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There Was a Father (1942)

Chichi ariki (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | November 1982 (USA)
Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chishû Ryû ... Shuhei Horikawa
Shûji Sano ... Ryohei Horikawa
Shin Saburi ... Yasutaro Kurokawa
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Makoto Hirata
Mitsuko Mito ... Fumiko Hirata
Masayoshi Ôtsuka Masayoshi Ôtsuka ... Seiichi Hirata
Shin'ichi Himori ... Minoru Uchida
Haruhiko Tsuda ... Ryohei as a child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shôtarô Fujimatsu Shôtarô Fujimatsu
Chiyoko Fumiya Chiyoko Fumiya
Masao Hayama
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara ... Teacher of junior high school
Teruo Kisaragi Teruo Kisaragi
Shôichi Kofujita Shôichi Kofujita ... (as Shôichi Kotôda)
Masami Kubota Masami Kubota
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Storyline

A father and his son, a son and his father. Horikawa is a widower, a teacher, and a good father to Ryohei, who's about 10. After a tragedy, Horikawa resigns from teaching and takes Ryohei from Tokyo to the town of Ueno, enrolling him in junior high; to the lad's sorrow, he will be a boarder. Horikawa returns to work in Tokyo, their separation is complete. Jump ahead more than ten years: with dad's help, Ryohei has finished college and has a teaching job in Akita. Horikawa considers living with his son, which Ryohei wants, but the elder's notions of duty and hard work preclude it. Ryohei arranges a ten-day vacation with his father. Heartbreak comes quietly, nearly hidden by dignity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

November 1982 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

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Ozu did it again!
31 October 2011 | by fa-oySee all my reviews

Another simple story perfectly made and portrayed by Ozu. This time it is about the relationship between father and son and how they had to separate from each other throughout their lives.

I think this has been the slowest paced film from his earlier films I've seen so far, though I'm not really sure. The camera sometimes shows or focuses on places (for instance the shot in the building where the father works) and prolongs itself into them. Those takes might not add anything to the plot, but they surely give a more vivid feel to the film.

The film is really worth watching for all lovers of Japanese cinema; it is also the one I've liked the most from Ozu's earlier films. Needless to say, and as I've been mentioning in the other reviews, if you're not into Ozu's filmmaking style, then you shouldn't bother checking this out.


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