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Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)

Tôkyô tawâ: Okan to boku to, tokidoki, oton (original title)
Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »

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Joe Odagiri ...
Masawa Nakagawa
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Eiko Nakagawa
Yayako Uchida ...
Eiko Nakagawa - young
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Mizue
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Nakagawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamae Andô
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Akira Emoto ...
Doctor from Sasazuka Clinic
Junko Emoto
Chisako Hara
Hiroyuki Hirayama ...
Isoyama
Itsuji Itao
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Tamami
Ryô Iwamatsu ...
Editor on the phone (voice)
Ryô Katsuji ...
Hiraguri
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Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of schooling even after he wastes his time while studying art in a Tokyo university. After graduation he struggles to find work and finally pulls his life together for his mother's sake, ultimately ending up with multiple jobs as an illustrator and even as the host of a sexually-themed talk show on radio. When Eiko becomes ill with cancer, Masaya invites her to live with him in back in Tokyo where the roles of support are reversed. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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14 April 2007 (Japan)  »

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The young Okan (mother) is played by Yayako Uchida who is the daughter of Kirin Kiki who played the old Okan. See more »

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There Was A Mother And Son
21 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is based on a best selling biography and it mostly tells the story of a mother and son. Told by the son and punctuated with numerous flashbacks, the film has a poignancy and sweetness that reminds me somewhat of Ozu's great films, in that it is a simple story about a relationship, told at a deliberately slow pace and it is not given to overt emotion, like it would be if it was made in America. The touching aspect of the film will move everyone, especially if you have a mom or she is forever in your heart. The cinematography is uniformly wonderful, it enhances the story. Clearly, this feels like a labor of love. I think its a special film, it tugs at your heartstrings while not manipulating your feelings. I fairly highly recommend it.


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