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3.7
73 Ratings

The Family Game

Kazoku gêmu

Directed by Yoshimitsu Morita
Japan, 1983
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

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 younger son is a rebellious goof-off for whom a tutor must be hired.

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The Family Game Directed by Yoshimitsu Morita

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

1983 | Special Mention

Kinema Junpo Awards

1984 | 5 wins including: Best Film

Viennale

2003

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1984 | Winner: Newcomer of the Year

1984 | 7 nominations including: Best Film

What are people saying?

  • francisca bacon's rating of the film The Family Game

    The comedy as capillary action: the narrower the spaces within human / objectual relationships it manages to slip in, the higher rise its near-seizure columns in spite of the material gravity and middle-class materialistic gravitas; the thriftier the dosage of comic indulgence, the quicker it's absorbed from its rarefied environs. Less is more, as in a deadpan Hongqi Li equation boosted by a Teorema-like homme doux -

  • Mugino's rating of the film The Family Game

    An acerbic, hilariously surreal film in which Every Family dysfunctions are encapsulated by a narrow, awkward dining table where no one ever faces one another. The elimination of music and select dialogue strips the Numatas bare. Morita was understandably upset when the dinner finale was cut from the film's TV premiere: the ensuing chaos of flying noodles and punches is the ultimate reveal of the Japanese family.

  • GzngIBa's rating of the film The Family Game

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  • FISCHER's rating of the film The Family Game

    Film fort virulent, remettant en cause le système scolaire nippon ainsi que le way of life japonais. Quelques longueurs mais aussi quelques moments d'une grande acidité. www.cinefiches.com

  • Jinsie's rating of the film The Family Game

    Unlike the devolving domestic anarchy, satirical slapstick and punk cinematography of Sogo Ishii's 'The Crazy Family' from around the same time, I initially felt the humour here just going over my head. However as it went on it became I began to appreciate its more nuanced, even affectionate, subversion of the values put forth in the traditional family dramas. The gentle humour gives way to an iconic final scene.

  • eric gould's rating of the film The Family Game

    Domestic family tension seeks release in this 1983 film adaptation of Yohei Homna's 1981 novel "Kazuko Game." When the Namata family hires Yoshimoto, a tutor to help elevate their younger son's lagging school grades, their tiny apartment sets the stage for a social crisis. Casting light on Japan's waning economic progress in the late 1970s, the story continues to resonate. It was recently adapted for TV in 2013.

  • N҉O҉ L҉O҉N҉G҉E҉R҉ H҉U҉M҉A҉N҉'s rating of the film The Family Game

    Excessive expectation will disrupt an individual, then slowly exploding it to the entire system.

  • Drolin's rating of the film The Family Game

    Not what I was expecting, but I can see why its so highly rated as a exaggerated portrait of ordinary japanese family. Worth watching.

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