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Rewatching Kiraware Matsuko no Issho (Memories of Matsuko) reminded me just how much I love this movie. The music is fantastic, the story is engaging, but most of all, each scene is absolutely stunning. Not to mention, where else can you find Nakatani Miki, Eita, Iseya Yusuke, Tanihara Shosuke, Kudo Kankuro, Kurosawa Asuka, Shibasaki Kou, Takeda Shinji, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Kimura Kaela, Tsuchiya Anna, and Bonnie Pink (just to name a few), all in a single movie?

Here are some screencaps of my favorite shots for your, as well as my own, visual pleasure. A fair warning though: there's A WHOLE LOT of color packed into this collage. Only minor spoilers ahead, if any, so don't worry if you haven't seen it yet. :Dv


Aug. 30th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Those are some valid points. Yeah, I agree that such a message is outdated, so I decided to interpret the movie a little differently.

I saw Matsuko as a bad example for women to follow. I think she was a lonely, foolish person, traumatized by how her father paid so much more attention to her sick sister instead of her. She chose to stay in abusive relationships because to her, that was better than being alone...something I don't agree with at all.

In short, I think had she chosen to find happiness in things other than men, her life wouldn't have been as miserable. She practically dedicated her entire life to all the not-so-great men in her life, and that's what led to her downfall.

All in all, I liked the fact that despite her flaws, she was able to leave an impression on all the people she touched in her life. :)