The Family Game

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

A fresh and energetic domestic drama about the effects of modern life on a middle-class family. Miyagawa is a teenage boy who lives in a crowded, prefabicated house with his older brother and his parents. Their living quarters are so confining that the parents must retreat to their Toyota to have private conversations. Because of Miyagawa's failing grades,...read more

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A fresh and energetic domestic drama about the effects of modern life on a middle-class family. Miyagawa is a teenage boy who lives in a crowded, prefabicated house with his older brother and his parents. Their living quarters are so confining that the parents must retreat to their Toyota

to have private conversations. Because of Miyagawa's failing grades, a tutor, Matsuda, is hired. Matsuda, a determined humanist, is at times patient with Miyagawa but also resorts to slapping the teen around. Not only does he help the boy with his studies, however; he offers advice on growing up.

On one occasion he even teaches Miyagawa self-defense. Not until the end of the film does the normally calm Matsuda lash out at the family and express his true opinion of the household. One can't help thinking, while watching THE FAMILY GAME, that the screen has come alive. The characters almost

always do the unexpected, the photography and art direction are vibrant and colorful, and young director Morita seems fully in control of the entire picture. (In Japanese; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A fresh and energetic domestic drama about the effects of modern life on a middle-class family. Miyagawa is a teenage boy who lives in a crowded, prefabicated house with his older brother and his parents. Their living quarters are so confining that the par… (more)

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