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Memories of Matsuko (2006)
"Kiraware Matsuko no isshô" (original title)

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Shou's father Norio finds his son in a rather meaningless existence in Tokyo dominated by alcohol and porn videos. Having left home two years earlier to pursue life as a musician, Shou has ... See full summary »

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Miki Nakatani ...
Matsuko Kawajiri
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Shô Kawajiri
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Yôichi Ryû
Mikako Ichikawa ...
Kumi Kawajiri
Asuka Kurosawa ...
Megumi Sawamura
Gori ...
Shûji Ôkura
Shinji Takeda ...
Onodera
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ...
Kenji Shimazu
Gekidan Hitori ...
Takeo Okano
Magy ...
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Shôsuke Tanihara ...
Shunji Saeki
Takanori Takeyama ...
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Masahiro Kômoto ...
Man with Stand on School Trip
Nagisa Katahira ...
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Takuzô Kadono ...
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Shou's father Norio finds his son in a rather meaningless existence in Tokyo dominated by alcohol and porn videos. Having left home two years earlier to pursue life as a musician, Shou has left his band and his girlfriend has left him. His father asks a favor, that Shou clean out the apartment of his aunt Matsuko, who he says led a meaningless life until her murder at the age of 53. The apartment is filled with garbage bags and is even more unkempt than his apartment has become, and he becomes intrigued with his aunt as details of her life are supplied by a tattooed neighbor and others. Her feelings of neglect by her father Tsunehiro, who favored her chronically ill younger sister, Kumi, translated into becoming a dutiful junior high school teacher devoted to her students until being forced to resign after being blamed for the theft of some money by one of them. Leaving her family due to the disgrace, she had a series of affairs with lovers who physically abused her and did a stint as... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Importance of life
1 October 2013 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

One day, a woman is dismissed from her job and her stormy life starts. This movie describes a woman's lifetime. Her name is Matsuko and she is very unfortunate woman. In this movie, she meets with misfortunes one after another. I first watch this movie, I think this is a wonderful movie. Although the story of this movie is so simple, after finishing watching this movie, I was made consider a meaning of life. Matsuko's life tells us importance of living as hard as we could, no matter how trying the circumstances. Another good points of this movie is that this movie develops the story with nice tempo. Direction of this movie is so comical, such as animations and music, so we can watch serious story delightfully. However, this movie is not only comical, but also moving. Matsuko teaches us importance thing, so I want many people watch this movie.


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