A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna) (1988)
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as Ryoko Itakura Tax Inspector
as Hideki Gondo
as Assistant Chief Inspector Hanamura
as Motel president
as Tax office manager
as Taro Gondo
as Mitsuko Sugiura
as Kazue Kenmochi
as Owner of a Game Center
as Tax Accountant
Critic Reviews for A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna)
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was a delightful film. I saw it at a film festival at UCSD many years ago, and it certainly had the audience laughing.
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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