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Older Brother, Younger Sister (1953)

Ani imôto (original title)
In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse's adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô, the eldest daughter (Machiko Kyô) of a rural family comes home pregnant, ... See full summary »

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Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Yôko Mizuki, Saisei Murô (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Machiko Kyô ... Mon
Masayuki Mori ... Inokichi - the Brother
Yoshiko Kuga ... San
Yûji Hori Yûji Hori ... Taiichi
Eiji Funakoshi ... Kobata
Reizaburô Yamamoto ... Akaza - the Father
Kumeko Urabe ... Riki - the Mother
Mantarô Ushio Mantarô Ushio ... Kanichi
Ken'ichi Miyajima Ken'ichi Miyajima ... Yoshizô
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Toyogorô
Noriko Honma Noriko Honma
Kaku Takashina Kaku Takashina
Kan Takami Kan Takami
Gai Harada Gai Harada
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In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse's adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô, the eldest daughter (Machiko Kyô) of a rural family comes home pregnant, testing some already tenuous family bonds. Naruse shows his considerable skill at portraying household dynamics, filming Kyô in relaxed and/or reclining positions (indicative of her character's exhaustively maintained independence) that are then intruded upon by her ill-tempered older brother (Masayuki Mori), whose initially comic, brute-force presence grows increasingly menacing and treacherous as the film progresses.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 August 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruder und Schwester See more »

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Daiei Tokyo Daini See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Like Snails, We Carry Our Lives On Our Backs
8 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Machiko Kyô came home pregnant by a young student. The child was stillborn, but the rural family fell apart. Her loving older brother, Masayuki Mori, tormented her until she left for Tokyo, to pursue a life of a prostitute. She comes home to visit occasionally, but her family doesn't know where she lives. When the student she had the affair with comes to find her in hopes of making amends, Mori nearly kills him for what he did and what she has become. Today, Machiko arrives for a festival, with presents.

This is the second of three screen versions of the novel by Saisei Murô. With Mikio Naruse directing, it is probably as good as it can get. Miss Kyô's performance is clearly a performance for the benefit of Mori, whom she still loves, even as he brutalizes her. It's not really a story; no one changes. However, the audience gets to see the revelation of character and can perceive that love can persist, no matter how poorly it is expressed.


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