Movies in class Essay

Movies in class

My Favorite Movie: The Family Game

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Among all the films that I have watched in this course, the one that attracted my attention most is the comedy film- The Family Game.

The Family Game which was shown in 1983 is generally about a middle class family who wants to do what the society expects from them.

I enjoyed watching the movie because in most ways, it is very realistic, but it was delivered in a funny manner that allowed me to indulge in it better.

Generally, the family depicted in the movie, The Family Game, is a typical family which you can gradually observed in most of Japan even during these days. The film features the Numata Family, which carries characteristics about familiar family structures in our society. The family is headed by Juzo Itami, the father, which is the usual alcoholic “supposed-breadwinner” of the family. Juzo is distant to his family, and as a result, he cannot relate to his family, nor can he control it. Juzo is then paired with an equally powerless wife, Saori Yuki, who has no job and serves as a housewife.  Both have no actual influences on their children but they seem to make it a point to ensure that they create one. This is shown by the fact that the father is not satisfied with his younger son, Shigeyuki (portrayed by Ichirota Miyagawa). Shigeyuki is portrayed and treated as the “black sheep” in the family since he does not get good grades in school, and no one seems to believe that he can really make it to college.

As such, you can see that the theme of the story is something that students can even experience up to now. The problem of living up to the expectations of your parents and complying with what your siblings have accomplished is somehow a common problem among many students even nowadays.

Moreover, the ending was a funny and a bit more inspiring since Shigeyaku was able to satisfy the family expectations, break away from the family pressure, and appreciate his success and himself all at the same time when he gets into a great university with the help of his weird tutor, Yusaku Matsuda.

 

The Movie I liked the least: The Makioka Sisters

Coincidentally, the movie that I liked the least was shown in the same year that Family game was released. It is the movie, the Makioka Sisters.

The movie revolved around the lives of four sisters in Japan. Based on the novel of Junichiro Tanizaki, the plot of the whole story revolved on the conflicts on dowries, marriage, and money that emerged among the four daughters of an upper-class merchant family in Osaka, Japan who are heiresses to very large fortune.

Basically, I did not like the story because of its predictability. The plot was something that I can classify as a usual story, a normal family plot full of conflicts, which is usually portrayed in television dramas and other movies.

Moreover, I think the plot was very concentrated on conflicts and dramas. And, though there were four characters- The two older sisters, Tsuruko and Sachiko, and the two younger sisters- Yukikio and Taeko; most of the conflicts in the story centered on the two strong characters- Tsuruko (the eldest) and Taeko (the youngest).

Also, the plot was not delivered in an unusual way. It was the same type of drama you can see on television series, and I did not observe an attempt to show the plot in a more audience engaging manner such as through a comedic way. Nor can I relate to the conflict of choosing the right mate for the women since such belief and practice is rarely observed these days.

 

Reference:

The Family Game. (nd). Accessed December 10, 2007 from http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/family_game/about.php

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