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

Not Rated  |   |  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 ...
Shin'ichi Himori ...
Masao Hayama ...
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 Katô ...
Kinjo no ko (as Seiichi Kato)
Kazuo Kojima ...
Kimiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomio Aoki ...
Tomibo (as Tokkan Kozô)
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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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All the hallmarks of the later Ozu are already present..
6 August 2011 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

It's quite striking that although this film was made 17 years before Tokyo Story, all the aspects of the film-making style we have come to associate with Ozu are already fully present. But compare this film with, say, his "Sono yo no tsuma", made just six years earlier in 1930: in that film --- a rather slavish attempt to copy the style of German Realism -- none of the visual and narrative features he shows here are present.

No one has mentioned (so I will...) -- that the German film which Ryosuke takes his mother to see (in which she falls asleep, and of which he self-referentially says "this is what they call a talkie") is Willi Forst's 'Leise flehen meine Lieder' (Vienna, 1933), and the lovely blonde actress seen running through the wheatfields is Louise Ullrich. This film (now largely forgotten) was a popular sensation in Europe at the time, depicting the love affair between Franz Schubert and the Countess Eszterhazy. Also... noticeable in a few scenes in Ryosuke's house is a large travel poster which says 'Germany'. All of which shows the extent to which European film-making was in the mind of the young Ozu. We think of Ozu as a purely "domestic" Japanese director (in every sense of that word), but in fact he was well-versed in the traditions of western film-making.


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