The Family Game
|The Family Game|
|Directed by||Yoshimitsu Morita|
|Produced by||Yutaka Okada
|Written by||Yohei Honma (novel)
|Editing by||Akimasa Kawashima|
|Distributed by||Circle Films|
|Release dates||June 4, 1983|
|Running time||107 minutes|
The Family Game (家族ゲーム Kazoku Gēmu ) is a 1983 Japanese movie directed by Yoshimitsu Morita. The Family Game received several awards including the best movie of the year as selected by Japanese critics. Although the movie missed the Japan Academy Prize for the Best Picture (losing out to The Ballad of Narayama), Ichirōta Miyagawa was awarded Newcomer of the Year.
The Numata family consists of the father, Kōsuke (Juzo Itami); mother, Chikako (Saori Yuki); and two sons, Shinichi (Jun'ichi Tsujita) and Shigeyuki (Ichirōta Miyagawa). Shigeyuki is a junior high school student. He will soon be taking a high school entrance examination. Unlike the high school student brother, Shinichi, who lives up to the father's expectations, Shigeyuki’s grades are poor, and he is only interested in roller coasters. The father finds a private tutor, Yoshimoto (Yusaku Matsuda), for Shigeyuki and imposes all responsibilities for his exam on the tutor. Yoshimoto's behaviour is extremely strange, including kissing Shigeyuki and hitting him painfully hard. Even though Yoshimoto is a seventh year student of a third-rate university, Shigeyuki’s marks become better and better. Eventually he passes the exam for the high school. At a family celebration, Yoshimoto begins to riot, hitting people, pouring wine on their heads, and throwing spaghetti around wildly.
- Yusaku Matsuda as Katsu Yoshimoto
- Juzo Itami as Kōsuke Numata
- Saori Yuki as Chikako Numata
- Ichirōta Miyagawa as Shigeyuki Numata
- Junichi Tsujita as Shinichi Numata, the older brother
- Yoko Aki as Yoshimoto's girlfriend
The Family Game become 2013 TV series by Fuji TV
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It focuses on a dysfunctional middle-class nuclear family—each family member is connected not internally, but through the social roles they are expected to take on, and the pressure of these social expectations further accelerates the breakdown in their communication.
- Gerow, Aaron (2008). "Playing with Postmodernism: Morita Yoshimitsu’s Family Game". In Phillips, Alastair; Stringer, Julian. Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts. Routledge. pp. 240–252. ISBN 978-0-415-32848-7.
- McDonald, Keiko (1989). "Family, Education, and Postmodern Society: Yoshimitsu Morita's The Family Game". East-West Film Journal 4 (1): 53–67.
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