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Sato Eriko (Actor) | Nagase Masatoshi (Actor) | Nagasaku Hiromi (Actor) | Satsukawa Aimi (Actor)
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Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers brings new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family". Commercial director Yoshida Daihachi's first feature-length film is a stone pot of loopy characters and soap opera-meets-sitcom scenarios delivered with the visual panache of a car commercial, and served with the kitchen sink on the side. Based on a Motoya Yukiko novel, Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers, which screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, sets in motion a rolling stone that picks up pace with every scene, bringing out the rage, envy, sexual tension, and neurotic energy of one very troubled feuding family. Sato Eriko (Cutie Honey), Nagasaku Hiromi (Su-ki-da), and Satsukawa Aimi (Arch Angels) provide the drama as a trio of women whose frustration over unrealized dreams feed into amusing tantrums, facial contortions, and unpredictable tempers. Nagase Masatoshi (The Hidden Blade) stands calm and stoic amid the controlled chaos that reigns over this over-the-top and yet disturbingly realistic film.

Failed actress Wago Sumika (Sato Eriko) is heading home to attend her parents' funeral. She left on terrible terms four years ago, and is now returning dead broke, hoping the inheritance will ease her woes a bit. No such luck. Big brother Shinji (Nagase Masatoshi) curtly informs her there's no money to be had, and Sumika finds herself stuck in the village with her nervous, comic-drawing little sister Kyomi (Satsukawa Aimi) and incessantly perky sister-in-law Machiko (Nagasaku Hiromi). Newly inducted into the Wago family, Machiko moved to the countryside to look for peace, normalcy, and yarn to feed her DIY doll-making compulsion, but instead she becomes witness to a sibling feud that reveals some eyebrow-raising secrets.

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Product Title: Funuke Show Some Love You Losers (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 苦妹.喪姐.連環圖 (DVD) (香港版) 苦妹.丧姐.连环图 (DVD) (香港版) 腑抜けども、悲しみの愛を見せろ (香港版) Funuke Show Some Love You Losers (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Funuke Domo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero Funuke Domo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero Funuke Domo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero Funuke Domo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero Funuke Domo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero
Artist Name(s): Sato Eriko (Actor) | Nagase Masatoshi (Actor) | Nagasaku Hiromi (Actor) | Satsukawa Aimi (Actor) 佐藤江梨子 (Actor) | 永瀨正敏 (Actor) | 永作博美 (Actor) | 佐津川愛美 (Actor) 佐藤江梨子 (Actor) | 永濑正敏 (Actor) | Nagasaku Hiromi (Actor) | 佐津川爱美 (Actor) 佐藤江梨子 (Actor) | 永瀬正敏 (Actor) | 永作博美 (Actor) | 佐津川愛美 (Actor) Sato Eriko (Actor) | Nagase Masatoshi (Actor) | Nagasaku Hiromi (Actor) | Satsukawa Aimi (Actor)
Director: Yoshida Daihachi 吉田 大八 吉田 大八 吉田 大八 Yoshida Daihachi
Release Date: 2008-06-27
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 113 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011110933

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* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Wdiescreen
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 2.0

導演: 吉田大八
Director: Daihichi Yoshida

2007 康城影展影評人週 、卡羅維瓦利國際電影節參展電影
Official Selection, Critics Weeks, Cannes Film Festival , Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2007

父母車禍離世,家姐由東京返鄉下奔喪,卻觸發連場變態家族遊戲。原來多年前,自視過高、愛發明星夢的家姐,為了籌錢到東京一闖,曾不擇手段 ── 威脅父母、援交賺錢,甚至色誘同父異母之兄!身為妹妹的看在眼裡,恨之入骨,並化悲憤為漫畫,以恐怖畫風盡揭家姐卑鄙作為。妹妹把作品投稿,贏得漫畫雜誌大獎;家姐私隱被揭,無地自容,從此視妹妹為眼中釘。事隔多年,家姐還當不成明星,今回重遇四眼細妹,決定不給她好日子過!縱橫日本 CM 界 18 年的廣告大師吉田大八,首部電影便揚名康城,水著天后佐藤江梨子演的變態家姐,亦應記一功。

Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Yukiko Motoya, "Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!" is a powerful story of two sister that love to hate each other, both try to realize th eir dreams in very different ways. The older sister Sumika, who lives in Tokyo to pursue a career as an actress, returns to village Ishikawa to atttend her parents' funeral. The younger sister Kiyomi, who has a talent in drawing manga is so afraid of Sumika since she once depicted Sumika as an unscrupulous character in her manga and harmed her reputation. Kiyomi stopped drawing manga since then yet Sumika doesn't forgive her and revenges by continuously bullying Kiyomi in creative ways. In contrast, Sumika has a secret relationship with her elder step-brother Shinji. Being bored in the small village, Sumika writes a letter to an up and coming director, requesting for a cast in his film. Unexpectedly, the two becomes pen pals, but will this lead her to a bright future in her acting career? "Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!" blends the lvoe and hate relationship of two sisters with rustic mountain scenery in which rural Japan's social and cultural roots are exposed alongside with tones of black humor.
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Professional Review of "Funuke Show Some Love You Losers (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 30, 2008

Dysfunctional families don't get much more entertaining than the one in Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! First-time director Yoshida Daihachi's black comedy is clever, subversive, and quite surprising for a commercial film. Teenaged Kyomi Wago (Aimi Satsukawa) lives in the gorgeous Japanese countryside, where the leaves are green, the fields are yellow, and the sky is a piercing blue. However, Kyomi's theme colors may actually be red and black; her home life is the model of dysfunction, possessing enough sordid gossip to delight any fan of overwritten Asian prime-time dramas. The audience initiation into Wago family warfare begins when Kyomi's parents are killed in a bloody car accident right in front of her eyes. But the real fireworks begin when the family's black sheep, elder sister Sumika (Eriko Sato of Cutey Honey), returns home for the funeral.

Sumika's arrival triggers the revelation of the family's past, which is rooted in her near-psychotic desire to be an actress. Leggy, slim, and impossibly top-heavy, Sumika has pin-up idol written all over her (Sato initially rose to fame as a bikini idol), but she's also convinced that she has actual talent, and nobody - not even family - is allowed to tell her otherwise. A few years back, Sumika was refused funds to chase her dream, after which she flipped out and attacked her own father with a knife, ultimately scarring her elder brother Shinji (Masatoshi Nagase) and raising the family tension level to Defcon 5. With her demeanor, superior attitude, and complete disregard for others, Sumika is as a patently unlikeable character, and Eriko Sato does an ace job at making her worthy of audience scorn. Sumika is obviously untalented and a total brat, so a good comeuppance is justly deserved.

However, she's already received her just desserts, and in an unexpected and quite entertaining way. After scarring Shinji and turning to prostitution to fund her move to Tokyo, Sumika became the subject of a horror manga about an evil girl who kills, screws, and raises hell in order to realize her dream of becoming an actress. The talented creator of that manga? None other than Sumika's sister Kyomi, who was unable to express her disapproval of her sister through traditional means (e.g., conversation), and decided to play comic book creator instead. Kyomi even won a manga contest with her Sumika-based work, and the local populace devoured the published result. Prompted by the attention and gossip, the family sent Sumika to Tokyo with a sizable allowance, granting her wish and sweeping the sordid mess beneath the rug.

The allowance wasn't enough though, as Sumika is back in town and deep in debt, plus she wants even more family dough. However, Shinji won't give it to her, as finances are currently quite tough. Shinji is also newly married to Machiko (Hiromi Nagasaku), a bizarrely happy housewife who deals with stress by acting insanely cheerful. Even when abused by Shinji, she attempts to put on a happy face, and even goes out of her way to befriend Sumika. But Sumika hasn't mellowed much; she still has unique ways of getting want she wants from Shinji, and her attitude towards Kyomi - who's still nursing guilt from the fallout of her manga - takes on a sinister, less-than-sisterly edge. With Kyomi vaguely in danger, Shinji brooding in the middle, and Machiko smiling incessantly in the background, it looks to be one uncomfortable reunion for the Wago clan. Something has to give - will it be Shinji's temper, Sumika's icy resolve, or Machiko's eternally chipper attitude? Or, will Kyomi's shame give way to more creative urges?

