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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 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 ... Man with Stand on School Trip
Nagisa Katahira Nagisa Katahira ... Self
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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,578,449
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Memories are made of this
17 August 2012 | by BribabaSee all my reviews

Who is Matsuko and what memories are these? Mitsuko was a born optimist, a fervent believer in human goodness. The memories, therefore, are inevitably sad as she discovers the journey along the yellow brick road can be tough haul. We discover Matsuko through her brother's quest when he hears of her death (she left home some fifteen years ago). Porn star, convict, hairdresser - these are all part of a less than glittering cv. This could easily have been an unremitting 2 hours of grimness and probably would have been were this film British. But director Tetsuya Nakashima throws everything into this including the kitchen sink, just as he did with his similarly surreal Kamikaze Girls. The result leaves you reeling as you run the gamut of emotions as the heroine's fate unravels.


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