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Four down on their luck housewives murder their husbands and find whacky ways to hide the bodies!

Director:

Hideyuki Hirayama

Writers:

Wui-Sin Chong, Natsuo Kirino (novel)
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Four women who work the night shift in a mid-western sandwich factory find their lives twisted beyond repair when one of them kills her abusive husband and the others conspire to dispose of the body.

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Credited cast:
Mieko Harada ... Masako Katori
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Yoshie 'Sensei' Azuma
Shigeru Muroi Shigeru Muroi ... Kuniko Junouchi
Naomi Nishida Naomi Nishida ... Yayoi Yamamoto
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Akira Jumonji
Kanpei Hazama Kanpei Hazama ... Mitsuyoshi Satake
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Chiyoko Azuma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rio Akisada Rio Akisada
Yoshiki Arizono Yoshiki Arizono
Kan Etô Kan Etô ... Hirose
Takanori Hamachika Takanori Hamachika
Michihiko Hamada Michihiko Hamada ... Kinugasa
Gloria Itô Gloria Itô ... Maria
Hidekazu Mashima Hidekazu Mashima ... Toyosumi Yakuza Mobster
Fujio Mori Fujio Mori
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Four down on their luck housewives murder their husbands and find whacky ways to hide the bodies!

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Comedy | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 October 2002 (Japan) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,106,377
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This movie was referenced in the japanese manga series Absolute Boyfriend. See more »

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Follows OUT - Tsuma-tachi no hanzai (1999) See more »

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a very poor adaptation
25 October 2006 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Having read the novel, I came to Out with certain preconceptions, and was deeply disappointed by this rendering of Kirino's work. Of course, perhaps those who did not read the novel might enjoy the film more, but a straw poll suggests that is not the case. The actors go for caricature and none of the nuanced layers that make the novel so rich are present here. By way of example, there is the casting of Harada as Masako. In the novel, this is a woman who goes toe-to-toe with moneylenders and stalkers while trying to hold a family together and be a friend to people who don't deserve her. At the end of the novel, she slugs it out with a killer and holds her own. She is a big boned, heavyweight bruiser of a woman who endures much mentally and physically. Harada, pleasing on the eye, is all wrong for the part. It is not her fault; she just isn't the right type. There is an irony here - the novel criticises the triteness and shallow money-obsession of present day Japan, and this film exemplifies it by casting cute actresses in roles they are not fit for.

This is a diluted, sentimentalised, scrubbed up version of the novel that comes across as a made- for-TV Tuesday night filler. The foreigners who play a pivotal role in the novel are excised. The butchery that is so visceral in prose is never shown. One wonders what Kirino made of it - probably not very much, like the rest of the Japanese public. The novel is crying out for better treatment than this.


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