5 user 1 critic

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.


Jûzô Itami


Jûzô Itami
6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Yasuo Daichi, Takehiro Murata
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Goro's supermarket is not doing well; the rival "Bargains Galore" threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail ... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Tsugawa, Ryûnosuke Kaneda
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Her childhood was hardly ideal as she was abandoned and grew up without parental love. She finds a home and a profession as a geisha who is particularly popular because she has that lucky ... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Ohkôchi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Masayuki Imai, Nobuko Miyamoto, Hinako Saeki
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him.

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A successful Japanese movie director in his 60s becomes increasingly ill while working on his latest film. His family, friends, and doctor try to keep the secret of his terminal cancer from... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Masahiko Tsugawa, Nobuko Miyamoto
The Funeral (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the ... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kin Sugai
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ryoko Itakura returns as the government tax agent willing to tackle the toughest cases. This time she takes on a fanatical but lucrative religious cult run by a vile lecher.

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Rentarô Mikuni, Masahiko Tsugawa
Tampopo (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto
Gomudeppou (1962)
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Jûzô Itami
Stars: Akira Ichimura, Jûzô Itami, Rieko Taka
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita
Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jûzô Itami, Saori Yuki
The Demon (1978)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume disappears.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura
Stars: Shima Iwashita, Ken Ogata, Hiroki Iwase


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


A vain actress who witnessed a serious crime is guarded by 2 cops as she goes about her daily affairs.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

27 September 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Chroniony swiadek See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Itami Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed