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Kimurake no hitobito (1988)

Comedy about a family and their obsession for making money.

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Takeshi Kaga ... Hajime Kimura
... Noriko Kimura
Hiromi Iwasaki ... Terumi Kimura
Mitsunori Isaki ... Taro Kimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bengaru ... Newspaper man
Akira Emoto ... Shinichi Amemiya
Kazuyo Ezaki ... House wife
Yukijirô Hotaru ... Dance teacher
Yutaka Ikejima ... Manager
Yoshi Katô ... Tokijiro
Akiko Kazami ... Mitsu Amemiya
Midori Kiuchi ... Sayuri Amemiya
Hiroyuki Konishi ... Masashi Takakura
Kiminobu Okumura ... Takekichi
Kôen Okumura
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Comedy about a family and their obsession for making money.

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18 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Quite silly, also hard to read subtitles
12 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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