It’s OCEAN’S ELEVEN meets ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in WE MAKE ANTIQUES!, Masaharu Take’s smart comedy about a pair of scammers in the local antiques game.
The first scammer we meet is Norio Koike (Kiichi Nakai), an unctuous, smooth-talking dealer who works in tandem with his sassy daughter Imari (Aoi Morikawa). But when he attempts to swindle the indifferent owner (Kuranosuke Sasaki) of a pile of old pottery, he is swindled in turn. Thinking he has paid next to nothing for the one valuable item — a cup attributed to 16th century tea master Sen no Rikyu — he discovers it was faked by the ostensible owner, actually failed potter Sasuke Noda (Sasaki).
This pair improbably bond, as do Imari and Noda’s nerdy son Seiji (Tomoya Maeno), whose hobby is making World War II dioramas. After mutually confessing their failures as fathers and professionals, Koike and Noda team up to scam the distinguished appraiser (Masaomi Kondo) and trusted dealer (Kogan Ashiya) — both black-hearted crooks who set them on the road to ruin. But first Noda has to make a perfect Sen no Rikyu cup with the aid of three expert forger buddies and Koike has to dream up a likely story to sell it.
If you are fans of caper movies but with a unique, Japanese twist, then expect to be entertained by WE MAKE ANTIQUES!
- The Japan Times