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

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When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matsuko Kawajiri
Shô Kawajiri
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Yôichi Ryû
Mikako Ichikawa ...
Kumi Kawajiri
Asuka Kurosawa ...
Megumi Sawamura
Gori ...
Shûji Ôkura
Shinji Takeda ...
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ...
Kenji Shimazu
Gekidan Hitori ...
Takeo Okano
Magy ...
Shôsuke Tanihara ...
Shunji Saeki
Takanori Takeyama ...
Masahiro Kômoto ...
Man with Stand on School Trip
Nagisa Katahira ...
Takuzô Kadono ...


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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A great tragedy with a charming comical outlook
9 October 2006 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The movie is really wonderful and joyful. The package is really wonderful. As the female lives from 50's up to now, director of this film manage to dissolve a lot of pop culture stuffs, like MTV, TV etc into a fancy comical world. I am sure there would be only Japanese who can create such world.

But what i admire most is he do not forget the story he want to tell. The story actually is a adaption from a original novel which depict a tragic life of a woman. The film, though have a comedy outlook, it is a typical tragic story. The director manages to find a new way to retell the story in a sense which youngster would feel related.

And the story itself is great because it tells us what is so called life. ie ridiculous, unpredictable, etc. and how a woman face her life with constant hope of simply getting better.

The story is a typical tragedy in a Greek kind of style. Though it may contain some preaching scene, but u are free to take it or leave, as the life of the woman is open to judge.

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