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Yasujirô Ozu (short story)
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Release Date:
1 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A simple Ozu masterpiece, 11 May 2004
Author: artist_signal

"The Only Son" is Ozu's first "talkie" - and utilizes sounds/dialogue in a stylistic manner to tell a simple story. 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.

There are some fine indoor shots of the house where the son lives, and also, some greatly composed scenes of the run-down industrial neighborhood where the son goes out to buy "noodles" from a nearby stand. What's also memorable about the film is its excellent rendition of outdoor nature shots, one scene stands out in my mind where the son is having a discussion with his mother. There is also a great shot of the night-school teacher looking out dismal and lonely from the school-building to a city sign, which is juxtaposed against a dark, night sky.

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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