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film writing by nicholas vroman

Mitsuko Delivers / Hare ga kore nande / ハラがコレなんで

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Director Yuya Ishii (Sawako Decides, Azemichi no dandy) continues with his gentle comedic skewerings of Japanese society with Mitsuko Delivers. The story follows Mitsuko (Riisa Naka), 9 months pregnant and yenless, but nonetheless strong and forward looking – especially compared to the gamut of types and characters she interacts with. She mysteriously appears in Tokyo, crossing paths with her clueless and distant parents, hinting that the child may be the progeny of G.I met in California. Finding a place to stay in a rundown shitamachi street where she grew up, she finds a colorful cast of simple town folk in the big city – the old landlady, the young man who still holds a boyhood crush on her. With little ado, she takes command of their lives, all the while near delivery of her own child. Naka gives completely appealing and sensitive shape to the no-nonsense Mitsuko. As appealing as Mitsuko Delivers is, by the denouement a series of over determined and in-your-face set pieces nearly derail an otherwise delightful comedy by and otherwise very smart director.

Originally published in EL Magazine, December, 2011

Written by Nicholas Vroman

December 6, 2011 at 1:19 am

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