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Movie trailers that give away key plot points are frequent targets of audience ire. But a poster that telegraphs what may well be the film’s ending is rare.

However, I don’t think that “Ito,” Satoko Yokohama’s heartwarming drama set in her native Aomori Prefecture, is much harmed by the poster of its title protagonist: Playing a shamisen in a maid’s costume as she jumps for joy, she seems to be signaling a peppy musical.

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