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Hospitalite (Kantai) (2010)

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Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist on them participating in community meetings, and the most exciting thing to happen is the disappearance of a pet parrot. But one day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi's company. In return for his family's past help, Kagawa requests to move in, and Kobayashi's quiet lifestyle is quickly forgotten when Kagawa invites his Brazilian (or is she Bosnian?) wife and a myriad of eclectic and foreign visitors to join him in the cramped apartment. The Kobayashis are comically tossed about in confusion as Kagawa and his associates run amuck in their home. Kagawa, with the help of his visitors, manages to reveal old secrets and stir up the monotony of Mikio's former life with affairs, blackmail, and rampant youthful partying. --(c) Film Movement

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Critic Reviews for Hospitalite (Kantai)

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

This charming comedy begins as a very Japanese joke about limited privacy but deepens into something more ambiguous.

September 6, 2012 | Full Review…
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While a slacker upends the quiet life of a printer and his young wife, neighbors begin a crusade to rid the area of the homeless and other foreigners.

September 6, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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A family that runs a print shop finds it impossible to say no to an interloper who invites himself, then his wife, then his "extended family" to stay in their cramped house, all the while exposing his hosts' dark secrets. This satire of Japanese politeness and xenophobia is well made but doesn't travel particularly well.

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