After being forced to resign from her publishing company job when her magazine goes out of circulation, office worker Haname Jinchoge (Kumiko Aso) is given the name of her real father-Noburo Jinchoge when her mother (Keiko Matsuzaka) falls into a coma after nearly drowning in a pond while searching for kappa. Unsure if Noburo (Morio Kazama) is her father, Haname decides to visit him but tells him that she is a distant relative, he happens to be the shopkeeper at an odd antiquities shop called Light Bulb Co., working for her father is a punk rocker named Gas (Ryo Kase).
I enjoyed this quite a bit. After a rather shaky start I was quickly won over by its charms. It´s pretty silly and quirky (maybe a tad too much at times) and while the lead actress could be annoying for some, with all her shrieking, I wasn't really bothered.
Not everything in it works as it should but at the end I had a big grin on my face and that makes it well worth a watch for me.
Very chill and a must-watch to celebrate life, I guess? It's just so chill (the casual words I speak lol) in a way you'd see some similarities of your life to hers.
Haname is a lady whom in her own words is letting day to day life erode her away. However when her mum has an accident, she loses her job and finds out her absent dad isn't her real dad she goes off to find her biological father and what she finds is a bit a nutter. Part of the charm of the film is that not much attention is given to the overall story but about just finding new ways to make life more exciting, fun, interesting and silly. Everyone keeps finding themselves in silly situations and the Japanese comedy tradition of big screams and gasps is ever present. Everything is just that bit surreal but still grounded.
Drinking game: Everytime Haname goes "Yuueeehh!!" Every Japanese comedy has this!
Bottom Line: I've played the tap game myself - its awesome just for that.
A very Japanese, Japanese Drama that's pretty entertaining and sometimes hilarious. However its gradual decent into utter stupidity and WTF moments (largely Japan's cultural mythology), isn't helped by Kumiko Aso's constant high-pitched screaming. There's some great and memorable performances, and some smart writing. Overall it's a fun watch....a stupid crazy yet charming watch.