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All About Our House

2001 1h 56m Comedy List
Reviews 47% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Naosuke and Tamiko recruit a designer and Tamiko's father to build them a house. As the traditional carpenter and modern designer clash, the couple has to appease both people. Read More Read Less

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Anton Bitel Grolsch Film Works a broad comedy in which a young urban professional couple try to build their dream home on a suburban lot, only for their hip interior designer to clash with the wife's father... in divergent visions of how Japanese identity should be constructed. Jan 29, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Mitani's sophmore film effort starts out pretty strong but about 1/4 of the way either it seems he gives up on certain characters or somehow was rushed into production. Which is very strange considering the amount of time (4 years later) that this film came out after his classic "Welcome Back Mr. McDonald" which is just a solid film with great acting and comic plot twist writing. This film had a solid foundation but something seriously got lost in the construction of the overall film. Worthwhile but you feel dissapointed that it was meant to be something more. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member One has to follow really closely (especially when I have to read sub-titles). Many themes running through this movie (love, respect, perfection, etc.) Found this movie entertaining! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Japanese couple building house receive an overabundance of design tips. Another "too many chefs spoil the broth, yet everything turns out OK" movie that lacks the charm of Mr. McDonald, mostly because the emphasis on ensemble story telling leaves this movie feeling a little unfocused. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member <i>All About Our House</i> is a Japanese comedic drama from Koki Mitani. While employing a pretty original plot, the comedic aspect of this film isn't a barrel of laughs.<p>The story involves the building of a house where the designer goes for a modern day artistic design, while the contractor goes for the old school Japanese design. It comes down to a generational gap. This is a great start for a comedy. At just under 2 hours, which is a tad long for what happens in this movie, the pacing is moderate and the story drags just a bit. The tension between the 2 designers of the house is quite entertaining, however the antics of the conservative contractor, while funny to some, come across as irritating. He becomes a character to hate, while you feel sorry for the young modern designer. This is where the drama takes over the comedy. Fortunately, as the film progresses both of these characters become likable.</p><p>The camerawork is pretty well done, although it seems the director is holding back at times. The dialogue is also pretty hilarious. "A house full of toilets? Yuck!"</p><p>Props goes out to the casting, because all characters are nicely chosen. Toshiaki Karasawa and Kunie Tanaka carry this film as the designer and builder respectively, while Akiko Yagi and Naoki Tanaka portray the couple of the house. Naoki Tanaka's character has a little bit of a geeky personality that provides some laughs.</p><p><i>All About Our House</i> does have its funny moments, however this isn't for people that want a kick back over the top comedy. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Not quite as hilarious as Welcome Back, Mr. MacDonald, but still enjoyable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member a really heartwarming japanese family drama about intergenerational complexities that arise when you choose to employ your father-in-law and your wife's old crush as your home builders :) the old man's antics are hilarious. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Naosuke and Tamiko recruit a designer and Tamiko's father to build them a house. As the traditional carpenter and modern designer clash, the couple has to appease both people.
Director
Koki Mitani
Producer
Yumiko Kuga, Kanjiro Sakura, Yumiko Shigeoka
Screenwriter
Koki Mitani
Production Co
Fuji TV Movie
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Japanese
Runtime
1h 56m