Memories of Matsuko

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While combing through the belongings of his recently deceased aunt, nephew Sho (Eita) pieces together the crucial events that sank her life into a sea of bitterness. As a schoolteacher in her youth, Sho's aunt, Matsuko (Miki Nakatani), took the fall for her student's crime. Unable to shake the resulting stigma, she was forced to live on the street and entered into a series of abusive relationships. But a chance at happiness with an old flame gave her a sliver of hope.

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Critic Reviews for Memories Of Matsuko

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1) | Rotten (2)

  • Helmer has a lot of cynical fun at his subject's expense along the way, but pic's bid for near-religious significance in the sentimental finale is as either a misfired joke or as phony as a 3,000 yen bill.

    January 13, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Rarely has human abjection looked so good - but in the end, all the whimsy outstays its welcome in this quirkily shallow offering.

    June 10, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Memories Of Matsuko

  • Jun 13, 2010
    Wow, this was a great non Hollywood musical In contrary with the colorful background and cheerful songs, Matsuko's life is actually very dark and sad, it's heartbreaking.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2010
    Absoultely brilliant. A dark dark story about sibling rivalry, murder, domestic violence, drugs & prostitution dressed up as a multi-coloured, quirky happy-go-lucky musical with an upbeat message about the meaningfulness of a life. Truly one of a kind. From KUNAM88's favourites list <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2173/2300684848_150f9b3d21_o.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2008
    Tetsuya Nakashima really got his name out there with <i>Kamikaze Girls</i>. <i>Memories of Matsuko</i> is the follow up movie and he still has it. This film doesn't disappoint.<p>My most favorite genres include action, martial arts, science fiction, and fantasy. Other than a little bit of fantasy, you won't find any of the those in here. You will find drama, music, and comedy. Sounds like this isn't high on my must see list. Nakashima finds a way to make this enjoyable.</p><p>This is a two hour 10 minute movie and while it will not blow by, it is not a waste of time by any means. When it comes down to it the story is exactly what the title states. <i>Memories of Matsuko</i>. The opening credits aren't anything explosive or fancy, but it sure is uniquely creative. That can be said about this entire film. It isn't the greatest, it isn't the funniest, but it is one h*** of an entertaining time. I previously mentioned that this will not fly by, but the first 45 minutes do. It is so dynamic and upbeat that you don't want it to end. The visuals, camerawork, and background music just blast this movie forward.</p><p>The film gradually loses it's pizazz, but not entirely. The great directing and storytelling is still intact. There is still some wackiness going on too, including cartoon birds. While the film tones down, Nakashima does a good job at getting the viewer's interest in the story. This is why the 2 hours 10 minutes is not a waste. You feel for Matsuko, especially near the ending, which I find to be pretty f***** up! You also know the outcome of the movie from the beginning, but it is quite the eventful journey to get there. Even the end credits is worth the watch. It has a mashup of the songs that are done in the film.</p><p>The acting is fantastic. Nakashima has a way of getting his leads to shine. In here it is Miki Nakatani. She does a little bit of everything. There are also a ton of recognizable faces, who show up for small roles throughout.</p><p><i>Memories of Matsuko</i> isn't for everyone, but true movie lovers will find this enjoyable. "Happy Wednesday!" Bring on Paco!
    JY S Super Reviewer

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