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The Funeral (1984)

Osôshiki (original title)
At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the ... See full summary »

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Jûzô Itami

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Jûzô Itami
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Wabisuke Inoue
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Chizuko Amamiya
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Kikue Amamiya
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Shokichi Amamiya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isao Bitô Isao Bitô ... Shigeru
Midori Ebina Midori Ebina ... Kiyo
Nekohachi Edoya Nekohachi Edoya ... Ebihara
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Small old man
Hideo Fukuhara Hideo Fukuhara ... TV Studio Guard
Hiroko Futaba Hiroko Futaba ... Shokichi's Wife
Mampei Ikeuchi Mampei Ikeuchi ... Jiro (as Manpei Ikeuchi)
Yôsui Inoue Yôsui Inoue ... Telegram Deliverer
Masahiro Irie Masahiro Irie ... VTR Operator
Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Old People's Club Chairman
Akio Kaneda Akio Kaneda ... Fuku
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Storyline

At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the course of the three-day funeral, which is held (as is customary) in the home. These incidents contrast old ways and new ways, young and old, ritual ceremony and true feelings, often comically, but sometimes with real poignancy. Written by Doug Shafer <dsshafer@uncc.edu>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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The Funeral See more »

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Mono

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Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was Jûzô Itami's first film as a director and writer. See more »

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Although the nails are heavily indented into the coffin lid in the house, in the subsequent walk to the hearse there is no sign of them, nor at the crematory. See more »

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The humore doesn't translate
22 January 2004 | by fuyunoSee all my reviews

If you are Japanese, this would be the funniest movie you had ever seen. But like so much of the best Japanese humor, it simply doesn't translate to the Western culture. "How much do you pay the monk?" That dialog was so funny, everyone was talking about it for months. Judging from the responses here however, I suppose most foreigners don't get it. Could be a good litmus test if you want to see how proficient you are in your knowledge of Japanese culture.


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