Hospitalité

Hospitalité

[welcome to our house]

DVD - 2012 | Japanese | Widescreen version.
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Hospitalité: Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist they attend community watch meetings, and the only recent excitement is the disappearance of a pet parrot. One day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi's company. Kagawa soon ingratiates himself as a live-in employee and proceeds to comically turn the Kobayashi's monotonous life upside down with his odd behavior, unexpected visitors, and bizarre schemes.
Miyuki: Miyuki, a lonely young Japanese woman and recent New York transplant, turns to the internet to make a new friend.
Publisher: [Fair Lawn, N.J.] : Film Movement, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781464042850
1464042853
Branch Call Number: HOSPI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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ausnos
Sep 04, 2017

I was bored after 15 minutes, so I turned it off. This movie seemed pointless and dull.

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jnewday
Jul 13, 2017

Quirky characters, unexpected events; the simple routine life of a couple is upended with comic regularity. A wry look at the expectation of politeness and gratitude when met with a chaotic stream of visitors all culminating in a noisy boisterous party.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 30, 2015

Fun and enjoyable film with a whacky cast of characters. I used to work in Tokyo in several suburban neighborhoods so setting was reminiscent.

Year 1 Film 4 of FilmMovement.

Short film (also Japanese) was good, too.

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velowallah
Oct 22, 2013

A delightfully quirky and unpredictable movie that manages to be a social critique while remaining funny and light-hearted.

Glencoe_Mike Jul 16, 2013

Fairly amusing with vivid characters.

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ilovewhippets
Jul 11, 2013

Unique story, placed in Japan. Mikio is very passive in his relationships. He and his wife run their own small printing business.He is married to an young, beautiful wife. They live a peaceful life..Until...they get unexpected guests that seem to grow in number.. This Japanese couple is unable to get rid of these unwelcome interlopers, most of whom are foreigners. Suddenly, the couple's life has become complicated....The story had a lot of potential, especially with the introduction of the foreigners into the Japanese setting. Yet, it was confusing in a number of places.. I am not sure what the Director's intention was. The film seemed to jump around in places.. All these foreign "guests" seem to be so well-behaved. "Good -citizens," except for this "minor invasion" due to their homelessness. Not a very plausable nor a realistic scenario! I am not sure why this Film won the Awards! The quality is average; although, with a cultural flavor..It is watchable and pleasant, just don't expect too much.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 08, 2013

This small film from Japan is reasonably interesting as the 'family' in question revealed its unexpected layers one after the other. However, the story is not entirely credible, and this took away some of the merits.

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jimg2000
Mar 16, 2013

A chain of unexpected events unfolded when the family pet, a parakeet, escaped from a family in a small Japanese town. While pace seemed slow but not really in fact. Interesting till the end.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 08, 2013

Sexual Content: One brief moment of topless nudity, and one implied sexual situation.

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