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Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Kâbê (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 January 2008 (Japan)
Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

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Yamazaki Toru
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Hatsuko Nogami
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Kayo Nogami
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Shigeru 'Tobei'
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

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$3,072, 10 May 2009, Limited Release

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$13,579, 12 July 2009
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Outstanding and unexpectedly weepy movie
6 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

I came into this not knowing anything about the movie and as soon as Tobei was arrested, my thinking cap came into play and became instantly wary about what was to come (i.e. very predictable plot about to unfold). Well the plot was close to what I imagined it would be but I can't say enough about the wonderful acting. Especially of Kabei (Sayuri Yoshinaga) and the kids. Even bumbling Ichi the Killer was passable and provided some levity to an otherwise pretty depressing movie. The hot aunt was very easy on the eyes and the old lecher of an uncle was also pretty hilarious. My one complaint was that Sayuri looked a bit old to play the part, she looked more like a grandma but her acting was impeccable. I won't write about the plot since the other reviewers have practically revealed everything but the overall pace was good and the directing not heavy handed. The movie looked a little low-budget at times but I can't fault the movie for that. Must see on Netflix if you're a subscriber. Prepare the tissues since IMO it's impossible to cry if you're a normal human watching this flick.


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