This film along with the disc 2 language resource kit can be used as a fun learning tool by teachers in their classrooms or by individuals who want to learn more about Japanese culture and language.
Happy Family Plan also offers an online component where you are able to take interactive quizzes, download worksheets for different language levels, and access other useful resources.
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A dysfunctional Japanese family is selected to be a part of the popular game show, the Happy Family Plan. The prize is an irresistible ¥3 million but the challenge that looms ahead is next to impossible. A clumsy, tone-deaf father Fujio is expected to play the song “Home Sweet Home” on the piano, live on national TV in just seven days. With the family in complete disarray, the pressure to succeed is overwhelming. In times of economic uncertainty, Fujio completing this insurmountable task is the family’s only hope. Will he succeed? Happy Family Plan is a funny, heart-warming tale that reminds us of the importance of family, com- munity and the joy of reaching a goal no matter how big or small.
LANGUAGE RESOURCE KIT
In true Japanese game show style, our lively hosts Shingo and Arisa will take viewers on a basic walk-through of Japanese culture. Join them as they guide you through:
- Handy expressions and the top 10 phrases
- Useful vocabulary for greeting people, shopping and eating
- Explanation of cultural customs (bowing, clothing, etc.)
- Visits to typical Japanese shops, restaurants and shrines
EXPERT COMMENTARY ON JAPANESE SOCIETY
INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR
Cast: Tomokazu MIURA Eriko WATANABE Aya HIRAYAMA Tsurutaro KATAOKA
Yuko NATORI Yoko NOGIWA and Chosuke IKARIYA
Director: Tsutomu ABE
2000 / Japan / 100 min
Japanese with English and Japanese Subtitles
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