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Kanya (Abe Sadao) and Satoko (Matsu Takako) are happily married as the proud owners of a successful restaurant. However, a grease fire on the night of their restaurant's fifth anniversary destroys their almost-perfect lives. While Satoko puts on a tough face by working in a small ramen joint, Kanya falls into depression. One night, Kanya returns home with an envelope of cash, revealing to Satoko that he got it after sleeping with an old regular at their restaurant. Satoko decides to exploit her husband's newfound talent, training him to defraud well-off single women for money to open a new restaurant. The couple's plan is successful, but it also begins to take a toll on their marriage as Kanya begins to develop real feelings for his targets.
|Product Title:||Dreams For Sale (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 不道德的夫妻 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 不道德的夫妻 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 夢売るふたり Dreams For Sale (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Also known as:||賣夢的兩人 卖梦的两人|
|Artist Name(s):||Matsu Takako (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Iseya Yusuke (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Suzuki Sawa (Actor) | Yabe Kyosuke (Actor) | Shofukutei Tsurube (Actor) | Kobayashi Katsuya (Actor) | Kimura Tae (Actor) | Kurashina Kana (Actor) | Kanji Furutachi (Actor) 松隆子 (Actor) | 阿部貞夫 (Actor) | 田中麗奈 (Actor) | 伊勢谷友介 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 鈴木砂羽 (Actor) | 矢部享祐 (Actor) | 笑福亭鶴瓶 (Actor) | 小林克也 (Actor) | 木村多江 (Actor) | 倉科加奈 (Actor) | 古館寛治 (Actor) 松隆子 (Actor) | 阿部贞夫 (Actor) | 田中丽奈 (Actor) | 伊势谷友介 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 铃木砂羽 (Actor) | 矢部享佑 (Actor) | 笑福亭鹤瓶 (Actor) | 小林克也 (Actor) | 木村多江 (Actor) | 仓科加奈 (Actor) | 古馆寛治 (Actor) 松たか子 (Actor) | 阿部サダヲ (Actor) | 田中麗奈 (Actor) | 伊勢谷友介 (Actor) | 香川照之 (Actor) | 鈴木砂羽 (Actor) | やべきょうすけ (Actor) | 笑福亭鶴瓶 (Actor) | 小林克也 (Actor) | 木村多江 (Actor) | 倉科カナ (Actor) | 古館寛治 (Actor) 마츠 타카코 (Actor) | Abe Sadao (Actor) | Tanaka Rena (Actor) | Iseya Yusuke (Actor) | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Suzuki Sawa (Actor) | Yabe Kyosuke (Actor) | Shofukutei Tsurube (Actor) | Kobayashi Katsuya (Actor) | Kimura Tae (Actor) | Kurashina Kana (Actor) | Kanji Furutachi (Actor)|
|Director:||Nishikawa Miwa 西川美和 西川美和 西川美和 니시카와 미와|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1033586967|
Kanya and Satoko, a married couple in Tokyo owned a small izakaya, a Japanese style pub. Their life was not easy but happy. One day because of a fire they lost everything. The two could not give up their dreams to own their own izakaya again, and started to save the money. They choice of how to save the money was to act “marriage fraud” together. Satoko looks for women who are short of something in their life. She plans for her husband how to deceive them and Kanya, with his sweet mouth, goes deep inside the life of women.
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Dreams for Sale is the latest film from Japanese writer director Nishikawa Miwa, a hard hitting drama which follows a husband and wife duo trying to make money through unconventional and duplicitous means. As with her award winning previous outing Dear Doctor, the film is an offbeat affair exploring the lengths people will go to for self-preservation, or in this case, economic survival and the chasing of modest dreams. Bleakly amusing and unpredictable, the film enjoyed success at a variety of international festivals, premiering at Toronto at 2012 and screening at London, marking another critical success for the always impressive Nishikawa.
The film follows husband and wife Kanya (Abe Sadao, Yatterman) and Satoko (Matsu Takako, Confessions), a happily married couple running a small though successful izakaya pub. After it burns to the ground, they find their lives falling apart, Satoko having to work in a low class restaurant and Kanya spiralling into depression. To salvage their dreams and get back on their feet financially, they settle on an odd scheme of fraud marriages, inspired by Kanya being paid for sleeping with an old client (Suzuki Sawa). Somewhat reluctantly, he agrees to woo and wed a series of rich, lonely women, only to leave them and abscond with money, a plan which initially seems to be working well. Inevitably, things become more complicated when the poor man starts to develop a conscience, not to mention feelings for one of his victims, an unfortunate single mother trying to look after her young child (Kimura Tae, All Around Us).
The emotionally bleak Dreams for Sale never plays out even remotely as expected, with some of the best written and developed characters of the year, not to mention cerebral and insightful takes on modern gender roles politics. Nishikawa keeps things firmly grounded and painfully believable throughout, and though increasingly tense and eventful, the film retains a raw, quietly confrontational humanism throughout. Perhaps what stands out more than anything else is the sharpness and moral complexity of her script, which subtly reverses male/female roles on a number of different levels, with Satoko being the one who drives the scheme and initially seeming the stronger and tougher of the pair, in traditional terms at least. Nothing is quite so simple, however, and the shifting relationship between the couple, and indeed their own values, identity and sense of self. This makes for rich and substantial drama, and though grim, the film is emotionally engrossing, and really does sink its teeth into the viewer through to its harrowing, though fitting conclusion.
It's not a wholly depressing experience, thankfully, and Nishikawa never merely wallows in obvious melodramatic misery, lightening things up with some dark humour and laughs peppered throughout. Wisely, the film's comedy is of the observational kind, and though it can at times be a little close to the bone, the jokes are never specifically aimed at the characters or directly at their expense. This can be seen for example through a subplot in which Kanya becomes involved with a rather large former Olympic weightlifter, and though there are some gags relating to the awkwardness of their size difference, Nishikawa again uses this primarily for commentary on changing notions of masculinity and femininity in modern Japanese society.
It's this kind of sharpness which characterises the film throughout, the script rarely putting a foot wrong and Nishikawa balancing suspenseful drama with intellectual concerns to great success. She also manages to get the very best from her two stars, without whose sterling work the film would never have worked. Abe Sadao is on top form, in a different role to his usual comedic performances, adding pathos and sympathy and ensuring that Kanya never becomes a straightforward weak or emasculated male figure. However, it's Matsu Takako who really shines, continuing to prove herself one of the best Japanese actresses working today with a powerful and multi-layered turn that makes Satoko one of the most well-realised and substantial female protagonists for quite some time, and whether the viewer likes her or not (certainly, much of her behaviour is morally questionable), she's impossible to not feel involved with and invested in.
Dreams for Sale is easily one of the best Japanese films of the last year, and hopefully the one which will see Nishikawa Miwa becoming as well-known and respected as she deserves to be. An insightful and gripping piece of dramatic cinema, it's an uncommon marriage of the entertaining and the thoughtful, and is a challenging film which works, and indeed impresses, on many levels.
by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com