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Okaasan (1952)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 June 1952 (Japan)
A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writer:

Yôko Mizuki (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Masako Fukuhara
Kyôko Kagawa ... Toshiko Fukuhara
Eiji Okada ... Shinjiro
Akihiko Katayama Akihiko Katayama ... Susumu Fukuhara
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Uncle Kimura
Yônosuke Toba Yônosuke Toba ... Naosuke Fukuhara
Masao Mishima Masao Mishima ... Ryousuke Fukuhara
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Aunt Noriko
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi
Atsuko Ichinomiya Atsuko Ichinomiya ... Koyo Fukuhara
Noriko Honma Noriko Honma ... Mino Hirai
Sadako Sawamura Sadako Sawamura ... O-Sei
Zekô Nakamura Zekô Nakamura ... Shinzou Hirai
Ryûtarô Nagai Ryûtarô Nagai
Keiko Enami Keiko Enami ... Hisako Fukuhara
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Storyline

Adopted from a prize-winning school essay on the subject of 'My Mother,' upon being widowed a mother with a little help from her elder daughter has to run the family laundry on her own. The second daughter, however, has to be sent to live with relatives as the mother cannot afford her. Written by aghaemi

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 June 1952 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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How to make a good movie?
21 September 2006 | by GalinaSee all my reviews

It is easy to make a good movie - just remember what genre it belongs to and follow the rules. If you make a comedy, make it funny, if you make a drama, make it moving, honest, look at your characters closely, find what motivates them, what makes them happy, sad, look at their faces, their eyes because the eyes are the soul's mirror. Don't make them talk a lot but make every word, every gesture, every look meaningful. Remember that even the most moving drama can and should have humor because without smiles and laughs the humans simply can't survive. Watching Naruse's "Okaasan" (1952) aka "Mother" makes all these rules seem so easy to follow and that's what a great movie should be like. I cried and smiled and thought about my mother, and wished her to be happy and live forever and then I took the movie to her - I wanted her to see it, too. One thing I'd like to add - what a fascinating use of music score, the original and the famous Italian song, "O Sole Mio". I've never heard such a charming version of it.

Excellent! 10/10


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