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Memories of Matsuko (2006)

Kiraware Matsuko no isshô (original title)
When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.

Director:

Tetsuya Nakashima

Writers:

Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay), Muneki Yamada (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miki Nakatani ... Matsuko Kawajiri
Eita ... Shô Kawajiri
Yûsuke Iseya ... Yôichi Ryû
Mikako Ichikawa Mikako Ichikawa ... Kumi Kawajiri
Asuka Kurosawa Asuka Kurosawa ... Megumi Sawamura
Gori Gori ... Shûji Ôkura
Shinji Takeda Shinji Takeda ... Onodera
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ... Kenji Shimazu
Gekidan Hitori Gekidan Hitori ... Takeo Okano
Magy Magy ... Detective
Shôsuke Tanihara ... Shunji Saeki
Takanori Takeyama ... Vice-Principal
Masahiro Kômoto Masahiro Kômoto ... Man with Stand on School Trip
Nagisa Katahira Nagisa Katahira ... Herself
Takuzô Kadono Takuzô Kadono ... Principal
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Storyline

Shou's father Norio finds his son in a rather meaningless existence in Tokyo dominated by alcohol and porn videos. Having left home two years earlier to pursue life as a musician, Shou has left his band and his girlfriend has left him. His father asks a favor, that Shou clean out the apartment of his aunt Matsuko, who he says led a meaningless life until her murder at the age of 53. The apartment is filled with garbage bags and is even more unkempt than his apartment has become, and he becomes intrigued with his aunt as details of her life are supplied by a tattooed neighbor and others. Her feelings of neglect by her father Tsunehiro, who favored her chronically ill younger sister, Kumi, translated into becoming a dutiful junior high school teacher devoted to her students until being forced to resign after being blamed for the theft of some money by one of them. Leaving her family due to the disgrace, she had a series of affairs with lovers who physically abused her and did a stint as... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

27 May 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Happy Wednesday
Written by Testuro Aso & Takeshi Shibuya
Performed by Miki Nakatani
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Bizarre, Poignant and Strangely Compelling
18 June 2011 | by imdb-73-573849See all my reviews

It's difficult to truly describe what this film is other than to say it has to be experienced in order to really understand. It blends comedy interspersed with occasional animations so as to lighten up what would otherwise be an almost unrelentingly dark and tragic story of a young woman's desperate yearning to be loved despite abuse and misunderstandings.

The leading actress (Miki Nakatani) is superb playing her character from wide-eyed innocent onwards, having in effect to play several different parts.

The closest film in both style and substance is probably the film "Malèna" starring Monica Bellucci - the style being sufficiently close as to perhaps suggest that it may even have been an inspiration.

Worth watching.


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