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Soup Opera (2010)

Sûpu opera (original title)
Rui is now in her thirties. She is a librarian and deals with idiosyncratic patrons. She lost her mother in one way and her father in another way and was raised by an aunt instead. In a ... See full summary »


Tomoyuki Takimoto


Sawako Agawa (based on the novel by), Kenji Aoki (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Maki Sakai Maki Sakai ... Louie
Mariko Kaga
Takahiro Nishijima Takahiro Nishijima ... Kosuke
Tatsuya Fuji ... Tony
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masato Hagiwara Masato Hagiwara
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie
Reiko Kusamura Reiko Kusamura
Kyûsaku Shimada
Tôru Shinagawa Tôru Shinagawa
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi
Daikichi Sugawara
Sawa Suzuki Sawa Suzuki
Saburô Tamura Saburô Tamura
Kimiko Yo


Rui is now in her thirties. She is a librarian and deals with idiosyncratic patrons. She lost her mother in one way and her father in another way and was raised by an aunt instead. In a surprise development she finds out that her aunt is not only getting married now, but also she is relocating. There is a hole in her life now, which makes her wonder how her life and days will progress. Life is full of surprises and twists however. She is about to find this out. Written by aghaemi

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Release Date:

2 October 2010 (Japan) See more »

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Soup Opera See more »

Filming Locations:

Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

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Sometimes, marriage is like a bus in Egypt....
26 November 2011 | by KFLSee all my reviews

This was mostly a fun movie. Not profound, not "great", not something that will change your life. (not that many movies do)

But it is whimsical, frequently funny, unpredictable, and only occasionally tedious. (The ending dream sequence goes on way too long)

Rui (ridiculously rendered "Louie" by IMDb) is a 30-ish woman, not beautiful but nice enough, who never knew her father and lost her mother long ago, and has been brought up by her aunt. The aunt suddenly announces she is getting married and moving far, far away. Rui anticipates loneliness...she works in a library that seems to be frequented by exceptionally odd people, and has no-one who is likely to fill this new void in her world. But she's in for a surprise, and then another, and another....

A nearby long-disused merry-go-round, half-engulfed in weeds, becomes a rustic stage for a piquant if improbable musical trio, interposed sporadically as if to remind us that this story is only tenuously related to the real world....

I watched it in Japanese. I have no idea if a subbed version is available. I would give it 7/10 if they'd cut five minutes or more from the dream sequence at the end.

As for the meaning of the aphorism in the title, well, watch the movie for an explanation that makes good sense.

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