Reviews

  • Mar 16, 2021

    This film has a Kafkaesque quality to it. Absurdity mixed with surrealism. A dark comedy.

    This film has a Kafkaesque quality to it. Absurdity mixed with surrealism. A dark comedy.

  • Sep 28, 2013

    One of the stronger directorial debuts in Asian cinema in recent years. Kantai's story is very ambiguous, but it's most resonant in it's scenes, which include intelligent observations on culture clashing, as well as rather stunning character interactions. It certainly isn't the most exciting or meditative film, but it proves that Koji Fukada is an inspired director, and one who is likely to only improve.

    One of the stronger directorial debuts in Asian cinema in recent years. Kantai's story is very ambiguous, but it's most resonant in it's scenes, which include intelligent observations on culture clashing, as well as rather stunning character interactions. It certainly isn't the most exciting or meditative film, but it proves that Koji Fukada is an inspired director, and one who is likely to only improve.

  • Apr 19, 2013

    great little comedy. wonderful facial expressions and nice twists. clah of cultures and secrets exposed.

    great little comedy. wonderful facial expressions and nice twists. clah of cultures and secrets exposed.

  • Greg S Super Reviewer
    Nov 13, 2012

    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.

    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.

  • Oct 19, 2011

    nicely understated, although gets a bit silly at the end

    nicely understated, although gets a bit silly at the end

  • Jul 22, 2011

    This is an adoring little film of what might happen if Tommy Chong decided to live with you after he had semi cleaned up his act. What starts out as a simple family drama quickly turns into a crazy dramedy as Mikio starts losing control to Kagawa who is clearly the dominant person. By the end all hell is breaking loose and there are more characters on screen than you have fingers and toes to count them with.

    This is an adoring little film of what might happen if Tommy Chong decided to live with you after he had semi cleaned up his act. What starts out as a simple family drama quickly turns into a crazy dramedy as Mikio starts losing control to Kagawa who is clearly the dominant person. By the end all hell is breaking loose and there are more characters on screen than you have fingers and toes to count them with.