A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the younger son is a rebellious goof-off for whom a tutor must be hired. The tutor, played by the prototypical bad-boy actor Matsuda Yusaku, proceeds to blow the entire family apart (Matsuda's role is modeled on the myth of Susano-o no mikoto, the renegade deity who figures in the Kojiki).
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Towards the beginning of the movie when the father talks to the tutor in the car and the tutor decides to turn on the radio, the radio language is Korean. The radio comes out in Korean and is reporting what President Chun Doo Hwan (the President of South Korea at that time) was doing. This is intentional, playing into the fact that this is a post-modernist film and that there are continual reminders that the viewer is in an altered reality. See more
Mrs. Numata, the mother
My son is not dumb because, as a little boy, he memorized an entire book about roller-coasters.
Yoshimoto, the tutor
Perhaps then he can work in an amusement park.
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