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The Family Game (1983)
"Kazoku gêmu" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 April 1984 (USA)
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A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Yûsaku Matsuda ...
Yoshimoto, the tutor
Jûzô Itami ...
Mr. Numata, the father
Saori Yuki ...
Mrs. Numata, the mother
Ichirôta Miyakawa ...
Shigeyuki, the younger brother
Junichi Tsujita ...
Shinichi, the older brother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Aki ...
Yoshimoto's Lover
Kôichirô Doi ...
Tsuchiya
Katsunobu Ito ...
Shigeyuki's Japanese teacher
Shûsuke Kaneko ...
Bookstore guy
Yoshihiro Katô ...
Shigeyuki's gymnastic teacher
Asako Kobayashi ...
Yuriko Tagami
Asako Maekawa ...
Yuriko tagami
Yoneko Matsukane ...
Shigeyuki's English teacher
Mayumi Matsuno ...
Michiko hamamoto
Izumi Nakamori ...
Yasuko kikuchi
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A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the younger son is a rebellious goof-off for whom a tutor must be hired. The tutor, played by the prototypical bad-boy actor Matsuda Yusaku, proceeds to blow the entire family apart (Matsuda's role is modeled on the myth of Susano-o no mikoto, the renegade deity who figures in the Kojiki). Written by David Pollack <pollack@troi.cc.rochester.edu>

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In the beginning part of the movie when the father talks to the tutor in the car and the tutor decides to turn on the radio, the radio language is Korean. The radio comes out in Korean and is reporting what President Chun Doo Hwan (the President of South Korea at that time) was doing See more »

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Mrs. Numata, the mother: My son is not dumb because, as a little boy, he memorized an entire book about roller-coasters.
Yoshimoto, the tutor: Perhaps then he can work in an amusement park.
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full of ideas, and very dreamlike... slapping you out of nowhere now and then.
6 December 2001 | by (japan) – See all my reviews

It was fun to watch the creativity put in this movie, and the tensions between the characters build up. The tutor, as imprevisible as the weather, is a major source of fun--especially in the typically anally retentive Japanese family context. I really liked how they craftily managed to plant a pretty obscene line in an argument over breakfast--it's a pun, so ask your neighborhood translator to watch the argument scene with you. The provision of laughter is disconcertingly random, so you either like it or not. I gave this a seven.


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