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The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941)
"Todake no kyodai" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  11 May 1982 (USA)
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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.

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Credited cast:
Mieko Takamine ...
Setsuko Toda
Shin Saburi ...
Shojiro Toda
Hideo Fujino ...
Shintaro Toda
Ayako Katsuragi ...
Mrs. Toda
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ...
Chizuru
Masao Hayama ...
Ryokichi
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Shinichiro
Kuniko Miyake ...
Kazuko
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ...
Ayako
Michiko Kuwano ...
Tokiko
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Take
Chôko Iida ...
Kiyo
Yaeko Izumo ...
Shige
Shohichi Kawamura ...
Suzuki
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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.

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Ozu's wartime solution to family dysfunction: let's all go to China!
13 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ozu enters William Wyler terrain with a somber upscale family drama about a mother and daughter who are shuttled in unwelcome fashion from one family member's home to another following the death of the family patriarch. The thematic elements of displacement within a family unit anticipate TOKYO STORY -- there's even a bedtime scene between the mother and daughter that echoes one in the later film. There's a startling lack of music in this film, esp. during Ozu's normally music-filled transitional shots, that contribute to an overall sense of tense unease that touches on what might have been the general wartime state of mind among Japanese at that time. The war makes a subtle appearance in the form of the youngest son who offers to take the unwanted family members with him to settle in China -- a moment which might be aligned with Imperialist propaganda, though in a fascinating way: the Chinese "frontier" seems presented as a place where Japanese society can escape its social hypocrisies and begin anew.


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