Memories of Matsuko details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yusuke Iseya, Teruyuki Kagawa, Mikako Ichikawa, Asuka Kurosawa, Akira Emoto, Gori, Shinji Takeda, YosiYosi Arakawa|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Music/Musical - Musical, World Cinema - Japanese|
Memories of Matsuko
|Run time:||2 hours 10 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Jan 2009|
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Sad and funny at the same timeBy a customer from London , 16 Jun 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Memories of Matsuko chronicles the life of Matsuko, a women who desperately wants to be loved, no matter what it costs. The film starts from the point of view of her nephew, who does not know she exists until he is informed that she has been found dead. His father asks him to clean up the dead woman's extremely messy apartment, and he learns more and more of the life of Matsuko as the film progresses. Part comedy, part musical, part tragedy, this film is visually stunning, with harsh images sugar coated by soft, gentle music.
While weak in areas, it's overall a great film, with a strong performance by the lead character. Definitely worth watching.
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Great MovieBy Ausdragon (11 reviews) , 05 Aug 2012I'm always slightly wary of Japanese movies; so many of them are either extremely bloodthirsty or just plain weird. Thankfully this one wasn't (although the start had us thinking it was heading towards the 'weird' category). This one built to be a beautiful and touching tale of the eponymous Matsuko. Highly recommended.
Slightly Sad, Slighly Surreal Comedy With Musical OvertonesBy Dapprman (51 reviews) from Watford , 02 Jun 2012It's hard to gauge this one and I part think my scoring is too high, but at the same time too low for what is an intriguing but at times drawn out tale.
Very much done in what I would describe as the modern Japanese plastic pop culture style that we're seeing more and more of over in this country.
So the pluses.
* The story is entertaining, draws you in, makes you happy, makes you sad as you follow the trials of Matsuko over the 53 years of her life, as seen by her nephew Shou as he gets drawn in to her past while clearing out flat of his previously unknown, now dead, aunt.
* The musical interludes work well and add to the story, whilst also inject some of the comedy.
* The acting is good, as is the cinematographic work.
* It's long and at times drawn out. There were periods where I found myself looking at the clock and wondering how long was left. At 130 minutes long it probably about a half hour too much with the way it is told.
* The subtitles feel like they have been done without the movie being watched. The text works but too often is placed over Japanese text on screen making them hard to read, and then at one the movie displayed English text, except now we had the same in the subtitles as well, with the two being on the same part of the screen making neither legible.
So as a whole I'm still not sure whether this is a good or an average movie and I suspect over time my mind will move from one answer to the other.
Glorious, happy, sadBy Shugg (21 reviews) from Edinburgh , 10 Dec 2011Glorious visuals, terrific music, great acting, This film will make you laugh out loud and the pathos will make you cry. From the very start, you are drawn into the amazing world of Tetsuya Nakashima. The framed deep-focus shots make you feel like you are looking into another world and there are so many astonishing scenes with wonderful use of CG. Film references include The Wizard of Oz, Film Noir and classic Hollywood musicals, even to the extent of the opening and closing credits.
Rent this, you will not regret it.
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Watch This FilmBy a customer , 11 Nov 2011It made us laugh it made us cry - it had analolgies and metaphors, not consciously sentimental but moving - a truly great film - not a movie
Very interesting movie!By a customer , 17 Jul 2011Very interesting movie, what I love about this movie ( and Japanese dramas in general) is that you don't know what happens next, you always surprise.