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‘A Good Husband’ is in Los Angeles one more week! Please do not miss a chance to meet A Good Husband.

“This movie upholds the rich humanist tradition of Japanese cinema.” – Kevin Thomas, LA Times

“It is a great joy and excitement to have my film ‘ A Good Husband’ open in the United States. When the film opened in Japan, the audience shed their tears after finding out the speical secret the couple, who has been married for 10 years, shares in the story. Make sure to find out what this special secret is at the theater. You will be surprised. I am sure that this film brings comedy and mystery to American audience. I am looking forward to seeing you on the screen.” – Director Isao Yukisada

Movie review: ‘A Good Husband’

The cast is a formidable ensemble, with Toyokawa, as a man grappling with regret and longing, and the veteran Ishibashi, expressing Bunta’s inner strength.

Isao Yukisada’s bittersweet love story “A Good Husband” upholds the rich humanist tradition of Japanese cinema. Adapted for the screen by Chihiro Ito from Mayumi Nakatani’s novel, it employs a daring sleight of hand in its storytelling and allows some acclaimed actors to soar in complex roles.

Kitami (Etushi Toyokawa) is a gifted photographer who has fallen into a querulous relationship with his wife, Sakura (Hiroko Yakushimaru), who is desperate to have a child. Last year, Sakura persuaded Kitami to vacation in Okinawa over Christmas, but this year he flatly refuses to go.

We then meet aspiring actress Ranko (Asami Mizukawa), who will do anything to get Kitami to shoot the picture that will help make her a movie star; Kitami’s assistant, Makoto (Gaku Hamada), who tries to find him work; Bunta (Renji Ishibashi), a dignified sixtysomething transvestite and a devoted family retainer; and Nishida (Yu Shirota), one of Sakura’s students.

Time spent with these characters threatens to become tedious and digressive — until, in a surprising flashback, Yukisada reveals what happened in Okinawa the year before. The audience then sees Kitami and the people in his life from an entirely different perspective.

The cast becomes a formidable ensemble, with Toyokawa, as a man grappling with regret and longing, and the veteran Ishibashi, expressing Bunta’s inner strength, emerging as highly impressive and resourceful actors.

“A Good Husband.” No MPAA rating. In Japanese with English subtitles. Running time: 2 hours, 11 minutes. At the MPark 4, Los Angeles.

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A GOOD HUSBAND  by director Isao Yukisada will be screened at Mpark 4 first in the US.  For Valentine’s Day, FuzzyCalifornia presents  a surprisingly touching sweet love fantasy.

A GOOD HUSBAND is a story of a couple who has been married 10 years. The husband is no good cheat but his wife keeps on loving him. One day, out of the blue, an incident befalls them, and their everyday life for last 10 years changed and reveiled what they left behind them.

Director  Isao Yukisada, who made his youthful cinematic reputation with GO and CRYING OUT LOVE , IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, has directed a fantasy for adults. THe mricle that befalls this couple at the end will make you weep… He says, “This is my attmept to encourage more films teaturing people like us, in our 40s. I wanted to direct a film in which two great veteran actors could simply show off how great they are, also wanted to prove that adults know how to have fun, too.”

A GOOD HUSBAND is the first play by Mayumi Nakatani, whose works are staged internationally, to be adapted into a film. The leads are a couple in their 40s. Etsushi Toyokawa, who first achieved international accalim in LOVE LETTER and many other Shunji Iwai films, plays the husband, Shunsuke. As Toyokawa’s popularity at home and abroad soars, he has recently performed in SINKING OF JAPAN, HULA GIRLS, and 20th CENTURY BOYS. His wife, Sakura, is performed by Hiroko Yakushimaru, best known recently for her performance as the gentle mother in ALWAYS-SUNSET ON THIRD STREET. After making her riveting debut in PROOF OF THE WILD as a teenager, her brilliant lead performances in a string of Kadokawa idol films established her as an iconic actress still widely adored today.

Joining them is the powerful young actress, Asami Mizukawa, who starred in CHAMELEON by Junji Sakamoto and TV series NODAME CANTABILE, and GAKU HAMADA who starred in THE FOREIGN DUCK, THE NATIVE DUCK and FISH STORY, directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura. The Veteran actor Renji Ishibashi, who has played everything from a yakuza boss to a corporate raider, delivers a memorable perfomance as a drag queen.

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