WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! 2 (家族はつらいよ 2)

Directed by: Yamada Yoji 2017 | 113 min.

Section: Spotlight on Japan

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family


Synopsis

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Several years have passed since Shuzo Hirata (Isao Hashizume) and his wife Tomiko (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) came very close to getting divorced. Shuzo enjoys getting out of the house and going for drives, but after his car starts to collect a lot of dents, his eldest son Konosuke (Masahiko Nishimura) and daughter-in-law Fumie (Yui Natsukawa) begin to worry about his safety as a driver, and decide to ask him to relinquish his license.

Unsurprisingly, Shuzo’s stubbornness is ever present and he refuses to do so. And while driving one day, Shuzo crosses paths with former high school classmate Ginpei Maruta, who he hasn’t spoken to in 40 years. Shuzo and Ginpei reunite for a night of drinking. When Shuzo lets Ginpei stay the night, his visit causes a string of events that shake up the Hirata family once again…. An enjoyable sequel to 2016 hit WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY!, veteran director Yoji Yamada (THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI, TOKYO FAMILY) capture the Hirata family with honesty and hilarity, with laughs and touching moments throughout.

-Ariel Ushijima

 

Synopsis written by: Ariel Ushijima

Screenings

Sunday, November 05 5:30 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Saturday, November 11 3:30 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Yamada Yoji
Screenwriter Hiramatsu Emiko
Producer Fukuzawa Hiroshi
Cast Aoi Yu, Hashizume Isao, Natsukawa Yui, Nishimura Masahiko, Tsumabuki Satoshi
Cinematographer Chikamori Masahi
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