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MEMORIES OF MATSUKO
aka KIRAWARE MATSUKO NO ISSHO
UK: Third Window Films
Cast: Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yusuke Iseya, Teruyuki Kagawa, Mikako Ichikawa, Asuka Kurosawa, Akira Emoto, Gori, Shinji Takeda, YosiYosi Arakawa, Hitori Gekidan, Magy, Shosuke Tanihara, Takanori Takeyama, Masahiro Komoto, Nagisa Katahira, Takuzo Kadono, Midoriko Kimura, Mari Hamada, Hirotaro Honda, Tetsu Watanabe, Aki Takejo
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
UK: 130 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong violence, gore, language and moderate sex references
UK Release Date: 13 June 2008 (Limited Release - London, ICA)
When Shou is asked to clean out his dead aunt's apartment, the audience is taken through the life of this woman, a tramp whose body was found in a park. Miki Nakatani puts on a brilliant award winning performance as Matsuko through the ages, from angelic schoolteacher, through to her fall from grace, via prostitution, and her demise into her final tragic years.
A collision of visually stunning hues and Bob Fosse-like musical set pieces cover the 50s to the 80s of this Amelie-esque fairytale of a starry-eyed woman searching for her prince.