"Brilliant storytelling...undeniable artistry!"
"A marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick."
"This entertaining and engrossing movie plays like a chess game between director and viewers."
– San Francisco Examiner,
Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist on them participating in community meetings, and the most exciting thing to happen is the disappearance of a pet parrot. But one day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi's company. In return for his family's past help, Kagawa requests to move in, and Kobayashi's quiet lifestyle is quickly forgotten when Kagawa invites his Brazilian (or is she Bosnian?) wife and a myriad of eclectic and foreign visitors to join him in the cramped apartment. The Kobayashis are comically tossed about in confusion as Kagawa and his associates run amuck in their home. Kagawa, with the help of his visitors, manages to reveal old secrets and stir up the monotony of Mikio's former life with affairs, blackmail, and rampant youthful partying.
Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
A son of the man who invested in your business suddenly barged into your idyllic life and takes over your daily routine. I'd had high hopes for this little film, but it wasn't up to my standards. I like the characters involved, but the I wasn't involved as an audience.