Tagged: Kagurazaka Megumi

Sono Sion’s Guilty of Romance (2011)

A terrible murder has occurred in the love hotel district of Maruyama-cho, Shibuya (Tokyo). A woman’s dismembered body and creatively rearranged with that of a mannequin. The police is investigating the case.
Izumi (Kagurazaka Megumi) is a devout wife and the picture girl for housewives in the 1950s. Unfortunately it’s the 1990s and Izumi, who’s turning 30, would like to do something with her life. Anything really, that doesn’t involve only thinking about her husband (Tsuda Kanji) Yukio’s slippers and marseille soap all day. Yukio is a famous novelist who’s never home. He treats her wife like a maid and doesn’t really seem to love or care about her. Out of boredom Izumi decides to take a job cooking sausage samples in a local supermarket. One day a costumer notices her and asks her if she wants to become a model. Turns out the new job involves more than just posing naked. At first Izumi seems to be finally taking control of her life, but then everything spirals down in a vortex of sex, prostitution and water balloons filled with pink paint.  Continue reading

Sono Sion’s The Land of Hope (2012)

The Ono’s are a humble family of farmers living in rural Japan. One day there is an earthquake which causes a disaster in the local nuclear power plant. Everyone is afraid of the consequences of radiation on the local population. The Ono family lives just on the 20 kilometer radius border, where the authorities have established there is no “officially” no risk of contamination. They watch their neighbors being brought away into some a provisory facility away from their hometown. Yoichi ono (Murakami Jun) wants to stay with his father Yasuhiko (Natsuyagi Isao) and mother Cheiko (Ohtani Naoko). However Yasuhiko advices his son to move away from the contaminated area, with his wife Izumi (Kagurazaka Megumi) and start a new life elsewhere. Yoichi says goodbye to his parents and moves to a nearby town that is supposedly safer, but when Izumi discovers that she is pregnant she becomes paranoid about the radiations possibly hurting her unborn child.  Continue reading