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There Was a Father ()

Chichi ariki (original title)
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Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

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Shuhei Horikawa
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Ryohei Horikawa
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Yasutaro Kurokawa
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Makoto Hirata
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Fumiko Hirata
Masayoshi Ôtsuka ...
Seiichi Hirata
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Minoru Uchida
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Ryohei as a child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shôtarô Fujimatsu
Chiyoko Fumiya
Kanji Kawahara ...
Teacher of junior high school
Teruo Kisaragi
Shôichi Kofujita ...
(as Shôichi Kotôda)
Masami Kubota
Yûsuke Kurata ...
Teacher of junior high school
Ken'ichi Miyajima
Tatsurô Nagai
Shin'yô Nara
Seiji Nishimura ...
Priest
Takashi Ogata
Tsuneo Ohsugi ...
(as Tsuneo Osugi)
Giichi Okita
Reikô Tani
Morihiko Tezuka
Jun Yokoyama
Kenji Ôyama

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Yasujirô Ozu

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Tadao Ikeda ... ()
 
Yasujirô Ozu ... ()
 
Takao Yanai ... ()

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Kyoichi Saiki

Cinematography by

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Yûharu Atsuta

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Yoshiyasu Hamamura

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Tatsuo Hamada

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Shôtarô Hashimoto
Toshiaki Shimizu

Costume Design by

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Taizô Saitô

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Kiyoko Takagawa ... hair stylist

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Rishichirô Isono ... production manager

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Nobuo Nishikawa ... assistant director
Kiyoshi Suzuki ... assistant director
Yoshio Tsukamoto ... assistant director
Kôzô Yamamoto ... assistant director

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Yakichi Otani ... set designer

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Mitsuru Kaneko ... sound recordist
Rokusaburô Saitô ... sound effects editor
Yoshisaburô Senoo ... sound
Yoshihito Takagake ... sound recordist
Akitaka Yoshida ... sound recordist

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Seiji Inoue ... camera operator
Kazuji Naito ... gaffer
Takeshi Saitô ... camera operator
Kazuo Suzuki ... camera operator
Yoshikazu Takeuma ... camera operator

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Hidesaburô Fujioka ... title designer
Chikara Inomata ... archivist
Fumikazu Miyagishima ... film development
Takeo Tajiri ... stage manager

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • There Was a Father (World-wide, English title)
  • There Was a Father (United States)
  • Il était un père (France)
  • Es war einmal ein Vater (Germany)
  • Érase un padre (Spain)
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  • 94 min
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Movie Connections Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983). See more »

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