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WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY!  (家族はつらいよ)

 

Runtime: 108 min / 2016
Director: Yoji Yamada
Starring:  Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa, Tomoko Nakajima, Hayashiya Shōzō IX, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yū Aoi
Toronto Premiere

In this fast-paced and whimsical comedy from the great Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai, The Little House, Nagasaki – Memories of my Son) marital strife visits Tokyo’s loving but mildly dysfunctional Hirata family.

Shuzo and Tomiko have been married for five decades but he still forgets her birthday every year. This year, as an after-thought, he offers to buy her a gift “as long as it is inexpensive.” Tomiko decides what she really wants is divorce! As family-wide panic sets in, their three adult children are forced to deal with their own relationship hang-ups and intergenerational miscommunication.

Wise, very funny and emotionally engaging, Yamada again proves one of Japan’s finest and most consistent filmmakers.

Official Website and Trailer: http://kazoku-tsuraiyo.jp/

名匠・山田洋次監督が「男はつらいよ」シリーズ終了から約20年ぶりに手がけた喜劇。山田監督の「東京家族」で一家を演じた橋爪功、吉行和子、妻夫木聡、蒼井優ら8人のキャストが再結集して現代に生きる新たな一家に扮し、熟年夫婦の離婚騒動をめぐって織り成される人間模様を描く。結婚50年を目前に控えた平田夫妻。夫はもうすぐ誕生日を迎える妻にプレゼントを贈ろうと欲しいものを尋ねるが、その答えはなんと「離婚届」だった。突如として持ち上がった離婚話に、彼らの子どもたちは大慌て。すぐに家族会議が開かれることになるが、それぞれが抱えてきた不満が噴出してしまう。
(映画.comより)

監督:山田洋次  出演: 橋爪功、吉行和子、西村雅彦、夏川結衣、中嶋朋子、林家正蔵、妻夫木聡、蒼井優

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