Shitsurakuen

Overview

Veteran director Yoshimitsu Morita spins this romantic melodrama that was originally written by Junichi Watanabe and serialized in the Nihon Keizai Shinbum, Japan's answer to the Wall Street Journal. Kuki (Koji Yakusho) is a former magazine editor wunderkind whose star has dimmed as he slides into middle age. After corporate downsizing, he finds himself in an easily forgotten corner of a corporate conglomerate and, at home, in an increasingly chilly marriage. Rinko (Hitomi Kuroki) is an elegant calligraphy ...
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Overview

Veteran director Yoshimitsu Morita spins this romantic melodrama that was originally written by Junichi Watanabe and serialized in the Nihon Keizai Shinbum, Japan's answer to the Wall Street Journal. Kuki (Koji Yakusho) is a former magazine editor wunderkind whose star has dimmed as he slides into middle age. After corporate downsizing, he finds himself in an easily forgotten corner of a corporate conglomerate and, at home, in an increasingly chilly marriage. Rinko (Hitomi Kuroki) is an elegant calligraphy instructor who looks quite fetching in a kimono, and is similarly stuck in a nuptial dead-end. Both find solace in each other's arms, but their respective spouses are getting wise to their affair. Rinko's cheese-loving husband sics a private investigator on her, while Kuki's wife uses more intimate methods of divinating the truth. Given the forces that are pulling them apart, they resolve to take concrete measures that will insure they will be together forever. The film's ending features something rarely seen this side of a Monzaemon Chikamatsu play.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2001
  • UPC: 601643745541
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Tai Seng
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Koji Yakusho
Hitomi Kuroki
Akira Terao
Toshio Shiba
Tomoko Hoshino
Kumiko Kim
Yoshino Kimura
Technical Credits
Yoshimitsu Morita Director
Nasato Hara Producer
Fumio Hashimoto Sound/Sound Designer
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa Executive Producer
Michiru Oshima Score Composer
Hidetaka Ozawa Art Director
Hiroshi Takase Cinematographer
Shinji Tanaka Editor
Tomomi Tsutsui Screenwriter
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