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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 literal translation of the Japanese title is "Back-Firing Family". "Gyakufunsha" means "thrust reversal", but is also used as a slang term for "crazy" or "screwed up." See more »

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Outrageous, in a good way.
1 January 2000 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie before I had ever set foot in Japan, and found it freaky and outrageous. A tour de force of punk values in celluloid. I assumed that much of this impression was due to my unfamiliarity with Japan. Now, after living in Japan from 1987 until 1991, it's still just as outrageous. One of the rare movies that combines freak out visual images with a serious concept. Ishii takes the 'typical' Japanese family by each stereotype in turn, and stretches each to cartoon extremes. Lock all these characters in a house with all the windows and doors nailed shut, and let the climax to this movie slowly build. Recommended for viewers who are decidedly not faint hearted.


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