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Hitori musuko (1936)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 April 1987 (USA)
A widow sends her only son away to receive a better education. Years later, she visits him, finding him a poor school teacher with a wife and son.

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Credited cast:
Chôko Iida ...
Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)
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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 Bakudan Kozô)
Eiko Takamatsu ...
Jokou
Seiichi Katô ...
Kinjo no ko (as Seiichi Kato)
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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Also Known As:

The Only Son  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was the last feature made at the Shochiku Kamata studio. See more »

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Featured in A Train Arrives at the Station (2016) See more »

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Perfect
Recorded 1927 by jazz guitarist Eddie Lang
[Heard in background of last classroom scene]
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A poignant gem of a film; subtle, melancholic, and simple.
5 December 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"The Only Son" is Ozu's first "talkie" - and utilizes sounds in an efficient, restrained manner to help tell the story with calm grace. The beautiful simplicity that pervades the piece is classical Ozu, and amplifies the poignant tale of a mother coming back to visit her son, after sacrificing her livelihood to ensure he achieves higher education. When she realizes that he is unsatisfied with his life as a night-school teacher, a general melancholic tone begins to unfold through the progression of the narrative. The ending is nicely done, and overall, the film is crafted in that spare, simple perfection that is the stylistic hallmark of Ozu's cinema.


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