Abnormal Family: Brother's Wife


Time Out says

Suo's debut was considered so scandalous that he wasn't offered another feature for six years. His 'crime' was to shoot a sex film as a pastiche of an Ozu family melodrama. A Tokyo widower (Osugi, impersonating Ozu's regular patriarch Chishu Ryu) has three grown-up kids. Koichi marries the bouncy Yukiko but soon lurches into an SM relationship with the local bar hostess and moves out. In his absence, brother Kazuo loses his virginity to Yukiko; sister Akiko starts working in a sex sauna and eventually marries its boss. Yukiko promises to go on looking after her father-in-law. The style parodies Ozu even more sharply than the storyline (non-eyeline-match cuts, clunky music cues, establishing shots used as punctuation) and the whole thing begins by mocking the Shochiku trademark. Not very sexy, but pretty funny.


Release details

62 mins

Cast and crew

Masayuki Suo
Masayuki Suo
Ren Osugi
Kaoru Kaze
Miki Yamachi
Shiro Shimomoto
Kei Kubifuji
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