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The Whole Family Works (1939)

Hataraku ikka (original title)
Father of nine children cannot find a job. Despite their aspirations, the children are encouraged by both parents to hold down menial jobs and contribute to the family expenses... See full synopsis »

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Musei Tokugawa ...
Ishimura
Noriko Honma ...
Ishimura's wife
Akira Ubukata ...
Kiichi, first son
Kaoru Itô ...
Genji, second son
Seikichi Minami ...
Noboru, third son
Takeshi Hirata ...
Eisaku, fourth son
Seiichiro Bando ...
Kokichi, fifth son
Kiyoko Wakaba ...
Hide, first daughter
Den Obinata ...
Ogawa - the teacher
Sumie Tsubaki ...
Mitsuko
Jun Maki ...
Kiichi's goroup leader
Kinji Fujiwa ...
Ishimura's fellow worker
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Father of nine children cannot find a job. Despite their aspirations, the children are encouraged by both parents to hold down menial jobs and contribute to the family expenses... See full synopsis »

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11 March 1939 (Japan)  »

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Toda a Família Trabalha  »

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Episodes of a poor family's life
20 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The fun stuff here are children/ teens in conflict and affection with each other and their parents. It's also interesting to see the rare picture of parents exploiting their children. There are large dollops of humour and characteristics of family life that anyone would recognise and appreciate. Like all Naruse, the film work and editing are admirable. The script, too, is credible and of interest. However, it's a little difficult to care for some reason. I think there are too many children - 9 - and the film print is probably even greyer than it was to begin with. Both characterisation and the drama are limited and sibling rivalry and generational conflict are timeworn themes. Still, not all bad by any means and worth watching.


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