The Funeral (1987)




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In this hilarious black comedy, filmmaker Juzo Itami pokes fun at Japanese traditions -- in particular, the culture's strict Buddhist funeral rites. Wabisuke and Chizuko are a modern married couple who live in Tokyo. Their happy lives are turned upside down when her father -- a diabetic old bully -- unexpectedly passes away, and they must take on the hefty price tab and the numerous rules involved in planning his funeral. But the film's not over yet, because a gallery of annoying relatives and Wabisuke's young mistress are planning to show up for the occasion!


Tsutomu Yamazaki
as Wabisuke Inoue
Nobuko Miyamoto
as Chizuko Amamiya
Kin Sugai
as Kikue Amamiya
Chishu Ryu
as The priest
Shuji Otaki
as Shokichi Amamiya
Kiminobu Okumura
as Shinkichi Amamiya
Haruna Takase
as Yoshiko Saito
Shuji Otake
as Shokichi Amamiya
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