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Last year veteran director Akiko Ohku had a breakthrough hit with “Tremble All You Want,” a romantic com edy about a 24-year-old office clerk still obsessed with her girlhood crush but yet to have an actual boyfriend. Played with discombobulated verve by Mayu Matsuoka, this loser-at-love won audience hearts, while making Matsuoka the local industry’s “it girl.”

Now Ohku is back with “Marriage Hunting Beauty,” a rom-com based on Arako Toaru’s manga of the same Japanese title. Once again the heroine is looking for love in the wrong places — namely married guys slow to reveal the wife waiting at home. And once again she is a klutz at romance, if not to the same nerdy extent as Matsuoka’s clerk. She even has a good buddy in the married Keiko (Asami Usuda), essentially the same character as the understanding office colleague played by Anna Ishibashi in “Tremble All You Want.”

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