The Van Zant family name is legendary in the history of music. From Lynyrd Skynyrd to 38 Special to a myriad of other groups, brothers Johnny, Donnie and the late Ronnie Van Zant are considered the First Family of Southern Rock. And 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for the Van Zant family. Johnny continues to tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Johnny and Donnie are releasing a new live recording July 1 on Loud and Proud Records.
What a Wonderful Family!, part of this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, is a comedic look at an older couple facing the prospects of a divorce. Shuzo (Isao Hashizume) plays the patriarch of this family, and director Yoji Yamada centers most of the narrative on his character. He has been married to his wife, Tomiko (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) for 45 years, but she’s calling it quits because he doesn’t respect her and is a bit of a slob around the house. Their children, including a married son, married daughter and recently engaged son, call a family meeting to try and save the marriage.