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Funuke, Show Some Love, You Losers [DVD]

Eriko Sato , Aimi Satsukawa , Daihachi Yoshida    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eriko Sato, Aimi Satsukawa, Hiromi Nagasaku, Masatoshi Nagase, Seiji Nozoe
  • Directors: Daihachi Yoshida
  • Producers: Shuji Kakimoto, Keisuke Konishi, Yutaka Suzuki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Third Window
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V7P2RW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,378 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Quirky black comedy from director Daihachi Yoshida, about the rivalry between two sisters, set amidst the backdrop of rural Japan. Aspiring, but cash-strapped, actress Sumika (Eriko Sato) returns home to the village of Ishikawa to attend her parents' funeral and renews her feud with younger sister Kiyomi (Aimi Satsukawa), who previously damaged Sumika's reputation by portraying her as an underhand character in her popular manga comic. Hoping to inherit a sizeable sum, Sumika is forced to stick around when brother Shinji (Masatoshi Nagase) tells her of lengthy legal delays. As Sumika settles back into her old room, a series of flashbacks brings to life the family's previously eccentric life, contrasting it against the calm and peaceful setting of rural Japan.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered story 3 Oct 2010
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This film revolves around a failed actress who goes back home to the countryside after not making it in Tokyo. She moves back into the family home which consists of her sister, an aspiring Manga comics writer, who is around 18 and asthmatic and the step-father and his wife. The actress blames her sister for her failure as an actress and spends most for the film taking it out on her,. We find out in the film her sister wrote a Manga comic about her sister and it was published, hense the reason for her sisters hate for her. Unfortunately the sister is rather apologetic as her sister abuses her verbally and physically. You want the Manga writer to stand up for herself as she is abused, but we see her beeing rather meek and apologetic as though it is all HER fault when it isn't in the slightest. The husband is also very cold emotionally to his wife and treats her badly and is somewhat abusive to her and again she needs to stand up for herself but is again very apologetic.

Without giving too much away the sister starts to correspond with a film "director" and he wants her to write to him regularly to talk about her family and what she thinks of them ect

I wont give away the ending but the actress gets a massive come-uppance and it is an eye opener ending that you WILL NOT SEE COMING. Japanese film tend to be multi-layered stories ultimately deeply satisfying and can be emotional and will stay in the memory for a long time. Highly recommended
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I thought "Funuke" would be a light-hearted comedy with a quirky and lovable female lead.
Boy, I was wrong. You are in for a surprise, dont let the cover dismiss you, this film holds the dark facade of the hidden and shameful secrets of a Japanese family.

Funuke is an aspiring actress, she is a material girl, her sister Kyomi is a parallel opposite. Funuke is a complex character, she will do anything and everything to get what she wants. I mean everything. Much to her dismay her allowance to live in Tokyo is gone when her parents are involved in a car accident. This calls Funuke back to her family house in the countryside to attend her parents funeral and also to hopefully change her brother Shinji's decision as he is now head of the household.

This means chaos for the remaining Wago family, Funuke while cute in appearance is a hell-raiser. She is a bully, seductress, cruel and in many ways is considered the villian of the story. She also holds a grudge against her sister Kyomi and treats her with hatred as Kyomi's manga is based on her family's dark secrets which revolves around Funuke's shenanigans, which gets published by accident. This unfortunately gets recognised as a thinly veiled retelling of the events in the household bringing shame onto the family. Kyomi, is reserved and polite but unforgiven about her manga, she suffers the full-brunt of Funuke's selfish ways.

All the characters revolve around Funuke, they all have a purpose, to reveal something bad or distorted about Funuke. Yes this means the supporting characters could be seen as charicatures, but its not really their story to tell, and the supporting characters exist as a means of communcation to the audience of what Funuke is like through their interactions.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark? Tick. Comedy? Crossed out tick. 8 Feb 2010
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"Funuke, Show Some Love, You Losers" explores the reverberations that one particularly polluted family member can enact upon their siblings and parents. Returning home from Tokyo for her parents' funeral, failed yet hopelessly aspiring actress Sumika Wago (played by Eriko Sato) resurrects her tawdry family tensions with her older brother and younger sister. Sato does a particularly good job portraying the spoilt, manipulative, and menacing Sumika and it is her performance that gives the film much of its merit. Particularly enjoyable and humorous is Sumika's struggle to come to terms with her newfound rural surroundings and being returned to her home roots. Director Daihachi Yoshida uses some great shots to capture the unique atmosphere of rural Japan, and even add an absurdity to Sumika's hatred of it.

As the film progresses the darker history of the family is revealed and this is surprisingly where the film loses much of its appeal. Though the dark family themes involved and the revelationary story telling are highly reminiscent of excellent Danish film Festen (a must watch if you enjoyed "Funuke" incidentally), it lacks a lot of that feature's subtelty and complexity. Everything is made very clear and spoken out, little is left to the imagination. Much of the supporting cast to "Funuke" are further presented as charicatures with few redeeming features. Ok, so the translated title suggests that might be the case, but a cast of utter losers is hard to really relate to or care about.
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I "ADORE" so much Japanese & Korean cinema that I've been forced to admit I am an addict. It is so heart-achingly beautiful, brutally realistic, and at times, deeply disturbing. And once again, this incredible Japanese movie has delivered all three of these aspects in spades. So if you want light entertainment, 'Hollywood-esque' clichés, 'Happily Ever After' and 'The Good Guys To Win In The End,' then I strongly recommend that you look elsewhere. Because if you think that your own family has emotional problems, then this film will definitely place them in perspective.

In the opening scene, the youngest sister witnesses both of her parents being killed in a horrific road accident. We do not see the collision itself, but the bloody tyre tracks and torn pieces of flesh tell us all that we need to know.

Her older sister has spent four years in Tokyo struggling to become an actress. She has no talent, but she is arrogant and delusional, accusing everyone of failing to recognise her genius. She returns home for the funeral, but now her parents are gone, the family does not have enough money to send her back to Tokyo.

Four years earlier, the young woman had even turned to prostitution to raise money to go to Tokyo. She had attacked her father with a knife when he told her that she didn't have enough talent to succeed. And when her older step-brother had tried to stop her, she had slashed his face.

The brother is now married, but he abuses his wife. He never sleeps with her because he is in a bizarre, obsessive relationship with his 'wannabe actress' step-sister. She has forced him to swear that he will never sleep anyone else, even though she was a prostitute at the time.
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