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The Crazy Family (1984)

Gyakufunsha kazoku (original title)
After moving into a new house, a family starts acting crazier and crazier.


Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii)


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


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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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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Brilliant film which pushes its initial set-up just as far as it can go
3 December 2002 | by crisis-46See all my reviews

This is a brilliant film which pushes its initial set-up -- middle-class Japanese family moves into new house and finds out there is not enough space -- just as far as it can possibly go. Along the way, every dark fear one might ever have harbored about family life is thoroughly confirmed. "The Crazy Family" had a successful 1984 theatrical run in the US (at least, it played in New York City for several months) but for some reason has never been released to any form of video in America. Some enterprising company should remedy this situation ASAP.

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Release Date:

11 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Urawa, Saitama, Japan

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