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The Crazy Family (1984)
"Gyakufunsha kazoku" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  11 February 1986 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Katsuya Kobayashi ...
Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Saeko Kobayashi
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Masaki Kobayashi
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


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama





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11 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Gyakufunsha kazoku  »

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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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Absolutely crazed satire from Japan
18 August 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

I've wanted to see "The Crazy Family" ever since reading about it in Shock Cinema. After finally being able to track it down, I can honestly say it didn't disappoint me. "The Crazy Family" has to be one of the most berserk screen satires I've ever seen. I think I missed a lot of the deeper social implications and attacks on Japanese family life, as its a culture I am largely unfamiliar with. Fortunately, a lot of the humor is absolutely hilarious anyways, albeit in a very dark and even surreal manner. The jokes include, but are not limited to, Nazism, incest, and a lot of insanity.

Past the humor, the film is remarkably well made. Considering the fact its a low budget production (and very much a predecessor to the Japanese New Wave cinema of Takashi Miike and Shinya Tsukamoto), its editing is amazing. The rapid and quick cuts achieve a hypnotic style, not so much quickly paced and being able to capture the frenzy of the situation. The pacing is very good as well, as the situations just continue to become worse as the film continues. This is the classic "things just get worse" style of sitcom humor taken to its most surreal extreme. "The Crazy Family" is an absolutely unique film which needs a much larger audience. Its easily the closest Sogo Ishii has came to creating a masterpiece. (9/10)

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