Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his ... See full summary »
Straight-laced, honest Japanese travel agent Misuzu gets a job as a tour guide so that she can the world. On her first assignment in Bangkok, Thailand she does her best for her ungrateful ... See full summary »
I thought this film was quite silly yet rather sad. I hope that the "Yen" family does not exist too often in real life. I thought it was sad that the obsession with small change was more important to the family than the happiness of the son. And then to allow their 9 year old daughter to talk dirty to some pervert with a "lolita complex" was too much. But I suppose it was only a comedy.
I was also quite annoyed with the subtitles. Having fuzzy white text on a light background makes it very hard to read. I was watching the film on video, so I had the opportunity to rewind and freeze frame, but I should not have to do this. A good example of what subtitles should look like are those created by SBS in Australia on their foreign language programs which are a strongly contrasting yellow. They are much easier to read.
Overall I was not all that impressed by the film and gave it 4/10. I was hoping for more. I watched "Sada Abe" just before "Yen Family" so perhaps too high a standard had been set with which Yen could not compete.
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