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Todake no kyôdai (1941)

When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mieko Takamine ... Setsuko Toda
Shin Saburi ... Shojiro Toda
Hideo Fujino Hideo Fujino ... Shintaro Toda
Ayako Katsuragi Ayako Katsuragi ... Mrs. Toda
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Chizuru
Masao Hayama ... Ryokichi
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Shinichiro
Kuniko Miyake ... Kazuko
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Ayako
Michiko Kuwano Michiko Kuwano ... Tokiko
Chishû Ryû ... Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiyoko Fumiya Chiyoko Fumiya ... Take
Chôko Iida ... Kiyo
Yaeko Izumo Yaeko Izumo ... Shige
Shohichi Kawamura Shohichi Kawamura ... Suzuki
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Storyline

When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nice film!
2 November 2011 | by Luis Angel GonzalezSee all my reviews

Maybe it's not a film regarded as one of Ozu's best, but I found myself liking it.

This time Ozu delves into the problems that revolve around the death of a family member and what it causes. In this case the father of a big family dies and leaves them indebted, so the family makes the hard decision to sell many of his properties to pay his debts. The other matter shown in this film is the problem a family member faces (in this case the mother and one of her daughters) when they have to ask their relatives for hospitality but they don't have a good relationship between them and have a lot of differences, which causes the mother and the daughter to switch from one place to another and never finding a good place to stay in.

The film is really good on technical aspects, as usual in Ozu's films.

I would not recommend this film to people that are just beginning to explore Ozu's films, I would just recommend it to those who really are fond of them and are used to his filmmaking style.

My score: 8.5/10


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