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<i> Compiled by Terry Atkinson</i>

*** “The Family Game”

Sony/Japan Society. $59.95. 1984.

Yoshimitsu Morita’s film is perhaps the first contemporary Japanese picture to spoof middle-class family life so outrageously (yet subtly). It becomes increasingly like a Jacques Tati comedy in its sense of growing absurdity and builds toward a climax of pure anarchy. Uproarious, provocative, unique.


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