Thicker Than Water
Release Date: February 10th, 2018
Duration: 106 mins.
Director: Keisuke Yoshida
Writer: Keisuke Yoshida (Screenplay),
Starring: Keiko Enoue, Miwako Kakei, Masataka Kubota, Hirofumi Arai, Ryohei Abe, Aisa Takeuchi, Katsuya Kobayashi, Takenori Goto,
You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family, the old saying goes, and the torture of being related to someone you despise is mined for material by Keisuke Yoshida. Using an original script he wrote, he misanthropically pairs two sets of unhappy siblings with each other for a miserable time.
The film takes place in a small town and zeroes in on the small lives of two sets of siblings who are stuck with each other. First there are two sisters, the eldest being the intelligent, hard-working, and homely Yuria Ikuno (Keiko Enoue) who has taken on the responsibility of running her family’s small printing company while her younger, prettier and ditsier sister Mako (Miwako Kakei) shirks work and pursues movie stardom. Each resents the other and shows it with a constant stream of passive-aggressive behaviour like nasty put-downs based on looks and brains.
For the two sisters are two brothers whose relationship is equally calamitous, though more physically violent. The youngest brother, a polite and diligent office worker named Kazunari Kanayama (Masataka Kubota), finds his life, his home, and his bank account invaded by his rough-hewn older brother Takuji (disgraced actor Hirofumi Arai) who has just finished a prison sentence for armed robbery. Kazunari’s feels like his lifelong position as his older brother’s doormat is reinstated and the timid young man chafes at the indignity of being host and hostage to potential criminal activities.