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Aki tachinu (1960)

Single mum (father of child dead) from the country with 6th grade boy comes to Tokyo, leaves the boy to live with his uncle's family - wife, male, female teens, run a struggling greengrocer... See full synopsis »

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Shigeko Fukatani - Hideo's Mother
Jun Fujimaki
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Tsunekichi Yamada - Hideo's Uncle
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Shotaro Yamada
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Sakae - Tsunekichi's Wife
Daisuke Katô ...
Tomioka - The Lover
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Asao
Hisako Hara ...
Harue - The Sister
Kin Sugai ...
The Aunt
Naoya Kusakawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Akitsu
Murasaki Fujima ...
Naoya
Chisako Hara
Futaba Ichiki ...
Junko Mishima - Hideo's Girlfriend (as Futaba Hitotsugi)
Rumi Konishi
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Single mum (father of child dead) from the country with 6th grade boy comes to Tokyo, leaves the boy to live with his uncle's family - wife, male, female teens, run a struggling greengrocer - and lives/ works in local inn. He gets bullied/ fights with local boys, goes to the baths, plays basketball, is befriended by his male cousin and becomes friendly with grade 4 girl who's the daughter of the innkeeper, who employs his mum and is the longterm mistress of a businessman from another town, who's the girl's father and who brings her half sister and brother to meet her but they're mean to her. Meanwhile the boy's mother gets friendly with one of the inn's clients and chucks her job for a trip or something more permanent with him. The young girl takes him shopping, and wants the boy to live with her and her mother, but mother and father refuse so the two kids go to a seaside where he sprains his ankle and they're late back even though the police get them and they're in trouble. The boy ...

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A little gem.
28 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

A recurring theme in Naruse's films is how people are driven by circumstance rather than will. Several of his stories are about single women trying to get by in patriarchal postwar Japan, and the choices they have to make to survive. This movie focuses on those who are even less powerful to determine their own fate; the children of these women.

The main character is a boy of around 12 years old who is moved to the city to stay with family while his widowed mother gets a job as a hostess. The mother seems to shun the boy and initially doesn't even mention him to her employer, who herself is the single mother of an illegitimate daughter, a sweet but somewhat spoilt girl of about 10. The two children meet and befriend each other.

The film offers a simple and childlike perspective, which is incredibly effective in conveying the experiences and feelings of the children; it is at times very emotional but it never gets melodramatic. At the same time, the adult world and its complications are presented to the viewer, providing another layer to the film.

The story, while beautiful, is quite sad and has a very unsatisfactory ending. But this ending is perfect for the film, it filled me with great yearning and a feeling of powerlessness, and of humanity.


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