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Quartet for Two (2001)

Rendan (original title)
Shotaro and Minako are arguing. Minako has confessed her infidelity to her husband and informs him of her intention to leave him. She has ceased to enjoy living with a submissive husband. ... See full summary »

Director:

Naoto Takenaka

Writer:

Maruo Kyozuka
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Cast

Credited cast:
Naoto Takenaka ... Sasaki Shoutarou
Yûki Amami ... Sasaki Namiko
Keika Fukitsuka Keika Fukitsuka ... Sasaki Mari
Yuta Minowa Yuta Minowa ... Sasaki Touru
Sawa Suzuki Sawa Suzuki ... Ohsawa no tsuma
Hairi Katagiri Hairi Katagiri ... Bengoshi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuki Kitamura ... Ohsawa
Reiko Matsuo Reiko Matsuo ... Ritsuko
Joji Matsuoka Joji Matsuoka ... Cook
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa ... Tanimura Masaki
Chikau Satô Chikau Satô
Yasue Satô Yasue Satô ... Staff at piano course
Yûta Sone Yûta Sone ... Mori (as Hideki Sone)
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Customer
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Ramen-ya no kyaku
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Shotaro and Minako are arguing. Minako has confessed her infidelity to her husband and informs him of her intention to leave him. She has ceased to enjoy living with a submissive husband. Minako, who works for a construction company, loves her job and is progressing in her successful career, while her husband eagerly takes care of the house and the kids. He buys groceries, he cooks, he does the laundry - constantly. The couple's arguing intensifies until Minaka files for divorce. Their older daughter Mari isn't that upset by her parent's problems as she's more interested in the piano piece she's got to play with her mother at a concert organized by her music school; admittedly, she's also rather interested in her music teacher. But her younger brother Toru feels betrayed by his mother and can't manage to reconcile himself to his father's role as a housewife. A partial reconciliation occurs at Minako and Mari's concert, where their entrance on stage is met with loud applause. Written by MyDramaList

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 March 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A complex, sometimes grim, frequently hilarious family comedy.
8 September 2001 | by LagomorphSee all my reviews

Rendan is a wonderfully engrossing film, from the first shot onward. It's the story of a family in crisis, and while it doesn't shy away from serious portrayals of the pain involved, it handles the whole thing with a focus on absurdity. As a result, the film is moving, perceptive, and still extremely funny.

The characters--all of them, but especially the main characters--are fascinating, bizarre, and believable. The children have, for once, as full and complex characters as the adults, which prevents the movie from ever sinking into sentimentality.

Hey, Japan--I'll give you Hollywood if you'll give me your movie industry. Deal?


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