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Sûpâ no onna (1996)

Goro's supermarket is not doing well; the rival "Bargains Galore" threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail ... See full summary »

Director:

Jûzô Itami

Writer:

Jûzô Itami
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Hanako Inoue
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Gorô Kobayashi
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ... Gorô no Ani - Ichirô
Sen Yano Sen Yano ... Shôjikiya Tenshu
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Seinikubu Chîfu
Chôei Takahashi Chôei Takahashi ... Sengyobu Chîfu
Yûji Miyake Yûji Miyake ... Seikabu Chîfu
Aki Takejô Aki Takejô ... Sôzaibu Chîfu
Akiko Matsumoto Akiko Matsumoto ... Reji
Sumiyo Yamada Sumiyo Yamada ... Reji
Kazuki Kosakai Kazuki Kosakai ... Hansokubuin
Shingo Yanagisawa Shingo Yanagisawa ... Seinikubu Joshu
Manpuku Kin Manpuku Kin ... Seinikubu Joshu
Hikaru Ijûin Hikaru Ijûin ... Seigyobu Joshu
Keita Tsukui Keita Tsukui ... Seikabu Joshu
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Goro's supermarket is not doing well; the rival "Bargains Galore" threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail and life changes. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 June 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Supermarket Woman See more »

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Dolby

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Deservedly unknown in the U.S.
19 February 2008 | by ken_mayerSee all my reviews

I loved Tampopo, Min-Bo, A Taxing Woman, and The Funeral. I thought Supermarket Woman would be of the same quality. Instead, Supermarket Woman was a long, stale formula. Was it made for TV? What constraints was Itami working under? The narrative strategy (no plural), acting, cinematography, and moral universe are almost equal to "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective." Itami's wife is the protagonist again. She gives good and obvious advice. The villains are cartoonishly evil. They are easily defeated. Everyone cheers. Repeat about 20 times. Perhaps this is funnier in the original Japanese, but the formula seems to bore even the main protagonist. If you are an anthropologist writing about how Japanese pop culture celebrates capitalism, this film *might* be worth digging up. Until I saw this film, I ranked Itami as one of my favorite directors. Now my faith is shaken. What happened? In contrast to Tampopo or The Funeral, there is no material in Supermarket Woman that would be objectionable for younger viewers. There is one scene where characters almost remove clothes. The chase scene and other "punches" are cartoonish and are less violent than "Toy Story" or "Home Alone". The lack of inventiveness and objectionable material made me wonder whether this was made for TV.


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