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.