Juzo Itami

The Funeral

The Funeral

It’s death, Japanese style, in the rollicking and wistful first feature from maverick writer-director Juzo Itami. In the wake of her father’s sudden passing, a successful actor (Itami’s wife and frequent collaborator, Nobuko Miyamoto) and her lascivious husband (Tsutomu Yamazaki) leave Tokyo and return to her family home to oversee a traditional funeral. Over the course of three days of mourning that bring illicit escapades in the woods, a surprisingly materialistic priest (Chishu Ryu), and cinema’s most epic sandwich handoff, the tensions between public propriety and private hypocrisy are laid bare. Deftly weaving dark comedy with poignant family drama, The Funeral is a fearless satire of the clash between old and new in Japanese society in which nothing, not even the finality of death, is off-limits.

Film Info

  • Japan
  • 1984
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #1125

Special Features

  • High-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with actors Nobuko Miyamoto and Manpei Ikeuchi
  • Creative Marriages: Juzo Itami & Nobuko Miyamoto, a short program produced by the Criterion Channel
  • Commercials for Ichiroku Tart by director Juzo Itami
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author Pico Iyer and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Itami’s 1985 book Diary of “The Funeral” and from a 2007 remembrance of Itami by actor Tsutomu Yamazaki

    New cover by Tatsuro Kiuchi

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • High-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with actors Nobuko Miyamoto and Manpei Ikeuchi
  • Creative Marriages: Juzo Itami & Nobuko Miyamoto, a short program produced by the Criterion Channel
  • Commercials for Ichiroku Tart by director Juzo Itami
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author Pico Iyer and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Itami’s 1985 book Diary of “The Funeral” and from a 2007 remembrance of Itami by actor Tsutomu Yamazaki

    New cover by Tatsuro Kiuchi
The Funeral
Cast
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Wabisuke Inoue
Nobuko Miyamoto
Chizuko Amamiya
Kin Sugai
Kikue Amamiya
Hideji Otaki
Shokichi Amamiya
Ichiro Zaitsu
Satomi
Nekohachi Edoya
Ebihara
Manpei Ikeuchi
Jiro
Credits
Director
Juzo Itami
Written by
Juzo Itami
Cinematography by
Yonezo Maeda
Production design by
Hiroshi Tokuda
Music by
Joji Yuasa
Edited by
Akira Suzuki
Executive producers
Shogo Hosogoshi
Produced by
Yasushi Tamaoki
Yutaka Okada

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The Funeral: At a Loss
The Funeral: At a Loss

Juzo Itami’s tragicomic directorial debut has scandalous fun with the Japanese traditions governing death.

By Pico Iyer