Minna no Ie

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Minna no Ie
Directed by Kōki Mitani
Written by Kōki Mitani
Starring Naoki Tanaka
Akiko Yagi
Toshiaki Karasawa
Kunie Tanaka
Release date
  • 2001 (2001)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Minna no Ie (みんなのいえ, Minna no Ie) (also known as All About Our House) is a 2001 comedy film written and directed by Japanese director Kōki Mitani. The film is about an affluent couple who decide to build a new house, and the clash between traditional Japanese and modern western styles between the people they hire to build it.

Cast members include Naoki Tanaka (Iijima Naosuke, the husband), Akiko Yagi (Iijima Tamiko, the wife), Toshiaki Karasawa (Yanagisawa, the interior designer) and Kunie Tanaka (Tamiko's father, the builder).

The film was nominated for six Japanese Academy Awards. Naoki Tanaka and Akiko Yagi were named as Newcomers of the Year; Tanaka also won the Most Popular Performer prize.


Naosuke and Tamiko are a happily married couple, and have just bought some land in the countryside to build their new house on. They ask Yanagisawa, Tamiko's junior at university and an interior designer to design it. However, because he is not a qualified architect, they need someone else to apply for consent and built it. They ask Tamiko's father, a builder, to do this.

Yanagisawa is a modernist, influenced by American architecture; Tamako's father is a traditionalist. The two soon come into conflict over the design of the house. After many disagreements, they eventually start to understand each other's way of thinking. The house is successfully completed.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gifford, Kevin (September 2006). "All About Our House". Newtype USA. Vol. 5 no. 9. p. 153. ISSN 1541-4817. 

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