You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Household X

Emotionally immature pic thinks it's saying something profound about its obsessive-compulsive protag.

With:
With: Kaho Minami, Tomorowo Taguchi, Tomohiro Kaku, Mariko Tsutsui, Jun Murakami, Yoshiyuki Morishita.

A family of three barely communicate and then go to pieces in Koki Yoshida’s bloodless drama “Household X.” Lensed with a fondness for backs of heads and lost profiles that have no thematic purpose, this emotionally immature pic thinks it’s saying something profound about its obsessive-compulsive protag, but the lead is just a run-down Stepford wife, a droopy automaton auds won’t be able to connect with emotionally. With nothing new to add to a well-worn subject, Yoshida’s sophomore feature will barely leave a mark on the fest map.

The Hashimotos live together in a featureless Tokyo suburb, but they could be on separate planets. Michiko (Kaho Minami) is a housewife, obsessively cleaning, arranging and preparing meals for family members who never turn up at regular hours. Husband Kenichi (Tomorowo Taguchi) wanders through the house and his office with a glassy-eyed stare, while son Hiroaki (Tomohiro Kaku) is sullen and prickly. One can’t say Michiko is unraveling since there’s nothing left on the spool; when she does crack, it’s impossible to muster any feeling. Apparently Yoshida (“Symptom X”) didn’t let d.p. Takayuki Shida use a tripod.

Household X

Japan

Production: A Pia Film Festival presentation of a PFF Partners, PIA Corp., Tokyo Broadcasting System, Imagica, Avex Entertainment, Usen, Little More production. (International sales: Pia Film Festival, Tokyo.) Produced by Mayumi Amano. Directed, written by Koki Yoshida.

Crew: Camera (color, 16mm-to-35mm), Takayuki Shida; editors, Ryo Hayano, Yoshida; music, Yuko Sebu; production designer, Shimpei Inoue. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 14, 2011. Running time: 88 MIN.

Cast: With: Kaho Minami, Tomorowo Taguchi, Tomohiro Kaku, Mariko Tsutsui, Jun Murakami, Yoshiyuki Morishita.

More Scene

  • Doug Davis Power of Law

    Doug Davis Discusses Using Music for a Cause at Variety's Power of Law Event

    A family of three barely communicate and then go to pieces in Koki Yoshida’s bloodless drama “Household X.” Lensed with a fondness for backs of heads and lost profiles that have no thematic purpose, this emotionally immature pic thinks it’s saying something profound about its obsessive-compulsive protag, but the lead is just a run-down Stepford […]

  • 'The Handmaid's Tale'

    'The Handmaid's Tale' Cast, Creator Talk Season 2 in #MeToo Era, Expanding Gilead

    A family of three barely communicate and then go to pieces in Koki Yoshida’s bloodless drama “Household X.” Lensed with a fondness for backs of heads and lost profiles that have no thematic purpose, this emotionally immature pic thinks it’s saying something profound about its obsessive-compulsive protag, but the lead is just a run-down Stepford […]

  • Pamela Adlon Better Things

    Pamela Adlon: When 'Better Things' 'Stops Being Relatable Is When I Stop Doing My Show'

    A family of three barely communicate and then go to pieces in Koki Yoshida’s bloodless drama “Household X.” Lensed with a fondness for backs of heads and lost profiles that have no thematic purpose, this emotionally immature pic thinks it’s saying something profound about its obsessive-compulsive protag, but the lead is just a run-down Stepford […]

  • The Future She Built

    Inventor of the Inclusion Rider Discusses Why the Initiative Is Necessary at Panel

    A family of three barely communicate and then go to pieces in Koki Yoshida’s bloodless drama “Household X.” Lensed with a fondness for backs of heads and lost profiles that have no thematic purpose, this emotionally immature pic thinks it’s saying something profound about its obsessive-compulsive protag, but the lead is just a run-down Stepford […]

  • Independent School Alliance Awards

    Charles King, Nina Shaw Toast Tim and Vicky Mara Story at Independent School Gala

    A family of three barely communicate and then go to pieces in Koki Yoshida’s bloodless drama “Household X.” Lensed with a fondness for backs of heads and lost profiles that have no thematic purpose, this emotionally immature pic thinks it’s saying something profound about its obsessive-compulsive protag, but the lead is just a run-down Stepford […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content