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IFC Blog: Thoughts on ‘Matsuko’

IFC Blog: Thoughts on 'Matsuko'

As part of their ongoing preview coverage for this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, Alison Wilmore’s IFC Blog takes a look at Testuya Nakashima’s stirring narrative feature Memories of Matsuko. The film, a wonderfully epic and visually beautiful journey through one woman’s mysterious/murderous life, has been rather underrated in its last 12 months of festival play. I caught it in October and, while it’s not perfect, it’s stayed with me ever since. It screens in New York on July 7 and 8, and I totally recommend it. Here’s some of what Alison has to say:

Matsuko (Miki Nakatani), bounced from terrible relationship to terrible relationship, was disowned by their family, worked as a prostitute and served time for murder. All in all a pretty wretched life, but what makes the self-proclaimed “fairy tale tragedy” “Memories of Matsuko” so good, even a little great, is that Matsuko refused to accept so, and accordingly, the film is both a musical and a brilliant whirl of stylized, candy-colored visuals, “The Life of Oharu” by way of a neon “Amelie.”

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