Memories of Matsuko (DVD)

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Colourful and crazy, like AMELIE on speed.

When the body of Aunt Matsuko (Miki Nakatani), who has been living as a tramp, is found murdered, her selfish young nephew Shou (Eita) is sent to clear out her apartment.

Shou finds the place crammed full of garbage but, as he begins to sort through the rubbish, he finds himself becoming more and more interested in this strange woman. Conversations with neighbours begin to fit the pieces of the jigsaw together and Shou discovers that Matsuko has led a more than colourful life encountering vice, gangsters, prison and more.

All of Matsuko’s life story is portrayed in a series of extravagant musical set-pieces, which enable even the darkest episodes of her life to be seen in a unique and enjoyable way.


Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Cast: Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yusuke Iseya
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
Country: Japan
Year: 2006
Genre: Comedy with Musical elements
Rating: 15
Runtime: 130mins