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Like Asura

Directed by MORITA Yoshimitsu

Release
Original Title:
阿修羅のごとく
© 2003 TOHO / HAKHODO / THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS / NIPPAN © 2003 TOHO / HAKHODO / THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS / NIPPAN

Introduction

Kuniko Mukouda is one of the most prolific and popular writers of Japan. Mukouda wrote numerous teleplays, essays and novels. “Like Asura” is Mukouda’s original teleplay which was made into a hit television drama in 1979 for rave reviews. The story unfolds around four sisters who have distinctive, but lovable characters whom you can identify as “one of us”. The director Yoshimitsu Morita of such critical and box office hits as “Lost Paradise” and “Mohohan Copycat Killer” tackles this Japanese tragicomedy and created an unforgettable human comedy which rivals the plays by Chekhov with the all star cast of such luminaries as Shinobu Otake, Hitomi Kuroki, Eri Fukatsu, Kyoko Fukada, Tatsuya Nakadai and Kaoru Yachigusa.

Story

To their great surprise, Tsunako and her three sisters learn that their old father, Kotaro has a lover. They try not to let their mother, Fuji, who has devotedly loved her husband and children, know the fact. When they find in the newspaper an anonymous letter to the editor telling of their father’s love affair, they desperately hide it from their mother, as they suspect each other: Who wrote it?

The sisters have their own problems too: Tsunako, a widow, is intimate with a restaurant owner who is married. Makiko incidentally discovers her husband’s secret rendezvous with his secretary. Takiko hires a private detective to tail her father, but unexpectedly he woos her. Sakiko is crazy about a young boxer, who, after she marries him, gets fatally wounded in the ring. The sisters are worried about each other, sometimes hostile to each other and, deep in their hearts, jealous of each other.

One cold day, Makiko sees her mother standing outside the apartment house of the woman her father takes care of. The old woman had been aware of her husband’s betrayal for so long, but kept silent without accusing him. But, woman as she is, she, too, deep in her heart, is angry and jealous like Asura, the Indian demon who personifies fury and jealousy. Then she has a violent stroke and collapses. After she dies, the sisters find out that it was their mother who sent that letter to the editor.

Cast

OTAKE Shinobu

Mitamura Tsunako

KUROKI Hitomi

Satomi Makiko

FUKATSU Eri

Takezawa Takiko

FUKADA Kyoko

Jinnai Sakiko

Data

Director
MORITA Yoshimitsu
Original Story
MUKOUDA Kuniko
Producer
HONMA Hideyuki
ICHIKAWA Minami
HARUNA Kei
MISAWA Kazuko
Screenplay
TSUTSUI Tomomi
Music
OSHIMA Michiru
Cinematography
KITA Nobuyasu
Japan Release Date
2003.11.08
Running time
135min