Noted Korean director Park Chul-soo, who previously made a mark for himself in 301,302, a savage look at food and sex, helms this black comedy about Japan's sizable and often beleaguered Korean-Japanese community. Motomi Hayashi (Eri Yu), a producer who is thoroughly dedicated to her career, returns to her abode to discover that her porn star sister (Ichio Matsuda) is going to make a film about her family's first reunion in 20 years. Motomi is less than thrilled with the prospect, seeing as all is not well at the Hayashi household. Motomi's father recently got canned from his longtime job at a Pachinko parlor, while her mother secretly plans to mortgage the house to finance her affair with a younger lover. Motomi grows more uneasy when she learns that the porn director in charge of the undertaking is known for mixing fact with fantasy. Adapted from a book by Miri Yu, a second-generation Korean-Japanese author, Kazoku Cinema was shot entirely in Japan and entirely in Japanese, a first for a Korean-funded film. It was screened at the 1999 Chicago Film Festival.
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