Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!) (2007)
Critic Reviews for Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!)
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.
Has a talented cast yet looks like a television soap.
Sibling rivalry is the source of violence and creativity in amusing Japanese dramedy Funuke.
Writer/director Yoshida Daihachi fills his brightly-lit scenes with darkness between relatives - some mild, some involving physical abuse - but the occasional laughs and visual flairs prevent the movie from ever becoming a dour affair.
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.
Audience Reviews for Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!)
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.
It seems like there are a lot of quirky family dramas coming out these days, but this one really stands out. I guarantee it's different than all the others you've seen, with the characters being so eccentric but still three-dimensional, and even if the plot seems over-the-top at times, I think that's half the fun. This is certainly one of the most entertainingly dysfunctional families I've encountered, but it's not all fun and games. There's a lot of dark comedy, sure, but some parts are just plain depressing, and you really do have to pity these people even as you're laughing at them. It takes a really good movie to make you want to smile and cry at the same time.
A very well done film about a quirky dysfunctional family. Eriko Sato gives a solid performance as the crazy Sumika - the spoiled child who comes back to the countryside from Tokyo where she was attempting to become an actress. The other characters in the film are all likable, from the younger sister Kiyomi to the oddly happy Machiko. The various components of the family's past as well as the present mess they are in is both darkly funny and pitifully sad at the same time. At one point you are rooting for the sisters to patch things up and the next hating Sumika for her next crazy act. Highly recommended movie in the vein of The Taste of Tea, Happiness of the Katakuris, and all the other many crazy dysfunctional family films out there.
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