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The Only Son (1936)

Hitori musuko (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1 April 1987 (USA)
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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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 Bakudan Kozô)
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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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

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Another enormously touching Ozu film
4 April 2003 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Incredibly gentle and touching Ozu picture about a single mother who works her butt off to send her only son off to school. Many years later, we follow her journey to visit that son in Tokyo. He hasn't kept in contact very well. His mother doesn't even know about his wife and infant son, nor that he is a grade school teacher, a rather low (and low-paid) position. Simply put, he's embarrassed at the little he has accomplished and he thinks his mother will be gravely disappointed that she went to so much trouble to educate him. The whole situation really hit home, and I was deeply moved by it. The film also features incredible cinematography and editing.


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