Former Nikku Roman Porno director Junichi Suzuki directs this rollicking bubble economic-era domestic comedy based on a book by Ryo Ueno. The film centers on the Kido family, comprised of Dad (Yasuo Daichi), who works as a salesman in a department store; Mom (Yoko Asaji), a housewife; and their three kids. They lead a crowded existence in a rabbit hutch-sized apartment in one of Tokyo's numerous towering tenements. One day, they learn of a way to move their family into a lux house for free. A development company is looking for the perfect Japanese family to live in their overpriced abodes in exchange for selling the subdivision to prospective customers. The Kidos jump at the chance to turn their lives into living commercials in exchange for such a spacious home. Unfortunately, they quickly learn about the downside of their agreement. The young woman in change of the sales campaign (Hitomi Takahashi) has the charm of a yakuza kingpin, as she marches clients -- snoops and perverts one and all -- through their home. More difficult to bare, however, is the venal envy of their friends, co-workers, and classmates. Dad suddenly finds himself demoted to hawking kitchen gadgets, while Mom gets a series of threatening and obscene calls. The children fare little better: the elder son, Kyohei (Shunichi Hashimoto), is roughed up and robbed daily by a band of punks thanks to his new-found fame; the younger son, Sota (Takejiro Suzuki), gets a similarly brutal welcome at his new high school; and the youngest, Yoko (Natsuki Asakawa), receives a dead kitten from one of her classmates.
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