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The Japanese Wife (2010)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  9 April 2010 (India)
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Rahul Bose ...
Snehamoy Chatterjee
Chigusa Takaku ...
Miyage
Raima Sen ...
Sandhya
Moushumi Chatterjee ...
Mashi
Paran Banerjee ...
Ayurvedic doctor
Kharaj Mukherjee ...
Kite shop owner
Rudranil Ghosh ...
Fatik
Debranjan Nag ...
Fatik's friend
Jagannath Guha ...
Oncologist
Sagnik Chowdhury ...
Paltu
Sourodip Bhattacharya ...
Young Snehamoy
Ranu Bandhopadhyay ...
Sandhya's mother
Arindoi Bagchi ...
Mailman (as Arindol Bagchi)
Khagendra Nath Das ...
School clerk
Sutapa Ghosh ...
Khendi
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Snehamoy Chatterjee lives a poor lifestyle on Bali Island in the West Bengal Sunderbans, along with his maternal aunt who wants him to get married to Sandhya. But Snehamoy, who teaches for a living, has entered into a long-term relationship with Japan-based Miyage, and both have made a marriage-commitment without meeting each other. Sandhya will end up getting married, giving birth to a son, getting widowed, and after the passing of her mother, will move in with them. Snehamoy will continue corresponding and even speaking with Miyage on the telephone, and it is here he will find out that she is ill, and he will consult with doctors dealing with a variety of Unani, Allopathic, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medicines in order to find a cure for his pen-pal/wife. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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great movie from India
18 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You won't take your eyes off the screen from the opening scene to the closing credits of "The Japanese Wife." Although this is a simple love story, it's visual style and look reminded me of another great Indian film, "Water" which also had a female director, Deepa Mehta. Aparna Sen, the director of "The Japanese Wife" uses the visual beauty of India, especially the rivers, as effectively as the cinematography of "Water."

The acting is superb, as Rahul Bose and Chigusa Takaku as the star-crossed spouses are excellent. The supporting cast, mainly the aunt (Moushoumi Chatterjee) and a little boy(Rudranil Ghosh) are both very good.

The story is a very basic one showing 2 people of vastly different cultures falling in love via letter writing. The universal message of loneliness and yearning are depicted in a very interesting way.

Even as a cynical American, I cannot recommend this film highly enough.


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