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My Second Brother (1960)
"Nianchan" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  June 1960 (West Germany)
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Being a faithful 'company man', Yoshikawa moves steadily ahead within the Toho corporation. But Kaji, his old friend, makes his way through the dark side of the social world, working for a ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Kiichi Yasumoto, eldest brother
Kayo Matsuo ...
Yoshiko, eldest sister
Takeshi Okimura ...
Koichi, Nianchan
Akiko Maeda ...
Sueko, younger sister
Kô Nishimura ...
Goro Mitamura
Yoshio Ômori ...
Seki
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Hemmi Gengoro
Shinsuke Ashida ...
Sakai
Tanie Kitabayashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hamae Enoki
Hideo Fukuhara
Makoto Fukumoto
Jun Hamamura
Michio Hino
Jun Hongô
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Being a faithful 'company man', Yoshikawa moves steadily ahead within the Toho corporation. But Kaji, his old friend, makes his way through the dark side of the social world, working for a power broker who is plotting to take over Toho. Yoshikawa is given an order to investigate the company's information leakage that is seriously devaluing its stock price. In the course of the investigation, he happens to reunite with Kaji, and notices that his beloved Akiko, the only daughter of Toho's president, as well as a major share holder of the company, is in love with Kaji. For Yoshikawa, who is counting on a marriage with her that would secure his career and wealth, Kaji turns out to be an obstacle on his future path. Written by Nikkatsu

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28 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw "My Second Brother" as part of an Imamura retrospective at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. The retrospective includes 18 films, more than half of them not available on video.

The story and the characters were too complicated for me to follow in detail on a single viewing, but, nevertheless, I considered it very rewarding.

This was the fourth of Imamura's films, two of the earlier ones having preceded it in the retrospective. I noted the Korean elements in the film, already well commented on in other posts. Imamura knew how to make the most of his settings, in this case a small Japanese mining town. Shots of mining operations, manmade mountains of slag, outdoor scenes, et al are masterful; it is evident that each of the three films I have seen so far show an increasing command of the cinematography.

The Korean element could be easily missed. An American element is even more easily missed. In one scene one hears the sound of a jet aircraft, which could only be an American plane flying over. (This is about the early 50's.) Another easily missed reference is of a woman whose business is suffering, who says it will pick up when the next war occurs.

Perhaps Imamura focused on the second brother, not the older, to indicate that the future of Japan depended on the next generation, one that had not experienced WW II.

This retrospective is also taking place now in Boulder, and will later move to Philadelphia, Silver Spring, Washington D.C., Portland OR, Boston, Nashville, and Chicago. For further info search Northwest Film Forum and click on "cinemas."


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