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Yonkoma manga, or four-cell gag comics, are popular here with both sexes and all ages, but they account for relatively few of the many hit live-action films made from manga. For one thing, it’s not so easy to string all those gags together into a three-act story. Doable, yes. Done well? Not so often.

Based on Miri Masuda’s “Su-chan” yonkoma manga about average working women dealing with real-life problems and annoyances, scriptwriter Sachiko Tanaka and director Osamu Minorikawa have crafted a film that has a real narrative arc instead of being a series of blackout skits.

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