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About Her Brother (2010)
"Otôto" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  30 January 2010 (Japan)
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Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sayuri Yoshinaga
Yuriko Ishida
Tsurube Shôfukutei
Fumiyo Kohinata
Takashi Sasano
Haruko Kato
Nenji Kobayashi
Masahiro Nakai
Kôen Kondô
Leo Morimoto
Sôtarô Tanaka
Akio Yokoyama
Midoriko Kimura
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Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's wedding day also brings homes Ginko's younger brother Tetsuro, a failed actor and a hard drinker who shows up causing trouble. Having covered for him all her life, Ginko is ready to disown her burdensome younger brother, but some things are easier said than done... Written by Anonymous

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Warning for non Japanese
3 January 2011 | by (México) – See all my reviews

If you don't really have a crush on Japanese culture, beware this movie has a lot of cultural references. Indeed 恩'd say it will entertain scholars but not everyone.

It's not about the conclusion of the story, is the realization of life itself. From many levels of symbolism one can see Tokyo vs Osaka culture, ancient vs contemporary, traditions vs innovation, 内々 (uchi-uchi) in the sense of community, 恩 (on) in the sense of obligation. Daily ethical Japanese if you like... The story is simple but many details arise and its not a matter of solving something in the classical model of occidental drama, enjoy from the beginning, every moment, but don't hope for a hard climax or an unexpected outcome.

If you are fond of Japanese perspectives, you will love it as 恩 did.


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