Kumiko Aso

The Workhorse & the Bigmouth

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2013
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34-year-old Michiyo Mabuchi (Kumiko Aso) and 26-year-old Yoshimi Tendo (Shota Yasuda) meet at a screenwriting class. Michiyo Mabuchi, who is called “Basyauma”, works hard to become a writer, but can’t see a future for herself as a screenwriter. Meanwhile, Yoshimi Tendo is a bigmouth who never tries hard at anything. These two people fall in love.


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The Seaside Motel

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2010
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Director Moriya Kentaro (School Daze) goes for a Japanese take on Four Rooms with Seaside Motel, an ensemble comedy based on the comic book Motel by Okada Yukio. The surreal comedy first hilariously sets up its premise by bringing groups of strangers that include gangsters, gamblers, and call girls into four separate rooms, only to send them into a chaotic colliding course over one fateful night. To match his eccentric group of characters, Moriya has brought together an equally eccentric cast that includes Ikuta Toma (The Fallen Angel), Aso Kumiko (Instant Swamp), Yamada Takayuki (Crows Zero), Tamayama Tetsuji (Goemon), Narumi Riko (Bushido Sixteen), and Furuda Arata (20th Century Boys). The first thing that’s wrong with the Seaside Motel is that it’s surrounded by mountains with no sea by its side. The second thing wrong is its weird group of guests tonight: A traveling salesman of bogus cosmetics (Ikuta Toma) and a call girl (Kumiko Aso); a businessman with erectile dysfunction (Furuta Arata) and his bored wife; a indebted gambler (Yamada Takayuki), his girlfriend (Narumi Riko), and his debt collector (Tamayama Tetsuji); and don’t forget the cabaret girl and her usual customer. They may all be in different rooms with their own problems, but the paths of these strangers will intertwine into an unsolvable knot on this particularly eventful night, and it can only happen at the Seaside Motel. 


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The Man Behind the Scissors

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2005
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The Man Behind the Scissors centers around two serial killers: mastermind Yasunaga and helper Chinatsu. The two risk being found out when the police question them as witnesses to a gruesome murder they themselves may have committed. A quirky and perplexing police thriller centered around two murderers who thrive on slicing up schoolgirls. Calculated serial psycho Yasunaga (Tokokawa) and Chinatsu (Aso), his sweet female sidekick, find themselves being questioned as witnesses to a murder when their next potential victim turns up dead…with their M.O.


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Tears for You

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2006
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Tears for You is a love story about two step-siblings, Yota (Satoshi Tsumabuki) and Kaoru (Masami Nagasawa). Long ago, Yota’s mother (Kyoko Koizumi) married Kaoru’s jazz-playing father (Tatsuya Nakamura), effectively merging the two families. Unfortunately, Kaoru’s father skipped town, and…


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Romantic Prelude

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2009
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Nojima Satoshi (Junichi Okada) is a photographer whose job depends on his friend Shingo, a model, who in turn is in a middle of a career crisis. Nojima wants to photograph scenery, but is held back because he feels obligated to stay with his friend. His neighbor, Nanao (Kumiko Aso), works at a flower shop, has dedicated her life to her job and isn’t involved in any romance. They’ve never met. However, they’re aware of each other’s presence by the sounds they make in their daily lives through the thin wall. Through twists and turns, they gradually realize their true desires; and on the road to reach their goals, their paths somehow intersects in this believable modern-day fairy-tale.


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Napoleon no Mura

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2015
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Eiji Asai (Toshiaki Karasawa) is a public officer. He is sent to Kagura Village in Hoshikawa City. More than half of the village residents are older than 65 and the average annual income is only 870,000 yen. Eiji Asai encourages the public officers there and the residents to revive the village.


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Moteki

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2011
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Set one year after the drama series “Moteki.”
31-year-old Yukiyo Fujimoto (Mirai Moriyama) doesn’t have money, dreams or a girlfriend. He has left his job at a staffing firm and is attempting to start a new life by working as a writer for a news site. Suddenly, Yukiyo experiences “moteki” – a period when a man becomes suddenly popular with woman.
Cute magazine editor Miyuki (Masami Nagasawa), pure and naive office worker Rumiko (Kumiko Aso), beautiful shop assistant Ai (Riisa Naka) and beautiful, but tough co-worker named Motoko (Yoko Maki) all become interested in Yukiyo. He tries to calm down, but is shaken by the interests of these women.


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Kaiki Renai Sakusen

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2015
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“Kaiki Renai Sakusen” follows three women and depicts their persona lives, work lives and their fight against a monster.

Natsumi (Kumiko Aso) is 36-years-old. She dreamed of becoming a cafe owner and saved money to achieve her dream, but she was swindled out of her money. She now works at the cafe where she dreamed of becoming the owner. Akiko (Maki Sakai) is 39-years-old. She works as a music teacher and awaits for the perfect man. Fuyu (Tamaki Ogawa) is 38-years-old. She thinks of herself as an actress.


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Instant Swamp

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2009
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Satoshi Miki’s comedy about an endearingly flaky woman’s search for her eccentric antique (i.e., junk) dealer dad is packed with small comic gems, delivered in Miki’s trademark dry style of spot-on timing and blithe disregard for logic.

After being forced to resign from her publishing company job when her magazine goes out of circulation, office worker Haname Jinchoge (Kumiko Aso) is given the name of her real father-Noburo Jinchoge when her mother (Keiko Matsuzaka) falls into a coma after nearly drowning in a pond while searching for kappa. Unsure if Noburo (Morio Kazama) is her father, Haname decides to visit him but tells him that she is a distant relative, he happens to be the shopkeeper at an odd antiquities shop called Light Bulb Co., working for her father is a punk rocker named Gas (Ryo Kase).

Haname becomes fascinated with the various oddities and charm of Light Bulb Co., and discovers that she, like her father has a knack for selling things so she decides to become a shopkeeper herself. Customers are hard to come by, but she listens to her dad’s strange advice….


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Chase

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2010
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It’s a story about a veteran tax bureau inspector, Haruma Sosuke (Eguchi Yosuke) and a skilled tax evasion consultant, Murakumo Shuji (ARATA).
Haruma always thought that the tax evader’s world and his modest life had nothing to do with each other, but one day they would become connected.


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