At the End of the Matinee film review: Japanese romance drama starring Masaharu Fukuyama is dull and inarticulate

2/5 stars

In a world rocked by disharmony, be it political, economic, geographical or romantic, two lonely middle-aged souls seem destined to remain apart in Hiroshi Nishitani’s dreary romance, At the End of the Matinee. Yuriko Ishida and Masaharu Fukuyama, in his fifth collaboration with the director, star in this globe-trotting adaptation of Keiichiro Hirano’s award-winning novel.

An on-screen romance between capable adults, rather than emotionally inarticulate teens, should be cause for…

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