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Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected (2005)

Kame wa igai to hayaku oyogu (original title)
Suzume Katagura is a bored housewife who spends her days doing chores and taking care of her husband's pet turtle. One day she sees a wanted ad for spies. Hoping for some excitement she decides to give them a call.

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Juri Ueno ...
Suzume Katakura
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Kujaku Ogitani
Ryô Iwamatsu ...
Shizuo Kugitani
Eri Fuse ...
Etsuko Kugitani
Jun Kaname ...
Kato
Masatô Ibu ...
Nakanishi
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Vincent Giry
Yasuhito Hida
Shunsuke Matsuoka ...
Nirayama
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Ramen Chef
Kenji Mizuhashi ...
Policeman
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Proprietor of sweets shop
Toshifumi Muramatsu
Yôichi Nukumizu ...
Barber
Nobuto Okamoto
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Suzume Katagura is a bored housewife who spends her days doing chores and taking care of her husband's pet turtle. One day she sees a wanted ad for spies. Hoping for some excitement she decides to give them a call.

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Seeking solace from boredom
30 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film's main attraction is Juri Ueno whose effortless charisma and charm make the film quite watchable if somewhat uneventful.

Ueno plays Suzume, a bored housewife who decides to train as a spy at the hands of a middle-aged couple. Some scenes are extremely effective, such as Suzume's attempt to order something so normal that the waitress won't remember what she ordered, but they are the exception rather than the norm.

The films moves along smoothly enough, including a de-rigeur chaotic climax with which the film concludes.

The film is enjoyable enough. Ueno is always a pleasure to watch, and the quiet charm of the film leaves you with a smile on your face.


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