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A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna) (1988)

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The taxing woman of the title is Nobuko Miyamoto (the wife of director Juzo Itami), who works for the Japanese version of the IRS. She is also "taxing" in her insistence upon upholding the letter of the law and doggedly tracking down tax cheats. Her current quarry is millionaire Tsutomu Yamazaki, who uses his mob connections to evade paying what he owes the government. This "untouchable" cheat is brought to heel by the diligent Miyamato -- and Yamakazi is so overwhelmed by her persistence that he falls in love with her and proposes marriage! Things get even goofier in the 1988 sequel, titled (you guessed it) The Taxing Woman's Return. The first Taxing Woman was originally released in Japan as Marusa No Onna. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Nobuko Miyamoto
as Ryoko Itakura Tax Inspector
Tsutomu Yamazaki
as Hideki Gondo
Masahiko Tsugawa
as Assistant Chief Inspector Hanamura
Hideo Murata
as Motel president
Shuji Otake
as Tax office manager
Mariko Okada
as Mitsuko Sugiura
Kiriko Shimizu
as Kazue Kenmochi
Shirô Itô
as Owner of a Game Center
Eitarô Ozawa
as Tax Accountant
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Critic Reviews for A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Tighter than [Itami's] first film, The Funeral, and better constructed than Tampopo, The Taxing Woman drives relentlessly forward, mixing social satire with action and sex, if anything piling it a bit too much for one film.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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In this, his third helter-skelter satire on modern Japanese mores, Itami turns his witty attention to the subject of money, with tighter construction and deeper characterisation making it his most entertaining yet.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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The movie is less like an essay than like a series of disconnected observations. In approaching his subject from many angles, Itami fails to find the one that he needs.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Miyamoto is a delightful performer, but unhappily she has a one-note, no-growth role as Ryoko, who's as bent on collecting taxes as Gondo is on dodging them.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna)

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I didn't realize that a film about a woman going after people who don't pay their taxes could be so entertaining! Well-acted, especially the work of Nobuko Miyamoto.

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This was a delightful film. I saw it at a film festival at UCSD many years ago, and it certainly had the audience laughing.

Maria Francisco
Maria Francisco
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This movie was solely responsible for my seeking out Asian cinema (beyond string-fu) nearly 20 years ago. I saw it late night on Canadian television. It was probably the first time I'd seen a movie with a non-white American (or Western) cast that wasn't self-consciously "ethnic." And I came away feeling like I'd seen a lot of people whom I knew. A transforming experience from a light-comedy-mystery. Go figure?

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