The Maiden Work of Japanese Film Director Itami Juzo
Treating some unavoidable sorrow or sadness like death as some funny things, it is called black joke. Apart from that taste, a Japanese film released in 1984 has featured death of a person with comical taste. It is The Funeral written and directed by the late Itami Juzo and a debut movie of Japanese film director Itami Juzo.
Directed by Itami Juzo
Produced by Hosogoe Seigo
Running Time: 124 min.
An actor couple met death of the wife's real father and they struggled hard to perform the funeral service. Finely, the movie does not only describe things which happen often in holding the funeral, but also plainly depicts Japanese disposition that they like to get into a rut despite their nonchalance. Then that makes the watchers have a pleasant aftertaste.
Needless to say, The Funeral does not consist just of comical taste. You would find how much Itami Juzo uniquely loved Japanese and mankind as well after the watching.
So to speak, sad but happy, that strange feelings are felt. And it probably resembles a feeling most of Japanese have experienced at the funeral.
Then a big hit went on and some fans call The Funeral the best film by Itami Juzo although it is his maiden work.
Incidentally, you can get Inoue Yosui, a popular singer in Japan, acting without wearing sunglasses in the movie. So if you were interested in, search for him.
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