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November 1982 (USA) See more »
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Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Chishû Ryû ... Shuhei Horikawa
Shûji Sano ... Ryohei Horikawa
Shin Saburi ... Yasutaro Kurokawa
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Makoto Hirata
Mitsuko Mito ... Fumiko Hirata
Masayoshi Otsuka ... Seiichi Hirata
Shin'ichi Himori ... Minoru Uchida
Haruhiko Tsuda ... Ryohei as a child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shôtarô Fujimatsu
Chiyoko Fumiya
Masao Hayama
Kanji Kawahara ... Teacher of junior high school
Teruo Kisaragi
Shôichi Kotôda
Masami Kubota
Yûsuke Kurata ... Teacher of junior high school
Kôji Mitsui
Ken'ichi Miyajima
Tatsurô Nagai
Shin'yô Nara
Seiji Nishimura ... Priest
Takashi Ogata
Giichi Okita
Tsuneo Osugi
Reikô Tani
Morihiko Tezuka
Jun Yokoyama
Kenji Ôyama

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tadao Ikeda 
Yasujirô Ozu 
Takao Yanai 

Original Music by
Kyoichi Saiki 
 
Cinematography by
Yûharu Atsuta 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshiyasu Hamamura 
 
Art Direction by
Tatsuo Hamada 
 
Set Decoration by
Shôtarô Hashimoto 
Toshiaki Shimizu 
 
Costume Design by
Taizô Saitô 
 
Makeup Department
Kiyoko Takagawa .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rishichirô Isono .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nobuo Nishikawa .... assistant director
Kiyoshi Suzuki .... assistant director
Yoshio Tsukamoto .... assistant director
Kôzô Yamamoto .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yakichi Otani .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Mitsuru Kaneko .... sound recordist
Rokusaburô Saitô .... sound effects editor
Yoshisaburô Senoo .... sound
Yoshihito Takagake .... sound recordist
Akitaka Yoshida .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Seiji Inoue .... camera operator
Kazuji Naito .... gaffer
Takeshi Saitô .... camera operator
Kazuo Suzuki .... camera operator
Yoshikazu Takeuma .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Hidesaburô Fujioka .... title designer
Chikara Inomata .... archivist
Fumikazu Miyagishima .... film development
Takeo Tajiri .... stage manager
 

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Also Known As:
"Chichi ariki" - Japan (original title)
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USA:94 min | Japan:94 min
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
subversive sadness cracks through wartime propaganda, 13 December 2003
Author: alsolikelife from United States

Another sober wartime drama, this time a sort of reworking of THE ONLY SON as a widower schoolteacher decides to send his boy to a boarding school to give him the best education possible and seek a higher paying position to afford tuition. The film takes a sudden leap forward in time as the grown son desires to take care of his aging father, but the father forbids the son to compromise his own career. The war is barely mentioned but the film can easily be read as a propagandistic statement about self-sacrifice and devotion to duty, even at the cost of family unity. However, the pensive, tentative mood Ozu captures at the end, embodied in the son's distant, troubled look as he thinks about his father, hints at Ozu's own reservations with the moral message being issued. The scenes of father and son together in both halves of the story have a gentle perfection that gives the film all the beauty it requires, thanks to great performances by Shuji Sano as the grown son and Chishyu Ryo as the father. Amazingly, Ryu was only 38 when he gave this totally believable performance as an aging patriarch -- in fact he barely looks any different than he does in AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON twenty years later!

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