|Writers||Jûzô Itami (writer)
|Cast||Nobuko Miyamoto Masahiko Tsugawa Tetsurô Tanba Yasuo Daichi Tôru Masuoka Kinzô Sakura Tetsuya Itô Takashi Kanematsu Hanbei Kawai Masaru Sakurai Retsu Kuratani Kazumasa Takemoto Maki Yonekura Takashi Saitô Yôjirô Mori Eikô Takayama Hisanao Watanabe Yoshihiko Watarai Kazunori Shigeki Akira Shinjo|
|Plot||Ryoko Itakura returns as the government tax agent willing to tackle the toughest cases. This time she takes on a fanatical but lucrative religious cult run by a vile lecher.... see Marusa no onna 2 on IMDb|
Those are web search results for "Marusa no onna 2 1988" and may change in time. We are not affiliate with any of these websites. If some of the links harm copyright laws please see our DMCA and Copyright page.
|In A Taxing Woman's Return, we get a reprise of Nobuko Miyamoto's role as Ryoko Itakura, that indomitable Japanese tax collector who stops at nothing to get her man. In this story she is after the Chief Elder of one of the country's 180,000 registered religions. Onizawa (Rentaro Mikuni) prays for the souls of the sick and the dead with one hand and rakes in billions of yen with the other.|
His cult, Heaven's Path, has its fingers in several rice bowls, including a huge land scheme involving political graft. Ryoko is on the case, trying to prove that Onizawa is not paying his fair share of taxes, but she gets herself in trouble by working outside the rules.
Itami's habit of following the lives of several characters shows itself to good advantage in this film. His use of visual symbolism also seems stronger and more accomplished. For example, Onizawa has recurring dreams of a sheer rock wall crumbling down on top of him. This image alone helps us to feel his terror and serves to make him a more sympathetic character even though he does some very unsympathetic things.
Unfortunately, Miyamoto's character seems almost incidental to this story. Itami, as usual, introduces her in the first scene and then forgets about her until the end of Act I. It's the tremendous performance of Rentaro Mikuni and the insightful look into the problem of corruption in Japan that makes this film worth viewing. --Luanne Brown
|Buy Marusa no onna 2 on Amazon.com|
-- Ad space