Memories of Matsuko

Salem By Salem, 1st Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A sad Japanese movie starring Miki Nakatani, Eita and Iseya Yusuke

Memories of Matsuko

Lately I’ve been into watching Japanese and Korean films, particularly the ones in the drama genre. I don’t know what’s gotten into me these days; I seem to be trying to find ways to make myself cry, so I go around searching for some tear-jerkers. While in the process of doing so, I came across a list of must watch Japanese tear-jerkers. All of the movies in the list were unfamiliar to me except for one, which I already watched sometime ago.

The movie is entitled Memories of Matsuko.

I saw that movie from my brother’s folder here in the computer, he said he copied it from a friend and since I was looking for something new to watch then, I tried all the movies in that folder, including Memories of Matsuko.

At the start of the movie, I was almost tempted to just stop and forget about it since it seemed rather old. But when I saw the actor, which turned out to be Eita from a series that I used to watch, I decided to give it another chance, so I kept watching it, and up until now, it’s still one of the movies that comes to my mind when I think of sad Japanese films.

The film began with Eita’s character Sho cleaning out his deceased aunt’s place (who by the way he never knew existed until his father asked him to clean out her apartment after she died just recently). There he slowly finds out about his aunt Matsuko’s colorful but sad life.
Matsuko was a school teacher, but she was expelled from the school when she protected one her students who was accused of theft. That was the start of a life full of misfortunes. She went on from lover to lover where she experienced different types of abuse, prostitution, imprisonment and in the end, she met her death in a very cruel way.

The film was punctuated with musical numbers almost reminiscent of bollywood films, which highlights some of the big events in Matsuko’s life.
I can’t remember how many times I cried while watching the film, but it really did struck a chord deep in me, which rarely happens.
For those looking for really good Japanese movies, I recommend this one, It is really a must watch. It stars Miki Nakatani as Matsuko, Eita as Sho, and even includes Iseya Yusuke as Ryu, Matsuko’s student who was the reason for her expulsion from teaching and later on became her lover.

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Japanese Drama, Matsuko, Memories

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