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Ballad of a Worker (1962)

Futari de aruita iku haru aki (original title)
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After WWII, an ex-soldier and his wife spend their lives working at modest jobs to raise their son and put him through school.

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Keisuke Kinoshita
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Credited cast:
Hideko Takamine ... Torae Nonaka
Keiji Sada ... Yoshio Nonaka, Torae's husband
Yoshiko Kuga ... Chiyo
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Miyoko Ishikawa, Toshiyuki's girlfriend
Toyozô Yamamoto Toyozô Yamamoto ... Toshiyuki Nonaka, Torae's son
Kiyoshi Nonomura Kiyoshi Nonomura ... Mr. Mochizuki
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Mrs. Mochizuki
Teruko Kishi Teruko Kishi ... Yoshio's mother
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Yoshio's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Torahiko Hamada Torahiko Hamada
Akitake Kôno Akitake Kôno
Chieko Misaki Chieko Misaki
Ippei Souda Ippei Souda
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After WWII, an ex-soldier and his wife spend their lives working at modest jobs to raise their son and put him through school.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

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The Days We Spent Together See more »

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Shochiku Ofuna See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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The Shomin-Geki
25 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Keiji Sada returns from the War to his wife, Hideko Takamine and their son. He becomes a road worker, and she a housekeeper for the local supervisor and staff. He works hard, and drinks too much shochu, cheap liquor distill from rice, sweet potatoes, barley, buckwheat, sugar... Japanese moonshine. Their son does well enough to go to college, but the little money they send him isn't enough.

The Shomin-Geki (in proper Japanese, it's 'shoshimin-eiga') is a Japanese performing-arts genre that focuses on ordinary people. Naruse directed them, and so did Ozu. The writer-director of this movie, Keisuke Kinoshita, worked in it frequently, and you can't get people more ordinary than these poor, hard-working two, surrounded by friends and co-workers living equally tough lives, hoping desperately for their son to do better than they did, giving up their occasional drink, even tea, doing without.

The two leads are extraordinary actors; Miss Takamine was one of the leading stars of the Japanese cinema for many years, and Sada's career, although much shorter, is distinguished by many roles in the movies of Kinoshita, Kobayashi, and even Ozu. They bring an immense dignity to these characters, even when Miss Takamine slaps her son or Sada is drunk. Perhaps it would be better to say that this movie gave them the chance to show the ferocious good character of the working poor.


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