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A Last Note (1995)

Gogo no Yuigon-jo (original title)
Yoko is a famous actress who goes to a mountain chalet for a few days rest. There, she learns a secret from her companion Toyoko.

Director:

Kaneto Shindô

Writer:

Kaneto Shindô
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Cast

Credited cast:
Haruko Sugimura ... Yoko Morimoto
Nobuko Otowa ... Toyoko Yanagawa
Hideo Kanze Hideo Kanze ... Fujihachiro Ushiguni
Kyôko Asagiri Kyôko Asagiri ... Tomie Ushiguni
Toshiyuki Nagashima Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Police
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Naoko Yazawa
Yutaka Matsushige ... Daigoro
Tomomi Seo Tomomi Seo ... Akemi
Katsumi Kiba Katsumi Kiba ... Prisoner
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... Chief Police
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Saburo Morimoto
Seiyô Uchino Seiyô Uchino ... Koji Kiyokawa (as Masaaki Uchino)
Akaji Maro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Junichi Aota Junichi Aota
Masaru Baba Masaru Baba
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Yoko is a famous actress who goes to a mountain chalet for a few days rest. There, she learns a secret from her companion Toyoko.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 June 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Last Note See more »

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Production Co:

Kindai Eiga Kyokai See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Rather odd but humorous movie, with echoes from Chekhov
29 February 2000 | by KFLSee all my reviews

This is a by turns humorous, poignant, and bizarre story of an elderly actress, Youko, who is visited by an old friend, Tomie...or rather, Tomie, who is now senile, is brought to Youko's retreat in the countryside by her doting husband. Youko and Tomie once appeared together in some Chekhov plays, including The Seagull and Three Sisters.

Kind of hard to recommend this one highly, though there is some nice humor throughout most of it, and the acting isn't too bad. But the behavior of Tomie, who is supposed to be senile, is highly implausible, and numerous scenes don't work at all. The pallbearers carrying the casket out of the ocean is especially weird. Presumably it's being imagined by one or both of the women watching--but it's filmed with far too much realism.

The young actress (forget her name) seems to be present only for some gratuitous nudity...she doesn't get a chance to do much other than take off her clothes.

Clearly the screenwriter has a thing about Chekhov...for there are touches from both the two plays mentioned in this story. Particularly the way Youko has put her own career ahead of her own husband, now deceased, with results she is only now discovering, paralleling the story in The Seagull. The two young newlyweds going on their honeymoon to Moscow and beyond is another not-so-subtle (or plausible) nod to APC.

I suspect there may not be an English dubbed or subbed version of this movie.


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