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The Funeral (1984)

Osôshiki (original title)
At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Wabisuke Inoue
Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Chizuko Amamiya
Kin Sugai ...
Kikue Amamiya
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Shokichi Amamiya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isao Bitô ...
Shigeru
Midori Ebina ...
Kiyo
Nekohachi Edoya ...
Ebihara
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Small old man
Hideo Fukuhara ...
TV Studio Guard
Hiroko Futaba ...
Shokichi's Wife
Manpei Ikeuchi ...
Jiro
Yôsui Inoue ...
Telegram Deliverer
Masahiro Irie ...
VTR Operator
Ryôsuke Kagawa ...
Old People's Club Chairman
Akio Kaneda ...
Fuku
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At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the course of the three-day funeral, which is held (as is customary) in the home. These incidents contrast old ways and new ways, young and old, ritual ceremony and true feelings, often comically, but sometimes with real poignancy. Written by Doug Shafer <dsshafer@uncc.edu>

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16 March 1987 (USA)  »

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This was Jûzô Itami's first film as a director and writer. See more »

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Although the nails are heavily indented into the coffin lid in the house, in the subsequent walk to the hearse there is no sign of them, nor at the crematory. See more »

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Itami's masterpiece
13 July 2005 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Juzo Itami, actor and son of director Mansaku Itami, created a wry, sometimes hilarious and ultimately bittersweet comedy for his first try as a director. He made it under the auspices of Japan's Art Theater Guild, which had also been responsible for Shinoda's "Double Suicide" and other avant-garde films.

Itami's always gentle observations of a Japanese family's various reactions to the death of their patriarch (the death scene alone is beautifully done), as viewed and commented on by the dead old man himself is humanely humorous.

Itami's satiric style got a great deal broader after "The Funeral" - peaking with "A Taxing Woman." But the style he adopted became tedious in the '90s - culminating with a jibe at the Yakuza that provoked them to attack Itami with razors. Some people can't take a joke it seems.


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