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Film Review: Supermarket Woman (1996) by Juzo Itami

Film Review: Supermarket Woman (1996) by Juzo Itami

The Juzo Itami-Nobuko Miyamoto (director-protagonist who also were husband and wife) duo has given us a number of delightful movies, including “Tampopo“, “The Funeral” and “Minbo no Onna“. “Supermarket Woman” follows in the same footsteps.

Goro Kobayashi, owner of the Honest Goro supermarket, has been seeing his shop underperforming for years, and when a shiny new one, Bargains Galore, opens nearby, his situation becomes even worse. During an “inspection” of his new contender, he stumbles upon an old classmate, Hanako, who proceeds on explaining to him the perspective of the housewife regarding how a supermarket should work. Impressed with her input, and facing the possibility of bankruptcy, he hires her as head cashier, with the additional purpose of introducing new sales techniques and policies, particularly regarding the food section. Hanako soon takes over both customer service and the procedures of food selling, discovering a number of

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