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- Movie: Nonko 36-sai
- Romaji: Nonko 36-sai (kaji-tetsudai)
- Japanese: ノン子３６歳 （家事手伝い）
- Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
- Writer: Takashi Ujita
- Producer: Tomohiro Kobayashi, Gen Sato, Keiko Kusakabe
- Cinematographer: Ryuto Kondo
- Release Date: December 20, 2008
- Runtime: 105min.
- Distributor: There's Enterprise
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Nobuko tried to be successful as an actress in Tokyo (stage name ‘Nonko’), but wasn’t popular. She married her manager and soon divorced. Now a once-divorced woman in her mid-30s, she returns home to the Shinto shrine that her family runs, to help out with domestic chores. Her father is always in a stubborn rage, her mother is always trying to calm things down. However, Nonko’s married sister, who already has a daughter, scathingly says of Nonko, “It’s all over for her.”
There’s no place to run to and no place to belong, just a backwards little country town. The only thing to do is ride her bicycle to her friend’s bar to drink with the owner, another divorcee. She can’t remember the last time she got dressed up or had sex.
Nonko, who is totally lacking in ambition, encounters a young man named Masaru. He has great expectations about selling chicks at the shrine festival. Nonko ends up taking him to the house of Yasukawa, who allots space for festival stalls. Masaru is rather naïve and pitiable, but this earnest and straightforward younger man puts a smile back on her face, and she gradually becomes more emotionally and physically receptive, until her ex-husband, Udagawa, makes his appearance.
Nonko’s heart begins to tremble.
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Trailer (English subtitles)
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