Part of the Asian Reflections summer film series
Dir. by Naoko Ogigami
Japan, 2010 l 109 min.
In English with no subtitles
Ray is a buttoned-up 30-something engineer, who appreciates order in details and collectable robot toys. After the sudden death of his mother, he moves back to his childhood home to care for his dysfunctional Eurasian family. Lisa, the teenage sister, is obsessed with the air guitar world championships, while the piano virtuoso brother Maury suffers from social phobia and has not left the house in four years.
The biggest oddity, however, lives upstairs — their Japanese grandmother Baachan. Mystified by Baachan's sighing each time she uses the bathroom, and apparent indifference to her grandchildren, Ray questions if Baachan is even related to them. In his search for an answer, Ray discovers new meaning to the word "family," one that transcends the boundaries of country and language.