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Friday, Feb. 15, 2008

SHORT TAKES

"Kanki no Uta"


Director: Joji Matsuoka

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Language: Japanese

Based on a new story by veteran rakugoka (comic storyteller) Shinosuke Tatekawa, "Kanki no Uta (Ode to Joy)" is set in a small town somewhere in Japan. Trouble begins when Iizuka (Kaoru Kobayashi), a manager of a local cultural center, realizes the center's concert hall has been double-booked for two all-housewives chorus groups on New Year's Eve. The lazy and usually irresponsible Iizuka tries to make both concerts happen. The film delivers many laughs — and a few tears.



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