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The Men of Tohoku (1957)

Tôhoku no zunmu-tachi (original title)
The isolated village of Tohoku is surrounded by high mountains, and has a tradition that only the eldest sons may marry and inherit. The filthy, unshaven younger sons, called yakkos, work ... See full summary »

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Hiroshi Akutagawa ...
Risuke
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Tasuke
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Hisakichi
Jun Hamamura
Bokuzen Hidari
Hajime Izu
Takuzô Kumagai ...
Father of Twins (as Jirô Kumagai)
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Old woman
Chieko Naniwa ...
Oei
Tadashi Okabe
Sachio Sakai
Makoto Satô
Ikio Sawamura
Shirô Tsuchiya
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The isolated village of Tohoku is surrounded by high mountains, and has a tradition that only the eldest sons may marry and inherit. The filthy, unshaven younger sons, called yakkos, work the land and never have sex. To redress an ancestor's crime, the widow Oei has to take each yakko for a night. However she refuses to take Risuke, who has particularly vile breath. So Risuke's eldest brother Tasuke tells his wife Asa to take Risuke for a night, while an old blabbermouth suggests another alternative to Risuke. Written by Will Gilbert

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27 August 1957 (Japan)  »

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Ludzie z Tohoku  »

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A Japanese Fable
19 November 2001 | by (Washington D.C.) – See all my reviews

This is a short film presented recently at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as part of a retrospective of this master filmmaker. It is a fable set in an isolated village where all but the first born are not allowed any prosperity in life. They can not inherit land and they can not marry and have children. They must only toil in the potato fields. This is a beautifully realized story of fickle gods and even an ornery old woman who will not tell anyone where the "Clever" mushrooms are. The acting is superb, the cinematography outstanding and the script fascinating.


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