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My Second Brother (1959)

Nianchan (original title)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato ... Kiichi Yasumoto, eldest brother
Kayo Matsuo Kayo Matsuo ... Yoshiko, eldest sister
Takeshi Okimura Takeshi Okimura ... Koichi, Nianchan
Akiko Maeda Akiko Maeda ... Sueko, younger sister
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Goro Mitamura
Yoshio Ômori Yoshio Ômori ... Seki
Taiji Tonoyama ... Hemmi Gengoro
Shinsuke Ashida Shinsuke Ashida ... Sakai
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hamae Enoki Hamae Enoki
Hideo Fukuhara Hideo Fukuhara
Makoto Fukumoto Makoto Fukumoto
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura
Michio Hino Michio Hino
Jun Hongô Jun Hongô
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 October 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El hermano mayor See more »

Filming Locations:

Nakaoki, Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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why I am glad I saw this film
28 October 2007 | by rschmeecSee all my reviews

I saw "My Second Brother" as part of an Imamura retrospective at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. The retrospective includes 18 films, more than half of them not available on video.

The story and the characters were too complicated for me to follow in detail on a single viewing, but, nevertheless, I considered it very rewarding.

This was the fourth of Imamura's films, two of the earlier ones having preceded it in the retrospective. I noted the Korean elements in the film, already well commented on in other posts. Imamura knew how to make the most of his settings, in this case a small Japanese mining town. Shots of mining operations, manmade mountains of slag, outdoor scenes, et al are masterful; it is evident that each of the three films I have seen so far show an increasing command of the cinematography.

The Korean element could be easily missed. An American element is even more easily missed. In one scene one hears the sound of a jet aircraft, which could only be an American plane flying over. (This is about the early 50's.) Another easily missed reference is of a woman whose business is suffering, who says it will pick up when the next war occurs.

Perhaps Imamura focused on the second brother, not the older, to indicate that the future of Japan depended on the next generation, one that had not experienced WW II.

This retrospective is also taking place now in Boulder, and will later move to Philadelphia, Silver Spring, Washington D.C., Portland OR, Boston, Nashville, and Chicago. For further info search Northwest Film Forum and click on "cinemas."


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