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Following the award-winning Dear Doctor, Nishikawa Miwa once again explores the nature and consequences of deception with her latest film Dreams For Sale. The darkly comedic drama follows a couple that has fallen on hard times and discovers that marriage frauds may be their ticket out of financial hardship. In a radical departure from his usual comedic roles, Abe Sadao stars alongside Matsu Takako (Confessions) as the man who suddenly becomes the Casanova con man. Tanaka Rena (Wings of the Kirin), Kimura Tae (All Around Us), Suzuki Sawa, Ando Tamae and Ebara Yuka also co-star as the couple's unsuspecting victims in this relationship drama.

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.

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Product Title: Dreams for Sale (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 不道德的夫妻 (英文字幕) (DVD) (日本版) 不道德的夫妻 (英文字幕) (DVD) (日本版) 夢売るふたり Dreams for Sale (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Yume Uru Futari Yume Uru Futari Yume Uru Futari Yume Uru Futari Yume Uru Futari
Artist Name(s): Nishikawa Miwa | More Rhythm | Matsu Takako | Abe Sadao | Tanaka Rena | Suzuki Sawa | Kimura Tae 西川美和 | More Rhythm | 松隆子 | 阿部貞夫 | 田中麗奈 | 鈴木砂羽 | 木村多江 西川美和 | More Rhythm | 松隆子 | 阿部贞夫 | 田中丽奈 | 铃木砂羽 | 木村多江 西川美和 | モアリズム | 松たか子 | 阿部サダヲ | 田中麗奈 | 鈴木砂羽 | 木村多江 니시카와 미와 | More Rhythm | 마츠 타카코 | Abe Sadao | Tanaka Rena | Suzuki Sawa | Kimura Tae
Release Date: 2013-03-06
Publisher Product Code: BCBJ-4476
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032004528

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Professional Review of "Dreams for Sale (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

June 25, 2013

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 –

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