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

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  27 May 2006 (Japan)
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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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Comical but Touching Memories
24 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

One thing that i can commend about this movie is its superior usage of originality. This makes the 1st film i hv ever watched where the events are very comical, with Disney-like fairy-tale entertainment, enjoyable to laugh; yet at the same time manage to blend in the pain and tragedy that will make for some tear-jerking moments. Its like a good blend of black and white paint which doesn't become grey at all. Although the movie isn't too deep and simple to watch, i give high praise for it being the closest thing i hv seen that manages to express that life is indeed colourful, just as matsuko's life was. In the end, i don't feel happy nor sad for matsuko, i feel that she is considerably fortunate to have all types of colours in her life before departing, even though it doesn't turn out like that. It is not entirely perfect. I don't complain on its unrealistic comical moments nor that it needs improvisation. Its fine enough. But I don't see the purpose of including her nephew to 'narrate' her story, and hers isn't an outstanding testimony that deserves to be memorable -- she clearly is a weak character. But some of the messages does ring quite true: life is shapenned by what one gives not received, and her blessings and misfortunes both did formed the lives of others who were involved.


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