Satoshi Miki’s comedy about an endearingly flaky woman’s search for her eccentric antique (i.e., junk) dealer dad is packed with small comic gems, delivered in Miki’s trademark dry style of spot-on timing and blithe disregard for logic.
After being forced to resign from her publishing company job when her magazine goes out of circulation, office worker Haname Jinchoge (Kumiko Aso) is given the name of her real father-Noburo Jinchoge when her mother (Keiko Matsuzaka) falls into a coma after nearly drowning in a pond while searching for kappa. Unsure if Noburo (Morio Kazama) is her father, Haname decides to visit him but tells him that she is a distant relative, he happens to be the shopkeeper at an odd antiquities shop called Light Bulb Co., working for her father is a punk rocker named Gas (Ryo Kase).
Haname becomes fascinated with the various oddities and charm of Light Bulb Co., and discovers that she, like her father has a knack for selling things so she decides to become a shopkeeper herself. Customers are hard to come by, but she listens to her dad’s strange advice…..
Considered one of the best for 2009 in Japan, this quirky comedy has been picked up for International release.
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