The Fuccons are a pop culture phenom in Japan, with a hit TV series, scads of licensed products, and even their own themed restaurants! Japanese fans cant get enough of this quirky, off-thewall, live action comedy series. Now, at long last, American fans get to jump onboard The Fuccons bandwagon!
began as a series of comic sketches on the Japanese TV program Vermillion Pleasure Night
: A family of Americans, James and Barbara and their son Mikey, move to Japan "to live as Japanese." The brief skits consist of still photographs of window store dummies in Kennedy-era outfits juxtaposed with over-the-top vocal performances and lots of forced laughter. The humor is labored and inane; the dummies--obviously a Japanese take on Caucasians--recall the American cartoons of the 1930s that trafficked in ethnic stereotypes. Graduate students in sociology may someday write theses about what The Fuccons
reveals about Japanese attitudes towards Americans; connoisseurs of outré cultural phenomena may revel in the series' we're-so-dumb-we're-hip charms. Wiser viewers will dismiss The Fuccons
as the pointless waste of time that it is. (Unrated, suitable for ages 12 and older: mild profanity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon