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Hyakuman-en to nigamushi onna (2008)

A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process.

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Suzuko Satô
Mirai Moriyama ...
Ryôhei Nakajima
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Haruo Fujii (as Piêru Taki)
Terunosuke Takezai ...
Yuuki
Ryûsei Saitô ...
Takuya Satô
Sumie Sasaki ...
Fujii Kinu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noriko Eguchi
Kami Hiraiwa
Keisuke Horibe
Tarô Ishida
Midoriko Kimura
Kôta Mizumori ...
Noguchi
Moro Morooka ...
(as Moro Shioka)
Ayumu Saitô
Takashi Sasano ...
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Suzuko is 21 years old and lives at home. A coworker offers to share an apartment with her. After they sign the lease, Suzuko discovers that her coworker has planned to share her room with her boyfriend. However, the day she moves in, the couple have broken up, leaving her with the boyfriend as a roommate. She finds a small kitten on her balcony and brings it in. She goes to the store to buy it food. When she returns, she finds out that her depressed roommate has thrown the kitten out. Finding the dead kitten in the road, Suzuko throws all her roommates belongings out. She is arrested and criminally charged. She ends up in prison. Upon her release, she finds herself dealing with the neighborhood gossip and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to a place where no one knows her and to continue repeating the process. She discovers many things about herself, as she corresponds with her younger brother, (who is dealing with bullies) and meets new people on her ... Written by ley-moon

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Yu Aoi Shines!
20 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although Yu Aoi has been in many films before, she has always shared the spotlight with others or has played minor supporting roles. For One Million Yen Girl, this is actually her first starring role where she is the undeniable main character and she gives a knock-out performance that's worth mentioning! Her expressions of shyness, embarrassment, awkwardness, determination and loneliness are played flawlessly! I don't know what it is about Yu, but it's always so easy to sympathize with her characters. She has a certain charm and elegance about her that can easily win over any audience.

As for the film, One Million Yen Girl is a crowd-pleasing movie with a positive message. Even though the film is a somewhat conventional "Search for Yourself" road movie, it has a not so conventional ending that I thought felt just right.

This was an outstanding performance by Ms. Aoi and I hope she gets more opportunities to showcase her talent and star in future films. Along with Hana & Alice, it should be noted that this is her best work yet and I think only shows how effective she can be if given decent material to work with.


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