Gyakufunsha kazoku (1984) AKA The Crazy Family


The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams. But all is not well: the house is infested by termites and the family starts cracking up: Son Masaki is studying so obsessively for his exams that he’s losing his mind; daughter Erika is oblivious of all but her forthcoming record company audition, grandfather Yasukuni starts getting World War II flashbacks and father Katsuhiko is so worried about his family’s “sickness” that he thinks can only be cured by group suicide…

Director: Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii). AKA 逆噴射家族 / The Crazy Family
Writers: Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii), Norio Kaminami, Yoshinori Kobayashi.
Stars: Katsuya Kobayashi, Mitsuko Baishô, Yoshiki Arizono, Yûki Kudô, Hitoshi Ueki, Kazuhiko Kishino, Toyoko Koumi, Akira Ogata, Iwao Hayashizaki, Nobuhiro Gomori, Yoshinori Inoue, Hirona Takahashi, Kunihiro Ide, Alex Ablamov.


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  1. dada
    January 25, 2022

    Thanks, one of my favovite movies. Already got it, but hope more people see it.

  2. Tveitt Irgens
    January 25, 2022

    I remember this film vividly. For whatever reason this one left an unusually large impression. A serious comedy satire mix.

  3. Trevor Griffiths
    May 16, 2024

    One of quite a few really entertaining films about families from Japan, must also mention
    Hanging Garden (2005) by Toshiaki Toyoda and Visitor Q (2001) from Takashi Miike. Both of which stuck in my mind for a long time after seeing them.
    B.T.W. Thanks for this terrific site,

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