Taxing Woman

Overview

The taxing woman of the title is Nobuko Miyamoto (the wife of director Juzo Itami), who works for the Japanese version of the IRS. She is also "taxing" in her insistence upon upholding the letter of the law and doggedly tracking down tax cheats. Her current quarry is millionaire Tsutomu Yamazaki, who uses his mob connections to evade paying what he owes the government. This "untouchable" cheat is brought to heel by the diligent Miyamato -- and Yamakazi is so overwhelmed by her persistence that he falls in love ...
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Overview

The taxing woman of the title is Nobuko Miyamoto (the wife of director Juzo Itami), who works for the Japanese version of the IRS. She is also "taxing" in her insistence upon upholding the letter of the law and doggedly tracking down tax cheats. Her current quarry is millionaire Tsutomu Yamazaki, who uses his mob connections to evade paying what he owes the government. This "untouchable" cheat is brought to heel by the diligent Miyamato -- and Yamakazi is so overwhelmed by her persistence that he falls in love with her and proposes marriage! Things get even goofier in the 1988 sequel, titled (you guessed it) The Taxing Woman's Return. The first Taxing Woman was originally released in Japan as Marusa No Onna.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Juzo Itami's follow-up to his popular satires The Funeral and Tampopo tops both of those films with a wildly convoluted story and biting social observations. At the opening, the English-language version informs the viewer of Japan's astronomical tax rates and how Japanese at all class levels have made a national sport out of cheating on those taxes. A Taxing Woman is part police procedural, part social comedy, with a generous helping of feminism tossed in. A woman is a rarity in the Japanese tax service, and the film cleverly makes this woman one part awkward social creature and one part sincerely dedicated professional. (That she's a single mother is only obliquely dealt with.) Nobuko Miyamoto is brilliant in keeping those contrasting traits in balance; she never comes off as cloyingly confused, nor is she irritatingly by-the-book. Her quarry, the owner of a chain of "adult" hotels, is played by Tsutomu Yamazaki, her co-star in The Funeral, as a suave but dangerous man who can't help but admire his persistent adversary. Itami stages many scenes in confined spaces: the tax offices, choked with cigarette smoke and the chattering of agents working the phones; the villain's cluttered house, with secret compartments and rooms to conceal his activities; and the hotel rooms, with their crumpled sheets and messy bathrooms. He brilliantly orchestrates the relationships among the characters to suggest the increasing admiration all of the male characters come to feel toward the taxing woman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/1998
  • UPC: 720917504223
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nobuko Miyamoto Ryoko Itakura, Tax Inspector
Tsutomu Yamazaki Hideki Gondo
Masahiko Tsugawa Assistant Chief Inspector Hanamura
Hideo Murata Motel president
Shuji Otake Tax office manager
Daisuke Yamashita Taro Gondo
Shinsuke Ashida Ninigawa
Keiju Kobayashi
Mariko Okada Mitsuko Sugiura
Kiriko Shimizu Kazue Kenmochi
Kazuyo Matsui
Yasuo Daichi
Kinzo Sakura
Hajimeh Asoh
Shiro Ito Owner of a Game Center
Eitaro Ozawa Tax Accountant
Technical Credits
Juzo Itami Director, Screenwriter
Toshiyuki Honda Score Composer
Seigo Hosogoe Producer
Yonezo Maeda Cinematographer
Akira Suzuki Editor
Yasushi Tamaoki Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. Under Cover [10:33]
2. "Act Like We Know Everything" [11:04]
3. "You Are More Of A Pro Than You Look" [16:36]
4. "Here Comes Ninagawa" [17:46]
5. "You Have A Tip For Us" [15:13]
6. "I Smell A Banker" [8:53]
7. "It's A Search" [10:38]
8. Hidden Stash [15:09]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Filmography
   Production Notes
   Theatrical Trailer
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