A Taxing Woman's Return (1988)
Directed by Juzo Itami
Genres - Comedy | Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Satire | Release Date - Jun 28, 1989 (USA) | Run Time - 127 min. | Countries - Italy, Japan | MPAA Rating - NR
Synopsis by Dan Pavlides
This comedy satire is the sequel to the third biggest box office draw in Japan during the 1987 season. Ryoko (Nobuko Miyamoto) is the diligent female tax collector who exposes a fake religious cult using their status to avoid paying their share of taxes. She sets out to collect the evidence that will prove the cult's culpability. Ryoko discovers the cult was set up by a shady real estate speculator to take advantage of their tax exemption. Director Juzo Itami takes satirical jabs at unscrupulous entrepreneurs, Tokyo University, and sexual exploitation. This sequel is even funnier that the original, which was the third biggest box office draw in Japan in 1987.
con/scam, tax-collector, investigator, Japan, tax-evasion, tax-fraud, conspiracy, cult