Film Review | Kantai (Hospitalité) by Koji Fukada

Hospitalite dvd coverTitled in English Welcome to Our House, Hospitalité tells the story of a Japanese family whose hospitality is tested when an employee hired with room and board brings numerous others to live in the family home. After the death of his father, Kobayashi is running the family printing business out of his house where he lives with his daughter, younger second wife and divorced sister. Things seem balanced enough until the printing apprentice takes ill and Kagawa is hired on and given a room. Sequentially, his English speaking “wife” moves in and soon seduces Kobayashi, putting him in a position where he cannot argue Kagawa’s outlandish decisions. Kagawa continues to bring more residents into the house until it is overflowing and culminates in the events of a birthday party for Kobayashi’s wife.

Fukada does a good job in this film of portraying a bizarre series of events without being overly dramatic. The dialogue is more ample than in most current Japanese films and interesting scenes and relationships keep the audience’s attention. Billed as a comedy, you may find yourself laughing from time to time. Check out Hospitalité from a library near you.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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