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November 1982 (USA) See more »
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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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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983)See more »


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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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