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Kazoku wa tsuraiyo (2016)

A husband (Isao Hashizume) and wife (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) have been married for 50 years. For her birthday, the husband asks the wife what she wants for her birthday present. She replies that ... See full summary »

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Isao Hashizume ... Shuzo Hirata
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Tomiko Hirata
... Konosuke Hirata
Yui Natsukawa ... Fumie Hirata
Shôzô Hayashiya ... Taizo Kanai
Tomoko Nakajima ... Shigeko Kanai
... Shoto Hirata
Takanosuke Nakamura ... Kenichi Hirata
Ayumu Maruyama ... Nobusuke Hirata
... Noriko Mamiya
Nenji Kobayashi ... Numata
Jun Fubuki ... Kayo
Takashi Sasano ... Custodian
Katsumi Kiba ... Takamura
Tsurube Shôfukutei ... Doctor
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A husband (Isao Hashizume) and wife (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) have been married for 50 years. For her birthday, the husband asks the wife what she wants for her birthday present. She replies that she wants a divorce. The wife's divorce announcement sends the entire family into chaos. Their children are much thrown into a state of panic to hear this news of separation. Amid the sudden tumult of life, each member of the family begins to publicize respective grievances. Written by Subrat Jain

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A Japanese fascination for simple tales
3 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is just the last of a bunch of Japanese movies recently hitting the western audiences with a common denominator: trying to inherit the essence of the Yasujirô Ozu cult movie Tokio Story (1953). And in more than a sense (not only displaying a chunk of it in one of the final scenes), Yôji Yamada makes a wonderful tribute in his last works: A Tokio Family (2013), Nagasaki: Memories of my son (2015) and What a Wonderful Family (2016). In all them, he uses once and again the contrite power of Kazuko Yoshiyuki as an axis to move around all the other usual suspects. The beauty of Yû Aoi as the shy newcomer with the rare skill to smile so sadly that you feel her emotions grasping your throat, the always discreet wife Yui Natsukawa, the appeal of Tomoko Nakajima as the busy businesswoman, the charming simplicity of Shôzô Hayashiya as the dumb husband, Masahiko Nishimura as the serious older son, etc etc and above all, Isao Hashizume as the grumpy grandfather. With those bricks, Yamada essentially builds a micro cosmos of lashed emotions and humoresque situations in which we can see ourselves reflected. And that's, nothing else, the definition of a universal story.


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