The reverse jet family

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German title The reverse jet family
Original title Gyakufunsha Kazoku
Country of production Japan
original language Japanese
Publishing year 1984
length 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Gakuryu Ishii
script Gakuryū Ishii
Norio Kaminami
production Banmei Takahashi
camera Masaki Tamura
cut Junichi Kikuchi

The Reverse Jet Family ( Japanese 逆 噴射 家族 , Gyakufunsha Kazoku ) is a Japanese film by Gakuryū Ishii from 1984, which was produced within a few weeks on a budget of only 300,000 euros.


Office worker Katsuhiko Kobayashi's family is moving into their new home in suburban Tokyo. The family harmony is disturbed by the fact that his son Masaki develops into a hikikomori , daughter Erika insists on a career as a singer and his wife Saeko is sexually unsatisfied. Katsuhiko gets delusional very quickly, he wants to poison himself and his family. When he discovers a termite in the house, he starts digging a hole under the house with a jackhammer, which eventually causes the house to collapse. When the house collapsed, you can see the Kobayashis in the final shot living in their living room under a highway bridge. You seem happy with this situation.

Explanation of the title

Ever since a pilot turned on reverse thrust in a fit of madness in flight and caused a crash , "reverse jet propulsion " has been a household word in Japan for sudden insanity with catastrophic consequences.

In the credits the title is, contrary to the links given below, referred to as The family with reverse jet propulsion .


Volker Hummel described the film in the taz as a “classic of modern Japanese cinema and one of the best escalation comedies ever.” You can still see the “punk spirit of its director” today.

According to the lexicon of international films , the "initially [...] furious satire on meaningless and ritualized ways of life and the inhospitable nature of the big city", however, "deprives itself of its message due to increasing hectic and violence".

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Volker Hummel: Forever high-voltage punk ( the daily newspaper , December 13, 2001)
  2. The Reverse Jet Family. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used