Mikio lives with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo. One day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who helped Kobayashi’s company. In return for his family’s past help, Kagawa requests to move in with his wife; and they begin inviting a motley crew of friends.
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I liked this film. It's harmless. Three stars pretty much means that I made it through without getting antsy. Great premise, the characters are solid and well acted. There are some pretty funny moments but it really would have been better if I had watched it with other people. It's that kind of experience....
Very charming and quirky little family drama with a delightful twinge of black comedy. I was absolutely fine with how quaint it was, and then the ending got pretty wacky and I was equally fine with that as well.
I'm not sure how well this translates to an audience not familiar with life in Japan, but I certainly enjoyed the glimpse into the life of a small–town family business. My issues relate to how much of the story is unresolved in the end, and whatever victory there is happens purely by luck.