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A Taxing Woman (1987)

Marusa no onna (original title)
If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him.

Director:

Jûzô Itami

Writer:

Jûzô Itami
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Ryôko Itakura
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Hideki Gondô
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Hanamura
Yasuo Daichi Yasuo Daichi ... Ijûin
Kinzô Sakura Kinzô Sakura ... Kaneko
Hajime Asô Hajime Asô ... Himeda
Kiriko Shimizu Kiriko Shimizu ... Kazue Kenmochi
Kazuyo Matsui Kazuyo Matsui ... Kumi Torikai
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Jûkichi Ishii
Machiko Watanabe Machiko Watanabe ... Kangofu
Shôtarô Takeuchi Shôtarô Takeuchi ... Rihei Hakamada
Mitsuhiko Kiyohisa Mitsuhiko Kiyohisa ... Gondô no Untenshu
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji ... Fudôsan'ya
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... Ninagawa no Fukushin
Yûsuke Nagumo Yûsuke Nagumo ... Ninagawa no Kobun
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Storyline

Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is an art and Gondo is, in effect, Rembrandt. Her job is complicated by a growing sympathy for the rogue and by political pressure to lay off. Written by Reid Gagle

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He has a Yen for her, but he won't tell her where it's hidden... [USA Theatrical]

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

June 1988 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Hideki Gondo: To save money, you don't spend it. It's as simple as that. You give maybe $100 at a funeral, $200 at a wedding. That's not good. A million is nothing if you spend it. But even $100 is yours if you save it. Say you're trying to fill a glass with dripping water. When it's half-full, you're thirsty, so you drink. But that's stupid. Wait until it's full. But still don't drink. Wait 'til it brims over and lick it. That way you save the water and drink.
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a swell feel-good movie!
20 April 2004 | by eileenmchenrySee all my reviews

This is one of my favorites of all time. It concerns the years-long quest of a tenacious Japanese Revenue Service assessor to uncover the misdeeds of a crooked businessman. The tax evader finds himself increasingly attracted to her brains and persistence, even as she gets closer to blowing his cover and getting him in hot water with the government. The viewer can also see just where this man is coming from, since the tax system in Japan is painted as any Republican's worst nightmare. This has the same director and central cast as the even more wonderful "Tampopo." The only problem I have with this film is the unbelievably annoying soundtrack; it's loud, piercing and doesn't leave my head until several days after I've seen the movie.


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