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Yasujirô Ozu (short story)
Tadao Ikeda (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
1 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Chôko Iida ... Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)
Shin'ichi Himori ... Ryosuke Nonomiya
Masao Hayama ... Ryosuke Nonomiya, as child
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Sugiko
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... O-Taka

Chishû Ryû ... 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)

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
 
Writing credits
Yasujirô Ozu (short story) (as James Maki)

Tadao Ikeda (adaptation) &
Masao Arata (adaptation)

Original Music by
Senji Itô 
 
Cinematography by
Shôjirô Sugimoto 
 
Film Editing by
Eiichi Hasegawa 
Hideo Mohara 
 
Production Design by
Tatsuo Hamada 
 
Set Decoration by
Tatsuo Hamada 
Yoshiatsu Hino 
 
Costume Design by
Taizô Saitô 
 
Makeup Department
Yû Kishimura .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Den Takayama .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenkichi Hara .... assistant director
Hamao Negishi .... assistant director
Nobuo Nishikawa .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yakichi Otani .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Eiichi Hasegawa .... sound
Masao Irie .... assistant sound recordist
Mikio Jinbo .... assistant sound recordist
Sachio Koyano .... assistant sound recordist
Hiroshi Kumagai .... assistant sound recordist
Rokusaburô Saitô .... sound effects editor
Matsuo Sekihara .... assistant sound recordist
Hideo Shigehara .... sound
Noriharu Yoshikawa .... assistant sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yûharu Atsuta .... lighting technician
Toshimitsu Nakajima .... gaffer
Seiju Sakurai .... lighting technician
Hitoshi Unozawa .... lighting technician
 
Other crew
Kentarô Abe .... film development
Hidesaburô Fujioka .... title designer
Masamiki Hiroki .... text photography
Fumikazu Miyagishima .... film development
Toshimi Nassho .... film development
Naoji Shimomura .... script supervisor
Sadaji Tara .... film development
 

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Also Known As:
"Hitori musuko" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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This was the last feature made at the Shochiku Kamata studio.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
All the hallmarks of the later Ozu are already present.., 6 August 2011
Author: ButaNiShinju from Japan

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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