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Woman in Witness Protection (1997)

Marutai no onna (original title)
A vain actress who witnessed a serious crime is guarded by 2 cops as she goes about her daily affairs.

Director:

Jûzô Itami

Writer:

Jûzô Itami
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Isono Biwako
Masahiko Nishimura ... Detective Tachibana
Yuji Murata Yuji Murata ... Detective Chikamatsu
Kazuya Takahashi Kazuya Takahashi ... Oki Tamayo
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Shingyoji temple chief clerk
Tôru Emori Tôru Emori ... Nihonmatsu, Defence lawyer
Akira Nagoya Akira Nagoya ... Hatano, Older detective with glasses
Tarô Yamamoto ... Nakamura
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... Eiji
Daisuke Ryû ... Religious cult leader
Yoshimasa Kondô Yoshimasa Kondô ... Koshimizu Maneja
Aki Takejô Aki Takejô ... Assistant Miwa
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Theatre Producer
Tôru Masuoka Tôru Masuoka ... Prosecutor
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Police commissioner
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A vain actress who witnessed a serious crime is guarded by 2 cops as she goes about her daily affairs.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 September 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Chroniony swiadek See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Itami Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Fun, Engaging, Well Worth Your Time
5 July 2009 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This film is a comedy laced with some drama and a little grit about an actress who witnesses a murder and is called upon to testify against the killer, who also assaulted her. She is a demanding primadonna and loves praise. Two officers are assigned to her, one who loves her work, one who never goes to films. She is threatened by the cult which the murderer is part of, so you wonder whether she is actually going to go through with it. There is action, drama but there is a terrific comic touch to it. This is not surprising, as director Juzo Itami showed often enough in films like "Minbo", "The Funeral" and "A Taxing Woman" that he was gifted in his approach to telling a story. Equally gifted actress Nobuko Miyamoto, who was Mr. Itami's wife, is just about perfect as the actress. She exhibits the right amount of histrionics, fear and comic intensity in her role. She is also a very attractive lady and is obviously relishing this portrayal. Sadly, this was their last film collaboration, as Mr. Itami committed suicide, but he left behind an impressive body of work, as Ms. Miyamoto still does. I highly recommend this film.


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