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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

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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
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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes a little clunky (probably because it was edited post-war), but very good nonetheless, 1 August 2010
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Lesser, but, of course, still fine Ozu. It might come off as better if it had not been edited by American censors after the war, or if the existing print were a little less damaged (it's easily the worst print I've ever seen Criterion put on DVD, and they apologize profusely in the booklet for it; of course, it's of the best quality that is available). Chishu Ryu, in his first starring role, plays the titular father. The film opens with him quitting his job as a teacher after a student under his supervision has died. A widower, he moves away from the city with his young son in tow. After he finds a good school, he abandons his son to move back to Tokyo, where he can find better work. The meat of the film is the torn relationship. The son isn't bitter, exactly - more hurt that his father is far away. When he grows up, he wants to quit his job as a teacher to move to Tokyo to be with his father, but his father refuses the idea. Every person must do their job the best they can. While the message of every citizen doing their duty is a part of the film's wartime propaganda, it doesn't really come off as such. It feels more like Ryu is always punishing himself for his own career failures, or maybe that he fears that his son will be a failure like himself if he quits his job. Yet Ryu's character never comes off as cold - he loves his son, and his son loves the heck out of him. It's as if the forced separation is pathological. All the scenes between the father and son are golden. I did think that whenever the film strayed from them it wasn't as strong, and the pacing feels a little weird at times (almost certainly from the editing the film suffered later on). The final moments are killer.

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