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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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Chiyoko Fumiya ...
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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Cold shoulders and hallucinating screens
27 October 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Todake No Kyodai wonderfully captures Japanese social mores in its most regrettable form. If you wouldn't know better, you'd think that the people inhabiting the various interiors (almost all of the movie takes place indoors) are mere acquaintances. Strong socio-specific communicative regulations pervade every conversation, every movement, every wink of the eye.

I don't know much about Japanese society, but the fact that the family's mother is given the cold shoulder (after the pater familias had deceased) stroke me as a critique against individualized (westernized?) modern Japan.

I would also like to mention a nice, though unintended effect the movie had on me: the copy has aged gracefully and at times provides cool hallucinating screen compositions and distorted rainfall sounds, which are welcome diversions from the otherwise monotonous goings-on in the still home environments.


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