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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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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 November 1960 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sister
8 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Keiko Kishi has a loving, bantering relationship with her younger brother, Hiroshi Kawaguchi. He's wild and unfocused, always running up bills, which she pays. Their father, Masayuki Mori, says it's just youthful spirits and he'll grow out of it. Their stepmother, Kinuyo Tanaka, is whiny and self-pitying, a Christian of the most annoying type, sluffing off her responsibilities and laying the burden on Jesus and the daughter, who cleans the house, runs the household and errands, and tries to look after her brother. Then Hiroshi comes down with tuberculosis, and everything stops stock still.

Kon Ichikawa's drama about the stress of dealing with a changing society in 1920s Japan is well executed, but I find it not particularly because, well, what society is not going through changes at all times? The societal differences in Japan in the 1920s -- when this movie is set -- make everyone look old-fashioned by the standards of the year it was produced, but it seems to be more a matter of nostalgic soap opera distancing and diminishing its impact.

The most interesting aspect of this movie is a technical one. It uses the technique of bleach bypass, also known as skip bleach, to achieve a darker, heavier look, with little or none of the silver removed in the interpositive stage of print production. This technique had been pioneered at Daiei, where this movie was produced. It wasn't until Roger Deakins used parallel techniques in 1984. that western film makers stood up and noticed. Modern variations have since become a standard for films set in the 1920s, mimicking pre-1944 Technicolor.


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