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Kiraware Matsuko no isshô (2006)

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:

Memories of Matsuko See more »

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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Very few films move me to tears...
3 February 2007 | by ken-583See all my reviews

As a matter of fact, the only film I can remember crying over is the brilliant "Babette's Feast".

"Matsuko" has a quality not unlike "Amelie", but mixed with a "Moulin Rouge" sensibility. It's part "Roger Rabbit" and part "Casablanca" -- never before have I seen stylistic pastiche used with such forethought and precision.

Some will find "Matsuko" sentimental and predictable -- but I think that doesn't matter: It's the storytelling that's important in this film and not, necessarily, the story.

"Matsuko" may not be a "great" film but, like "Babette" and "Amelie," I will want to see it again. I have a feeling that many people will react to the film in a similar fashion.


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