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Villon's Wife

General info
Original title: Viyon No Tsuma (ヴィヨンの妻 〜桜桃とタンポポ〜)
Country: Japan
Year: 2009
Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7 137 votes
Plot: VILLON'S WIFE depicts a long-suffering woman's relationship with her brilliant but self-destructive writer husband in postwar Tokyo. The story centers less on the womanizing, heavy-drinking, suicidal hero than on the wife who loves him.

After her husband steals 5,000 yen from a middle-aged couple who own a bar where he has already run up a huge tab, Sachi arrives at the establishment as a self-professed 'guarantee' for the stolen money. Her beauty and genuine friendliness, against an implied backdrop of Japan's WWII defeat, soon has the joint jumping. Despite the constant humiliations caused by her husband Otani (Tadanobu Asano), Sachi's devotion towards him never wavers. The relationship between Sachi and Otani deepens and shifts with Sachi's growing empowerment, and her continued allegiance to Otani is no longer a passive duty, but a beacon of postwar survival.

(source: Hawaii Internation Film Fest)



Awards
  • [March, 2010] Japan Academy Prize
    • « Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role » Takako Matsu
    • « Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction » (Yohei Taneda/Kyoko Yauchi)
  • [December, 2009] Nikkan Sports Film Awards
    • « Best Actress » Takako Matsu
  • [November, 2009] Hochi Film Awards
    • « Best Actress » Takako Matsu
  • [September, 2009] Montreal World Film Festival
    • « Best Director » - Kichitaro Negishi
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Running time: 114

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Tags: Villon's Wife, Viyon No Tsuma, 2009, Japanese movies, Drama movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Villon's Wife
Variety, by RONNIE SCHEIB source: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117941082.html
«Vet Japanese helmer Kichitaro Negishi's period meller "Villon's Wife" depicts a long-suffering woman's relationship with her brilliant but self-destructive writer husband in postwar Tokyo. Based on Nipponese bad boy Osamu Dazai's semi-autobiographical 1947 novel, the story centers less on the womanizing, heavy-drinking, suicidal hero than on the wife who loves him. Negishi accords his characters an acceptance that sabotages facile judgments, steering a subversive course by encouraging tiny deviations from expected behavior in his quietly magnificent cast. Feted at home, Negishi remains virtually unknown in the West, but Montreal's directing prize may change that.»

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Persons

Filmmakers

Negishi, KichitaroNEGISHI Kichitaro
director
TANAKA Yôzô
writer
Dazai, OsamuDAZAI Osamu
writer
Yoshimatsu, TakashiYOSHIMATSU Takashi
composer
Fuji TVFuji TV
studio
Persons

Cast

Matsu, TakakoMATSU Takako
as Sachi
Asano, TadanobuASANO Tadanobu
as Otani
Muroi, ShigeruMUROI Shigeru
as Miyo
Ibu, MasatôIBU Masatô
as Kichizo
Hirosue, RyokoHIROSUE Ryoko
as Akiko
Tsumabuki, SatoshiTSUMABUKI Satoshi
as Okada
Tsutsumi, ShinichiTSUTSUMI Shin'ichi
as Tsuji
Arai, HirofumiARAI Hirofumi
Kobayashi, AsakoKOBAYASHI Asako
Mitsuishi, KenMITSUISHI Ken
Pekar, GregoryPEKAR Gregory
as American G.I.
Suzuki, TakujiSUZUKI Takuji
Yamamoto, MiraiYAMAMOTO Mirai



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