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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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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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Charming and rueful
23 February 2005 | by lqualls-dchinSee all my reviews

OKASAN is one of the rare instances when Naruse was able to create a film with a little more humor than usual; for this reason, this study of an adolescent girl and her mother has moments of great charm, even though the general sadness which pervades so many of Naruse's films cannot help but add dimension to the story. The ending of the film is more upbeat than is usual for Naruse, and so the effect is bittersweet and rueful, rather than despairing and sad. It's a film full of delicate touches of great tenderness; it's a film that really does celebrate motherhood, though in a very unsentimental way. Though Naruse does emphasize the problems of the family, he allows the affection that the family feels for each other to texture the film with a feeling of genuine warmth. This remains a very special film for Naruse for this reason.


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