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Gyakufunsha kazoku (1984)

The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams. But all is not well: the house is infested by... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Katsuya Kobayashi ...
Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Saeko Kobayashi
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Masaki Kobayashi
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Erika Kobayashi (as Kudou Yuuki)
Hitoshi Ueki ...
Yasukune Kobayashi
Kazuhiko Kishino
Toyoko Koumi
Akira Ogata
Iwao Hayashizaki
Nobuhiro Gomori
Yoshinori Inoue
Hirona Takahashi
Kunihiro Ide
Alex Ablamov
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The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams. But all is not well: the house is infested by termites and the family starts cracking up: Son Masaki is studying so obsessively for his exams that he's losing his mind; daughter Erika is oblivious of all but her forthcoming record company audition, grandfather Yasukuni starts getting World War II flashbacks and father Katsuhiko is so worried about his family's "sickness" that he thinks can only be cured by group suicide... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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11 February 1986 (USA)  »

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The grandfather is named Yasukuni and has World War II flashbacks. The Yasukuni Jinja, or Yasukuni Shrine, in Japan, is dedicated to those who died in WWII. See more »

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An interesting black-comedy spoofing western (American) sitcoms!
30 May 2002 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

You know that "syrupy" sitcom fad of the 1980's? With stuff like "Full House", "Family Ties" and "Facts of Life"? Didn't they just wanna make ya puke? You always wondered why they were popular in the US, as well as Asia. I gotta a cure for you"

Gyakufunsha kazoku!!! The Back-fire family!!!

Like in many US sitcoms, it starts off with the stereotypical working dad, the stereotypical house-wife mom, the stereotypical teeny-bopper and the stereotypical brain-child student. Everything seems to be fine..... ......Until they move in with their crazy grandpa who still thinks it's World War 2 and plenty of termites and roaches in the house. Oh boy, do things take the twisted root! HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH!

Now why can't Sitcoms in West DO THAT? That would be cool!


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