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Brother (1960)

Otôto (original title)
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.

Director:

Kon Ichikawa

Writers:

Aya Kôda (based on the novel by), Yôko Mizuki (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiko Kishi ... Gen
Hiroshi Kawaguchi Hiroshi Kawaguchi ... Hekiro
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Mother
Masayuki Mori ... Father
Takaya Hijikata Takaya Hijikata
Hikaru Tomoda Hikaru Tomoda
Kyôko Kishida ... Mrs. Tanuma
Noboru Nakaya Noboru Nakaya ... Patrolman Rokoru Shimizu
Kyôko Enami Kyôko Enami ... Nurse Miyata
Noriko Hodaka Noriko Hodaka ... Nurse
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Doctor
Akira Natsuki Akira Natsuki ... Cop
Kisao Tobita Kisao Tobita
Kôichi Itô Kôichi Itô
Hikaru Hoshi 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 November 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Brother See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Through time
21 August 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

This is a very odd little Japanese movie. In the sense, that it's narrative style might confuse a few people. We sometimes seem to loose focus on the main character (though this is not entirely true of course). While this family drama goes through a lot of time (and events for that matter, most of them not really made a big topic), we stay with a few people and their lives.

The characters and the way they are portrayed make them very engaging, so that you actually stay with them, even in times, when they do annoying things or even "bad" things. This portrays life as almost a dull affair, unless you do something about it. Though if you do something about it, you might be considered crazy or a person that is not sociable.

This was shown as part of the retrospective at the Berlin International Festival. A movie that is worth your time, if you like slow paced, but still full of impact and sometimes funny movies.


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