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Tôkyô boshoku (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 July 1972 (USA)
Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

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Takako Numata
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Akiko Sugiyama
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Shûkichi Sugiyama
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Kisako Aijima
Teiji Takahashi ...
Noboru Kawaguchi
Masami Taura ...
Kenji Kimura
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Shigeko Takeuchi
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Seki Sekiguchi
Kinzô Shin ...
Yasuo Numata
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Gihei Shimomura, noodle vendor
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Sakae Aiba
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Policeman
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Eiko Miyoshi ...
Midwife
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Two sisters live with their father. The younger sister is embroiled in an affair and becomes pregnant. The elder sister has run away from her husband and returned with her child to her parent's home. Both sisters are astonished when their mother, long thought dead, turns up alive. The sisters are even more stunned when they learn what their mother's life has been. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Ikite wa mita keredo - Ozu Yasujirô den (1983) See more »

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The Very Familiar Japanese
31 July 2017 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I was speaking with my cigar-smoking buddy about John Ford/John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara movies -- we always watch THE QUIET MAN on Saint Patrick's Day. "Why does Wayne bother to tame her," he asked, "When he's going to have to do it all over again the next movie?" I've never been able to convince him of it, but I think the journey can be more fun than the destination. That's the thought that occurred to me when I looked at this movie this morning and saw Ozu's stock company running through variations on their unhappy yet loyal relationships to each other: Chishû Ryû as the father who tried his best and failed; Setsuko Hara as the seemingly obedient daughter, and so forth; the middle class home; the little bar around the office. It's all there and all as familiar as the nail's level view -- a bent-down nail, because the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.

We're told that Ozu is very Japanese and I wouldn't understand, but I find his world very familiar, even if everyone speaks Japanese. Growing up, I didn't understand Yiddish -- I still don't -- but my parents and uncles and aunts did and held conversation in it when they didn't want us to understand. Sometimes the discussions would escalate to shouting, and when I would ask what was going on, I would be told "You wouldn't understand." So that's what Ozu seems like to me: the same people, the same problems, the same language so I wouldn't understand -- but with subtitles. With the same cast, just like my family. As Wayne said to Howard Hawks, this time, can I play the drunk?


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