Goodbye, Grandpa!

Ojiichan shinjattatte


Friday, Nov. 2 at 2:45pm
Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 4:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

When a paterfamilias dies in Japan, the family members dutifully gather for the funeral and cremation, and so it is in “Goodbye, Grandpa!” As the film’s clan comes together to remember their father and grandfather, the pain is certainly real — it’s etched onto many of their faces — but mourning the deceased soon becomes secondary to settling scores. As old rivalries rekindle and barely suppressed resentments surface between brothers Seiji (Ken Mitsuishi) and Akio (Ryo Iwamatsu), the funeral becomes the site of both drunken recriminations and slapstick antics. The Japan Times writes: “‘Goodbye, Grandpa!’ follows the local genre rules for heartwarming family dramas, so all the characters — even the most obtuse — must finally become lovable…. But the film also does not present the usual pat, uplifting resolutions to its various storylines. What it does show realistically is how grief arrives on its own schedule, sometimes triggered more by memory than the actual presence of death.”

110 min.

Directed by

Yukihiro Morigaki



Film Category

Asian Focus International Spotlight


Death and Dying Family Issues



Sponsored by

East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University