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The Only Son (1936)
"Hitori musuko" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1 April 1987 (USA)
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In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune) decides to send her only son to Tokyo for having a better education. Thirteen ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chôko Iida ...
Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)
Shin'ichi Himori ...
Ryosuke Nonomiya
Masao Hayama ...
Ryosuke Nonomiya, as child
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ...
Sugiko
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ...
O-Taka
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Professor Ookubo
Tomoko Naniwa ...
Ookubo's wife
Kiyoshi Aono ...
Matsumura, old man
Jun Yokoyama ...
Okubo's son (as Bakudankozo)
Eiko Takamatsu ...
Jokou
Seiichi Kato ...
Kinjo no ko
Kazuo Kojima ...
Kimiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomio Aoki ...
Tomibo (as Tokkan Kozou)
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In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune) decides to send her only son to Tokyo for having a better education. Thirteen years later, she visits her son Ryosuke Nonomiya (Shinichi Himori), and finds that he is a poor and frustrated night-school teacher with a wife, Sugiko (Yoshiko Tsubouchi), and a baby boy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This was the last feature made at the Shochiku Kamata studio. See more »

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Referenced in The Life and Works of Yasujiro Ozu (1983) See more »

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Early Ozu masterpiece
18 May 2003 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Of all the major directors in the world, Ozu was the last one to convert to sound; "The Only Son" was his first "all-talkie" film (in 1936), and it is remarkably inventive (technically) as well as deeply moving. Once again, his film deals with family dynamics: in this case, a widowed mother who has worked selflessly to provide her son with an education. But when she goes to visit him, she finds that he has not fulfilled his promise: he's stuck in a mediocre job, he has a wife and child and can't make any drastic changes because of his responsibilities. The ways that the mother and son try to reach an understanding, and their mutual resignation to the disappointments of life, create a glancing but powerful sense of that "quiet desperation" which was so often Ozu's theme.


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