given the opportunity to act in a stage play with professionals. Shizuka is willing to go to great lengths to master this role of a lifetime... See full synopsis »

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One of the best movie Kadokawa has done with Yakushimaru
1 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the seventh movie Hiroko Yakushimaru has done for Kadokawa.

Suzuka Mita (Hiroko Yakushimaru) is an aspiring actress. She auditions for stage play "W's Tragedy" but only gets a supporting role. During her stay at the hotel where the casts are staying, she gets called into the room of Sho Hajima (Yoshiko Mita). She has her older boyfriend dead in bed. He died of a heart attack while trying to make love. Sho asks Suzuka to pretend it happened in her room in exchange for a favorable casting position in the play. She complies, and in return Sho gets her the position of the lead actress.

You can see the maturity of Hiroko Yakushimaru as an actress in this movie compared to her previous movies, but also it marks the end of her career just to be able to sell on cuteness alone. This out of all the movies done by Yakushimaru for Kadokawa is probably the best, but it lacks impact, as the formula has gotten somewhat predictable which detracts from the viewing experience. Yoshiko Mita puts in a great acting as the veteran in this movie. A movie to watch if you're a neo classic Japanese movie fan.


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