Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!)

Critics Consensus

Twisted Japanese black comedy which is visually striking yet tonally bizarre.

58%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 12

80%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 445
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Movie Info

When the homely 18-year-old Kyomi (Aimi Satsukawa) loses both of her parents to a car wreck, tragedy sets the stage for a seriocomic and occasionally poignant battle-of-wills between the young woman and two of her siblings. So begins Japanese director Daihachi Yoshida's slice-of-life seriocomedy Funukedomo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero (AKA Funuke, Show Some Love You Losers!, 2007). Upon learning of her parents' death, Kyomi's older sister, the financially-strapped and emotionally-troubled actress Sumika (Eriko Sato), hearkens back to the family's bucolic home to collect on a healthy inheritance - but the girls' brother, the woodcutter Shinji (Masatoshi Nagase), informs her of standing legal delays. Thus, Sumika moves into the house (occupying her childhood room) and waits out an indeterminate period of time, unable to foot the cost of a return to Tokyo. Yoshida then flashes back to detail the family's colorful and occasionally violent past - involving Sumika's prostitution, death threats directed at her father, and exploitation of her conflict with her father by dramatizing and publishing the events in a bestselling manga. Back in the present-day, Sumika receives an offer to write a screenplay and once again turns to family strife as dramatic fodder for her fictions - rapidly coming to the conclusion that perhaps her eccentric family isn't so terrible after all.

Cast

Eriko Sato
as Wago Sumika
Aimi Satsukawa
as Wago Kiyomi
Masatoshi Nagase
as Wago Shinji
Hiromi Nagasaku
as Wago Machiko

Critic Reviews for Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

  • The film's wacky ghoulishness holds your attention, but there's not much more than that on offer. Despite a lot of manic effort, none of the actors makes an impression.

    May 7, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • With Kyomi's manga-drawing skills a key part of the scenario, the visual approach is sometimes too fluffily decorative to let the emotions deliver in full. Eminently likeable nonetheless.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Tonally, it strikes a curious balance between black comedy and melodrama, but visually it's a striking film.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The idea of step-siblings thrown together in death is a good one: but this wacky, soapy treatment is odd, to say the least.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Has a talented cast yet looks like a television soap.

    Jan 30, 2008
  • Sibling rivalry is the source of violence and creativity in amusing Japanese dramedy Funuke.

    May 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!)

  • Sep 12, 2010
    Usual Japanese weirdness, but seriously way too long. They could easily have chopped some scenes out of this one to make it move a little quicker. Good, weird, quirky characters, though, and an original story.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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