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The Crazy Family (1984)

Gyakufunsha kazoku (original title)
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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Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii)

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Gakuryû Ishii (screenplay) (as Sogo Ishii), Norio Kaminami (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katsuya Kobayashi Katsuya Kobayashi ... Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Saeko Kobayashi
Yoshiki Arizono Yoshiki Arizono ... Masaki Kobayashi
Yûki Kudô ... Erika Kobayashi (as Kudou Yuuki)
Hitoshi Ueki Hitoshi Ueki ... Yasukune Kobayashi
Kazuhiko Kishino Kazuhiko Kishino
Toyoko Koumi Toyoko Koumi
Akira Ogata Akira Ogata
Iwao Hayashizaki Iwao Hayashizaki
Nobuhiro Gomori Nobuhiro Gomori
Yoshinori Inoue Yoshinori Inoue
Hirona Takahashi Hirona Takahashi
Kunihiro Ide Kunihiro Ide
Alex Ablamov Alex Ablamov
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Storyline

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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az őrült család See more »

Filming Locations:

Urawa, Saitama, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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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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Crazy Satire
27 July 2017 | by minispaceSee all my reviews

First time I saw this film must have been around 1987, on German TV I remember. "Die Familie mit dem umgekehrten Düsenantrieb". Either this one or 'Tampopo', which I saw around the same time, are the first Japanese films I even saw.

I was gobsmacked by this one. Loved every minute of it. It's totally zany. It's a wonderful satire on 'booming Japan' in the 1980's. I particularly liked the role of the mother played by Mitsuko Baishô. I would say in the film, she's a kind of Japanse Teri Garr. Very subtle satire next to the outrageous things going on. The rest of the roles are filled perfectly which makes this a little gem. Of course, being 17 when I first saw it, Yûki Kudô did make an impression. Not sure though if this film would work for younger audiences in 2017, you probably have to know the zeitgeist of the 1980's a bit.

Have been trying to get this film on DVD or Blue-Ray for YEARS and finally managed to find a copy on German Amazon. It belongs to my personal list of 'cult-films'.

10 out of 10 would be a bit off, the film is good and very entertaining but not a masterpiece, but I give it 9 for pure personal reasons.


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