A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna)
A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna) (1988)

The taxing woman of the title is Nobuko Miyamoto (the wife of director Juzo Itami), who works for the Japanese version of the IRS. She is also "taxing" in her insistence upon upholding the letter of the law and doggedly tracking… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 1988
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Tighter than [Itami's] first film, The Funeral, and better constructed than Tampopo, The Taxing Woman drives relentlessly forward, mixing social satire with action and sex, if anything piling it a bit too much for one film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is less like an essay than like a series of disconnected observations. In approaching his subject from many angles, Itami fails to find the one that he needs.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

In this, his third helter-skelter satire on modern Japanese mores, Itami turns his witty attention to the subject of money, with tighter construction and deeper characterisation making it his most entertaining yet.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Miyamoto is a delightful performer, but unhappily she has a one-note, no-growth role as Ryoko, who's as bent on collecting taxes as Gondo is on dodging them.

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