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The Funeral (1984)
"Osôshiki" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  16 March 1987 (USA)
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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 ...
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Ryôsuke Kagawa ...
Old People's Club Chairman
Akio Kaneda ...
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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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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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Just A Great Film
3 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Told by Wabisuke Inoue (Tsutomo Yamazaki), this is a story about his father in law's sudden death from a heart attack and the ensuing arrangements for the wake and funeral, culminating with the actual rituals themselves. This film runs the gamut of emotions, and that is where its brilliance is. At times you laugh at the sometimes zany characters, but then there are moments so touching you find yourself, if not in tears, at least becoming part of the moving experience. For anyone who has ever been involved in the planning of a wake/funeral, here it is: The quibbling over the cost, the obnoxious relatives (one guy, Aoki, brought his video camera), the squabbling between the principal characters on "what he would have wanted", the people who are drinking and enjoying themselves too much to leave etc. But, when you feel there is a point where this is all absurd, there is a moment where someone really feels the loss. That, to me, is what makes the film so great. It has a smile on its face, but sometimes pain in the heart. Enjoyable and moving, its a real gem.


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