The Funeral

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Rating 3.6
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Item:  LMT 5109D

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1984
  • Label: Fox Lorber
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 10/23/1987
"...A series of joyous contradictions....[Itami is] far and away the most exciting new fim maker to burst onto the international scene in a decade..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/20/1987
"...Wise, compassionate and slyly amusing....THE FUNERAL is as audacious in style as in its views..."

Product Description:

A warm, sensitive, and very funny look at a Japanese family, as the unexpected death of their father, owner of a brothel, brings together the older and younger generations.

Plot Synopsis:

In this hilarious black comedy, filmmaker Juzo Itami pokes fun at Japanese traditions -- in particular, the culture's strict Buddhist funeral rites.
Wabisuke and Chizuko are a modern married couple who live in Tokyo. Their happy lives are turned upside down when her father -- a diabetic old bully -- unexpectedly passes away, and they must take on the hefty price tab and the numerous rules involved in planning his funeral.
But the film's not over yet, because a gallery of annoying relatives and Wabisuke's young mistress are planning to show up for the occasion!

Plot Keywords:

Death | Family Interaction | Recommended | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Co-produced by A.T.G. and Itami-N.C.P.
  • Shot in Fujicolor.
  • Shown at the Cannes Film Festival (Directors Fortnight) May 10, 1985.
  • Released theatrically in New York City October 23, 1987.
  • Additional cast: Kiminobu Okumura (Shinkichi Amamiya) and Chikako Yuri (Ayako).
  • First feature film for Japanese actor-turned-writer/director Juzo Itami.
  • Before becoming a director, Juzo Itami appeared in such international films as "55 Days at Peking" and "Lord Jim."
  • Actress Nobuko Miyamoto is married to the director, Juzo Itami.

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  • Sales Rank: 66,090
  • UPC: 720917510927
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