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Juzo Itami
Produced by
Seigo Hosogoe
Yasushi Tamaoki
Written by
Juzo Itami
Nobuko Miyamoto
Rentarō Mikuni
Masahiko Tsugawa
Tetsurō Tamba
Toru Masuoka
Koichi Ueda
Mansaku Fuwa
Takeya Nakamura
Music by
Toshiyuki Honda
Yonezo Maeda
Edited by
Akira Suzuki
Release dates
1988 (Japan)
Running time
127 minutes
The Return of the Taxing Woman is the 1988 sequel to the original movie, The Taxing Woman, which was released in 1987. While both movies engage in some form of slapstick, both focus on the trials and tribulations of the only female tax collector in Tokyo. Sexism and ridicule are her daily allies.
The female tax investigator, Ryoko Itakura, investigates a religious sect that is a front for a tax evasion outfit. The viewer witnesses the corruption of government officials, the influence of the Yakuza, as well as the overwhelming need to rebuild the city as a source of national pride. You see the lack of cooperation among the various government agencies, and the blatant disregard for government.
One also glimpse the allegiance that subordinates have for their “boss” and the extraordinary measures that workers are willing to take to protect the integrity of the department. The movie combines humor with a glimpse into modern Japanese society.
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The movie was nominated for five Japanese Academy Awards and was directed by Juzo Itami, the same director who also brought Tampopo to the screen.