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Purinsesu Toyotomi (2011)

A trio of Tokyo-based auditors set out to review the accounts of the city of Osaka and its affiliated agencies. The audit is proceeding well the trio head out for lunch one day. When one of... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Tadako Torii
... Asahi Gainsbourg
... Hajime Matsudaira
... Koichi Sanada
... Man at Takoyaki store
Tôru Emori ... Shuzo Urushibara
Mitsuru Hirata ... Hajime Matsudaira's father
Momoko Kikuchi ... Sadako
Takashi Sasano ... Kabe Nagaso
... Karahori middle school principle
Masahiro Kômoto ... Osaka government official
Hajime Okayama ... Police Officer
Emi Wakui ... Takeko Sanada
Toshifumi Muramatsu ... Manager of H.R.H. Foundation
Masashi Gôda ... Secretary for Congressman
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A trio of Tokyo-based auditors set out to review the accounts of the city of Osaka and its affiliated agencies. The audit is proceeding well the trio head out for lunch one day. When one of them notices that he has forgotten his mobile telephone he returns to the offices they just came from to retrieve it. The office is empty, there are neither any employees nor any furniture. What is going on? Written by aghaemi

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Builds to a disappointing cliché after a great start
10 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Quite a disappointing film because it starts out brilliantly, for the first 45-60 minutes, you are led into the most intriguing beautiful world of Osaka which left me spellbound and expecting a huge pay off. All the lead characters are intriguing in their own way, particularly Torii who's innocence, cuteness and zest for Osakan food makes her a Japanese Amelie Poulain of sorts. A stunningly beautiful city, sympathetic protagonists and loads of delicious Japanese food - can this movie go wrong? Yes, it does.

The plot doesn't pay off in the end, it all builds to a rather unconvincing, downright cliché climax which felt terribly dated. Maybe some 1980s Japanese TV movie might have gotten away with something like that, but I had hoped for something a lot more intriguing than this. Perhaps it's because I am not Japanese, that I don't really get the whole concept of having regional identities within Japan - but surely that's the job of the film to draw me in and make that clear to me. There is also a gay/transgender subplot that seemed important in the first half of the film but is strangely abandoned in the second half of the film.

This film will make you wanna visit Osaka and have some okonomnyaki andtaoyaki, but would I recommend you watch it? Not really, I was left very disappointed.


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