Funuke is darker than your usual commercial film. Director Daihachi gives the twisted happenings a smart comic edge, and creates characters and relationships that are complex and involving. The film should be immediately entertaining to pop culture-attuned Japanophiles, thanks to its ripped-from-TV-drama plotline, deviant quirkiness, and unique manga connection (at one point, the film frame actually becomes manga). However, Funuke has the power to do more than just entertain, thanks to its willingness to challenge audience expectations, starting with its complex central characters. Kyomi and Shinji swing between sympathetic and just plain pathetic, and Sumika manages to earn some audience understanding - which, considering her disagreeable character, is quite surprising.

Sumika is actually the star of the film, getting more screen time than her inherently more likable siblings, and she earns every minute of the spotlight. The character is an amazing piece of work; she's vain and arrogant, but also hopeful and a bit unfortunate. Sumika's belief that she has talent is obviously misguided, and yet it also makes her identifiable and even pitiable. The average person sometimes believes that they're special, and occasionally wishes for the good fortune that would justify that misplaced vanity. Sumika is that human emotion entertainingly exaggerated, but not so much that it's impossible to see someone we know - or perhaps a bit of ourselves - in her.

Sumika's cruelty towards Kyomi makes her exceptionally unlikable, especially since Kyomi bears such remorse for creating her family-shaming manga. But the situation also makes one wish for Sumika to mature or perhaps forgive Kyomi, in hopes that this family might heal just a little bit. One of Funuke's odd joys is that it places a completely hateful character at the center of its story, and yet somehow asks us to care about her. Audience mileage will vary; people may loathe, detest, sympathize with, or even feel a strange affection for Sumika. However, they're guaranteed to feel something.

Anchoring the film is Hiromi Nagasaku, who plays the too-happy Machiko to an annoying, pitiful, and finally endearing degree. Machiko is easily the film's most likable character, in that she's the outsider to the messed up Wago clan, and yet seems committed to bringing everyone together with her unflappable, but not invulnerable cheer. She's given to some extraneous quirks, but Nagasaku sells every inch of Machiko with a fiercely irony-free performance, making her exaggerated character and inner desperation exceptionally winning. As the husband and morose breadwinner Shinji, Masatoshi Nagase exudes hangdog sympathy. His character is put in a frighteningly difficult position, and one can't help but feel for him.

Funuke isn't exactly a rollercoaster of emotions, but it does engender a feeling that rises and falls in the vicinity of one's stomach. The movie delivers its melodramatic details deftly, and with a refreshing wit and subversive edge that make them compelling, disturbing, and even strangely affecting. Daihachi's direction is visually appealing and nominally subdued, but he frequently changes things up, varying the film's style and tone to punctuate the surprising emotional beats and juicy revelations. However, it's the ending that raises Funuke even higher; the climax soars and satisfies, but then gives way to a quiet, unexpected and yet appropriate finish. The dysfunctional family in Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! is compelling not because their dysfunction is disturbing, but because their dysfunction is the very thing that makes them vibrant and interesting - and it may also be necessary to who they are. That's not a very positive message, but in the blackly funny world of Funuke, it's one that works. Love or hate your family, you'll never be completely rid of them. May as well make the best of it.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Funuke Show Some Love You Losers (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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September 12, 2008

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All in the dysfunctional family Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A few scenes into "FUNUKE Show Some Love, You Losers!", I thought I might be watching something like remake of Kinoshita Keisuke's classic film "Carmen Comes Home", a comedy about a pretentious, failed actress returns to her rural home to the embarrassment of her relatives. But "FUNUKE" has something much darker in store for the viewer. The failed actress, Wago Sumika (Sato Eriko), is one very twisted individual and the dynamics in her sick family get stranger by the minute. Equal parts black comedy and slasher/horror fantasy, "FUNUKE" is both disturbing and very entertaining. Former swimsuit model Sato Eriko proves that she is a real actress; she attacks her role with a crazed vengeance that is stunning. Very highly recommended for a mature audience.
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