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1 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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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Poignant, Heartbreaking, Sensitive and Beautiful – A Masterpiece See more (15 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hitori musuko" - Japan (original title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This was the last feature made at the Shochiku Kamata studio.See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Poignant, Heartbreaking, Sensitive and Beautiful – A Masterpiece, 21 March 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

"Hitori Musuko" is a poignant, heartbreaking, sensitive and beautiful movie about expectations, frustrations, revelations and hope in life. Once again the major concern of Ozu is with the family and human relationship. In "Hitori Musuko", Ozu brilliantly uses the sound, recent in 1936, in the end of the simple but touching story, when the machines in the factory stop working symbolizing the death of Tsune. I saw this movie in a Brazilian cable television in a copy that certainly needs restoration, and I regret to inform that only "Ohayô" has been released on DVD in Brazil. Only in festivals, and occasionally in cable television, Brazilians have the chance to see the work of this great director. Seeing the number of votes of this masterpiece in IMDb (only 88 votes), I believe that the distribution problem of this film might be international. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Filho Único" ("Only Son")

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