Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no ai Wo Misero (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!) (2007)




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

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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Eriko Sato
as Wago Sumika
Aimi Satsukawa
as Wago Kiyomi
Masatoshi Nagase
as Wago Shinji
Hiromi Nagasaku
as Wago Machiko
Hiroshi Yamamoto
as Hagiwara

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

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Has a talented cast yet looks like a television soap.

January 30, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Sibling rivalry is the source of violence and creativity in amusing Japanese dramedy Funuke.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 5, 2015
Film School Rejects

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
Times (UK)

Seduction, persecution, prostitution, suicide and uneasy laughter follow.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
Observer (UK)

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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

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.

Zachary Long
Zachary Long

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