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Otôto (1960)

Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiko Kishi ... Gen
Hiroshi Kawaguchi ... Hekiro
... Mother
... Father
Takaya Hijikata
Hikaru Tomoda
... Mrs. Tanuma
Noboru Nakaya ... Patrolman Rokoru Shimizu
Kyôko Enami ... Nurse Miyata
Noriko Hodaka ... Nurse
Jun Hamamura ... Doctor
Akira Natsuki ... Cop
Kisao Tobita
Kôichi Itô
Hikaru Hoshi ... Owner of hiring horse
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Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother.

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To achieve the specific period look they intended for the film, director Kon Ichikawa and cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa were inspired by the use of color in Moby Dick (1956) (which was dye-transfer Technicolor added with a B/W layer) and experimented on a process that is now called "skip-bleaching". It was the first time in film history that this process, now a rather commonly-used one, was applied for a motion picture film. See more »

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A great slice of life family drama
18 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Ototo is principally a slice of life movie that focuses solely on core family values and traditions. The unconditional care and love for the black sheep of the family which caused nothing but trouble right to the very end, though not without frustrations and negative sentiments, is very impressive.

Lots of melodrama and a very slow pace, along with some side plots that may not may not need to be in the movie, sometimes ticks me off. Fortunately the payoff coming from this movie is equally rewarding nonetheless especially on certain moments that were overwhelmingly heartwarming but very true as it can happen to any typical family relationships.


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