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Mother (1952)

Okaasan (original title)
A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family.

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Masako Fukuhara
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Toshiko Fukuhara
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Shinjiro
Akihiko Katayama ...
Susumu Fukuhara
Daisuke Katô ...
Uncle Kimura
Yônosuke Toba ...
Naosuke Fukuhara
Masao Mishima ...
Ryousuke Fukuhara
Chieko Nakakita ...
Aunt Noriko
Eiko Miyoshi
Atsuko Ichinomiya ...
Koyo Fukuhara
Noriko Honma ...
Mino Hirai
Sadako Sawamura ...
O-Sei
Zekô Nakamura ...
Shinzou Hirai
Ryûtarô Nagai
Keiko Enami ...
Hisako Fukuhara
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A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family.

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Charming and rueful
23 February 2005 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

OKASAN is one of the rare instances when Naruse was able to create a film with a little more humor than usual; for this reason, this study of an adolescent girl and her mother has moments of great charm, even though the general sadness which pervades so many of Naruse's films cannot help but add dimension to the story. The ending of the film is more upbeat than is usual for Naruse, and so the effect is bittersweet and rueful, rather than despairing and sad. It's a film full of delicate touches of great tenderness; it's a film that really does celebrate motherhood, though in a very unsentimental way. Though Naruse does emphasize the problems of the family, he allows the affection that the family feels for each other to texture the film with a feeling of genuine warmth. This remains a very special film for Naruse for this reason.


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