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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 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:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sleek and funny movie about tax evasion, high rollers, lovable tax inspectors, love nests, gangsters, etc, in 1980s Tokyo. Too much fun!
18 October 2010 | by urthcreatureSee all my reviews

I love all Jyuzo Itami's films and especially this one. The movie gives you the feeling of being able to glimpse behind the wall of many closed worlds, from the multi-millionaire's exclusive world, to the back rooms of pachinko parlors and yakuza offices, love hotels and mistresses' apartments, to the inner workings of the banks and tax department. Very funny with a strong, suspenseful pace, interesting settings, lovable characters, and heart warming moments. Great jazz soundtrack. For me, the combination of the humor + Japanese settings + tax evasion detective story + colorful characters + great soundtrack was just irresistible.


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