A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza... See full summary »
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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 ... See full summary »
This is my favorite of Itami's films. Some of his fans may not like it because it has much less humor than his more well-known works. It has a remarkable soundtrack, and a completely different tone than A TAXING WOMAN. It has an intricate and unconventional screenplay, and has the great technical qualities you expect from Itami.
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