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Villon's Wife (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Matsu Takako (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor)
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Directed by Negishi Kichitaro (Dog in a Sidecar), Villon's Wife is one of several Osamu Dazai-based films released in 2009 to mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary writer's birth. Based on Osamu's semi-autobiographical 1947 novel, Villon's Wife depicts the tormented relationship between a strong, devoted wife and her philandering, alcoholic husband. Winning Best Actress at the 33rd Japan Academy Awards, Matsu Takako shines in the role of Sachi, a beautiful and warmhearted woman who not only endures but becomes strengthened by her cruel marriage. Acclaimed actor Asano Tadanobu saunters in and out of Sachi's life as Otami, a suicidal novelist who is as brilliant and charming as he is depressed and destructive. Set in the bustle and changes of postwar Japan, Villon's Wife also co-stars Hirosue Ryoko as Otami's lover and Tsumabuki Satoshi as Sachi's suitor.
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Product Title: Villon's Wife (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 櫻之桃與蒲公英 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 樱之桃与蒲公英 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) Villon's Wife (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Villon's Wife (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Matsu Takako (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor) | Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Muroi Shigeru (Actor) | Ibu Masato (Actor) 松隆子 (Actor) | 廣末涼子 (Actor) | 淺野忠信 (Actor) | 堤真一 (Actor) | 妻夫木聰 (Actor) | 室井滋 (Actor) | 伊武雅刀 (Actor) 松隆子 (Actor) | 广末凉子 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 堤真一 (Actor) | 妻夫木聪 (Actor) | 室井滋 (Actor) | 伊武雅刀 (Actor) 松たか子 (Actor) | 広末涼子 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 堤真一 (Actor) | 妻夫木聡 (Actor) | 室井滋 (Actor) | 伊武雅刀 (Actor) 마츠 타카코 (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Tsutsumi Shinichi (Actor) | Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Muroi Shigeru (Actor) | Ibu Masato (Actor)
Director: Negishi Kichitaro 根岸吉太郎 Negishi Kichitaro 根岸吉太郎 Negishi Kichitaro
Release Date: 2010-05-28
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022593405

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Director: Negishi Kichitaro

Otani (Tadanobu Asano), a prodigiously talented writer, and his beautiful, faithful wife Sachi (Takado Matsu), While he is talented, his is a destructive lifestyle of heavy drinking, running up debt, and forming passionate relationships with women other than his wife.

Sachi works in a drinking establishment called "Tsubakiya' to repay the debts, where she becomes very popular with the customers, and shines brightly with every day that goes by.

As Sachi becomes unrecognizably beautiful, Otani burns with jealousy. Brooding over both his writing and his way of life, he resolves to conmmit suicide with his lover Akiko (Ryoko Hirosue). Sachi, finding out about this....
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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July 19, 2010

Matsu Takako shines in the mire Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Villon's Wife" is a beautifully lensed, convincingly mounted, well acted film that has the viewer pulling for its plucky heroine right up until the film's final scene. How our heroine behaves in that final scene comes as a bit of a stunner, but perhaps that is due only to our 21st century expectations for a woman firmly rooted in traditional Japanese values. Matsu Takako stars as Sachi, the quiet, devoted, and dutiful wife of Otami (Asano Tadanobu), a dissolute novelist whose primary devotion is to his own dissipation. Otami drinks, womanizes, squanders his money, and seldom visits the increasingly squalid home to which he consigns his wife and young son.

When a bar owner arrives at Otami's home demanding that Sachi repay him a large sum of money that Otami had stolen from him, Sachi is shocked and bewildered. Having no money with which to repay the man, Sachi agrees to pay off the debt by working for him. Sachi's beauty and warm personality soon proves to be a magnet for male customers at the bar; as a consequence of her presence, the bar's business booms. Sachi grows in confidence and soon gains a young admirer whose advances she rebuffs. Otami reacts to his wife's blossoming by becoming increasingly depressed. He soon persuades his lover to enter a suicide pact with him. When only Otami survives the attempt, he is charged with the murder of his lover. Sachi, ever the devoted wife, is forced into a degrading deal to persuade an old suitor who now is an influential lawyer to handle Otami's defense.

Will Otami respond to his new-found freedom by finally appreciating the wife who has sacrificed so much for him? Will Sachi hang on to the confidence she derived from her job in the bar as she seeks to restore her relationship with Otami? Watch "Villon's Wife" to find out. Matsu Takako gives a finely nuanced, heartbreaking performance. The supporting cast is uniformly excellent. "Villon's Wife" is an emotionally wrenching film leavened by Matsu Takako's unfailing grace.
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