In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised for his acting only because he is his father's heir, and that the troupe complains ... See full summary »
Mr. Thank You is the kindly young driver of a local bus traveling from poverty stricken coastal villages, over the mountains, to the town. He thanks everybody when they let his bus pass on ... See full summary »
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 ... See full summary »
When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.
Aptly titled melodrama, the plot is about one of five sons who wants to quit a dead-end job and go back to school, plan beyond day-to-day life. But if he does, the economics of the household tumble down. What might have been a wildly histrionic film, and Naruse has displayed a hand for such, is somewhat tempered by the fact that the strict father basically means well and is honestly troubled, on the other hand the son is a responsible youth who wants to be able to care for both aging parents and a wife.
The problem remains however, that Naruse had been on-again, off-again trying to address in other films; the film is about this situation and efforts to resolve it. It's one layer passionately acted, rather forcibly unpacked, and has no deeper insight.
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