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THE FUNERAL

THE FUNERAL

  • Directed by Jûzô Itami
  • Starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kin Sugai, Asao Sano, Hideji Otaki
  • 1984 | 124mins | Japan | (15)

The lives of an affluent and modern Tokyo couple (Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto) are suddenly interrupted by the death of a parent and the desire to give a suitable, traditional funeral. Easier said than done, apparently, as a number of small-scale crises keep things from going smoothly, even with the help of an extravagant priest and a how-to video cassette. Tensions rise and boundaries are pushed in this satire about the clash between modern convenience and traditional culture.