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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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A masterpiece from one of the absolute best, 9 February 2014
Author: DarkHalf1 from United States

There was a Father is simply an incredible film. The relationship between a father and a son. Time passes, the relationship develops over a distance, much as in The Only Son, and by the time the film ends, a deep emotional nerve has been struck without the prompting of music, without any tricks. Just character, performance and Ozus terrific framing.

There feels as if so much is left unsaid between the two protagonists, something lifelike and heartbreaking in its depiction. An improvement over the similar, also stellar The Only Son in this respect.

I have to say that of all the great filmmakers, Ozu may be the most underrated and under appreciated. I don't think he's ever made a clunky film or one where the viewer doesn't feel things went exactly the way he intended.

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