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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

Memories of Matsuko

Kiraware Matsuko no isshô
Japan 2006, 130’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Tetsuya Nakashima
screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima
cinematography: Masakazu Ato
editing: Yoshiyuki Koike
music: Gabriele Roberto, Takeshi Shibuya
cast: Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yûsuke Iseya, Mikako Ichikawa, Asuka Kurosawa, Gori, Shinji Takeda, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Nagisa Katahira
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Nagrody Japońskiej Akademii 2007 - najlepsza aktorka pierwszoplanowa, montaż, muzyka; Asian Film Awards 2007 – najlepsza aktorka pierwszoplanowa; Fant-Asia FF 2007 – najlepszy film azjatycki; Hochi Film Award 2006; Kinema Junpo Awards 2007 – najlepsza aktorka; Udine Far East FF – III nagroda publiczności

Film description

Comedy, drama, musical, gangster film, social drama, soap opera, and a lyric poem, all in one.

A body of a scruffy middle-aged woman is found by the river. Her nephew, who did not know she existed, is slowly unfolding the story of a beautiful, joyful Matsuko, driven to the edge by her uncompromising faith in love. The accounts of the people he meets during the investigation come together to form a story of rises and falls (with more of the latter), and of dreams crushed by brutal reality. A picture of an extraordinary woman, with an extremely difficult life.
It is shown with flashing colors, disarming choreography, and an epic scale. "Citizen Kane" in color, "The Life of Oharu" with a twist of psychedelic music. A spectacle of different conventions, an aesthetic carousel with an acute social critique in the background.

But Nakashima does not play with trinkets just for the fun of it - he uses them to reverse proportions and interpretation of events. The different and the marginalized become the center of interest. The unhappy life of failures is shown in a way reserved for the stories of the most spectacular successes.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Tetsuya Nakashima

Born in 1959 in Fukuoka. He received numerous awards for his music videos, commercials, and series. Director and screenwriter. After the success of "Kamikaze Girls" and "Memories of Matsuko", he was proclaimed as one of the most original and influential Japanese filmmakers.

Selected filmography:

1997 Beztroskie lato / Natsu jikan no otonatachi / Happy-Go-Lucky
1988 Beautiful Sunday
2004 Kamikaze Girls / Shimotsuma monogatari / Kamikaze Girls
2004 Żywot Matsuko / Kiraware Matsuko no isshō / Memories of Matsuko
2008 Pako i magiczna księga / Pako to mahō no ehon / Paco and the Magic Book
2010 Wyznania / Kokuhaku / Confessions

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