The Funeral

The Funeral

Directed by Juzo Itami • 1984 • Japan

When Wabisuke's father-in-law unexpectedly dies, the family goes through a series of random events and occurrences as the funeral unfolds over three days in their home.

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The Funeral
  • The Funeral

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1984 • Japan
    Starring Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Chishu Ryu

    It’s death, Japanese style, in the rollicking and wistful first feature from maverick writer-director Juzo Itami. In the wake of her father’s sudden passing, a successful actor (Itami’s wife and frequent...


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