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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 younger son is a rebellious goof-off for whom a tutor must be hired. The tutor, played by the prototypical bad-boy actor Matsuda Yusaku, proceeds to blow the entire family apart (Matsuda's role is modeled on the myth of Susano-o no mikoto, the renegade deity who figures in the Kojiki).

  • The typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman; mom is a housewife; the older son is a moderate academic; while the younger son is a hopeless goof-off for whom a tutor must is hired. The tutor is a bad-boy who proceeds to blow the family apart.

  • One of the major concerns of most Japanese families today is the school entrance examination that children have to go through. Successful admission to a good high school often assures the student of subsequent entry into an 'Ivy League' university. A male tutor was recruited by an ordinary household. The student, whose brother has secured a place at a prestigious high school, changes as a result of the pressure along with other members of his family.


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