Directed by: Yoji Yamada 2016 | 108 min.

Section: Spotlight on Japan

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Family


Sponsored by:

Japan Foundation

The latest film from renowned Japanese master filmmaker Yoji Yamada, WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! is a joyful and comedic tale of family life in modern Japan. Retired curmudgeon Shuzo lives a life of relative peace with his doting wife Tomiko, their two sons, daughter-in-law and two grandsons.

But when Tomiko’s birthday arrives, and Shuzo has once again forgotten, she asks for a very special birthday gift: a divorce. In complete shock, Shuzo thinks this must be a joke. As it becomes clear that Tomiko is very serious, one-by-one the family members get involved.

Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has a solution, from a private detective to an intervention. While they don’t always get along, the family must come together to keep their family intact. Will they make it and will they keep their beloved parents from splitting up?
A hilarious, touching, and often insightful look at family, love, and marriage, WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! is a feel good film for HIFF audiences of all ages.
-Anna Page


Sunday, November 06 5:00 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Saturday, November 12 3:30 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Yoji Yamada
Producer Hiroshi Fukasawa
Cast Isao Hashizume, Shozo Hayashiya, Yui Natsukawa, Masahiko Nishimura, Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Cinematographer Masashi Chikamori
Writer Emiko Hiramatsu, Yoji Yamada
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