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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 Yasujirô Ozu's first feature film with all-synchronous dialogue.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A simple but moving tale of maternal sacrifice, 16 August 2009
Author: lukechong

"The Only Son" is Ozu's first talkie, was made in 1936. Here, the story is a little like that he made decades later in "Tokyo Story", except that here the visiting party is only one person (a widow) and her only son with daughter-in-law are dutifully filial instead of a careless bevy. Chishu Ryu also plays a part in this film, as a schoolteacher-turn-eatery-owner who persuades the mother to educate her son. The mother works hard to provide for her only son's education, but goes to Tokyo to find him teaching in a night school, not exactly her definition of a "great man".

What makes the film so memorable here is the acting itself. Chouko Iida plays the aging mother very well, exactly like how such a person would act out in real life. Her final act of despair affects the viewer as much as Ryosuke's promise to make it big to his wife. Ozu is probably making as much of a social statement with these final gestures. While the son has proved himself to be selfless, society still measures a person by how high the social hierarchy one has climbed. Although Ozu didn't pursue this point relentlessly, it's still clear that's how the couple's standing is despite them working hard to better their cause. As such, this film has similarities with earlier Ozu films like "Tokyo Chorus", "Passing Fancy" and "An Inn in Tokyo". With them, as with "The Only Son", Ozu proves himself to be an astute observer and commentator of Tokyo life.

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