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Gyakufunsha kazoku (1984)

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 »

Director:

Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii)

Writers:

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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Genres:

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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Outrageous, in a good way.
1 January 2000 | by Ross-cSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie before I had ever set foot in Japan, and found it freaky and outrageous. A tour de force of punk values in celluloid. I assumed that much of this impression was due to my unfamiliarity with Japan. Now, after living in Japan from 1987 until 1991, it's still just as outrageous. One of the rare movies that combines freak out visual images with a serious concept. Ishii takes the 'typical' Japanese family by each stereotype in turn, and stretches each to cartoon extremes. Lock all these characters in a house with all the windows and doors nailed shut, and let the climax to this movie slowly build. Recommended for viewers who are decidedly not faint hearted.


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